I picked a bad time in my life to try The Nester’s 31 Days of blogging challenge.
We had just moved…out of our home, out of state, and into storage. We were living with family until we could get settled, and every week, I waited to hear that maybe this week would be the week we would move into our own space.
And so we did. Right in the middle of 31 days.
And so I discovered yet another area of my life where I needed to Let Go of Perfect.
Before I started 31 Days, I had been in such a busy stage of life that I was only able to write about one good post a week. And yet suddenly, I was able to do 31 Days. Why? The only thing that changed was that I lowered my standards on a good blog post.
In fact, I did such a great job of letting go of perfect that I didn’t even complete the task–I skipped several days during our move and I’m thrilled that I did that.
Here’s what I learned during my 31 Days of Imperfect Blogging
1. I learned how to write quickly.
2. I learned to write in my head in the car, while running, or while washing dishes. I would jot ideas in a notebook and crank them out on the computer when I had time, sometimes writing 3 posts in one sitting and only spending about 10-30 minutes per post. Before, it might take me hours to write, edit, make an image, check SEO, and promote a post.
3. I learned to write more succinctly. One of my grad school professors really worked with me on honing this skill, but having my own “mommy blog” has allowed me to relax too much in this area. So I’ve gone back to less is more. Say it in a sentence, not a paragraph. Most of us don’t have time to read long-winded articles anyway.
In fact, now that I’ve learned to write daily, quickly, and more succinctly, I’m finally going to start looking for freelance writing jobs, which is something my husband and I have wanted me to do for quite some time. Now I’ve finally got the guts to do it.
4. The Pinnable Image is no longer a high priority. To successfully participate in 31 Days, I had to give up this idea of a perfect post and a perfect image.
Cell phone picture. This is not awesome blogging, people.
Now anyone who blogs will tell you that a pinnable image is essential. Posts go viral on Pinterest all the time, all because they have an awesome image. And this is true. Trust me, I love it that I have posts that have been pinned thousands of times. It brings crazy traffic to my blog.
But every post need not be pinnable. In fact, I chose a series that’s not really Pinterest worthy. This is not 31 Days of Recipes, 31 Days to a Spotless House, or 31 Days of Eating Healthy. Perhaps we’re already inundated with perfection via Pinterest, because when I mentioned a health or fitness series to my readers, they all overwhelmingly said they wanted this series.
5. So I wrote for my readers. And for me. This is the series that we wanted. We wanted this journey. We wanted more joy and less perfect. More faith and less control. More God and less of us.
I’ll leave you with a verse and a thought.
1 Corinthians 10:31 says “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
I want to honor God in all that I do–motherhood, homemaking, and homeschooling, among so many other things.
But I would argue that doing things for the glory of God means less about doing it perfectly and more about doing it with the heart of Christ. That is a heart filled with humility and the fruit of the spirit–love, joy, peace, and patience, to name a few.
Let’s do motherhood God’s way and let go of perfect.
What was your favorite post in the series? Where have you most felt challenged this month?
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