I almost didn’t start this website; I almost let myself fall into the black hole of website templates, hosting services, styling, and themes. I often seem to have a weakness to trivial details like this.

But I caught myself and followed a tip from a friend instead: “Start simple from before you even begin: stay simple in how you think of it, and how you make it. Don’t let people tell you it needs to be any more complex than this.”

With that, I just started writing. I didn’t fuss about the trivial details, I just posted essays. Eventually I sorted out the website templates and styling, but not until I had first developed a habit for writing.

Similarly, the original essays I published here had (many) (large) flaws, but I could (and did) revise later. It was never going to be perfect unless I started practicing and starting posting.

Are you hesitating on something because of details? When you start, do it imperfectly. Do it imperfectly intentionally. Only do what’s essential for now, and don’t drown in froth. Assume that your motivation is unstable—and expect that any fussing could delay you into permanent inaction. Start simple, keep your momentum, figure out the details later.