Walt Crawford wrote about being wrong – and publicly acknowledging it. This has been resonating with me as I sit in Meeting, as I interact with my friends/colleagues, and as I go about my professional life.
Some time ago, I wrote off Will Richardson as being a one-note pony, always blah blah blahing about blogs (and blogvangelism). When I hear bleating, I turn off. So I stopped reading his blog and moved on. This year, at the Mohonk conference, he was a presenter. It truly wasn’t his fault that the presentation stunk (although I had a blast getting to know – and heckle with – Nancy White and Dave Cormier). We (Nancy, Dave, Will and I) sat at the same dinner table and I told him then that I’d begun to change my mind. I started peeking at his blog again, and I can say that he really has changed. It’s more thoughtful, less pushy. More meat, if you will.
Some visionary blogs I read don’t take the time to reflect how their vision might be misinterpreted, or dismissed, by us plebes. He did. Don’t mistake me, he’s still thinking about how this read/write/review/revisit/respond thing we call blogging can be used best, but he’s better at it now.
So, publicly, I was wrong.