I love blogging, and I love blogging often. One of the biggest advantages and lessons daily blogging has taught me is this: perfectionism is bad, and you have to set it aside if you want a daily post.
If you’re a regular visitor here, you know I blog daily. It’s tough, but I make myself do it. I’m also job-hunting hard and getting numerous interviews, which is great! I’m hoping to have a full-time job soon, at which point I’ll have to cut down on the blogging.
Still, my months of daily blogging have left me with a valuable lesson and some great experience as far as the demon of perfectionism goes.
The simple fact is this: you CANNOT blog daily and be perfectionistic about it. You just can’t. On one level, there are the typos.
I’ve written before about blogging and typos, and whether they are a big deal. It sparked some wonderful and reassuring comments.
But on another level, a deeper level, you can’t be perfectionistic about your content or produce your best content 100% of the time. Consider this:
- As a daily blogger, you will not feel that every post you write is inspired or great. But you need to write SOMETHING, so you go with an idea every once in a while that you kind of feel is bum.
- Sometimes time is short, and you’re not able to write as much as you’d like, or really polish and embellish.
- Sometimes you think you’ve explained your point in a clear way, but questions in the comment section show that you didn’t make your argument clear.
- There is always a learning curve. Practice makes you better. Ideally, from month to month and week to week your posts should become better arranged and more effective. I look back on some of my early posts and want to cringe.
A blog post can’t and doesn’t have to be perfect, especially when you’re aiming to publish often.
THE BEAUTY OF IMPERFECTION
I don’t have to be a perfect blogger, and that’s awesome. I do the best I can. I try to explain myself clearly and to write thoughtful content and to proofread every post. And that’s enough.
Still, some of the posts I thought were my weakest have gotten lots of hits and sparked a lot of conversation. That’s always a wonderful surprise.
On some occasions when I could have been clearer, the comment section has really exploded with wonderful suggestions and insightful explanations as a result of the minor confusion I provoked.
Not being perfect means my blog is a reflection of me and my humanity, and that’s pretty cool. Who can’t relate to that???
So remember when you’re blogging and agonizing over a post or what to write: it’s okay not to be perfect. You don’t have to write the best blog post ever. You don’t have to hit some arbitrary word-count or change someone’s entire outlook on what you blog about.
Just speak from the heart. Be genuine, respond to those who reach out with you, engage those who think differently with respect in order to open a genuine conversation, and you will end up with a quality blog.
I try not to worry about perfection or about stats. I try to focus on my content and forging relationships with those who drop by. And if 100% of what I can give on a given day is 80% of what I’d like, that’s OKAY.
I hope you enjoyed this post if you struggle with claiming and accepting your blog content, especially if you blog daily or close to daily.
What are your thoughts on this? How do you feel when you’re writing a post and you think, “this isn’t as good as what I normally write”? Do you scrap the post and try to come up with something else, or do you the best you can with what you have?
If you’re interested in blogging and want to learn more, you can check out this category of posts on blogging. I’d also recommend Molly Greene’s blog at www.molly-greene.com and her book “Blog It!”