Too Much of a Perfectionist?

Last Update: October 22, 2014

I am at the point with my blog that I need to add more content. I know how important it is to provide my readers with interesting and useful information so they will keep coming back to my site. In fact, I literally have a list of over 100 topics that I'd like to post articles on! It has become a daunting task for me.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy researching and writing articles, but I find that I edit them so much to get them "just right" that it sometimes takes me an entire day just to get one new article posted. I am concerned that my grammer has to be perfect or readers will not believe that I am an 'expert' on the topics I write about. Then, I have to consider the number of paragraphs, intro, ending, etc. - yes, I recall those lessons from English class many, many years ago!

I thought I might speed up the process by purchasing some articles from other authors and places like Elance. After I read the submissions I paid for, I found myself editing them as well! They didn't sound quite like me or flow well enough. I couldn't put my name on something like that, so I ditched that idea.

The solution for me has been to invite other authors to guest post on my site. I don't allow outside links within the articles, only an author credit at the end of the article. My site is pretty active so it takes, ideally, about 10+ new articles per month to keep it where I am satisfied. I choose the authors based on my topics and their expertise, then I personally invite them to submit something specific. Most of the authors offer affiliate programs for their products or services so I have a relationship with them now as well.

I still take time to write some of my own content, but now I have less pressure to write all day long by bringing others in to help. Since their name is on the article, rather than mine, I don't feel as compelled to correct every little detail and have learned to let go of, just a little, control.

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Terry661 Premium
Sounds like a great solution to "Writer's Block". Hope it works well for you.
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1sourcebiz Premium
What a great idea!! I'm afraid I'd still find myself reaching for the whiteout if I got someone else to guest write for me ... It's nice to know I'm not the only perfectionist around these parts.

NOTE: DO NOT try this at home - whiteout is hard to get off your monitor.
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Dfishell Premium
Funny! It's tough to let go, but it's a step in the right direction if you can wrap your mind around the idea that the article is not really YOU.
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MurieB86 Premium
That's one way to do it indeed. In my case, my website is very personal to me and I want the readers to see that I'm writing my blog posts from personal experience or from my own research. I'm quite a perfectionist as well, but I learned to make things easier on myself.

For my product reviews for example, I'm writing the pros and cons about the product as I research it. That way it's much easier to write a good blog post on it.
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Dfishell Premium
So, how long does it usually take for you to write one post?
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MurieB86 Premium
It usually takes two days. I'm not writing non stop, though. So when you ask how long it usually takes to write blog post effectively then I would say half a day to a day. It also depends on how inspired I feel.
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davyrobot Premium
Hi Debbie! -

I wrote this post for you - some time ago!

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/davyrobot/blog/don-t-worry-be-crappy
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Dfishell Premium
You knew I was coming!
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davyrobot Premium
Hi Debbie! -

I have seen you many - many - times!

And not always wearing the same hat! :)

I like to take this opportunity - to share one more of my 'rumblings' -- If I my!

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/davyrobot/blog/invisible-influence
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Dfishell Premium
You my and I enjoyed it. Hit the nail on hte head with that one!
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davyrobot Premium
I am pleased you found it useful! :)
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divadejunk Premium
Excellent points. Thanks for sharing.
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