I have a message for all you perfectionists out there: You’re destroying your mojo.
For those of you waiting for the perfect time to start blogging, that time will never get here. For those of you striving for the perfect design for your site, you’re tinkering around the edges.
I speak as a recovering perfectionist.
Stop making excuses: Jump in, start blogging, keep blogging.
Seeking perfection, while noble, is a momentum killer. Always work to be better, but don’t continue to use perfection as an excuse, a crutch.
Although I’m not a fan of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, the event has at least one great takeaway lesson: Your momentum matters.
Those who finish their 50,000-word novels in 30 days are rewarded with two things: a mass of sloppy, unedited writing, and the use of momentum to accomplish a once seemingly impossible accomplishment.
I believe perfection is a manifestation of fear. You’re afraid someone will catch you making a mistake, or pointing out a flaw on your site, or in your writing, or your thinking.
I get better with each blog post, whether that post succeeds or fails. I don’t get better when the words and the ideas remain trapped in my brain, unseen by anyone else.
In the weeks and months that go by while you chase perfection, think about what you’ve lost: opportunities to build your library of writing, to connect with readers, to build your site into a destination.
Jump in, start blogging, keep blogging.
What other things are potential blog killers?
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