Today, I stumbled across this quote on Rantings of a Third Kind:
If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.
- Margaret Atwood
This is my problem, precisely. I get all these ideas. I think through entire blog posts in my mind while drive, walking, or staring out a bus window. Sometimes I jot notes down for later, but I often don’t get back to the same frame of mind. I just don’t feel that it’s perfect like it was when I was thinking it.
Or I’ll begin to write a post, and maybe even review and edit a bit, but then I’ll leave it for a later date – so I can perfect it. And I never come back to it (or I do, but it never becomes “perfect”). I suppose I have very high expectations for myself. I don’t want to publish posts that I’m not fully satisfied with because it may not attract the readers I want. If I can publish the perfect posts, then any reader who would ever stay will stay. If I publish imperfect posts, some would-be followers may pass by without a second thought.
I know I’ll get better at writing, better at editing, and better at feeling perfection in my posts. And I know that to get there, I just have to keep writing, practicing. It seems so easy. And yet I can’t seem to do it.
Let me try this. A public pledge. That I will finish every assignment in both the writing101 and blogging101 courses. I will put aside one day each week to check in on my drafts and edit or delete as I see fit, publishing any post that I don’t delete. On this same day each week, I’ll check my notes and write a post for any notes I still think are worthy of a post. Thus, all my drafts and notes will be cleaned out weekly. This should lead to at least a couple posts a week, if not more. I won’t fret about imperfection and worry about readers passing my blog by. As long as I continue to write and post, I’ll get better, people will read, connections will be made, and all the other wonderful things that come with being a blogger. I can either post imperfect posts and start improving or post nothing and stand still.
So to you, dear reader, I pledge to post regularly and without fear. Feel free to hold me to this.
Do you struggle with the waiting-for-perfection problem? How do you deal with it?