Sitting in the classroom and watching the professor read directly from the textbook, I had a sense on the first day that I would not learn anything in this class. It was very unfortunate because it was a psychology class, a subject that I’ve always found interesting.
But I stayed in my seat. I didn’t walk out. I didn’t drop the class. Somehow my brain seems to circulate thoughts that I can make it through anything, I’m invincible, or simply that it is not that bad.
There are some things that you can stick through. But if you know something is likely to make you miserable or get worse, why would you stay?
Knowing when to call it quits is one of the great gifts of experience and retrospect. It might seem silly, but I wish I had walked out of that very first class. It wouldn’t be until years later when I would have the experience to know when something would be a waste of my time. It is still a weakness that I’m working on, my will to work through anything, even to my own detriment.
Learning when to say no, to quit and walk away, is something I understood during that first class.
It’s okay to write short blog posts
When people are talking about content, it might be easy for me to respond to a question like “How long should this blog post be?” with an answer about Google, SEO, and content performance.
But the true answer is that you write content for the length it needs. Your story matters, whether you make it detailed or share with the brevity of a tweet.
Sometimes a short post is what you need. A quick update, with vital information? That content doesn’t have to be 1,000 words. A short post might be easy, or you might find that keeping the content brief is hard.
A broad topic, with many ideas branching off it? You’ll probably need a long post with several sections, or maybe a series of posts.
When it comes to content, for me, I have to make myself quit tweaking. To stop messing with words and feeling like it could be better. I need to pull the plug, pass the content to the client, or hit publish. You have to remember that perfect is the enemy of done.
It’s okay to write short posts. You can take that nugget, the bit that really matters, and cull everything else out of that blog post. Thought leadership requires the ability to speak about a subject in depth, while also being able to concisely sum it up.
Put out your idea, your thought, and hit publish. Quit editing and hiding your work.
If you have ideas and work you want to share – reach out. Let’s talk about the content you need and how you can make it.
Thanks for reading <3