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Today marks 7 years of writing here on this platform every day.

What started out as a rant about the tragic Marikana event has ended up as a daily blog where I shared my thoughts. Initially it was hard to write every day, but over time, it became a habit, and later an obsession.

I have been reflecting on this 2,588 post journey over the past few days and I thought I would share what I have been most grateful for.

[1] Learning to show up.

I have writing every day since 2012. 7 years later, I believe every person should write or blog every day. Show up every day and share your thoughts.

One reason I encourage people to blog is that the act of doing it stretches your available vocabulary and hones a new voice. You won’t get it for a while, but you’ll get it.

To one person who wrote in and said he did not think he had anything interesting to say, I asked him whether he was boring in person too? Boring at breakfast? Boring on a date? That boring?! Probably not.

Since 29 August 2012, I showed up, every day, did my best to share something of value. On some days, the learnings sucks. On others, it is passable. And, every once a while, it is insightful. But, regardless, I show up, remember to breathe deeply, give thanks, focus on what I’m learning, and share.

It is my daily meditation and I’m not sure what I would do or who I would be without it.

[2] Learning to think and learn.

I started writing here because I was short of confidence after an incident where I would found myself incapable of failing gracefully. I thought writing about my failures may change the way I think about them.

Asking myself “what did I learn?” every day for 7 years has helped me understand what it means to live with a growth mindset.

When you write your thoughts down, you clear space in your brain for more ideas.

The more I write, the more I learn, the more I understanding things I would not ordinarily understand had I not jotted down my thoughts.

I write at least one a day. I queue up the extras, and replace ones I don’t love with a new one.

This discipline does two things… first, it treats each post as a precious opportunity (which it is) and second, it cajoles me into overcoming whatever little voice in the back of my head says “nahhhh.”

[3] Learning to make and keep commitments.

Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress, says that we blog for two people: ourselves and one other person who we can picture reading what we write. The important principle I carry when I write is that I always write for myself.

If I wrote for other people, I would have stopped a lot time ago when people didn’t read my grafitti on my blog wall.

I always tell myself, even if no one reads my blog, I will continue writing.

While I could always count on my close friends to read my notes, I have also met many wonderful people along the way.

The only reason I blog is because I love it.

I love being able to create something that feels like a gift, giving an idea that spreads, that may improve something for someone.

I’m certain [just speaking for myself] that if I figured out a way to profit from it, I would probably be starting down the road to wondering how to maximize that profit, and if I tried to do that, I would fail. The idea is not use reader of this platform for financial gain.

I started writing here because I thought I would learn how to write better and think better.

And, while I hope I have gotten better at that, I am certain that this process has taught me how to live better. And, I could not be more grateful.

Not only did I learn how to write every day, but I also learned commitment… commitment to show up every day even when you don’t feel like it.

The journey is definitely the reward.

Thank you for being part of the journey.

Sawubona!

4 thoughts on “7 Crazy Years of Blogging Every Day

  1. Good day Mr Roche Mamabolo.

    I am Moafrika Wa Maila. I will love to get your mentorship on blogging. I will love to share my ideas.

    I must say… I love ideas that you share on this platform. They are quiet enlightening and brilliant.

    Thank you.

    1. Thank you so much my Leader. I’m working on a blog series sharing tips on how to blog consistently.

      I’m also working on putting together a free e-learning workshop on blogging and writing. I will certainly let you know once it is ready.

      Keep up the good work on your side. It matters. You matter.

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