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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.

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On This Day..

On this day, May 22nd

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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Express Yourself

Do you love to dance, sing, write, sculpt, paint, or debate? What’s your favorite way to express yourself, creatively?

Well you can see for yourself that I love to write mainly blog and I have been doing it for a long time. I have had this blog since January 1st 2007 and have tried to blog every single day with multiple posts if I can as well. Before this blog I have had two other blogs so I have been blogging since 2002 but mostly on a regular basis since late 2005 when I started feeling like I wanted to use blogging as an outlet for some things that go on in my mind. Even if I am blogging about movies or music or sports, it is a outlet and takes me away from what is bothering me.

Yes I do sing but 99.99% is just me in my bedroom, playing my mp3s and singing along to my favourite rock songs. I have sung in public, solo a couple of times in school and as part of an chorus type thingy one year as well. Then circa 2007, one of the happiest moments of my life, was singing for a an office band – 3 rock songs in the space of about 15 minutes in front of about 200-250 people and getting an enthusiastic (albeit drunk in some cases) ovation. That was a feeling like no other. Other than that the only time I have ever sung is a few weeks back when my training batch, during a little ice breaker session, made me sing a song for a bit.

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times

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A Singular Sensation

If one experience or life change results from you writing your blog, what would you like it to be?

I dunno what, at the moment, would make me stop wanting to write my blog. I do not write for anyone hence this blog is mainly for me and anyone who happens to like it and come around to read my stuff and look at my pics and videos, is just icing on top of the already delicious chocolate cake.

Having said the only experience that I wouldn’t mind me not writing my blog, that would be finding the love of my life and being with her. Being together, in love and spending a lot of our free time together – who will have time to blog? Well I still would have time or make the time but I could see myself not wanting to sit in front of my laptop and spend hours typing up stuff if I could instead be with my woman.

Either that or an extremely heavy social life wouldn’t be a problem. But then how would I let people know about what’s happening in my life?

Prompt from The Daily Post at WordPress.com

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Mirror, Mirror, On The Blog

Think of your blog as a mirror: what does it reveal? Consider your blog name, theme choice, design, bio, posts… what does every element tell you about yourself?

Well the mirror might be a bit murky and not too clear for you to see. I mean, I do blog about a whole lotta things, any topic that hits my fancy and I feel like blogging about. My fav sports team, the lunch or dinner I had, things I was thinking about, stuff at work, stuff at home, stuff from around the city, state, country, planet or universe. The music I listen to, the books I’ve read, the movies & tv series I’ve watched. I share a lot of music & other videos and I also share my own videos and photos too.

I blog about whatever I feel like. Some of my personal thoughts & feelings. Some posts I will password protect as I only trust a few people to read them and I will send them the password if they choose to read them. I am comfortable about sharing most of my stuff online, the stuff that I keep away is not for you. So all in all I do like to share a lot of my life with anyone who cares to read about it but there is still some stuff that is not for the public.

The theme – well I like it simple. White background with some structure and colour here and there. That’s about it. You decide what you want to decipher from my stuff.

Prompt from The Daily Post at WordPress.com

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Why The Name?

Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you.

Back in 2004 or so I heard a song titled Awake & Dreaming by Finger 11, which I love so much and plus I thought it would be a cool name and perfectly describes my character. It’s sad & beautiful at the same time. It is so amazing how I connected & identified with that name instantly as I realized that’s what I do.

As much as I dream and try and capture my dreams in written format, I also stay awake and drift off into dream land, dreaming up vast world’s of the truly magnificent and awe inspiring. The science fiction futuristic world (also inspired by my favourite science fiction shows & films) is beyond amazing and it is a shame that I can’t put it into words that do justice to it. Or if only I could fit a receiver to my brain and broadcast in HD quality the adventures that I dream up, you would all want to be a part of that world.

So that’s why I took the name for the title of my blog as it was so fitting. Ofcourse I also dream of other things as well, equally wonderful to me.

Prompt from The Daily Post at WordPress.com

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On An Even Keel

We all have things we need to do to keep an even keel — blogging, exercising, reading, cooking. What’s yours?

Blogging really is my outlet for keeping me on an even keel. It is my outlet – to let out creativeness and frustration equally. Now I, in no way, consider my writing to be excellent (I do have my shining moments once in a while, though) but for me it is a way to get thoughts onto a canvas if you will. Writing it out helps me to focus on a few things and it’s an outlet for me. Cause there are some things that you can’t discuss with people unless they think like you or even understand the things that you care about as much as you do or even know the stuff that you want to write about.

As you may know, I often write out my dreams (if I can remember them by the time I get to my computer) so I can reflect on them and remember them for ages. Most of us don’t and dismiss the dreams that we have (even scary or weird or disturbing ones) as soon as we wake up. Now I haven’t jotted down each and every dream that I have had (I must have an active imagination because I do have a lot of dreams and I do have some weird ones) and I don’t wish to forget them. Even the ones that make be feel sad as I read about them later, I still treasure them because it’s my mind reminding me of things that I miss and hold dear to myself.

So blogging is the way to go for me. At times I’ve also “voiced out” my frustration and anger in the form of the words that make up a post. It’s my blog and I should be able to do that. If someone doesn’t like it – too fucking bad! You can choose not to read it or not to come back here anymore. That is your freedom of choice. This is mine. This is my piece of internet property, I pay for it, I maintain it and I demand that I let my thoughts out. It’s not harming anyone.

Prompt from The Daily Post at WordPress.com

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Strange Blogger In A Strange Land

What’s the strangest place from which you’ve posted to your blog? When was the last time you were out and about, and suddenly thought, “I need to write about this!”?

Damn it, I can’t think of strange places that I have ever posted to my blog. Well, not very interesting eh, and I blog a lot. A lot more than most people.

Let’s see now, I have blogged from coffeeshops and restaurants on a laptop as well as on my phone. I have blogged from a train and a bus and while riding in a company cab. I have written a blog from an office computer and an office loo (yes, while on the can and using my phone), while in a hospital waiting room and once from a party. And yes from a bar while having a few drinks.

Not too strange I guess. But I am a strange blogger. What place should I try blogging from next? Any suggestions?

Prompt from The Daily Post at WordPress.com

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Switcheroo

If you could switch blogs with any blogger for a week, with whom would you switch and why?

Not for the reasons of wanting someone to write my blog through their eyes and experiences but more for me to experience things that they normally do. I wish I could change places with a few of the bloggers that I like and admire and even am jealous and envious of their lives and where they live.

I would always want something better for myself and my family and hence would want to live in a better place, in a better residence/house and have a better job and better leisure. And better options for things that interest me (sporting games, music & movies) and other things. And I do envy these people’s lives and love reading about them and they things they did, the places they went to and the sights they saw, what they ate or drank and I wish I could also be in their shoes. I love seeing the pics that they share and want to be in those pics and enjoy that life.

I know some of you will say that I have it better than a lot of people and that I should be grateful but really if we didn’t want to better ourselves and our lives that we might as well stop living.

Prompt from the Daily Post at WordPress.com