I am so darn deft knocking papayas down from trees with an elongated bamboo chute that I can catch those suckers on the fly.
I poke at the green stem with the chute.
When the papaya turns ripe enough to pop off of the tree.
In Fiji I know what color to look for.
Which is a different color than in Bali.
Which is a different color than in Costa Rica.
Yeah….I’ve harvested papaya all over the world.
After I poke at the green stem I jimmy the bamboo to jostle the papaya, back and forth.
Eventually, the stem breaks and the papaya drops out of the sky.
I snag the papaya with one hand, like an outfielder catching a can o’ corn.
Ask my wife Kelli; she’s seen me do this plenty of times.
Even when the papaya drops from 20 feet or more.
How in the heck can a guy originally from New Jersey become a masterful papaya picker?
How can I jostle these delicious fruits, separating them from the tree, and having the depth perception to catch these large, heavy, bowling ball sized fresh snacks with 1 hand, while I grasp an over-sized, 20 foot long coconut chute in the other hand?
Practice my friends.
I’ve harvested well over 100 papaya during my life in the tropics.
In Costa Rica.
Of course I’m gonna get skilled at catching these fabulously tropical fruits.
Blogging Contenders Versus Pretenders
Just like my papaya picking skills, I practiced writing for a minute before becoming a skilled blogger.
To the tune of writing 1,000 words a day.
Some days I wrote 10,000 words daily.
Because I know that writing separates blogging pretenders from the contenders.
If you practice writing every day you will become a more skilled writer.
If you become a more skilled writer you will become a more skilled blogger.
This is an easy concept to grasp.
But few bloggers embrace this idea.
They want to get something for nothing.
They want to make money blogging without wanting to improve their writing skills.
- land more freelance jobs
- drive more blog traffic
- boost your blogging income
- grow your email list
- opening a Word document daily
- writing 1,000 words for practice, in quiet
- either trashing the doc after you write or saving the doc to re-read at a later date
This is not a sexy practice.
But it works well.
If you work it.
Most blogging success occurs in the shadows.
I can live in Fiji or Bali for months at a time.
Because I spent hundreds of hours practicing my writing in NJ.
In truth, if you have fun writing – and you should, if you want to become a pro blogger – you will gladly write 1,000 words daily.
Labor of love.
Do you write 1,000 words daily for practice?
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