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.


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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