Why “Perfect is The Enemy of Good” for Your Blog
By: Jennine Jacob

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The philosopher Voltaire was the first to note, perfect is the enemy of good, actually he wrote, “the best is the enemy of the good.” What? How could perfect be the enemy of good? Isn’t perfect supposed to be good? Over the years, the general consensus has come to interpret that waiting for that perfect time, holding off revealing your work until it’s perfect, delaying doing something because you’re not perfect at it yet, actually causes inaction, thus preventing progress.

One example of how this quote has effected my life, I’m trying to learn German, but my sentences are choppy, the words come out wrong and I get embarrassed. This inhibits me from practicing, and ultimately from ever learning the language. Because I don’t speak German perfectly, I don’t speak it at all. Being married to a German who speaks perfect English, this comes up more often than you’d think, since we frequently spend time in Germany.

When it comes to blogging, it’s easy to get paralyzed with the idea of perfection. There are blogs with beautiful photography, witty text, clever niches and it gets intimidating to figure out where each of us fits in the whole landscape. You may be starting your blog, but not sharing it because you don’t think it’s “there yet” or not taking photos because your photography skills aren’t so great at this time.

Practice makes (almost) perfect

But guess what? Not practicing is the fastest way to not getting better. We all start out taking crappy photos, writing wonky sentences, but practice, practice practice — and learning new ways to improve — will ultimately help us learn how to be better bloggers. Most of the best bloggers today have put in their time practicing. Some bloggers have been online for over a decade honing in their online voice, others have been refining their skills offline as well, some even spend hours on end daily to build up their abilities. Ultimately, we all have a lot of learning to do, as none of us are perfect.

At the end of the day, don’t let your quest for perfection stop you from trying. It may be true that we’re not good right now (like my German) but as long as we don’t practice, becoming great will never happen. And that is why “perfect is the enemy of good” when it comes to your blog.

 

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Comments

  1. Avatar of Nasreen
    Nasreen says:

    all of this is so so so true!! thanks :) good luck with the german!

    http://lazyobsession.blogspot.com

  2. Dana Louise says:

    Yeah this is the story of my life, and not even just where blogging is concerned. There are so many abandoned drafts on my blog because I couldn’t make the time to make a post as perfect as I wanted to — so what’s the point? I feel like everyone I adore reading is so perfect: visually, stylistically, promotionally — and when I try to emulate some of the things my favorite bloggers do, even if it’s in my own way and voice, I feel inauthentic. Which is ridiculous because there are no “new” ideas, and I understand enough about copyright as a graphic designer to know what crosses the line. I feel like I have gotten a little better, just trying to be ME rather than worrying about whether I am vintage enough, or cool enough, or whatever. The thing I have realized overall is that I waste more time worrying that I could use to get a post to a point I am ok with letting it publish. Great post, it made me think!

  3. Avatar of Lauren - Slowburn Fastburn

    I am such a perfectionist, thank you so much for posting this. I have noticed a drastic difference between every aspect of my blog from when I first started til now. The progress is actually incredibly inspiring and makes me excited to see what I am capable of. Time to go practice!

    x laur
    http://slowburnfastburn.com

  4. Avatar of MonicaP
    MonicaP says:

    Agreed! I just started my blog, I’m only using a template (which I think is pretty, but hardly unique), and I have three whole (very kind) followers .. lol

    So what.

    I have a lot to learn and I’m happy to learn it (imperfectly!) I don’t want to be an over night success .. I want to earn the progress that time and experience will bring.

    Monica
    http://pear-shaped-gal.blogspot.com/

  5. Avatar of Luxaholic
    Luxaholic says:

    So true! It sometimes took me about a week to post an article because I was too perfectionist. I’ve recognized this mistake and am now working on it.
    http://luxaholic.de

  6. Avatar of Dorly Designs

    Good tips. Thanks for sharing and reminding us of the basics. http://www.dorlydesigns.com.

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