Part of the New Media 101/Blogging 101 series…
A quick clip from this 45 minute presentation — The Why, What and How of Blogging.
What I will say, though, and I have to deal with this with podcasters and video a lot, is that the “P” word comes up — Perfection. They want it to be perfect before it ever sees the light of day. it will never be perfect. We all know, perfect does not exist. It is a great goal. It is a great brass ring out there that we constantly keep grabbing for. We are never going to get there. And unfortunately, what happens is, in reaching for that brass ring all the time, they never do anything. They totally abandon all the benefits they might get from all forms of new media — whether its blogging or podcasting, whatever — waiting for perfection. And I always say — I have a theater degree, that’s the degree I graduated college with. I worked in the costume shop as part of my theater degree. And we had a costume designer who was very fond of saying, “Perfect is good. Done is better! The actor has to go on stage wearing something. So if that stitch isn’t quite right, you know what? We’ll pin it. They have to go out there now.” That is something I took to heart back in the early 80’s when I was in college. Yeah, perfection is something we reach for, knowing we’ll never get there, but up until the point — we search for perfection up until the point where it prevents us from actually doing something. So, that is the balance you have to strike. You have to find that balance of “it’s not perfect, but it’s good enough. It presents my ideas clearly enough and to just try to avoid the analysis paralysis of “it’s not good enough. It’s not good enough,” and work around that because that is a very common problem that we run into.
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Previously on New Media 101/Blogging 101:
- New Media 101: Blogs as a place for your stuff
- New Media 101: Effective Reblogging
- New Media 101: Capturing the Content You Already Have
- New Media 101: Gain permission to enter people’s lives
- New Media 101: What do you blog about?
- New Media 101: Where should you “advertise”?
- New Media 101: New methods of making your work visible
- New Media 101: Visibility for your work is the best SEO
- Video: New Media 101: What are search engines looking for?
- New Media 101: Why update a web site regularly?
- New Media 101: Douglas E. Welch Segment from “Toot Your Own Horn: Self-Promotion In The Digital Age”
- New Media 101: A Blog is a Template for Your Web Site
- New Media 101: Why don’t we update our web sites?
- New Media 101: Where do you find content? from New Media Question Time
- New Media 101: Use New Media to Gain Visibility
- New Media 101: Marketing Your New Media Projects
- New Media 101: What makes a podcast unique?
- New Media 101: Have your own home base
- New Media 101: Basic New Media Gear
- New Media 101: Small business should teach their customers
- New Media 101: Provide Behind the Scenes Information
- New Media 101: You are an expert! from “Blogging and Content Creation”
- New Media 101: A Reason for Podcasting from “New Media Question Time”
- Blogging 101: Who you follow is more important…
- Blogging 101: Don’t throw away your content
- Blogging 101: The most important reason to blog
- Blogging 101: The beginning
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