Getting Past the Pressure to be Perfect

I don’t feel like I’m going to be able to move on with this blog until I put this out there. I need to just spit it out so I will.

One of my guilty pleasures is doing research on topics that I am fascinated by, so for obvious reasons, the past few months I’ve been doing a lot of research on what it takes to make a good blog. Months and months of visiting different pages and reading different posts and storing ides and tips and strategies in my head and all of this has lead to where I am now.

Completely overwhelmed and to be honest- a bit scared of really throwing myself at this blog.

There is so much advice out there on how to make a good blog, how to find almost instant success. There is advice on how many hours you should put into your blog, how much money,how much time. I feel like I’ve read it all!

You need to blog in all of your free time, commit yourself fully to not having a life to find success. You also need to create a product, take good pictures, and write good content.

You blog has to look pretty but be functional. It also need to be a perfect representation of you. it needs to BE you, in every way.

I really want to blog but I feel this overwhelming pressure that if I don’t make everything perfect before I make a post then it’s not really worth posting at all, like there is no chance for growth if I don’t exit the starting gate with 20 posts, a product to sell, at least 1,000 Instagram followers, and a YouTube channel. That’s frustrating!

The only way I’m going to be comfortable throwing myself at this blog is by accepting the ability to post things that are not perfect. I’m going to post pictures that are not perfect. I’m going to make mistakes and I’m going to allow myself to grow by blogging, not be perfect before I even start.

This blog was always meant to be a place where I could grow. I can’t grow if I don’t allow myself to make mistakes. So please, don’t expect me to be perfect, allow me to make mistakes. If I don’t make mistakes, I wont learn and I wont grow.

Also, this blog is meant to be a place of self expression for me! I work a BORING 9-5 job, (Which I’m not gonna lie, I HATE it!) this is my space to have fun and be weird. I won’t be able to do that if I feel like I’ll be getting judged on what my blog looks like. I’m writing this blog for ME, so that I can grow and so I can express myself. I’m not doing this for a profit, and not to gain notoriety.

Man, I’m not gonna lie, that felt a bit like I was writing a journal entry, a bit personal, and a lot of pent up frustrations in that; but it’s all true! It’s all the little frustrations that have been bopping around in my head for the past few weeks.

Now am I the only person who feels this crazy pressure? I’d love it if I weren’t and someone else would share their experiences getting started blogging, let me know if I’m not alone in the comments!

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