24 Comments

  1. Ana
    January 11, 2017 @ 11:33 pm

    Love this blog post. It really spoke to me. I am planning out and setting the foundation for my blog, and I was starting to feel like I was digging a hole for myself instead by planning and learning the science behind posting blog posts. LOL.

    Thanks for this post!

    XOXO, Ana

  2. Vanina
    January 12, 2017 @ 2:43 pm

    Thank you so much for this post!! I so needed to hear that. I always wait for it all to be “perfect” (the perfect tool, the perfect blog…etc) like actual perfection exists? I chase my tail on this issue more times then I like to admit! Thanks Ruth for always encouraging us to keep going. Can’t wait until February until you EliteBlog 2.0 comes out!! yaaay

  3. Nia Spence
    January 12, 2017 @ 3:05 pm

    Thank you Queen Blogger! This email was right on time! All I think about is making my blog perfect instead of just getting down to it and writing. I am glad to be apart of your Network Ruth. You really know what your doing!

  4. Natalie
    January 12, 2017 @ 3:40 pm

    I read this post at just the right time. I sometimes get frustrated that I haven’t quite found my groove and my voice yet… but you’ve made me feel that that is totally OK and to just go with it and see how my blog progresses naturally. Thanks!

  5. Julie
    January 12, 2017 @ 3:41 pm

    Thanks for another great post. I just started using an editorial calendar this month and I love the idea of being “intentional”

  6. Kathlene Tuengel
    January 12, 2017 @ 5:18 pm

    Thank you, I totally needed to hear this, I haven’t posted much because I wanted my posts to be perfect, punctuation, clarification, to make it the best so I wouldn’t be embarrassed. I read a lot of posts, and they are perfect, I get engrossed in the post and I learn so much. I keep telling myself I will never be that good. I am enrolled in the next school classes and I can’t wait. I want to put my fear behind me and move out of my shell. Thank you for this post.

    Kathlene

  7. Elaine Mingus (RadicalChristianWoman.com)
    January 12, 2017 @ 5:26 pm

    Best. Blog. Post. Evah.

    Not. Sure. People. Still. Use. This. Type. Of. Sentence.

    #overdone

  8. Debbie Atkins
    January 12, 2017 @ 10:04 pm

    Very encouraged to keep moving toward my goal and path as a b!other. I’m new and yet to start but intend to very soon. Thank you for the encouragement you give.

  9. Karina
    January 13, 2017 @ 6:57 am

    So true.. I would be so much further along in my business if I would just let go and post! Perfectionism has been the downfall of my blog for the last year. I haven’t even told my friends about the blog because I don’t want people I know to read what I write because it’s not great… Thanks for the advice! Time to write!
    ~ Karina

  10. Susan
    January 13, 2017 @ 10:11 am

    Great advice Ruth. I let fear stand in my way over and over… fear of not being interesting enough or giving enough value or coming up with enough ideas. Just do it, is what I got out of this.

  11. Laura
    January 13, 2017 @ 11:39 am

    This is perfect Ruth, especially for newbies as well as those of us who have been blogging (not quite as long) but who also know that they change too. Funny, I guess that’s why we have New Year’s resolutions, we all want some sort of change. But for bloggers, it’s also about re-evaluating themselves.

    Love it! Always a fan and follower.

  12. Kate Campion
    January 13, 2017 @ 10:31 pm

    Thanks for this Ruth! I followed your advice and created an editorial calendar. I also realised there were a few categories I had been planning that I just didn’t feel inspired about (or competent in) so just crossed them off the list! Looking forward to EBA.

  13. Kristin
    January 14, 2017 @ 1:13 am

    Well, that was freeing! Thank you so much for the encouragement, Ruth!

    • Hippie
      March 8, 2017 @ 2:32 pm

      A minute saved is a minute eanerd, and this saved hours!

  14. Jennifer Dagi
    January 14, 2017 @ 7:17 am

    I was actually laughing while reading this post because it reminded me of how I was last year. I used to blog about anything that came to my mind. This year, I’ve planned out all my posts and I hope to follow them according. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Joy
    January 14, 2017 @ 9:32 am

    Love this. Thank you for your transparency!

  16. Jessica P
    January 18, 2017 @ 9:29 am

    Super helpful post! Thanks so much! Especially helpful for someone like me who’s just started and needs direction on how to really get going! I can’t wait for EBA 3.0 in Feb!

  17. Zoe Brown
    January 18, 2017 @ 1:08 pm

    Yay! So many golden nuggets in this post!

    I’ve shared this with a blogging group that I’ve been supporting these past months. Fear and perfection have been a struggle for a lot of us. But when you “do it afraid” so many great things can happen!

    And as far as intentionality and discipline, tools like Grammarly, Co-Schedule’s Headline Analyzer, your blog, etc. can help us.

  18. Mark Leiker
    January 23, 2017 @ 9:03 pm

    This is great advice! I am just getting started, and this helps quite a bit.

  19. John Richardson
    January 26, 2017 @ 12:55 pm

    As a long time blogger, I’ve seen the blogging landscape change radically over the past few years. People don’t comment much anymore, and the blog post debate goes on whether to have long posts (2000 plus words) for authority or super short posts with graphics for social sharing.

    I’ve found if I’m doing long posts it takes a lot of time to create one, especially if I got out to 3K words. This has made it harder to be consistent with a posting schedule. For 2017, I’m going to try the daily short post route again for a few weeks and see if I get a different result. Really like your site and your advice.

  20. Wendy B
    January 26, 2017 @ 2:20 pm

    Thanks so much for telling me what I needed to hear!!

    It is certainly a push in the right direction 😉

  21. benjamin moore
    January 26, 2017 @ 6:08 pm

    Thanks Ruth, I have definitely felt my blog going through some changes. But I will admit I felt scared that my current readers would get confused. So thanks for giving us new bloggers, in a sense, permission to change as time.

  22. Edi
    February 6, 2017 @ 11:50 pm

    Thank you for this post Ruth! I just needed to read something like that today. Giving myself permission to not be perfect will be my new motto as I build my blog. It makes so much sense when you say that our minds will change overtime about what we want to write about. It feel comforting to read it. Thank you!

  23. Lee
    February 24, 2017 @ 7:06 am

    Thank you so much for this post… I truly needed to read this, both for my blog and my thesis. I’m loving to read you blogging advice, hopefuly one day I have more than 3 page views a day 😀