Purposeful Mistakes

I’ve let this site get too precious, so it’s time to make some purposeful mistakes. It’s one thing to want each post to be of a certain quality, to have a standard, but what good is that standard if it prevents you from actually posting? That’s where the idea of purposeful mistakes came up, while I was at a podcasting class at my local library. A woman in the class, who’d never heard of podcasting before (she was tagging along with her daughter) was listening to me discuss my crippling perfectionism. That, when you know what you want but aren’t at that caliber yet, like when an artist has good taste but still doesn’t have the skill to hit it yet. This idea translates across every field, industry, craft, mindset. And in this woman’s case, quilting.

She told me this old wives tale about how mistakes were purposefully made in quilts because it’s apparently almost impossible to make a quilt without making a mistake. So the idea is that quilters would make an intentional one so that it’s over and done with and they don’t fret over it. Done is better than perfect, no sense in working oneself up over perfection.

This site has existed in my mind for many years now, and two summers ago, thanks to the same podcast class (this is my third time taking the class–it’s more a support group with friends than anything, now), it actually exists with eleven posts on it. But eleven posts in the span of fourteen months isn’t very good. Eleven posts where a decent number of them were posts that I bit the bullet to get out due to timing, like a crowdfunding campaign.

Intended as a foray into academic writing, I’ve gotten too self conscious and worried. Frankly, I’m just not at the level with my ability to write and research–to articulate, more specifically–in the way that I want to. In the way that my favorite books and articles are written.

So this very informal, non-academic post is my quilter’s error. This post is my purposeful mistake so that I can get on with things and start to write more consistently and be less rigid to the types of posts and the tone.

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