I’ve heard a lot of bloggers say that they struggle with perfectionism. It takes them hours to write a 500 word blog post because they go over it over and over and over again.
I feel your pain. I used to have this problem, but not anymore!
I can proudly say that I have mastered the art of realizing when good enough is good enough.
How? Read on!
Below are several things you need to keep in mind.
Perfection is impossible
Your blog’s design can always be better. Your posts can always be more informative. You can always have more traffic. You can always make more money.
All of that is true. You can always improve yourself and your blog, but perfection is impossible. Do not confuse improvement with perfection. Improvement is healthy and necessary; obsessing over tiny details for the sake of perfection is detrimental, worthless, and not something most of us can afford to do.
Perfection is impossible for you and perfection is impossible for your blog, but improvement is something everyone can and should be working on.
Being perfect is overrated and unnecessary
Apart from the fact that perfection is impossible, your blog doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be better than the other blogs in your niche, as shown in this graphic:
Now I’m not saying that having a great blog and spending a lot of time on your blog is overrated. Just make sure you’re aware of the fact that beyond a certain point, it really doesn’t matter. Which leads us to our next point…
Seeking perfection is a waste of time
Not convinced yet? Check this out:
The graphic just shows that spending twice the amount of time on something does not necessarily get you twice the results. Figure out where that sweet spot is of spending the right amount of time, beyond which your returns diminish significantly.
As I hinted at earlier, it is important to spend a lot of time on your blog. But it is more important that the time spent on your blog is spent doing the things that will bring you the biggest return on your time investment.
No one cares if you’re perfect
No one cares if you’re perfect. No one cares if your blog is perfect. No one cares if your blog posts are perfect.
Your readers care about your content. It needs to be great… but not perfect.
Perfection is boring!
Before moving on, I just wanted to say one more thing really quick. My favorite blogs to read are the ones where the bloggers reveal their imperfections, mistakes, and foibles. Why? Because I know I screw up all the time, and I want to read from someone else who has been in my shoes!
Ok, I’m convinced! But HOW can I stop being a perfectionist??
The first step of course is to internalize the above points. That’s up to you. After that, you can do the following:
- Realize that other blogs are better than yours in some aspects. And that’s OK!
- Practice being imperfect. Publish a blog post a bit earlier than you normally would, or don’t fix that typo you just found. You’ll see that there won’t be any negative consequences.
- Be realistic with your limitations. Don’t make a to-do list of 50 things that need to get done by tomorrow. No one can do that. Work on one thing at a time and don’t spread yourself too thin.
- Be realistic with your blog expectations. All of this blogging stuff takes time!
- Be comfortable with criticism. Understand that criticism is great because it helps you/your blog improve.
Before someone lambastes me in the comments, let me reiterate that it is very important to constantly be working on improving your blog. Just don’t be obsessive about it.
Well, that’s all I’ve got, aside from a bunch of questions (as usual):
- Are you a perfectionist blogger? Give us an example that illustrates your perfectionist nature!
- How else can we as bloggers overcome perfectionist tendencies?
- Do you think blogs need to be perfect?
- Is it even possible for a blog to be perfect?