June 30: On This Day…

On this day, June 30:

3 Fast-Acting Ways To Get New Visitors On Your Blog

A few weeks ago, you may have seen an article that spoke about improving your website for visitors. Many of you seemed to enjoy that, but there were a few private messages that pointed out one significant flaw. That post assumes that you’re already generating web traffic. For a lot of bloggers, this isn’t the case. The internet is a wide web full of billions of users and just as many websites. It’s easy to get lost amongst all the other blogs out there.

So, today’s post will address that issue. Read on, and you’ll find some fast-acting ways to get new visitors on your blog:

Share your stuff on socials

Social media is a surefire way to get more people on your blog. Sharing your content is incredibly simple. Just copy the link, and post it. The secret is using hashtags to get more eyes on your posts. Hashtags on social media are basically keywords or trending topics people search for. It helps you reach a much wider audience as people other than those that follow you will see your posts. From here, they can click the link, visit your site, and read your content. Make sure your blog content is top-notch to keep people coming back for more.

Write for more popular blogs/websites

Guest posting is what we call this. You create content for a different website, and they post it. Plenty of outlets let you do this nowadays. It benefits them as they get regular content from all the people guest-posting. It benefits you as you take advantage of an established audience. You know a site gets thousands of visitors every day, so you can get your content out there. People click on your guest post, give it a read, and can go straight to your blog. Be sure you include a link to your blog, so they know where to find you.

Use PPC advertising

SEO is clearly a massive part of generating organic blog traffic. However, it’s not on this list as it doesn’t count as ‘fast-acting’. An SEO strategy might take weeks or months to start yielding the desired results. On the contrary, PPC advertising is more instant. Here, you bid on ads and get your blog right at the top of search results. The impact is immediate as more people see your blog and can click on it. It’s wise to look for things like Cardinal PPC management as you need a company to oversee your campaign. PPC can be cost-effective and boost your traffic, but only if you know what you’re doing. If you don’t, then some PPC management services will help.

As mentioned above, you will find other ways of getting traffic to your blog. Still, these three methods are the quickest. If you employ them now, you will likely see the impact right away. Of course, be sure your content is up to scratch. Getting new visitors can be easy, but the hard part is making them stick around. This is done with great content!

How to Improve Your Website For Your Visitors

t’s all good and well having a website that you enjoy, but if it’s not providing your visitors with what they need or expect, then sooner or later you’ll run into difficulties. While it’s sometimes tempting to follow your gut instinct, and just add whatever you want to your website, you’ll find that you have much more success if you give the people what they want. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at a few tried and tested ways to improve your website so that it’s better suited to the needs and expectations of your visitor base.

High-quality Content

To begin with, take a look at your content. There are a million and one websites for your visitors to choose from, so if you’re going to invite them into your little corner of the internet, then it’s important that you’re making it worth their while. And this means delivering high-quality content, which provides real value to your visitors. It doesn’t really matter what the content is about, per se, but just that whatever you’re providing has merit. It’s better to have 50 good pages of content, rather than a thousand pages of worthless content. If this means going back through your site and clearing out the dead weight, then so be it. It won’t be long before you’ve gained a reputation among your visitors for producing good content.

Easy to Navigate

Time is money. When people visit a website, they don’t want to spend any more time than necessary, trying to find what they came for. So take a look at the layout of your site, and ask yourself whether it’s really as user-friendly as it could be. Since you’ll be too used to your website, it’s best to ask someone who doesn’t know your website for their feedback. They might just reveal that your site is overly complicated to navigate. During the design stage, it’s easy to get carried away and make things more advanced than they need to be. Go with the idea that “simplicity is key.”

Regular Updates

If you’re going to build a successful website, then you’ll need to do more than just grab one-time visitors. They’ll help, but that’s no way to build a successful site: to do that, you’ll need people to visit again and again. But of course, if you’re not regularly updating your site, then they won’t have much incentive to do so. As such, make a plan to keep your website fresh. If the bulk of your website has to stay the same, then doing things like adding a blog or changing the theme when big holidays (Christmas, Valentine’s Day) roll around will show people that the site is actively managed.

Visitor Engagement

You might think that your website is all about you, or your company, but it’s not: it’s about your visitors. While there will, of course, be space to discuss your achievements and so on, the bulk of the content should be aimed at the people who are stopping by your site. You can also work on actively engaging with them by asking them to participate in one way or another. Even asking their opinion at the end of a blog post can be something positive for them.

Keep it Online

There’s nothing worse than trying to visit a website and being hit by a “this page is offline” notice. Unless your site is groundbreaking, there’s every chance that the visitor won’t return after they’ve had that experience. As such, one of the best ways to improve things for your visitors is to simply ensure that things are online, always. If you’re having issues with this, then it could be that you need to change your hosting plan. Take a look at www.buy-hosting.net/godaddy-hosting-plans.html to find a more suitable plan, one that offers unlimited bandwidth. This will ensure that the people who want to check out your website can actually do so. As well as keeping your site generally online, you’ll also want to check all your pages from time to time — there are far too many websites with ‘404’ pages on their website. It’s not a strong look.

Speed Issues

You’ll know from your own experience just how impatient people can be. These days, everyone expects things to happen fast — and that’s fair because that’s the standard that has been set. If your website is running painfully slow, then it won’t take much for them to leave and go elsewhere. And this will be especially stinging if you’re running an online business: you would have made the sale, had your website been a little faster. Do periodic checks on your site to ensure that things are running smoothly, but also keep an eye out for anything unusual. For example, if you’re noticing more people than normal are abandoning their shopping cart, then it could be because your link to the payment method isn’t as fast as it could be.

Annoying Aspects

There are some websites that actively push their visitors away, and they don’t even realize that they’re doing it. While it’s important to deliver quality content that your visitors will enjoy, it’s arguably even more important to avoid annoying them. Even the biggest and best sites can lose visitors by pushing annoying features on to them. So what do we mean by annoying aspects, exactly? We’re talking about things like too many pop-up ads, autoplay videos (with sound), and dark patterns. It’s true that these features can bring benefits for a website, but the plus-points are probably undone by the number of visitors that you’ll lose. Just remember that your visitor is there by choice, and unless what you’re delivering is truly special, it’ll be best to keep them sweet — not annoy them so much that they hit the ‘X’ button on your site.

A Range of Experiences 

It used to be that you’d just need one version of your site. After all, there was a time when everyone was visiting websites on full computers. But that’s not the case anymore: you could have visitors from PCs, iPhones, tablets, and more. As such, it’s important that you’re catering for all types of visitors by ensuring that your site works well on a range of different platforms. There’s every probability that someone will visit your site from their smartphone, so take a look and check that their experience would be positive. As well as different devices, it’s also important to think about different browsers. Your website might work well on Google Chrome, but what about Firefox or Safari? Don’t assume that your site will work the same (and at the same speeds) no matter which browser they’re visiting from. That’s not always the case.

Mix Up the Content Types

You might have a go-to favorite when it comes to the type of content that you put on your website, but it’s worthwhile mixing things up from time to time. It’s not hard to see how a website that’s 90% videos might struggle: they can go to YouTube for that. What they can’t get at YouTube is a mix of videos, blog posts, infographics, photographs, and so on. There are many different ways to tell a story, so don’t get locked into just one way. Just because it may be your favorite, that doesn’t mean that everyone will like it. We’re all different!

Contact Options

Your website isn’t a tool that allows you just to shout out into the world. It should function as a tool for conversation. If you want to boost engagement, then you have to give people a way to communicate with you — and then of course reply to their messages. There are multiple ways to do this. In general, it’s best just to list as many communication methods as possible, including your email address, social media channels, and your phone number, if applicable.

Review, Analyse and Update

Ultimately, after running your website for a while, you’ll have a whole host of insights that’ll guide you towards improving the experience for your visitors. It’ll be up to you to look at and act on those insights. All websites produce a lot of data, and it can be highly useful when it comes to curating and developing your site. For example, you’ll be able to see the type of content that people liked, and what they didn’t like. That’ll give you a pretty clear indication of what people want to see more of. Of course, you shouldn’t just rely on any tried and tested formula; it’s always good to mix things up and try new things. We’re just saying that analysis should form part of your website management.

Take the tips above, and you’ll find that you’re winning over more website visitors than you’re losing. And above all: it’ll show that you care. This is an undervalued aspect of running a website. If you care about the content your producing and the experience of your visitors, then it won’t go unnoticed.

7 Tips To Make Blogging Easier

Hmmm, ok. These are just my ideas and thoughts but let’s give it a whirl.

  • Write about anything and everything you would like to share. It doesn’t matter how ridiculous the concept or content may seem to you but write it out.
  • Unless you are an expert on a subject and want to create a niche blog that covers only one theme (sports or a particular sports, movies, music, books, television shows, technology, religion, atheism, cars, bikes or politics) do not deny different topics to come up in your blog.
  • Write every single day. It will soon become a habit. Just ensure that you make atleast one post a day.
  • Look out for inspiration in the form of blog prompts. There are many out there. Just Google it! This one itself is from a blog prompt
  • Create an environment that makes you want to blog. Get a table or desk and a chair. You need to be comfortable to make yourself want to write consistently. If you like listening to music or a podcast while you write, then do that.
  • In your daily life – work, family, friends, going out, having fun, commute – look for moments you want to blog about. Look out for things you want to write about. Take pics. Lots of them! Jot down notes if you need to when you are away from your pc/laptop.
  • Share your posts on social media. If people start sharing it and appreciate your posts, you will be inspired and motivated to write even more.

Prompt from 31 Days of March Writing Prompts at The SitsGirls

Happy 13th Blogaversary

Happy 13th birthday to my blog Awake & Dreaming & a happy 13th Blogaversary to me! I can’t believe that it’s been 12 years already.

It was on the 1st of January that I setup this blog in a day with the help of my cousin (over the phone), who guided me through the process and by night I had the thing setup. Then I installed WordPress and started blogging. I then spent many days trying out various themes; I think this one here is the 30th or so theme that I have tried out.

This isn’t my first blog though; I first started blogging in 2002, through blogger.com, when I lived in Calicut and continued with it when I moved back to Cochin. I was an inconsistent blogger, nothing having an internet connection at home & from 2003 till 2006, not having a computer at home. By 2005 I started getting more & more into blogging and I created a new one in blogger.com and called it Count Roshculla : Awake & Dreaming. I started spending more time in internet cafes and hence could blog a lot more consistently. But I always wanted my very own website & domain and I wanted to install WordPress. That was achieved on January 1st, 2007.

After 13 years I have made quite a bit of money with this blog. Especially since November of last year. I’ve since been able to get myself off to a little holiday in a nice hotel, bought a heck ton of dvds and boxsets that I have craved for so long and even been able to take a date to nice meals. I am so proud of what I have done, especially in the last year or so. This blog is a big part of me and I want to continue through for several more years to come.

Sick On A Friday

Things come down so quickly. I am talking about a bad case of the cold, with phlegm and all. I was still ok when I left home at 12 am last night to head for work. Once I reached there I was still fine for a while but 2 hours later I started to get the sniffles.

By 4am I was sneezing so hard and so much that my throat started to hurt. My nose was also runny and I found it difficult to breath without using my inhaler a few times. It was the phlegm causing so much trouble. I needed coffee very badly so I had a cup at 4 am and then another one at 6:15 am.

By 8:30 am I was hungry so I and three other colleagues went to get breakfast at the upstairs cafeteria where the food is freshly made in the large kitchen that they have. I had that and some water and I was done. By 9:15 am I left the office in an Uber and came home. I plan to take it easy this weekend which is a bummer as I had planned to go out this Saturday or Sunday and even buy some beers to stock up for New Year’s eve. Oh well!

Create A Blog To Make A Difference To The World


As John F. Kennedy once said, “One man can make a difference.”

And he was right because there have been many examples of people in the world who have done just that. Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and Rosa Parks being just a few. And yes, we know Rosa Parks was a woman, but we’re pretty sure Kennedy was speaking about all people when he made his famous quote, and not just men!

Above and beyond the famous examples we listed, there are thousands of other people making a difference to the world today. There are many you won’t have heard of. These are the people who work in job roles saving lives. These are the people supporting the needy through charity work. And these are the people who make a difference in small ways, helping their neighbors and smiling at strangers.

Then there are the people who blog. While some focus on mastering the business side of blogging, perhaps to make a monetary gain as their primary interest, there are those who write with one mission: To make a difference in the world.

There are the eco-bloggers who seek to educate the world on green matters. There are those who blog to raise issues about injustice in the world. And there are many other bloggers who have a desire to make a difference to the world, in all kinds of ways. They sit at home, using their piece of the internet to inform and inspire their readers. They do it because they want to make a difference.

So what about you?

If you have ever considered blogging, or if you already do blog, why not do your bit to make a difference in the world.

If you’re an eco-warrior yourself, why not share your views with the wider world? You could let people know what you do to go green at home or at work. You could promote green companies so the general consumer knows how to shop ethically. You could raise awareness about the technologies used to protect the environment in industry. Click here for one example. And you can extend this by letting people know about the technologies they could be using at home. Smart bulbs are but one example.

Or how about standing up for the rights of others? The world is full of discrimination against people of color, the female sex, those with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community. If you are saddened and/or enraged about any such group being discriminated against, you could make a difference by supporting them through your blog. Check out these blogs on women’s rights, for example. By raising awareness and inspiring others to take action against injustices, you can make a difference.

So think about the issues you have an interest in. Above and beyond what we have already mentioned, there could be other topics you want to raise. You might not be Superman, and you might not be in politics, but with the written word, you still have a platform to make a difference from your little corner of the world.

There is plenty of advice online on how to get started with a blog, and we have blogging articles on this site that might be useful to you. So, if you have an interest in making a positive difference to the world (and to be honest, we all should), then don’t stay silent. Start a blog, market it through social media and internet forums, connect with interested readers, and make an impact.

You see, one person can make a difference, and today that person could be you.

How To Start A Music Blog

If you are ready to get invested in starting your own music blog, you’ve come to the right place. Setting yourself up for success in this venture is important if you want to get it right, and this takes time and energy and a creative plan of action to go from an idea to a real working blog. There are a lot of things that have changed in the blogging world over the years, and when it comes to music blogging, you need to ensure your plan is one that fits with the way that things are currently done. Currently, major music blogs promote their musicians on social media and encourage as much music sharing online as possible. There are so many new ways to source and listen to new music, and your blog could be successful in doing so.

Let’s take a look at how to start a successful music blog.


Research
The very first thing that you should do before you get started on your own music blog is to look at the successful ones that are out there right now. It doesn’t matter if they’re not to your personal music taste; their success means that they are someones! Your research will help you to understand what makes people keep coming back for more. It’s not about copying a site, but taking inspiration from it and getting a general idea of what you could do with your music blog.

Take notes about whether they are using background music from sites like https://stockmusic.net/royalty-free-music or whether they are quiet websites. Look to see if they are global or regional. Think about what their interactive features are and whether they are to your taste. There are plenty of options here to get those creative juices flowing, and the notes are taken to ensure your own success.

Defining Your Blog
You need to know what will make your blog unique if you hope to be successful. Think about whether you want to focus on the local artists to you or go for a global interest.

What Will You Blog About?
Are you blogging about popular music or independent new bands that need exposure? Are you discussing the music industry as a whole? Are you planning to showcase videos? You need to make some decisions on all of these and ensure that you will have the readership to make it a successful option for you. You want your blog to be a resource, giving them more than one reason to visit your blog than just hear about artists that you review. You must be as consistent as possible with your blog and keep it to what your readers want rather than what others are doing.

Once you’ve decided on those essential things, you then need to think about the creation of your blog. There are plenty of options out there for host platforms and blogging websites to carry your blog; the important bit is knowing what is going on the blog in the first place.

July 12: On This Day…

On this day, July 12 :

When I First Started

The day you started blogging. What were you thinking?

When I first started blogging, way back in 2002 and on a different blog than this, it was mainly because I had made the move from my hometown to Calicut and I thought it was a good way to capture my thoughts, ideas and what I was going through and events that happen to me living alone in a new city.

I was living & working in that city, renting a small room in a lodge and making very little but a couple of times a week I went to an internet cafe (yes we had plenty of them in those days) and spent a few rupees to use one of their pcs and connect to the internet, check my mail and browse a bit. Having read a couple of blogs every week before then, I thought it was a good way to keep a track of my life in Calicut. So I started a blog on Blogspot.

Since then it has become a daily habit for me, especially since 2006. I think I will always blog till the end of my time.

Prompt from Fat Mum Slim

Happy 12th Blogaversary

Happy 12th birthday to my blog Awake & Dreaming & a happy 12th Blogaversary to me! I can’t believe that it’s been 12 years already.

It was on the 1st of January that I setup this blog in a day with the help of my cousin (over the phone), who guided me through the process and by night I had the thing setup. Then I installed WordPress and started blogging. I then spent many days trying out various themes; I think this one here is the 30th or so theme that I have tried out.

This isn’t my first blog though; I first started blogging in 2002, through blogger.com, when I lived in Calicut and continued with it when I moved back to Cochin. I was an inconsistent blogger, nothing having an internet connection at home & from 2003 till 2006, not having a computer at home. By 2005 I started getting more & more into blogging and I created a new one in blogger.com and called it Count Roshculla : Awake & Dreaming. I started spending more time in internet cafes and hence could blog a lot more consistently. But I always wanted my very own website & domain and I wanted to install WordPress. That was achieved on January 1st, 2007.

After 12 years I have made quite a bit of money with this blog. I am so proud of what I have done, especially in the last year or so. This blog is a big part of me and I want to continue through for several more years to come.

Website Perfection: Achieve it Today

When you are trying to run a successful business, there are plenty of things you should be doing to make things better. You have to understand what it takes to make your company a success, and there are plenty of avenues that you need to explore to keep this in mind. One of the biggest and best ways of making your business better is to ensure you have a wonderful website to showcase the brand.

Coming up with the best ideas of making your website better is really important, and there are so many different things that you can do to achieve this. When you think about the different ideas you could use, it’s essential to consider what makes a great website. These are some of the things that you have to keep in mind when you are looking to achieve website perfection.

Design

Making sure you do as much as you can to improve the website comes down largely to the design of the site. There are loads of things you can do to improve the way the website comes across, and this is something you need to keep in mind. Try to experiment with different templates and some of the different layouts and designs for the website. These days you can create your own website, and the design plays such a big role in that.

Content

The content is also massively important when it comes to improving your website and attracting more interest. You need to keep things informative, interesting and give people a reason to want to revisit the site. This is something you need to keep in mind when it comes to improving and doing what is best for the site. You will also need to consider whether or not to hire writers to pen your content – this is especially important if you have a blog as part of the site.

Scalability

Scalability is really important, and it is something that you need to make sure you focus on if you want the company to progress. Scaling down and making sure you have a website that is mobile compatible is really important for future progression. Make sure you use the web-editor for the Mac in order to work on your website and enhance scalability. This is something you need to make sure you are focused on for the future, and it takes a lot to achieve this. You need a website that is accessible for everyone, and scalability plays a major part in this.

Add a Blog

You need to do as much as you can to make the website more interesting, and try to improve the appeal of the site and the business. There are a lot of things that can influence the blog, and you’ve got to look at how to come up with snappy and engaging blog content. There are a lot of things that play a part in the process of starting a website blog, and writing great posts is something that can be essential for improving the website.

There are a lot of different ways in which to make your website better, and this is something you need to keep in mind moving forward. If you can get the best possible website for your business, you will be able to increase business opportunities and achieve more success. Your website is a business template, and you’ve got to make sure you are focused on making things better and presenting the best possible image of the business.

The Risks Of Blogging (And How To Avoid Them)

No matter what you use your blog for, be it for personal or business use, there are risks involved. As a blogger then, you need to take steps to avoid these risks by taking some precautionary steps to avoid them.

Here are two of the more common risks involved with blogging, with some handy tips to help you reduce them.

Risk #1: Your blog content

Be careful what you say online. Sure, your blog is a useful place to share your opinions, but remember that it’s online for all to see. If you say anything that is scandalous, controversial, and perhaps even slanderous, you may be targeted by people who don’t like what you have to say. And if what you say is particularly harmful, you might also suffer at the hands of a hacker, receive negative media attention, and find yourself blocked from continuing by your blog provider. Your personal safety might also be at risk, especially if you can be easily identified.

Tip: Think before you write something down. While you want to be honest and true, you don’t want to attract a lot of negative attention. Verify any facts before compiling blog posts, and if you suspect what you are trying to say is harmful to others, consider the consequences before any posts go live. You might ask a trusted friend or family member to have a read through your post too, as that second opinion might just save your bacon!

Risk #2: Your finances

This works two-fold. For starters, if your blog contains a lot of personal information, such as anything related to your personal identity, then some nefarious person may have just what they need to open up credit using your name. And if you use your blog for business purposes, perhaps within the realms of ecommerce, you might also be hit by hackers able to steal both your financial information and that of your customers.

Tip 1: For starters, don’t post your personal information online. While you might use your name, you might still want to avoid using your postal address, and any other identifying features, such as clues located within photographs. Know too that If you have registered your own domain name, your personal information may be accessed online through the WHOIS service, so opt for domain privacy when registering.

Tip 2: Ensure your website is secure using the steps listed here. This is the best way to defeat the hackers, as while you may not think you are a target, you may be if a) your blog content is controversial, and b) you are using your blog for business purposes.

Tip 3: If you are using your blog to sell anything online, then you need to remember KYC (Know Your Customer) compliances. This is the process of identifying who your potential customers are, as you don’t want to be the subject of online fraud. To protect yourself and any customers who may have had their information stolen by a nefarious miscreant, consider using Jumio. Jumio replaces slow KYC processes, using cutting-edge solutions to ensure you stay compliant when operating your business.

Finally

Blogging can be both fun and financially profitable to you, but the reverse is true if you don’t take care. Follow our tips, and you should have a safer experience when operating online. Let us know your thoughts, and if you have any other advice for our readers, be sure to share your wisdom with us. Thanks for reading, and happy (safe) blogging!

Mastering The Business Side Of Your Blog

For many bloggers, most of the fun is in the actual writing and blogging, and not in the management or the running of the blog. If that is true for you, but you still want to make sure that your blog is actually run well enough to generate a profit and so on, then you might find it hard to focus on the management aspect of it in quite the right way. That can be incredibly frustrating, but you will find that you need to try and know what you are doing here if you are to make sure that your business is going to be run as well as possible – and your blog is a business at the end of the dy. With that in mind, let’s take a look at just a few of the things that you need to think about if you are to master the business angle of running your blog.

Finances

If you are not very good with this side of things, it might be tempting to just outsource it to someone who is. Actually, that can be a very good and perfectly acceptable way of doing things, and as long as you find the right individual or team to do so that can really make things a lot easier for you. But let’s say for argument’s’ sake that you want to keep it all in-house. What can you do to make sure that you are managing the financial side of things more effectively? In short: keep a note of everything going in and going out, and make sure not to take your eye off the ball. By keeping records (which is, after all, a legal duty) you can ensure that you are going to be fully aware of the finances of your blog, and in such a way that you can keep on top of it effectively.

Administration

This is somewhere that a lot of bloggers fall down, partly because of boredom and partly from not really knowing what to do. You need to make sure that you have a proper system in place for your admin, and that means knowing what to do with all of the mail and emails you get and so on. One of the most effective and easiest solutions is to simply use a service like https://physicaladdress.com so that you can have your mail forwarded in the right way and through the proper channels, and in so doing be able to keep your focus on your blogging itself. If you want to go down that route you will find it a lot easier, but make sure that you are still keeping some control over your post and your administration too.

Marketing

Fortunately, this is one of the easier elements, and most bloggers actually have the necessary skills to make their marketing a reality. All you need to do here usually is get out there on the internet and promote your blog in whatever way you can. If that means social media, so be it. If it means being able to guest post for other blogs, so be it. Whatever it takes is what you should do, and no less. See https://www.hongkiat.com/blog/marketing-your-blog-10-essential-tips-you-should-know/ for more on this.

Drafting Blog Posts

Tell us about your writing process. Do you write your first draft on paper or the computer?

On paper? Drafting on paper? You mean on MS Word or a Wordpad right? What are we, in 1999?

Nah, I don’t draft on anything else other than the WordPress tool that I have installed on my blog’s website. Once in a while I have drafted on my phone or on my office Outlook and then emailed it to me so I could come home and post it on my laptop, since I can’t access my blog’s website at my office (it’s blocked due to high online security).

That’s the most that I have done. I’ve drafted a few on my old BlackBerry, all 3 of them, my Samsung and my current phone. It’s not that many posts though as I find that I usually like blogging when I am at home, in my lungi, cup of hot coffee next to me and some music playing in the background. That’s the way I like to blog.

Prompt from 31 DAYS OF WRITING PROMPTS FOR DECEMBER at The SitsGirls

Blogger Honest & True

Do you share your real self online?

Mostly, yes. I would say….hell….I think I do share my real self online. Whether it is Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or this here blog, I am true to myself. I mostly have shares my life on this blog, some of which I have held back because those are deeply intimate thoughts. Everyone has a dark side, everyone has a shade of black where our deepest and darkest thoughts emanate from.

Those thoughts, for me atleast, are temporary and come when I have had a tough time and in moments of frustration and anger. A little while later, I will back to my usual self and these thoughts go away. I am fun loving most of the time and I believe in being fair and treating people in a nice manner (and hopefully get that back) but you know, the world is not like that and you have a lot of assholes who are out to ruin things for everyone else.

My fears and hopes, my likes and dislikes, my thoughts and ideas and my wishes for mankind (and dogkind and kittehkind) are etched in words and black & white on this blog. This is me, open and as I am. No bullshit!

Prompt from 31 DAYS OF OCTOBER WRITING PROMPTS at The SitsGirls

No Blogging Schedule As Such

What does your blogging schedule look like?

I don’t have a schedule when it comes to blogging. Usually I set aside 30 minutes to an hour for writing blog posts. I usually like doing that and selecting a prompt at times when I don’t have anything ready made to post around 11am to 12pm. This time is usually right after I have had my first cup of coffee and gone through various sports and other related news and am checking videos on Youtube.

By this time normally I am in the mood to write although on weekends it can usually be in the evening hours. I prefer to write two posts a day, no matter how small and sometimes it’s videos that I share, some of which I shot and photos that I have taken or just sharing some videos and images I find on the net. But writing wise, I really try and make myself post something atleast once a day.

Again, coffee helps. Music in the background or a podcast also helps as I can listen to it and still concentrate on writing.

Prompt from 31 DAYS OF JULY WRITING PROMPTS at The SitsGirls

7 Tips To Make Blogging Easier

  1. Have a nice, comfortable place to sit in when you blog. If it’s a desk, keep it as clutter free as possible. Anything other than a coffee mug or a glass or can of drink puts me off. Keep it neat.
  2. If you are in a house or apartment with other people, have you own secluded spot for blogging. Better yet, have it in a closed room.
  3. Music: yay or nay? Personally I would prefer to not have music playing unless it’s some instrumental stuff. That is pretty ok. But I wouldn’t want my favourite rock anthems to be playing while I try to blog. I wouldn’t get anything done.
  4. Only write about the stuff that you want. Do not get pressured into writing about stuff you are not into.
  5. Read a lot of other blogs. Get inspired by the blogs you are interested in.
  6. Set aside some time for everyday or how many days of the week you want to blog. Keep that time aside and make sure that you just keep typing.
  7. Take notes throughout events, movies, parties – any time of the day really. You may want to blog about it later. So your smartphone is really handy for that. And ofcourse you can blog straight from your phone too.