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.

My Blog & Why

Describe how you started blogging and what inspires you.

I remember reading a couple of blogs during the 1999-2001 period. Maybe it’s more 2000 and 2001 and I kinda liked the idea of an online log. I have kept diaries during various times of my life. At the age of 15 I kept a diary in which I would enter a few lines about the day and my thoughts about certain things on a daily basis and even back then I had a song for the day section at the end of each entry. I soon started writing about my feelings and opening up my heart about certain stuff that was going on in my life.

When I went on a 3 day school trip to Kodaikannal, it was a way of recording the things that happened there on that fun trip. I stopped writing in my diary the next year – although I should have continued as so many things happened to me during the ages of 16-19. During my 1 month rest post operation at the age of 21, being mostly restricted indoors and mostly staying in my room, I started writing a bit again but it didn’t last beyond those 30 days. Mostly I wrote in a book about the albums & songs I listened to each day (and I listened to a lot). I also managed to create a scrap book of the 1998 World Cup in France and wrote stuff about the matches that I would see. In 2002 I moved to Calicut and mostly to keep a record of things there, I started a blog after having started reading a few during the past few months.

I created a blogger account and the blog is still there but I lost track of why I kept it once I moved back to Cochin and around 2004 it became a hockey & football oriented blog with the occasional blog post. Then in 2005 September I started a new one in blogger – also called Awake & Dreaming – and it became the kind of style that you see today. And in 2007 Jan 1st onwards – I started this blog you see here. It’s a big release for me, it’s a way to get my creative side out and it’s a way for me to keep a track of things and as I grow older I can look back at events and read them and enjoy them again. That’s why I blog.

Prompt from 31 DAYS OF MARCH WRITING PROMPTS at The SitsGirls

IndiBlogger’s Blogger Q&A On Twitter

Recently I’ve been participating in what I’d like to call mini-blogging or mini Q&As on Twitter that Indiblogger has been conducting. It’s been fun participating in it and reading other bloggers answers. Here are 6 (in two tweets) that I answered:

1. Tell us about yourself and your blog.

A. I blog from a personal perspective; anything that I like, love, hate, experienced and have a passion for.

2. What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far? 3. Which of your strengths really helped you to #blog?

A. Nothing much: Once I started my blog (started in 2002, regularly blogging since 2007) it became a part of me.

3. Imagination and ideas

4. What language do you prefer to blog in and why?

A. English only. I wish I knew French, Latin or Klingon. English is my first language.

5. English being a foreign language, how did you learn it? Were there challenges?

A. I grew up in Kuwait and the community I was in spoke mostly in English.

6. To be a grammar nazi or not to be and why?

A. Occassionally a Grammar Nazi but I write casually so I don’t mind it too much. #language #Blogging #indiBlogger

Happy 11th Blogaversary

Happy 11th birthday to my blog Awake & Dreaming & a happy 11th Blogaversary to me! I can’t believe that it’s been 11 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. But yeah, 30 themes in 11  years ain’t so bad!

This isn’t my first blog; 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.

Unlike a lot of people who used to blog regularly, I have continued. 90% of bloggers I used to follow have moved onto Facebook but I persist. I don’t read much blog posts anymore as Youtube, Twitter and Facebook having taken up much of my time on the internet but I have kept my blog up. And I will continue to do so for as long as I can. I find this quite therapeutic and enjoy blogging. Here’s to another year!

11 Years of This URL

I have just renewed my website URL for the 11th year running. Awakeanddreaming.org is booked for the next year, 365 days from November 14th. I first booked this URL back in November of 2006 just a couple of months after I made the move from Thrikkakara to this apartment in Kacheripady. A friend of my cousin had started his own internet website service and webspace reselling business and I contacted him to set me up with a URL. I called him up and he asked me which url I wanted and I checked out a few.

It’s been over a decade so I can’t remember exactly all of them but I think I checked out and came up with 4-5 final choices :

  • countroshculla.com
  • roshanmenon.com
  • rgkonline.com
  • rgkmenon.com
  • awakeanddreaming.com

I finally decided to get awakeanddreaming but couldn’t get the .com version. So it was a toss up between awakeanddreaming.net or awakeanddreaming.org and I should have taken the .net but they had a discount for the .org URLs and I though, what the heck. I remember I had to pay him through the money order option for the first couple of years as netbanking was still new for us.

And like that this name stays on.

Sep 20th : On This Day…..

On this day, September 20th :

Lost Art?

What’s the most important (or interesting, or unexpected) thing about blogging you know today that you didn’t know a month ago?

I think I have come to the conclusion that blogging is mostly dead. It’s a dead art now with some exceptions. The reason I say that is that for the most part 90% of the people / bloggers I used to read have either stopped blogging altogether or do the infrequent post every few weeks or so. A bunch of them have migrated to doing posts on Facebook but somehow it just doesn’t seem to be the same.

Now, ofcourse there quite a few blogs out there and professional blogs a plenty and all that but the kind of blogs I liked the most are personal blogs. Just like I like vlogs. It gets me an indepth understanding of the person and I like to read about what people think and all that. Blogs were perfect with a nice cup of hot coffee or even a beer. I think I have replaced blogs with vlogs for the most part. But I miss the people who I used to read a lot of.

Facebook has contributed a lot to that I guess. It’s easy and you don’t have to maintain it and it is easily accessible for your friends. Your thoughts pops into the screens (or timelines) of everyone who has friended you. So everyone is a blogger. Hmmm, maybe if you look at it that way, blogging is thriving!

Prompt from The Daily Post at WordPress.com

Online Policies

How do you manage your online privacy? Are there certain things you won’t post in certain places? Information you’ll never share online? Or do you assume information about you is accessible anyway?

I think I do post a lot of my feelings and other stuff online. More so on my blog than on say Facebook and Twitter. Now, a lot of my relatives, friends, former school/college mates, casual friends and colleagues are on my Facebook. It’s different than say on my blog. I control everything on my blog whereas in Facebook it’s different. I don’t post as freely as I do on Facebook as I do on my blog or Twitter for that matter. I’m not one of those people who only posts profile pics all day long or post sugary happy nonsense.

I know people who read my blog are much less compared to those 660 souls who are on my Facebook feed regularly (well most of the 660) and the problem is not every one is on the same wavelength as me. So I censor myself and sometimes keep a few things off the TL. But I still do post a lot of things that’s on my mind, my reaction to things happening in the world. This is one reason I do not add current colleagues on Facebook – I don’t want to go to work and have colleagues commenting their like or dislike about my views over coffee. I know some people are sensitive as fuck when it comes to things that are said against what they like but they have no problem in dissing things that they don’t like or agree with. I feel that if it is my Facebook page, I should be able to post anything I damn well want to and those who don’t like it -either ignore it or fuck off. There is an unfriend button for a reason.

But I still hold back because I don’t like people writing essays attacking me on my profile page posts. So I avoid but I will also unfriend or block a person if they get too bitchy for my taste. Discussions are fine but being a prissy little bitch, not so much. Blogs, though are different. Get off my website, I will ban you from commenting if you annoy me. Create your own website and post a 1000 articles as to why your view is different. Respect the right for me to do mine.

On This Day..

On this day, May 22nd

A Little Sneaky

Are writing prompts a useful exercise, or do you find them to be too limiting and/or hokey?

Absolutely. I find that the less time I have at home, the easier it is for me to rely on prompts for blog posts. Sometimes I need them and sometimes I don’t but I have come to rely on them more and more as the years have gone. Sometimes you just don’t have enough juice in the tank.

I think there were several ideas and posts that I had in me when I first started blogging and it has lasted many years (I started blogging back in 2002 but got into daily blogging maybe by 2006) and now that it this long I need help. Sometimes you read a prompt and the ideas just flood your brain as it has always been in the back of your mind or it reminded you of something you had meant to put down on the page but just haven’t till now. I like it when just reading the prompt gets me to what I want to write about.

Prompt from The Daily Post from WordPress.com

As Seen On TV

Write a script for a late-night infomercial — where the product is your blog. How do you market yourself? What qualities do you embody that other “products” don’t? What are the benefits of reading your blog?

Tired of reading blogs that have only one topic and rarely if ever blogs about anything else? Want a blog that is honest, down to earth and full of variety and good natured stuff? Look no further than www.AwakeandDreaming.org

Different topics from a personal view. Sports, movies, tv, photos, food, drink, local stuff, fiction, travel (occasionally), football, lots of images, music clips and other videos. Plus the usual banter on family, friends and what the writer did. It’s all fresh, it’s all sincere and it’s all genuinely true. So click your cursors onto www.AwakeandDreaming.org and join in the best blog you can see. It’s free!

Prompt from The Daily Post at WordPress.com

Happy 10th Blogaversary To Me

Happy 10th birthday to my blog Awake & Dreaming & a happy 10th Blogaversary to me.

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.

This isn’t my first blog; 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.

I am still going on, blogging everyday, with a few scattered exception days here and there. For the most part I blog for myself and I will keep doing it for as long as I can. I don’t see why I can’t keep going for another 10. Cheers people!

As Seen On Tv

Write a script for a late-night infomercial — where the product is your blog. How do you market yourself? What qualities do you embody that other “products” don’t? What are the benefits of reading your blog?

“Have you wanted to read a blog free of pretension and pretending? Have you longed to reach the life and thoughts of a single guy who is 40 and who lives the life of a lonely bachelor and sometimes gets depressed because of the loneliness? Want insights into movies, music, tv shows and sports teams that he loves? Well look no further; have we got the blog for you!

Get your mouse clicking to the URL section of your browser and type in http://awakeanddreamingorg right now. You will love it. What are you waiting for? Best of all it’s free. It has also got some photos of food and scenery – anything that catches the blogger’s fancy. Not by a professional camera but the camera in the blogger’s smartphone that he happens to be using at that time. Get views, reviews and more about stuff that he likes and uses and loves.

So go now and be in love with the blog that delivers everything that it says it will. Go now, it’s free!”

Now to find the hot busty blonde who will present in in the infomercial

Prompt from The Daily Post at WordPress.com

Domain Renewal For Another Year

Yet another year and Awakeanddreaming.org lives on! I have just renewed the registration for the domain name for another year. This makes it the 10th year that this blog/website will be in existence.

I haven’t gotten tired of it yet and in all likelihood I will continue to blog regularly at this blog for years to come. I can’t see myself ever stopping. This blogging thingy has given me a lot of pleasure and it’s also a outlet for me to release some creativity and even frustration and anger at times. I find it almost like a confidant and even almost like a person and there are many things that I might post here but haven’t spoken about it to people.

The cost has gone up over the years a bit. I remember I got a discount the first year and only had to pay Rs.100 for the first 365 days! Then it was Rs.500 for a few years and then it jumped to Rs.700 something and it’s Rs.810 now. Still a low price I believe.

Personal Space

To what extent is your blog a place for your own self-expression and creativity vs. a site designed to attract readers? How do you balance that? If sticking to certain topics and types of posts meant your readership would triple, would you do it?

My blog is all mine. It’s a place where I come to express myself, share ideas and thoughts. My likes, my loves, my hates, my fears and my comments. I share news and what I think of it. I share jokes because everyone should laugh. I share photos I take or images I like. I share my views on movies and tv shows and music that I love. I share sports scores and what I think of a win, a loss or a trade or a sell.

I do this all and this is my space to do so, my little corner of the web. Facebook is fun and all that and I enjoy it a lot but this website / blog here is all me. It’s customized to my tastes. It represents me to a T. I like blogging a lot. I do it almost everyday as somedays I just can’t find the time to write or there’s a block. I don’t stick to a particular topic; as you can see I have a lot of categories here that you can check out on the sidebar.

If anyone likes them they are welcome to read, peruse, go through or just look at the pics. It’s your choice. I write for me and anyone else who likes them are welcome. I won’t change a thing.

Prompt from The Daily Post at WordPress.com

Blog It Babe

Give your newer sisters and brothers-in-WordPress one piece of advice based on your experiences blogging.

If you’re a new blogger, what’s one question you’d like to ask other bloggers?

The one bit of advise I would give a new blogger is be yourself. Write about what you wanna write and what your are passionate about. If you are faking it, it will show. Do not write about something or base your whole blog theme about a subject that you are not genuinely interested in. Unless ofcourse you are being paid to do so and that is ok. Everyone needs to pay the bills and have some money left over for luxuries.

I like personal blogs the most because it’s revealing a lot about what kind of a person you are, your family, your friends, your town, your city and your interests. I like those the most but sometimes I also do like specific theme blogs like one on movies or music or football or even specific clubs or genre of movies/tv or genre of music. For those who are into art and creating things there’s those kinda blogs too. It doesn’t really matter I like all kinds of blogs.

So find something you like and post it. Or write about anything and everything under the sun. I’ll probably read it.

Prompt from The Daily Post at WordPress.com

Happy 9th Blogaversary To Me

Happy 9th birthday to my blog Awake & Dreaming & a happy 9th Blogaversary to me!

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.

This isn’t my first blog; 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.

This past year has seemingly flown by and I have tried to capture as much as I can about it on my blog. Unlike a lot of people who used to blog regularly, I have continued. I don’t read much blog posts anymore, Youtube, Twitter and Facebook having taken up much of my time on the internet but I have kept my blog up. And I will continue to do so for as long as I can. I find this quite therapeutic and enjoy blogging. Here’s to another year!

Million Dollar Question

Why do you blog?

This is a million dollar question? Oh well, give me $1,000,000 and I will tell ya!

Well, ok since you asked nicely I will forgo the million bucks and let you know that I blog for myself mostly. It is a release both creatively and emotionally. I do not blog for anyone else but for those few of you who do come by often or once in a while, thank you. Thank you for reading and if you like it please do let me know.

I blog because I like blogging and sharing news, sports results, my views and likes and dislikes. I like sharing my opinions and sharing photos and videos and basically it’s a window to my life as I grow older. This blog in particular has been an almost daily entry since 2007. It lets you know what you were upto a few years ago, how your ideas and feelings have changed and even is a diary of things happening to you or just what you did. I think everyone should keep a diary and a blog is just a much better version of a diary.

So that’s why I blog and will continue to blog for as long as I can. All hail in the interwebs and blogging.

Prompt from The Daily Post at WordPress.com