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So you’re thinking about actually making the big step and buying an author website, or maybe you’ve already taken the leap and signed the check.

At Author Media, we understand what a big deal this is, and how scary it can seem.

However, there’s one trap that authors tend to fall into when building a website (or maintaining one, for that matter).

The perfectionist mentality

One thing every serious aspiring author knows is that he isn’t perfect, and that learning the craft of writing publishable work is a long process. If you don’t accept this fact, you become so tied up with making everything you write perfect that you’re unable to write anything. Progress begins when you accept imperfection and decide to write anyway.

What many authors don’t realize is that this applies to websites as well.

There’s no such thing as the perfect website.

That includes ours. We’ve tried very hard to make it a beautiful site with amazingly helpful content, but is there room for improvement? Sure.

You may stress over every single aspect of the website process, from the appearance of the sidebar to the logo to the wording of your first blog post, but this will serve only to frustrate you without really improving your site.

God doesn’t expect perfection.

Something we’ve heard from our authors before is that since they are building this site for God, it needs to be done right. While that is a commendable perspective, the danger in that type of thinking is a tendency to fall into the perfectionist trap.

While we should our best at everything, God gives grace to grow and fail and succeed, and that grace extends to our websites too. So give your website grace. Remember that we are all works in progress, so relax and enjoy the ride! 🙂

What are some ways you have struggled with perfectionism in your writing or your website? What did you do to overcome it?

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