The Bar is Set at Only Slightly Better than Boring.

Francis Picabia

“A new gadget that lasts only five minutes is worth more than an immortal work that bores everyone.” – Francis Picabia, Born Jan. 22, 1878.

Quit being so artsy fartsy and publish. Publish now. And later. Again. Constantly. Continuously. Not necessarily regularly. Nor predictably. Not completely, anyway.

Especially here, online. Specifically here, on social media. The focus is on freshness, newness, now-ness. Not permanence. Not truth. Not eternity.

You can suck today, as long as the audience is conditioned to check back again tomorrow, because maybe tomorrow you won't suck. Maybe the day after that, you'll be amazing.

Maybe with enough practice, you can be excellent for long stretches – many many days in a row. Hell, maybe it will even reach the status of “art” now and then.

But let that happen when it does. Let other people decide if and when it happens that you earn that title. Your only job is to not be boring, and to not be boring as frequently as you can.

That's a low bar. Just slightly better than boring.

You can do it. I believe in you!

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