“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.
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.
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.