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Caster Semenya – A lesson

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2009/08/21 10:54 AM RssIcon

imageCaster Semenya World 800m Champion

Caster Semenya is a top South African athlete who has just won a Gold Medal and the World Champion in the 800m final in Berlin this year. But Caster Semenya’s glory has been stolen by accusations and gossip regarding her gender. “She is male” is the out cry. “She cannot run that fast without being a man” are what some of the disgruntled losers are chanting.

 

I feel for this poor girl. The humiliation and shame that she must be going through. But despite it all, she went out and faced the world, ran the race and won.

Don’t give up.

This is a great lesson to us. Blogging is not an easy task. Especially if you are competing amongst champions competing for gold. Have you ever been accused of taking someone else's content, or idea. I have. Have you ever been accused of not having original work.

Although this cannot be compared to what Caster Semenya is going through, her resolve is a huge lesson to us all.

Many South Africans have come out in defence of Caster Semenya saying "it's not about being classified as x,y,z but about what you are capable of achieving", "Stereotyping kills teams. Each person is unique. It's about your contribution, not what box you are put into"

Each blog is unique, it’s your baby. No matter how it is classified, it’s about what you are capable of achieving. Caster Semenya proved to us that hard work, dedication and loads of resolve can achieve your goal. Never give up, despite the huge odds that might be building up against you.

Many bloggers give up within the first year, because they feel their blog has not achieved their goal. Could you imagine where Caster Semenya would be had she given up on her first defeat or loss. Perhaps if she gave up now, where would she be in another years time? Giving up is the easy path, sticking with it despite the hurdles we face is the hard part.

Controversy.

One thing though is that controversy is always a traffic builder. This might not be the kind of publicity that Caster Semenya is looking for, but the controversy has put her into the limelight of the media. Caster Semenya is now a house hold name amongst all sport fans.

Controversial posts and articles will always drive traffic to your site. Writing a controversial article every now and again is a good strategy. But don’t overdo it. Music artists use this strategy over and over again. Want the public to know who you are, be controversial at times.

Be true to your self.

Another thing that Caster Semenya has taught us is that one needs to be true  to oneself. Caster Semenya could have given in to all the pressure. But she believed in her self. Despite what the world was saying, she believed in herself. We should do so as well. I might not be the best writer or even the best blogger in town. But I believe that I have a message to tell. I believe that I have knowledge to share.

If you don’t believe in yourself and in your blog, then it is bound to fail.

The proof is in the pudding

Although many would hate to admit it, the only way this cloud of doubt will go away is if Caster Semenya some way proves that she is a girl. Whatever that proof might be. It will finally put the whole matter to bed.

Sometimes we have to do that which we are totally against in order to prove our worth. The world is a sceptical and evil place. Always placing doubt on anything that might be good.

In order to become a credible source in your niche as a blogger might require you do prove some things. Don’t resist. As long as it is legal and aboveboard, peruse any means to show your credibility. Without that, your writings will be blurred in the eyes of the world.

You want your blog to succeed, take every opportunity to prove you are credible.

Read what others have to say:

http://www.myfriendshane.com/2009/08/caster-semenya/

http://www.mydigitallife.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1048619&Itemid=43

http://roadsafety.co.za/2009/08/20/what-did-800m-athlete-caster-semenya-look-like-at-school/

 

 

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Re: Caster Semenya – A lesson

Thanks alot for the link very nice post really hope this can be put to bed for better or worse as soon as possible so that she can go on with her life. So true bout the blogging I reckon as long as you're keep trying to be the best version of YOU, in your blog you'll get some measure of success there is really no need for anymore sheep out in cyberspace.

By Michael Fletcher on  2009/08/21 11:23 AM
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What beautiful words

Robert my friend, what beautiful poetic and persuasive words.

I enjoy your techno blogs, but Sir, you have a talent for social commentary.

Very well done.

Shane

By Shane on  2009/08/21 01:25 PM
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Re: Caster Semenya – A lesson

@Shane,

Such kind and encouraging words. Thanks Mate

By Robert Bravery on  2009/08/21 01:29 PM
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Re: Caster Semenya – A lesson

@Michael,

You're welcome Mate. Yep,don't pretend to be a sheep. Be you.

By Robert Bravery on  2009/08/21 01:31 PM
 
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