Designing in the open, letting go of perfection

I've finally released the next iteration my site, albeit unfinished, and that's OK.

At the start of March, I went to the wonderful EnhanceConf during the workshop I was chatting to Aaron Gustafson about a project I'd been working on for the last month, he suggested that I share my thoughts. My stomach churned and my mind went into overdrive.

But my website isn't ready, it's so hard to publish on...

The typography is terrible...

Nobody is going to want to read what you write Ben...

An all too familiar mental battle that has created a barrier to sharing. I agreed and said I should, and made mental notes to double down on sorting the site out and getting it released and to start writing more.

On arriving home, and revisiting the talks at EnhanceConf I read an article on Aaron's site and an old post from Brad Frost. Reading these posts inspired me and lead me to realise. This is my website. My part of the web. I don't need permission to do anything on it. It's liberating to let go of the concept of complete and perfect. A website is never finished and it was foolish of me to think otherwise.

I stopped procrastinating and started to question what was essential for release, in the end, there was only one essential feature, I can publish content and someone is able to read that content. Everything else was an enhancement. The next day I released my website, drastically pared back, but functional.


This is my first post for the "30-day writing challenge".