I got a great book for Christmas from my sweet husband, Gretchen Rubin’s new Happier at Home. Her “Happiness Project” blog was what inspired me to start this blog in 2007, and a chapter in the book sort of struck home. She paraphrases Voltaire about “not letting perfect be enemy of done” – in other words, letting good enough be good enough.
I run a content marketing business. I teach people to blog for a living. and it made me self-conscious. I’m afraid this little blog has languished because I’ve learned too much about what a blog should be. It now takes me hours to post as I resize pictures or look up references or try and summarize months in a single post. For example, right now I’m itching to 1. Pull out my laptop so I can type faster (I’m tapping this out on my phone, with a sweet dreaming baby sprawled on my chest); 2. Dig up the photo I took with Gretchen at Blogher; 3. Read my first blog posts all over again and reminisce; and 3. Put an image of the book cover and an Amazon link in the post. By the time I did all that I’d have been interrupted a half-dozen times and probably never post anything.
So. New Year’s Resolutions 2013: Get over myself. Let “good enough” reign. Stop letting Facebook sub in for actual writing. Blog more. Capture memories and ideas more often. Heaven knows my memory isn’t going up to the job these days!