If you’re like me, you often find yourself in a situation, where you’re working on something that you are excited about. You want to release it into the wild and let others know what you’ve been working on, but there is that nagging voice in your head telling you to fix this and that before you do so. Before you know it, your punch list of items grows to more and more tasks. The excitement that you had begins to sour. You start to second guess the whole strategy and wonder what the original requirements of your project were.
Most of the time, it is best to pull the trigger than to wait.
Believe me, I’ve been there. Even with this blog. I had great ideas. I then started to consider blog categories. I started to think about design. I started to think about audience. I was second guessing everything.
Throughout my days, I would come across a situation that I longed to write about, but felt that I needed to perfect the H1 tag. I already started to think about the visual that I could use to go along with the post. I started to think about the tweets and facebook posts that I would use to attract eyeballs. I started to think about comments that I hoped would come in from a few people I know and respect. I started to think about all this crud that those of us who are immersed in the world of web think about ALL THE TIME.
Finally, it hit me that I just need to push publish. Before I even started, I needed a reboot.
I needed a reboot.
I spent way too much time preparing for this. It was October 16, 2012 that I documented the time of death on my last blog. Now, it is 3 months later and I’m finally adding the first post here. This blog was born out of the idea that I needed a creative reboot. My old site contained a mash-up of thoughts. It was basically was an extension of my twitter account. It allowed me to publish something longer than 140 characters and allowed the 3 people who actively read it to lurk into my life.
In 2008, I started writing so that I could hopefully share my story. At times I did a good job of that. Other times I just puked letters in the WYSIWYG and hit publish. Back then, I was in a very different place than I am right now in my life. It is hard to believe that was 4 years ago that I hit publish for the first time.
SO… (and with that my very first Ellipsis on the new site. The first of MANY) all of this to say one thing. Don’t wait. SURE there are cases where you can’t unleash a product or project before it is complete, but most of the time, you’ll be ok if there are glitches and errors. Our lives are filled with scars and blemishes that we can’t and should not try to hide. We should try to be more transparent with those we interact with.
Don’t get caught in the “almost ready” trap. Follow your gut. Keep your finger off the abort button, and go.