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Trouble with Expression

billchao

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It's kind of odd. It's not like I have problems in social situations or anything, but I find I spend a lot of time typing up drafts and then deleting them. I've done it three times already, trying to start this blog. I just noticed I spent more than an hour on the site just now, going through different threads, composing responses. Some things I even took the time to research as part of my response. Then, for some reason or another, I decide it's not worth posting and delete the whole thing. It's not just recently, either. I've done this through all the years I've been a member of TST.

I can't put my finger on it. I'm certainly not shy. I'm not afraid to make mistakes, embarrass myself, etc. I just did it again right now; got up to make myself a drink and almost talked myself into deleting this draft.

Is it perfectionism? Am I trying too hard to be perfect at something that can't be perfected? I think I do the same thing with golf. I have to get over this somehow, since life is not about perfect. I'm planning to go back to school next semester and I need to seriously get over this. The point isn't to get a 4.0 GPA.

BTW I just did it again. I didn't like my original title so I thought about changing it. While I was figuring out what I wanted to change it to, thought about deleting the whole entry because it probably isn't worth sharing. Damnit.


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I do the same thing all the time. I delete a lot of drafts thinking they just don't contribute enough to the conversation. I don't want to be that guy that throws my 2 cents at everything when others have already made the same points multiple times over multiple pages. Then when I finally craft a good post and go to hit "submit" I'm notified 10 other posts just came in and now I'm behind on the conversation. It's a never ending cycle. 

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Just hit post. If necessary, clarify later. Or say "oops, I screwed up."

Just Do It™.

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I'm constantly writing responses and then right before I hit "Post" deleting the whole thing. You're not the only one.

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I'm the same way. Write it, edit excessively, delete. It's already been said.

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Guys, seriously, just post it.

In fact, I want everyone here to try to commit to "just post it" for the next two weeks.

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Glad to know I'm not alone. I will commit to "just post it" and see what happens.

Nothing bad. :-) You'll just get more teed balls under your name more quickly.

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Nothing bad. :-) You'll just get more teed balls under your name more quickly.

Good. Since I can't seem to find time to golf, I'll still be able to get some balls on a tee :-D

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Yah, but think of all the times delete has been your friend! I know it has for me. Ok, I'll try to just post it. Not sure that will work, as I'll just shy away from writing drafts that I'll be unsure of. Certainly no visiting the political threads for me while this policy is in effect.;-)

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I do the same thing all the time. I delete a lot of drafts thinking they just don't contribute enough to the conversation. I don't want to be that guy that throws my 2 cents at everything when others have already made the same points multiple times over multiple pages.

This pretty much sums it up for me as well - See, I'm doing it again. Darn it.

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On 10/28/2015 at 11:04 AM, iacas said:

Guys, seriously, just post it.

In fact, I want everyone here to try to commit to "just post it" for the next two weeks.

I don't know Erik, you might end up doing double time curtailing lawless behavior!

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