If I had a dollar for every time I’ve had someone tell me, “Done is better than perfect.” in the past 72 hours, I’d have at least twenty dollars. That’s a lot for a short period of time.
I Want to Be a Blogger
You see, I always wanted to have a blog. I never started one, though. I didn’t know the first thing about starting a blog, and I didn’t really believe that anyone would want to read anything I had to say.
Once I started my LuLaRoe business, I realized how beneficial it could be to have a blog. Having one place where I could share my thoughts, reviews, styling tips, business ideas, etc. was ideal. I love writing, and blogging is the perfect outlet to share my words with others.
A year ago, I decided I was going to start a blog. I still had no idea what I was doing, but I was determined to figure it out. Thankfully, by this point, I had enlisted the help of Brenda Ster, as a business coach. She is the founder of the Socialite Suite (if you’re not familiar with the Suite, check it out here). She also runs an intensive Blogging Boot Camp a few times a year.
Blogging Boot Camp
BBC, as it’s fondly referred to, teaches you how to create your own blog from start to finish in 8 weeks. I was determined to sign up the next time BBC was offered, and I did. I signed up to start BBC in January. Just before BBC kicked off, my life turned upside down, and it didn’t turn back around again until about a week ago – the first week of March, for anyone who is doing the math.
I was finally able to sit down and start the first lesson of BBC this past Saturday – 72 hours ago. Honestly, I went back and forth trying to decide if I wanted to even start, or if I wanted to just wait and audit the next bootcamp. The easy option would have been to use the things that happened in my life as excuses and put it off until next time.
I Refuse to Give Up
But frankly, I didn’t want to. I’d already waited over a year to start a blog. The opportunity was literally right in front of me, and I just couldn’t give it up without even trying. I knew it would be hard, and I had a feeling that at some point I would want to throw up my hands, but I was determined. I am super competitive, with myself, and I wasn’t willing to give up without a fight.
The part I failed to remember is that I like things to be perfect. The idea of taking a blog from nothing to live in 5 days, or less, is crazy. When you add in my desire to want things perfect, and my struggle with accepting anything less, you end up with a very, very exhausted mom, business owner and wife.
At the end of this week, I will have a functional, live blog. But, it won’t be perfect, and that’s okay. I will be able to click on MY link with MY name and see the results of hard work, lack of sleep, and a whole lot of determination.
Done is Better Than Perfect
Even more than having a live blog, I have been reminded of the phrase that has become the mantra for my life. “Done is better than perfect.” That phrase has been drilled into my head over the past 72 hours, and it’s currently playing on repeat.
I won’t lie. I have spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to make a few aspects of my blog look exactly how I want them to look. But, guess what? It hasn’t worked. Basically, because 72 hours ago I had no idea how to even log into a blog. I certainly don’t know the HTML code to make a graphic look how I want it to. I’ve spent a rather large amount of time attempting to resize the thumbnail photo on the Meet Kelly page. Currently, you can’t see my head. So, on the off chance it looks like that when you scroll down, just go with it. If it doesn’t look like that, assume I paid someone to fix it.
I gave up trying to change things I couldn’t change. My focus was on those I could, and doing exactly what I needed to get done to take my blog live. I can honestly say that I’m currently 100% in love with my blog. It’s been a labor of love, and worth every hour of missed sleep, every time I yelled at Brenda’s video that I didn’t understand, and every hour it took to make the freaking SEO green.
There’s something freeing about giving up on the idea of perfection. It gives you, and me, permission to try new things without fear of failure. Hop on over here, and check out my post about why I haven’t used my instant post, for more insight into my discovery.
Done is better than perfect. And I can say with a big smile on my face, that I’m done. I’m done with Blogging Boot Camp. But this, my friend, is only just the beginning. I’m not going anywhere. You’ll be able to find me here, or spending my time in my online community here. Let’s hang out!