Are you okay with good enough?
Launching this new site and migrating three years of blog posts has been a great experience for me. Not only did it expose me to the expertise and incredible support available through JBS Partners and Blog Wranglers, but Jim Spencer himself walked alongside me through the process. When it comes to heroics, all he lacks is a cape.
I tried to move the blog myself. Ran into the phrase Apache code. Became paralyzed in fear. Found Jim. Here I am. A long story made gloriously short.
But that's not the whole story.
You see, I'm a tweaker. Whether it's page layout, words, furniture or throw pillows, I feel that with just enough time and rearranging, I can make things practically perfect in every way. To launch this website, I had to give up some of my tweak time.
We had to reach a point where it was "good enough" to launch. That meant we would have to resolve some things after it was live...in front of everyone.
What did I learn?
If you've ever raised an adolescent (or if you remember being one) you know the average teen or pre-teen is convinced that his or her shortcomings are constantly being observed and evaluated by the entire world. Launching this website found my psyche tumbling backward to that kind of thinking.
I was sure that people who mattered (let's remember who just wrote about that!) would notice the meta title hadn't changed; the blog posts of three years all looked as if they'd been written on April 1st of this year (which is sort of funny when you think about it); that the fonts weren't yet perfect; that my slip was showing...whatever.
The point...no one cares. Well, Jim cares, which is why I love him, but no one else minds whether or not I achieved perfection here, they just want to know what I'm doing. And really, many who arrive at this site on any given day might have tumbled in by accident. Those who arrive intetionally aren't here to critique, just to learn.
What are you holding back because you are afraid of judgement? What goodness are you blocking while you wait to be great?