Are You Sabotaging Your Blog by Being a Perfectionist?

“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”

Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Perfectionism is a manifestation of fear. You are choosing to postpone clicking that publish button because you are afraid that no one is going to read your post, or that no one is going to comment, or that they will hate it.

You fear failure, success, and everything in between. You hate that you’d come to the realization that if only you’d worked harder on your post, it would have performed better.

Well, I am here to tell you that you are sabotaging your blog by being a perfectionist.

Why?

Because…

A perfectionist never finishes anything.

The number one rule of growing a blog is this: frequently and consistently publish new content.

If you cannot finish anything, what are you going to publish? Excuses? Reposts of stuff you wrote two years ago?

The truth is that nothing will ever be as beautiful as it is in your mind, and not finishing a blog post means that it remains perfect. Unblemished by the reality of real feedback from other people.

As they say, everything’s possible as long as you don’t do anything. Your post could become anything you want it to, as long as you keep writing, rewriting, editing, adding, and removing.

However, a finished blog post — even one that falls short of its potential — teaches you lessons that you will never learn otherwise.

In other words, a perfectionist is afraid to let go.

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

And all successful bloggers figure this one out. And you must too.

There’s always something to add or edit or improve upon. That’s the nature of this craft. That’s the nature of the written word.

But you are sabotaging your blog by never letting your words go.

A simple cure for this is to let go of all expectations once you click the publish button. Simply put, your post is no longer yours. It belongs to your readers now, and they can do with it what they please: they can like it, share it, agree with it or not, act upon the advice you share, or tell all their friends how wrong you are.

There’s nothing you can do, so there’s no point in feeding your fear with all sorts of scenarios while you contemplate whether or not you should publish your post.

A perfectionist’s worst nightmare is the publish button.

Most bloggers out there struggle with the white reflection of a blank document.

But not the perfectionist. No. The perfectionist writes his first draft, rewrites it, reads it again, leaves it for a few days, then works on it a few more times.

And then?

Nothing.

The perfectionist is afraid to click on that publish button.

“What if they don’t like it?” the perfectionist keeps asking.

Well, what if they do?

Besides, how are you ever going to find out if your work is any good?

Failure and rejection teach you what great blogging looks and feels like. You will never know if your blog post is any good if you do not click on that publish button.


You mustn’t fear perfection, because you will never reach it.

Of course, you can edit your blog posts and go over them until you hate them. Until the thought of having to read them again makes your brain hurt.

That’s when you release your blog post. You let it go. You let others tell you if it’s good or not.

And while they are busy deciding if your post is any good, you work on writing and publishing new posts.

That’s how blogging works: you punch the damn keys, you edit, you publish, and then you go back to punching the keys.

It’s that simple. And that difficult.

And there’s no point in you making it more difficult than it has to be by trying to create perfection on the blank page of a document.

33 thoughts on “Are You Sabotaging Your Blog by Being a Perfectionist?

  1. That was the hardest thing for me to overcome — perfectionism. One technique I use is to schedule the post, then do one last read a few days later right before it publishes. Even with this, I still have to let it publish. I have often been surprised by posts I didn’t think were my best that are some of my best liked by readers.

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    1. That’s one of the paradoxes of blogging. Posts you don’t like very much going viral, or a post you spent only 15 minutes working on going viral.

      You never know, which is why it’s so important to publish your content.

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    1. Stereotyping perfectionists? What’s next? Don’t talk about the dead like they are no longer amongs us?

      Some things are bad in this world. Being a perfectionist is bad.

      And what you said, you described a person who is conscientious. Big, big difference.

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  2. Wow. .. This is inspiring
    I really appreciate this great points I they are really timely. There are times that I’d give up on writing just because I write, post, share and most times get no audience.

    Thanks this is an encouragement

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  3. “The perfectionist writes his first draft, rewrites it, reads it again, leaves it for a few days, then works on it a few more times.”

    This is me. What’s worse is that I don’t even get around to writing a rough draft because I am too fixated on finding the “perfect” topic. As a result, I never end up writing anything or seldom post blog posts.

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  4. Great post! This is something I struggled with as well. I started my blog over 2 years ago but just this year I started publishing more on it. I still need to do more but now I don’t worry about it being perfect, I just try my best and strive to keep growing. You gotta start somewhere!

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  5. “In other words, a perfectionist is afraid to let go.” Thank you for summing it up perfectly (pun intended). It’s true: for most writers and bloggers, the thought that their little labors of love won’t be seen and cherished by others is crippling. What is it that we can do but be brave and keep showing up at our writing desk?

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  6. Oh my god this is so relatable! I always end up re-writing my blog posts again and again until I feel like it’s perfect. It’s like an itch that needs to be scratched. I have yet to learn to let go. Thanks for the reminder!

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