Perfectionism Posting  

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

If you have ever wondered if perfectionism can affect your blogging, I'm here to tell you that yes it can!

The problem begins when you decide you'd like to blog, but you want a great blog that a lot of people read, and you immediately want a lot of comments and to create a huge following of die-hard readers. Then of course, you've built the whole idea up in your head so much, that you can't figure out what to write about. You can't figure out what is "right" or what all of these die-hard readers want to read. So you take something that was supposed to be therapeutic, and it almost becomes a little stressful. Leave it to me to try and create the perfect blog, when a couple of months ago I barely knew what a blog was!

I wanted to check in and let everyone know I'm still out here, although sometimes I am better at lurking in other blogs than posting in my own. I'm becoming a bit concerned about the fact that I often "write" blog posts in my head...but then they never seem to make it here. I am always thinking about my blog, but not posting. Now that I think about it, I have this problem in a lot of areas in my life. I spend more time thinking about something then actually doing it. I collect ideas for scrapbooking projects, or recipes I might want to try, or even simple kid's craft projects, and I'll look at them over, and over, and over, but I won't actually try any of them. I can never seem to find the time or to be able to pick out what I want to do. I spend a lot more time looking at life than participating, it seems. And I know I think too much about things. I need to figure out how to stop thinking about it, and dare I say this...just do it.

In any event, I'm finally pushing myself to come back and let you all know that I'm alive. Maybe I need to just put my butt in the seat in front of the computer every day or two and just make myself write about something, and try not to worry about what it is or how good the post is, or if anyone will care about any of it at all. Now that might be therapeutic!

And hopefully, my head won't explode.

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3 comments: to “ Perfectionism Posting

  • Candace
    February 7, 2008 at 2:59 AM  

    Perfectionism is such a trial. I am glad to hear you are alive. I was wondering if you had given up blogging. The perfect blogger is the blogger that blogs by heart. The one that writes what they feel passionate about! Your readers will come in time. You can join some of the different carnivals like "works for me wednesday" or "wordless wednesday" that helps to draw people in to your world. Also, leaving comments on others blogs will sometimes entice them over to your world. Just a few suggestions although I am not a good example cause I am doing good to get 2-3 comments on a post but you know...

  • jennwa
    February 7, 2008 at 8:30 AM  

    I have a lot of the same problems. When thinking about a post in my head it sounds great, then when I actually write it, then it does not sound so good. Just have fun and hopefully everything else will follow.

  • Chrissy
    February 7, 2008 at 9:15 PM  

    Right there with ya, sister! First it's, "Sure, I'll do it." Then it becomes, "Oh! It's gotta be great!" And then there's the disappointment when it's really not great. Or you think it's great, but for some reason nobody else does because if it was, then wouldn't more people be reading/commenting/subscribing?

    It's enough to drive you batty! I have about a dozen or more "drafts" in LiveWriter that will probably never get written. Sometimes things just sound better in your head.

    And you must be doing something right! I kept checking my feeds to see if you had anything new!

    Just keep on keepin' on!


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