April 25, 2007
Liz published this at 3:32 pm
A Bad Facsimile
She came into my office and sat across the desk from me. She might have been the brightest person I ever hired. I know she is the best.
We were meeting on her first lesson for a teacher guide that she was working on. Her name was J.
I looked down at the lesson. I looked up at J. I said, “Do you like this lesson?”
J said, “Do I like the lesson? Well it has this, and this, and that.”
I repeated myself. “I said, “Do you like this lesson?”
J said, “Well it has that, and that, and this.”
So, I said, “J. This isn’t a test. Do you like this lesson? Would you actually teach from it?”
“Oh no! I wrote what I thought you wanted. I’d never teach it like that.”
J get this straight. You can’t write my lesson. I can’t write yours either. If we tried we’d both just fail miserably — we’d both write bad facsimiles. I’d write a bad facsimile of your lesson. You’d write a bad facsimile of mine.
Writing a blog works the same. You can’t write my blog post. I can’t write yours either. What I can do is pay attention to how you do things and find my own version of doing them that makes sense for me.
I can’t write your blog post.
But I can find my version. That blog post that would be only me.