The Art of Embracing the Oops Moments

in Editor's Corner

You’ve probably heard that being a perfectionist will set you up for some serious heartburn in life. In blogging, it is no different. You will hit “Publish” before you are ready many times. You will wish you titled your post differently. You will wish that you used a different image in a post, or that you responded to someone’s comment differently, or that you had linked out more in a particular article.

Maybe it’s true that you should have done all of those things, but you can edit your posts. Or, you can do it better next time. I wonder if people just forget those two things.

Great Posts on Embracing Mistakes/Not Sweating the Small Stuff:

Practical Strategy: Practice hitting the “edit” and “update” buttons frequently. 🙂

How: If you make a mistake, correct it. It’s not the end of the world. Cache is not as scary as you think it may be. And stop listening to the horror stories of publishing something online and how it’s forever and can’t be changed (the people who warn you to be careful because what you put out there is permanent, blah, blah, blah). If you don’t like something, change it. Tell your readers you are updating whatever it is you are updating. And then move on.

Learn from your mistakes. Do better next time. Don’t put so much weight on a single post.

Your success is the sum of all of your activities.

Adapted from Blog Eat Blog: Simple Strategies for Blogging in a Crowded Niche. [intlink id=”3376″ type=”page”]Download it here[/intlink].

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Peter @ Polysomnographie June 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm

You know what I think, we should not wear shoes at all. We should walk bare feet if the weather permits of course. We would in that case avoid the oops moment.

Peter @ Polysomnographie June 6, 2011 at 8:07 pm

You know what I think, we should not wear shoes at all. We should walk bare feet if weather permits of course. The point that I am trying to make is if we do not wear shoes, we do not run the risk of the oops moment.

Abbie @ sailor halloween costumes September 13, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Yes, nobody’s perfect so you still have the right to commit mistakes. But mistake will remain a mistake once you don’t do something to correct it. But about the shoe thing. Thankfully, I haven’t experienced it yet. Hopefully not, well, the photo looks cute.

Jane@ Sell sell your songs online August 28, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Well said! And I love that picture. I tend to keep multiple pairs of shoes in my car, so I have on occasion come out without a matching set. Oops!

seospidy@Internet marketing August 27, 2010 at 2:24 am

Thanks for Great Advice

Barry @ Escrow August 22, 2010 at 11:17 am

I have seen people putting two different color socks, but two different shoes, nope. All my socks are black just to avoid it from happening. Also, I assume that men have less shoes in their closet than women. Probably, many woman have 25 pairs of shoes or more in their closet compared to 4 or 5 for men. I hope that I am not generalizing.

Bessy August 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm

This would be great if, we all did this. I can not tell you how many times I have done this very thing. I would rather have it right with a correction than let it ride. I know several people who could care less. I am glad that there is hope for all of us with you spreading the word.

Sherryl Perry August 20, 2010 at 6:40 pm

I’ve done the 2 different shoe thing myself. One black, the other blue – both pairs very similar. I’ve also worn 2 white shoes with different heel heights! No idea how I got out the door that time. 2 kids, a full-time job and pets may have had something to do with it.

The edit and update buttons! Yes, love them and have had to use them. Too bad we don’t get those in life too!

Jay Gumbs@IM Product Reviews August 20, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I haven’t done the shoe thing…I’m a guy.

Good advice here. If you know how many times I’ve revised comments just because I didn’t think it was ‘perfect’. Best to just say what you want to say. If anything needs clarification the comment box is still available.

Wayne Howard August 19, 2010 at 6:08 pm

LOL, I haven’t done the shoe thing since I was a kid. Of course, back then I also had way more pairs of shoes.

But yes, I proofread my posts many times over and sometimes there are still mistakes. Luckily I have good blogging buddies that will DM me if I have errors (I’m looking at your JustKissie) or I’ll just correct it later. Maybe the picure I put doesn’t look nice on the homepage, whatever. It’s not the end of the world.

Laura Davis August 19, 2010 at 10:46 am

I can’t deal with perfectionists. They drive me crazy. Sometimes something can only get so good before you need to stop and devote your time to something else. They need to take a chill pill.

Jean Sarauer August 19, 2010 at 10:38 am

I laughed when I saw this Tia because I worked a whole 12-hour shift one time with two shoes that didn’t match. And no one said a word! But, that just goes to show that our blunders aren’t nearly the big deals we think they are – most times no one else even notices. And, like you said, it’s just one post or one goofy ‘whatever’ so move on!

Kathy August 19, 2010 at 11:46 am

Everyone has done that the shoe thing at least once. haven’t they?

It is funny that you wrote this today. Just before I got my Feedburner notification that you had published this post, I made a stupid mistake myself. I published a page on my blog before I intended to do so. It wasn’t really ready. I didn’t want to post it right away because I had already published a new post earlier. I always give my posts at least on whole day to sit on the homepage before a new posts pushes them down.

I tried adjusting things but it was too late. I could not take the post down because it had already been tweeted and linked to with a couple bookmarks. I did not want the links to be giving 404 errors. I was forced to just let it be.

Like you said though, I am not putting to much weight behind one post.

catalog printers August 19, 2010 at 7:12 am

Good advice – edit early and often. And I’ve done the shoe thing, too…

Tia Peterson August 19, 2010 at 7:25 am

Thanks – I agree totally. Editing is such a natural part of blogging and it doesn’t always come before you hit Publish. It’s just about constant improvement. There’s always time to make a good change.

Ashish August 19, 2010 at 6:34 am

Hi, nice post, i too had done similar mistakes .. as stated above..

Tia Peterson August 19, 2010 at 7:23 am

Thanks, Ashish. We all have! 🙂

Ramblings of a Woman August 19, 2010 at 8:10 am

I have done the shoe thing too. Got to work that way. Mine were identical flats, one black, one navy blue, dressing in the dark, lol!

I am bad to save draft and edit over and over! I alwasy see changes I want to make! I have perfectionistic tendencies so I think that I will have to learn to chill out just a little with it!


sunny August 19, 2010 at 2:13 am

maybe put two difference shoes at the same time it is shows personality chatacters,i like this style.

Tia Peterson August 19, 2010 at 7:22 am

That’s certainly one way to look at it. lol 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

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