Confessions of a Geneablogging Perfectionist

Blogging has become a little difficult for me lately. Not because my blogging platform has been glitchy. Not because I don’t have things to write about or share. Not because life is crazy busy.

No, blogging has become very difficult for me because I’m a Geneablogging Perfectionist.

That’s right. I can’t seem to press the “Publish” button unless I feel the article is perfect. The picture is perfect. The flow is perfect. The time is perfect. Everything must be perfect.

Baking perfectionists?

But I’m breaking one of my cardinal rules of blogging right now: Blogging should be fun, enjoyable, and should be about sharing. My perfectionist ways have made blogging a chore and unpleasant. It has prevented me from sharing.

So, I’m here to tell you that my perfectionist ways are gone and if you are also plagued by Geneablogging Perfectionism, there is hope. You can be cured. You are not alone.

My name is Elyse Doerflinger and I am a recovering Geneablogging Perfectionist.

Photo: Historic Photograph Collection (San Jose Public Library California Room) on Flickr used via Creative Commons 2.0 License.

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5 Responses to Confessions of a Geneablogging Perfectionist

  1. I love it AND I can really identify with it. Thank you.
    Karen´s last blog post ..Surname Saturday – Olga Engdahl (1894 Sweden – 1954 CA)

  2. I have exactly the same problem. :-)
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  3. Elyse,
    Congratulations. Since my 15 years as a college professor, hearing the word “perfectionist” overused over and over – sometimes by barely competent persons, I am always happy to see realistic people ceasing to use it. Even Dr. Thomas Jones, in his great new book “Mastering Genealogical Proof” – and who has more right to be a “perfectionist” than him – speaks of doing the right things to be the best you can be… he doesn’t speak of “perfection.” Thanks, again, for sharing. And, hoping to see more “really good” blog posts I know you want, and will, share with us. Keep up the great work! ;-)
    Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith´s last blog post ..Wordless (nearly) Wednesday – Two May 1961 Photos on way to California from Iowa

  4. Oh, do I hear you. I go over and over every post until my eyes are blurred and then I look at it again the next morning and do the same thing. Thank you for providing hope — or at least good company!
    Edie Jarolim´s last blog post ..Was My Mother Reincarnated As My Dog?

  5. I worry I’ve started too haphazardly but I’m just throwing out what I find when I find it! Good luck letting go of perfectionism. It’s a wonderful thing to be free!
    Janet Brooks´s last blog post ..Pappy’s Old Homeplace – Russellville Ark

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