I’m often asked, “Miguel,” they’ll start out, “how is it that you write so much?” Often, I’m afraid to tell folks that my writing is my first draft. My best work wasn’t always my first draft, but constant writing and revision–but not to perfection–results in improvement. I find that most are paralyzed by the fear that they’ll appear, as Tim Stahmer points out in this blog entry below, imperfect.

In truth, no one is perfect. You will never have the final word on anything. Change is ever constant and you make the best decisions with the information at hand. You can write the same way. I haven’t regretted that I began blogging, but I often regret that children in public schools haven’t had the opportunity to write and publish to a global audience.

Is that a regret you share?

    • Imperfect is What You Want
    • The Blog Herald has some advice for bloggers: How to Make Sure Your Blog Post is Ready for Publication.
    • However, blogging really isn’t the same thing as “publication” and few of us have editors, much less time for rewrites.
    • Make sure the post is imperfect. This one may strike you as odd, but let me explain. There is always something you can improve about a blog post. Always. Add a paragraph, go with a different image, change a word choice, tweak the headline … the list goes on and on. But if you actually consciously take a moment to consider the fact that your about-to-be-broadcast post is not practically perfect in every way, and if you take an additional moment to choose to be okay with that fact, you’ll conquer that perennial stumbling block that so many bloggers trip over – the double-edged sword of perfectionism/procrastination.
    • When you assemble a newspaper or educational journal (or even a school newsletter) that is scheduled to be distributed on a regular schedule, the inclination is to make everything as close to perfect as possible before you commit it to paper.
      When you control an instantaneous publishing system that is available 24/7, perfection is not only unnecessary, it’s also detrimental.
    • the power of these tools means that we have the freedom to toss out incomplete thoughts and less than perfect prose, since tomorrow (or even an hour from now) we have another chance to rethink an idea or even completely reverse ourselves, ideally based on feedback from the original post.
      Creating content for a web audience is as much a process as it is a product

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