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A Quick Note to the Perfectionists from an Experienced Blogger…

“People don’t relate to perfection” – Courtney Gould

I heard the quote posted above from Courtney Gould, co-founder of Smart Pants Vitamins, over the weekend while at BlogHer. As soon as the words left her mouth, I grabbed my pen and quickly wrote it down in my notebook.  “People don’t relate to perfection”….how true!

Think about the last time you saw a perfectly coiffed, perfectly dressed, perfectly made up woman walk into a room. Now if you are like most people, you look at yourself..in your stained tee-shirt, mom bun hair and barely made up face and think…‘yeah…I can’t relate to that’…so you turn around and continue talking to the moms around you that you can relate to.

Now let’s apply this quote to your about-to-be-launched blog or a project you’ve been thinking about.  How many times have you convinced yourself that you aren’t ready to launch yet because of things like,  “I’m still in learning phase” or “I’m trying to find a designer to design a logo for me” or “I’m waiting to take some new pictures”. Sound familiar? Of course they do! It’s very vulnerable to put ourselves out there…and one of the ways we try to protect ourselves from criticism is to make sure that things are PERFECT. But guess what? None of the reasons I listed there are valid reasons to be procrastinating. You’ve got to do just do it!

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Launching a new blog or project is going to be messy and imperfect and you’ll definitely have a huge learning curve…but at least you’ll be learning..you’ll be learning by doing and when it comes to blogging, that’s the best way to learn. And another thing..not to knock you while your down..but when you first start a blog..you are likely going to have the LEAST amount of readers that your blog will ever have..so you might as well figure it out while there aren’t as many eyeballs on you.

Experience breeds confidence

Want to know a secret? The best way to gain confidence in a new venture is to do that thing repeatedly. It’s true! The only way that you are ever going to feel confident about doing something you aren’t confident about is to experience it over and over again. Think about when you first started driving. You were probably pretty nervous right? Parallel parking. Looking over your shoulder when changing lanes. Abiding by the speed limit. These are all things that you only learn by doing…and you only gain confidence by doing over and over again. Blogging is the same way. You can read a billion blog posts on how to blog, but the only way that you are every really going to feel comfortable is by DOING IT.

So what I want you to do right now…is stop procrastinating, stop talking yourself out of taking the next step and launch your blog or your project. Put it out there for the world to see and let them watch you build your empire. They will be far more impressed if they see how far you’ve come!

P.S. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to set up a blog!

 

 

 

Chrystie is a mom of 3 kids and wife to one. She's sold 4 blogs in the last 10 years and now helps other women start their blogging empire. Her love for really bad reality TV is only trumped by her love for margaritas without salt. Her other addictions include spray painting everything gold and embarrassing her kids at the bus stop. #thatmom

This article has 9 comments

  1. Stacy

    I love this and it’s so true. After 6 months of blogging, every new thing I’ve tried…I’ve kicked myself for not trying it sooner because I thought I wasn’t ready or I was waiting for the perfect time! Might just have to post this quote in my office!

  2. Jazmin

    Just what I needed to read – I started my blog on Monday. It’s terrifying! I have to keep pep talking myself into not giving up already. Thanks for your inspirational post. It has really helped.

    • Chrystie

      Monday? Congrats..that is exciting! Please let me know if I can help you in anyway :)

  3. Miriam

    I completely agree with this. I decided to do a monthly blog series about women who lead positive lives and initially was scared to publish it. Once I let go of that fear and published the post, it had a better outcome than I expected.

  4. Brittany

    This is amazing. A year into blogging, and I’m still figuring this thing out. Appreciate the advice and the the encouragement.

  5. Francesca - From Pennies to Pounds

    Love this, that quote is fab too. Just taking the step can be the scariest, but best thing to do!

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