Humility 2.0

I sometimes wonder why some people I respect in real life, and who show all the hallmarks of humility have such arrogant online profiles or personal webpages.

I won’t link to them – but as a general rule they’re as good as they say they are. It just seems a little arrogant to claim to be as good as you are – though I was accused recently of being a typical Australian with tall poppy tendencies – so maybe that’s it.

I wonder if having an online brand blows the idea of humility out of the water. Certainly social media encourage talking about yourself in the third person – but the fact that you feel compelled to write a bio of yourself on your webpage highlighting your field of expertise does not lend itself to humility.

That is all.


Andrew says:

I do it in the hope that someone will give me gigs. It’s also means I can give someone my card and they can look up my page and read my bio and listen to my samples.. yep, it’s a brand really.

Nathan says:

Yeah, see as far as I’m concerned it’s fine for a performer, artist or photographer to have an online portfolio – but what about a minister? A Christian speaker or philosopher?

And then what about a Christian minister who is also a musician of some repute…

It just seems like there’s a blurring of preacher and performer and testimony and testimonial.

Ben says:

More clues, Nathan, I’ve almost got it!

Nathan says:

We could play Guess Who?… give me some physical characteristics of your guesses and I’ll tell you if you’re right or wrong…