Back in February, I released my first ever ebook, The Blogging Babe’s Handbook…
How long do you think it took me to put that book together?
A few months? Maybe a year?
Nope. Try three weeks. In fact, the content was written in two single afternoons. Now, the perfectionists out there are probably reading this like, Gasp! Two afternoons!! No way did it end up anywhere near perfect.
And – spoiler alert! – it didn’t.
Spoiler Alert #2: That’s okay.
Seriously, chasing after perfection is a total waste of time. Yet it’s something I see 95% of new bloggers struggling with. Something to the tune of…
I can’t launch my blog until it’s completely perfect.
I can’t start making money from my blog until my Services page is just right.
I can’t release XYZ out into the world because IT’S NOT PERFECT YET.
This way of thinking is SO detrimental to your growth and success as a blogger. Because guess what? Perfection is un-fricken-achievable. UNACHIEVABLE. So why waste your time chasing after it?
Instead, I encourage you to focus on creating an MVP – a Minimum Viable Product – first and foremost. Whether it’s your blog, your new ebook, or a course you’ve been wanting to create – just make it good enough. The first time around, it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Because here’s the thing: later down the road, once your skills have improved, and your knowledge has grown, and you have more free time, you can go back in and make it better. The first time you release it, no one is going to hate you for sharing something that isn’t 100% perfect!
In fact, they’re going to love you for creating something that’s incredibly valuable for them, whether it’s a blog post, an ebook, a course, or something else. Yes – even if it’s not perfect. They’re still going to love it (and you) anyways.
SO GO FOR IT.
Put yourself out there. Put your stuff out there, way before it’s “perfect”. That’s exactly what I did with the Blogging Babe’s Handbook. I wrote it in two afternoons, spent a day designing it and setting up the sales page, and I launched it.
And I sold 40 copies on the first day alone!
No, it wasn’t perfect. But the value was there, and tons of ladies messaged me in the first week to say how much they loved the book. So you know what I did next? When I had some free time, I temporarily took the book off the market, revamped it and made it 10x better, and I relaunched it.
(And I’m so dang proud of this second edition that I could literally squeal!!)
I’m also proud of myself for not letting perfectionism get in the way of creating something that I knew would help other people. And I encourage you to approach blogging the same way.
So, love: are there areas of your life and your blog where perfectionism is holding you back? How can you start kicking perfectionism to the curb and let your light shine (even if things aren’t 100% perfect)?