Too Much of a Perfectionist?
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.