I begged my Dad to take me bowling when I was six years old. Of course, when he did eventually take me, I was horrible. I was so mad that I couldn’t bowl, or ice skate or play piano. I wanted to be perfect the first time. But of course, life doesn’t work that way. The same goes for Blogging (and most things in life). People want to start blogging but they want to be perfect right out of the gate. The fear of not being perfect keeps them from starting.
I read a great blog post by Seth Godin, “Overcoming the impossibility of amazing.” He says that if you set the bar at amazing, it’s awfully difficult to start. He’s right. Wanna-be bloggers don’t get started because they are under the illusion that they have to come up with some earth shattering post every other day/week. There aren’t too many people on the planet that can amaze and dazzle regularly. The point is, getting started is more than half the battle. Amazing can come later. But for now, less than amazing is better than nothing. Give yourself permission to practice. I eventually did learn to play piano and ice skate very well — bowling? Not so much. 🙂