I am here to say I’m not sorry … or at least I’m trying really hard not to be!
Why? Being sorry at the wrong time can have unintended consequences. Here’s two examples.
I am excited to hear a presentation only to have the speaker begin with an apology (or three) about not really being qualified or hoping people aren’t expecting too much. The energy gets sucked out of the room and I just want to leave immediately!
I start reading a blog that begins with a disclaimer about a hectic life that has made this particular post late or the author had limited time to write it. The unintended message I get is to quit reading this inferior post immediately and don’t go to the next paragraph!
The handy thing about other people making mistakes is that I can learn from them. Therefore I decided long ago to make my blog an apology-free zone.
If I feel obliged to say a photo could be sharper or better in some way, I either don’t post it or learn to live with it. In theory that should be quite easy but it hasn’t always worked out that way.
I’ve been tempted to apologize for photos and I may have come dangerously close but I think I’ve kept it clean. The temptation comes when I’ve captured a special moment in time but the photo quality isn’t quite as special. Faced with that dilemma, I’ve probably deleted half of them.
And I’m not sorry about that.