Something Is Better Than Nothing (Tip #1)
One of my goals this year is to be more active in the WA community, and one of the things I'd like to do is start blogging here a bit more. I've set the goal of one post per week so that
- 1. I don't bite off more than I can chew
- 2. I can take the time to write something useful
Just on a whim, I thought it would be a good idea to have some tips that other members may be able to use. I'm not sure if I will keep doing this, so there may be no Tip #2, but just thinking about it now, I have some good ideas.
Tip #1: Something Is Better Than Nothing
Yes, I'm going to start out with something that I'm sure some people will disagree with me on, but this is how I have to work sometimes.
For example, I've been telling myself that I need to write a blog post this week. It's now 0:40 on Friday, and I've been thinking about this since Monday.
Finally, I sat down at my computer, and said to myself, "I don't care if it's good or not, I just need to get it done".
So here I am, writing this post.
I'll spell check at the end, and do a quick once-over for huge errors, but I'm not going to over analyze it or try to make it perfect.
It'll be done, and I'll have that monkey off my back.
I do this with my websites sometimes too.
I get so caught up in other things, or wanting to make something perfect, or worrying about doing something wrong, that nothing gets done.
I've learned over the years that a blog post filled with typos and 404 links can still make money, and that's why we're here right?
In fact, I've been going over some of my old work recently, and it's horrible. I can't understand how anyone could ever have read that stuff and think, "Wow, this guy sounds like he knows what he's talking about".
But it made money, and I'm doing much better work now.
Of course it's a pain to go back and fix the problem too...
But the point is that perfection will not make your websites a success.
I don't know what will, but based on my experience, it's certainly not perfection.
Before someone jumps in the comments and says that quality is what brings return visitors and what-not, yes, that's true too. High quality design, content, and these things do have their place in our campaigns, and is what we should all be shooting for.
But, ok, well, I'm running out of steam here, so I'll summarize.
Try to make good stuff, but when you're in a pinch, anything is better than nothing.
I'm sure that most of you reading this are not doing something that you should be doing right now. Seriously. Something is better than nothing, so go do it, or it'll never get done