I’ve been working on the new version of this site for some time. I’ve changed it a dozen times. I’ve changed the theme. I’ve gone back and forth on what domain should I use. What categories or subjects should I cover and so on. To the point that I never get started at all. It’s not perfect, so why start? I’m sure you can relate. But I’ve decided to just go for it. No plan, really. The point is just to do something and see what sticks. This quote from Louis C.K. really put it in perspective.
These situations where I can’t make a choice because I’m too busy trying to envision the perfect one—that false perfectionism traps you in this painful ambivalence: If I do this, then that other thing I could have done becomes attractive. But if I go and choose the other one, the same thing happens again. It’s part of our consumer culture. People do this trying to get a DVD player or a service provider, but it also bleeds into big decisions. So my rule is that if you have someone or something that gets 70 percent approval, you just do it. ‘Cause here’s what happens. The fact that other options go away immediately brings your choice to 80. Because the pain of deciding is over.
“And,” he continues, “when you get to 80 percent, you work. You apply your knowledge, and that gets you to 85 percent! And the thing itself, especially if it’s a human being, will always reveal itself—100 percent of the time!—to be more than you thought. And that will get you to 90 percent. After that, you’re stuck at 90, but who the fuck do you think you are, a god? You got to 90 percent? It’s incredible!
We also use that rule at work but we call it the 80% rule. You can always make it better later. Perfect isn’t a goal and it’s certainly not my goal. I’m perfectly happy just being good. And to get good you just have to do it, whatever it is, over and over.
So this is good enough. I’m starting here on my personal site and will just be sharing my thoughts on various subjects and just trying to figure it out as I go. No goal other than to have some fun with this whole web publishing thing again. It’s been too long.