Writing the first article of a personal blog is hard. You want it to perfectly set up everything you think you need it to – your voice, your topics, your tone. You try so hard to make it perfect that you end up spinning your wheels and never getting around to posting it.
Then one night at 3AM you realize that the first article of a personal blog doesn’t need to be perfect, it needs to be. Getting something out there is more important than making something perfect. The first draft is more important than the final draft of a novel because it gives you something to work with. And yes, I realize I just said the same thing in three different ways.
Last fall, I tried to start a personal blog and I got tripped up because I had no idea what I wanted it to be. Can I discuss more than one topic? I want to discuss writing and movies/TV, I want to discuss gender equality and feminism, and I also want to discuss programming and technology since I’m learning to program. Having to pick just one topic tripped me up before, but now I’m not going to worry about it and instead write about whatever strikes my fancy. It’s my personal blog, so why not. What voice am I going to write it in? Whichever voice is necessary to get the point across.
No one ever wants to write a #SpaghettiTacoHamburger, but trying so hard to be perfect that you never accomplish anything is worse.
Stopping myself from doing things because I’m afraid they aren’t going to be perfect is a flaw of mine and has prevented me from doing a lot of things in my life. This first article is my first step to correcting that.