When I first decided to start a blog, let me rephrase, the umpteenth time I decided to start a blog but this time for real, I felt overwhelmed. Being a casual perfectionist (it only extends to some things, unfortunately it doesn’t include keeping my studio presentable), I wanted my “proper” blog to be perfect.
So before even writing my first post, I had a layout in mind and a list of post ideas which I wanted to write before even making my blog public. I wanted it to be complete before it had already started and to have a stockpile of “back-up” posts so I would be prepared to update regularly.
Then I threw away the idea of perfection, am letting my blog develop naturally and I couldn’t be happier. Here are some reasons to support allowing your blog develop in its own time.
It’s not so secret but a little embarrassing how long I’ve worked on this blog. In fact this isn’t even the first draft of said blog. It’s like the third one I’ve created with wordpress, each with a different title and a slew of draft blog posts that have yet to be seen with public eyes.
It’s unnerving posting online and even though you’re in charge of the sugar coating, it’s still you saying, okay this is me, this is what I like and this is how I write. There’s the joy in writing and sharing what you love and there’s that nagging anxiousness that maybe you’re a horrible writer. I am constantly scrutinizing my own writing: my sentences are too long, my posts are unconnected, I can’t seem to get my point across, I lose track of thought halfway through writing a post and end up just telling myself when I write a bit more and become less crap at it, I’ll finally get this blog up and running.
Now that’s a lovely and realistic thought in theory but anyone who knows me also should know that’s not a realistic outcome. The best time is the present and if it doesn’t happen somewhat now, it probably won’t happen.
So in search of trying to find motivation to write and post, I’ve devised some impromptu self-help tips that have helped me in the past. Continue reading