7 Ideas for Overcoming Perfectionism in Blogging

Oh, the irony….. its dripping like, like… like the showerhead in our master bath.  It just keeps dripping, little by little, then stops, then starts dripping again when you least expect it….always a drip, always a little more…

Hello, my friends!  Welcome to my second installment for When Good is Good Enough, on overcoming perfectionism, and, oh, it occurred to me how ridiculously funny it was to decide to write on this.

You see, as I mentioned before, I’m the type of perfectionist who, when she doesn’t have the three hours it takes to get something done, will instead drop the whole idea, instead of working on it a little at a time.  Why?  I don’t know.*

But as you can see, its been, oh…two and a half week-ish since I last posted, and aside from the “I’ve got seven kids, and I’m homeschooling, and we drove home for Thanksgiving, and there’s always dishes to be cleaned, so something has to drop” excuse, there’s still that little buggar in my head saying, “you don’t have time for it now, so don’t even bother.”

And today, to that, I say, “Ppppfffttthhh.”

I’ve decided to get over my blogging perfectionism once and for all, and rather than just writing up a little list for myself to refer to, I’m going to wrap it up and disguise it as a brilliant post telling You, Dear Reader, about how you can overcome perfectionism in your own blogging, when in all reality, this is the sugar that is making said medicine so much more palatable for yours truly.

Still with me?  Fabulous.

1.  Open the stinking laptop.

I’ve become quite enamored with my cell phone and tablet lately, but there have been some serious drawbacks to those.  First of all, typing is a major pain in the nether regions, so I just…. don’t.  Most of the time.  Okay, okay, I’ll post a FB status or a quick response to someone.  But a well thought out, finely crafted email?  Nope.  And that’s why so many have up and gotten lost.  I’ve checked them on my tablet, but without the laptop handy, I can’t respond, put things on the calendar, etc..

Now, blogging?  Not gonna happen.  You saw my last post, right?  That was torture.  Little, itty bitty letters on a touch screen…. not even worth talking about.  Fingers flying across a keyboard at quick speed is like singing in the house when no one is home.  You hit a bunch of wrong keys, but it’s oh, so satisfying.

2.  Forget about taking pictures for posts.

Seriously.  Who do I think I am?  Yep, there are some seriously awesome blogs that have great pictures in every post with well dressed kids in natural light eating Paleo fruit bars made from organic produce that… oh, never mind.  You get the idea.  Its not going to happen.

What?  You still want pictures???

Sigh.  Fine.  Here.

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Hey, look, we went to the museum!

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Hey, look!  We went to Target!

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Hey, look!  We went to the pumpkin patch!

None of these were taken with a DSLR, none were taken with the intention of going on the blog, and a lot of the clothes are not clean.  And NONE of the pumpkins are organic.

3.  Make a list and check it twice.

I wouldn’t say that if Christmas wasn’t coming.

What I mean by that it, make a list of all the conceivable things you can possibly blog about, then do it.  What kind of things?  Any.  Thing.

Birth stories, “how we met” stories, “how I organize my weekly meal plans and shopping” stories, “what we’re doing for Advent to make you feel better about what you’re doing for Advent,” …. you get the idea.  Have these been done before.  Yep.

Ad Nauseum.

But, when you hang out with the girls, do you have conversations where you all say something completely different, or do you relish those booze and chocolate filled evenings when more than eight times you hear the enthusiastically exclaimed words, “me too!” followed by their own story?

Me too!!!!

Time for another random photo that has nothing to do with this post, but is important because I read somewhere that posts have to have photos:

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I know, right?!?

4.  Read for advice on how to blog, take it as ADVICE and then walk away.

Like the photo thing.  Sheesh.  Some of my favorite blogs don’t do photos.  At least, not many.  If this is about writing, then darn it all, get thy fingers to the key pad, woman!

5.  The blog doesn’t have to look perfect.

I spent a ridic amount of time getting  my blog to look the way it does now.  And I seem to change themes like most people change socks.  My apologies.

Much like having a friend over when the house isn’t “company ready,” my blog isn’t exactly ready for its closeup either, Mr. DeMil.  Oh well.  It will evolve.

6.  Everything doesn’t have to be timely.

So, there was a whole NFP awareness week a couple of months ago that I wanted to add to, but… never did.  Oh, and there was a bit of a brew haha over nursing in public that I wanted to share my thoughts on, but….. yeah….and EVERYONE got their Advent posts out AGES ago, and… heck, I’m still getting ready for Advent around here!

What I’m saying is, sometimes I’ll hit the mark, and sometimes I won’t.  Either way, if its something I want to add my voice to, its okay if the ship has sailed.  Maybe I’ll be ahead of the “hey, everyone is talking about it again!” crowd.

7.  Don’t over-think your audience.

Heck, I don’t even know who my entire audience is.  So, this is me.  Take it or leave it. 🙂

So, there you have it!  Here are my ideas on overcoming perfectionism in blogging.  Do you have any suggestions to share?

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About Anne McD @ourlittlenthouse

Hey! I'm a stay at home, Catholic mom of 7, former homeschooler, now public schooler. Welcome to our crazy. Please excuse the noise.
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One Response to 7 Ideas for Overcoming Perfectionism in Blogging

  1. kackyk says:

    You are such a hoot and it is your posts that always make me want to keep up with my blog. I’ve been so lame on that front. And note… I held back on doing the FB comment on this post and stayed the course and filled out the whole commenter profile thingie to comment here because although receiving FB comments are fun, blog comments are more fulfilling 🙂 and that was a really long sentence!

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