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Why I write every day: And why you should too

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Since January 1st, 2019, I have pushed publish on a blog post every single day. That’s nearly a 1500-day streak by now.

But why?

The simplest reason is that my favourite author does it. Seth Godin is famous for having written a blog post every single day for around 20 years now. His streak is numbering in the 7000s and with around 20 bestsellers to boot, it’s hard to deny that there’s some sort of magic in it.

The Daily Discipline

No matter what it is, simply having a daily discipline is a great way to keep yourself accountable. It’s a great way to all but force yourself to show up, regardless of what’s going on in your life, or even your feelings about what’s going on (this is much bigger than you would think).

In a way, daily disciplines mute you to what’s going on.

Positively, mind you.

A daily discipline is a way of helping you focus on simply being you in spite all the things that are going on. This keeps you grounded, and helps in building a positive mindset.

Since it’s daily, it’s ongoing too.

Contribution Over Consumption

By writing daily, instead of simply consuming content, you’re contributing content.

Those who have done it know the difference is stark.

And it’s addictive.

It’s so addictive you find yourself wanting to create at odd hours of the day.

Not only that, since it’s daily, you find yourself searching throughout the day for the next big idea.

On a subconscious level.

What’s something I could share? What’s something that could really move the needle on this thing?

Before you know it, your thoughts are being channelled positively towards your next contribution. Your ideas have gone from rolling around in your head to having a much greater chance of doing good.

And by no means is this limited to your blog.

Generation and Communication

Speaking of ideas, we have an endless flow of thoughts, we never run out of things to say. Unfortunately, these thoughts or ideas aren’t always that great. However, writing them daily is one way to get the bad ideas out of the way so that we can focus on the good ones when they come.

Plus, when these good ideas do eventually strike, we’ve already built up a writing muscle. This means we’re able to express them more succinctly and concisely than we would have been able to had we not written every day for the past few years.

People respect people who can communicate eloquently. People respect people who are concise and straight to the point.

No showboating.

No ego.

Just good ideas articulated well.

How to Write Daily

The first and only rule is, hit publish every day.

That’s it.

You can do it for free using medium.com and use a pseudonym if you like.

No one says you have to use your real name. No one says you have to build your own website. No one says you have to invest in expensive software.

The best thing is, you can do it from anywhere. I’m using my phone right now, and you can too.

Your daily efforts channelled positively. Your ideas out there for the world to see.

And all it takes is the push of a button.

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