Aug 13, 2010

Happy 100!

For my 100th post I’m taking a step back to assess what this blog has become. As I mentioned in my introductory post back in March I wanted to use this platform to voice my thoughts on subjects that are of interest to me, and to engage with others.

I don’t think I could have anticipated the amount of time I would be committing when I set this up – my little pet project has morphed into something bigger than I had thought. The morphing I am speaking of relates to the contacts I’ve established and re-established with people reading the blog. I believe that in putting myself out in the open, professing my love for my people and my country, and wanting things to get better, I’ve also put myself in a position to become more actively engaged beyond just providing armchair commentary. I like to think this a level of maturity that will help guide my actions for years to come.

I do try my hardest to think through my posts because I believe my work reflects who I am, and sloppy work is unacceptable. In the same vein it has been a challenge at times to write fluidly and succinctly on some subjects that I would otherwise be inclined to approach academically. But since this isn’t a PhD dissertation, I have to put on a different ‘thinking cap’ – please bear with me as I continue to find my legs.

An important realisation I’ve come to and need to remind myself of occasionally is that this blog cannot be everything to everyone. To try would be an exercise in futility. Furthermore it would be unfair to the readers and to me as I would be unfocused and my writing haphazard. Why ruin a good thing? J

I am truly enjoying myself and look forward to growing this blog. I’ve always enjoyed writing, and relish the opportunity to keep my skills sharp. Thank you to my readers (family, new friends and old, and everyone else in between). Your support is much appreciated and valued.

Here’s to another 100 posts, and many, many more!

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

                                                                                                                                                                Frank Outlaw



Its not easy early on managing time, but it actually becomes extremely easy after some time because much of the writing becomes second nature plus you have access to an array of information. Your biggest challenge actually then becomes simply living up to people's expectations and deciding what to leave out (a difficult skill!). But then it becomes important to realise its not worth doing unless its fun! So feel free to make mistakes and just have fun with it. Anyone who doesn't like it should start theirs!

Well done and keep it up. I enjoy reading your posts!

I am sure the final output will be a book at some point!

Thanks! You're right, the writing is becoming easier as I'm getting more settled in this role I've assumed. And having fun is definitely a key component in keeping this alive!

I'll keep you posted on the book idea. It's something I've been toying with recently. If and when it happens, you're getting an advance copy.

Thanks for reading!

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