Blogging Unplugged

How do you power up and super charge your blog. I wrote a similar post to the daily prompt on o6th Nov 2014 here.

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Power Writing or Writing Power

Let me share again a few tips which for sure will be helpful:

  1. Blog Category or Voice: Do you have a particular reason for starting your blog. People blog about photography, cooking tips, parenting, motivation and other stuff. So although this may sound implicit but it is very important for one to realize the sole motto why he is here, why am I writing the posts in the blog. Once you have a vision for your blog half of your battle is won.
  2. 1 % Rule: I read this a few months back and it is very motivating, just do 1% daily of your goal. This means at the end of the month you will achieve 30%. so in other words you can make 30 posts a month. Believe me this is possible, just give a try.
  3. Simple Sharing: Your post doesn’t need to be out of the world or a first time read for the world. Share what you know, what you have heard, what your Mom,Dad, Granny or Kid has told you or your experiences with them.You may find it trivial but there are many people out there for whom it will be a first time read, they will love it. So get rid of this belief – “I may be writing about trivial facts’. Share your experience of a book you read or a movie you saw recently, trust me people will love to read your summary and the way you have shown your interpretation skills. Be simple in writing your posts, you need not showcase your oxford dictionary skills and use the most complex words to leave your readers Google about it. Being simple will help you connect with others.
  4. Reading: One of the most important trait is to read what others are writing. Also indulge in reading stuff from other bloggers. This will help your creative imagination to divulge, you will gather more ways to coin your voice. Some good blogs which are very active and you can take inspiration from:
    1. http://ceenphotography.com/ – Photography blog and organises Daily and weekly photo challenges.
    2. http://judydykstrabrown.com – Unique mixing of poetry in posts.
    3. http://angloswiss-chronicles.com/ – Excellent creative writing and story telling.
  5. Buy Time: This one is the toughest part. I am thankful to GOD that he has blessed everyone with 24 hours, rich, fat, slim or tall all human beings are having the same time boundary. It is crucial how you plan your time, so be good in your planning and ask yourself when is the best time to do some scribbling in your post. Indeed I have to buy time from my wife, kid, office and friends to post. Morning hours works for me.
  6. Thoughts for a post: You might be having some fix time for your bog, however the best thoughts come to me at stranger times, when I am sipping a coffee in the evening, taking a bath or listening a song. Recollect your thoughts before posting, make a list of topics which came to your mind which you believe could make a good new post.
  7. Writing Prompts: Follow daily writing prompts, it will help you initially to write even in topics in which you are not comfortable. This brings us out of the comfort zone.
  8. Read what you write: Before you hit the Publish button or even after that read your post once, does it make an appeal to you. What you did not like to read, you shouldn’t expect others to read it.
  9. Be Happy: Be happy, chase your dreams and ambitions – what I want to convey is, create positive vibes by your post, talk about some skills, your photographic or your poetic side. There is a lot of negativity around. People are genuinely not interested to read about it, Be the happy person to post and soon you will be the catalyst to create a ripple of happiness like a stone thrown in still water creates ripples.
  10. Stop worrying: Stop thinking what will people think about me when they read my post. Start writing first and let others do the thinking. We should not worry about actions which are beyond our control. This is a single reason which is killing the dreams of millions – “The worlds biggest fear, what they will say my dear”.Bury your worries and be free from fear of others,, create trust in yourself and you will be rocking not only in your blog but wherever you are.
  11. Engage and interact with others.
  12. Respect comments on your blog and also be kind to leave a word in other posts which you like.

So just get going and set your post rolling out.

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If life gives you oranges

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If life gives you lemons, oh pity lemons. I pity lemon for being the subject of continuous assault by the corporate world which made lemons so infamous indeed 🙂 and making it indeed a  fruit portraying low esteem and low value despite its nutritional and medicinal values.

Said that basically the phrase “When life gives you lemon make lemonade out of it” implies that you were expecting something other than lemon, may be apples. Also the sour taste of lemon makes it a victim.

If, ifs and Ands were pots and pans there would have been no need for tinkers hand.

If there is Life, there is a struggle and if we get oranges and lemons then only we realize the value of sweeter side of our life. Nothing is more fulfilling than the sense of achievement doesn’t matter whether you squeeze the lemons or oranges or sell them.

So life will keep on giving oranges and lemons we need to

1-Add more oranges and give it back to the person.

2-Sell them considering they are diamonds.

3-Make it someone else’s oranges, or look for associating more people with some common area of concern. So now basically it will be a global problem and they everyone needs to look for a solution.

4-Look for ways to bartering it.

So essentially there is no need to worry for lemons and oranges it’s just the way you handle situations and there are no coaching for it, life is the best teacher and it will make you learn what you need to do with your lemons.

Enjoy and lots of love and hugs to all.

If you want to be heard speak up

Amongst the many fears that co-exist in our life is the fear of Glossophobia. It is is the fear of public speaking or speaking in discussions. People are reluctant and find it hard to lead the conversations, get involved into conversations or coin their opinion. Largely one of the reasons is their introvert nature which would confine them in getting involved or beginning a conversation.

If you want to be heard speak up – Bill Cosby.

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Speak up… to be heard.

Going by the popular quote it is true that speaking is an excellent attribute in both personal as well as professional life. It requires you to take initiatives by leading the talk. One can easily practice and change his ways to be an effective speaker and gather attention. In my opinion to begin with this, the key is to start socializing, talk to more people around you and try to do small chit chat when you reach office, rather than landing at your desk and leaving on time and talking to your restricted few with whom you feel comfortable. You will realize that there is a wide world waiting to be explored around you, you might discover someone who shares the same passion on photography like you. Just break the jinx.

Presenting trainings and seminars over the past few years has taught me a lot in starting them, dealing with the audience and to closing it successfully.

After attending one of the programs I was not satisfied with the training; I decided to create my own tailored program on the subject and coordinated with the stakeholders regarding my plans and rolled it out. It was a huge success and after 2-3 sessions of 4 hrs I started full day sessions. The biggest success lies in the fact when people leave the program with a value add and satisfaction and it is always good to gather their thoughts and next steps after the session.

I learned a lot over all these years since then and have been leading many programs with enthusiasm.

The following aspects should be kept in mind when you plan to take up trainings/seminars or lead the talk:

  1. Be a master of your topic
  2. Break the ice and engage the audience
  3. Listen patiently
  4. Interact with people
  5. Don’t let the session run out of your hand, interrupt where required.
  6. Take feedback and monitor value add and work on continuous improvement based on it. It also opens another window of ideas from the participants.
  7. A lot of passion! – If you are not passionate in the topic you are handling you will definitely mess it up.

When I started seminars, I was always comfortable to speak to an audience with all strangers, so the song from Pink Floyd Is there anybody out there, always used to jingle in my mind. There was definitely a sense of strange fear and anxiety when I saw a known face sitting in the audience. However as you progress it does not come in between and after some experience it ceases to exist.

Doctors know this feeling very well as they are more confident when they operate a patient not known to them rather when someone close to them is under the knife.

Thanks for reading, share your opinions too would be good to read about it and explore everyone’s view, love you all, lots of kiss and hugs.

Thank you for this beautiful world

 

A few days back my 6 year old insisted to join me for the morning prayers. She would get up take a bath and join me for the morning prayers.

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Thank you Oh Lord for all that you have given to us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whilst I did my usual daily prayers and thanked Lord for whatever he has given me. She would repeat word by word after me and to end with she added

“Thank you God for giving us the beautiful world.”

She repeated it again and this time she added, “Hey Daddy ! Why don’t you repeat the last line after me.”

Her prayers were real and full of truth and innocence, she was not asking anything but thankful for what God has given us.

That day my daughter taught me very important aspects of life:

  1. We forget the real joy of life and the abundant things we are blessed with, after all we are the only planet where life exists in the milky way and
  2. Children’s teach us a lot and act as an eye opener to us. We just need to spend more quality time with them.

Let’s start to stop worrying about petty stuff and be thankful to the Almighty for all that you have been blessed with.

Right Here Right Now…

Right here right now is the perfect time to do everything.

Get up get going rock the world because it’s the time to do right now or never.

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Right Here Right Now – Do it now or never

Enjoy the fragrance of life

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Enjoy the fragrance of life…

Right now Milk a Cow

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Enjoy a dance party or host one.

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Take your favourite ride.

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Right now play an adventure sport.

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Enjoy a puppet show right now

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Right here play your favourite music instrument

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Enjoy the Masala Food and add spice to your life.

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Dance in the rain…

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Listen live to your favourite band right now

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Enjoy your favourite drink right now.

 

Enjoy your favourite drink right now.

 

Get your hands dirty on cooking right now –

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Take the perfect selfie or velfie right here right now, until you succeed.

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Listen to this song right now – trust me

Trust me – so that you can experience the best video on survival of the fittest right now.

Do it now or regret forever….

New Dreams New Visions New Year

With the onset of the new year we have yet another 365 days of adventure.

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With new dreams, hopes and vision let us all make the best out of it and set our goals which we desire for in the year. It should not pass by as just another year to add to your age. So do something, make your wish list, get up and get moving, do it now or never.

This is what I wish to accomplish in the new year and wish I am able to make them true:

1-Health: Lead a more healthy life with lots of exercise and good food to add on.

2-Staying Connected: Getting in touch with more people and socializing and getting in touch with friends and family with whom not have been in regular touch.

3-Learn More: Learn and explore more on various areas of my interest including photography, music and places.

4-Blogging: Will try to be more regular on my blogs and manage my time.

5-Excel: Try to reach new venues in the professional front.

So let us all jump start the new year and hope it has the best in store for us.