It’s ok not to know

To be honest I’ve never been much of a blogger, but over time an idea grew in my mind, unconsciously, that I didn’t have much to say either, that I didn’t have in me good enough ideas to contribute to the discussion, whatever topic the discussion might be about.

Which is plain wrong, as many would tell you. I know that now, yet I feel like struggling at the idea of publishing something that’s going to be read by strangers.

Yet, here I am, willing to make a step forward, and attempt to push something out of my mind in the wild making use of the tool I develop on pretty much every day, that is WordPress.

What the WordPress community has taught me in the last couple of years or so, is that anyone can add something, that anyone’s opinion counts, and that it’s the sum of the little and just apparently insignificant in the grand scheme of things contributions that actually makes the difference.

There’s a Jacob Riis quote that pretty much sums it up, much more eloquently that I’m able to do.

Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.

That is the very same quote that San Antonio Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich has made sure it would be written on the walls of their training facility.

Today, someone in the WordPress Italian Community slack has linked to a video that put this concept back in the WordPress context, with the basic idea that it’s ok not to know, yet that shouldn’t stop anyone to have their say, to experiment, and to give their own contribution, albeit small.

Here it is!