Ever Tried Drafting A Post While Traveling? How Did It Work Out For You?

Yes quite a few times and I mostly publish them as well when I am away. Look, back in 2010 – I think – when I bought my first BlackBerry, one of the apps that I downloaded was the WordPress app for BlackBerry. This was ofcourse to capture my thoughts and view points as I was out and about and enjoying the city. Or if I traveled like to Bangalore for 3 days. So I would type up whole blog posts on the app and post them.

Later on I would take my laptop with me and connecting via wifi I would posts from coffeeshops or restaurants and in 2015 and 2016 when I traveled to Chennai and Delhi/Gurgaon respectively, I relied on the wifi to blog from either my phone or my laptop. My stay in Chennai was only 6 days and it as around 2 weeks for Delhi and I think I blogged almost ever day I was there.

Also when I went on holiday – well more like staycation in a hotel – in both 2019 & 2020 and stayed in a hotel I blogged regularly from there. In 2019 at the hotel I stayed, unfortunately due to a problem with my laptop I could connect the laptop to the wifi so my phone acted as a modem. That was for 3 days. Then the next year I stayed for 4 days in a hotel and I was using my current laptop and was blogging a couple of times per day.

Prompt from 87 Blog Post Ideas That Will Never Fail You (2023) at Blog Tyrant

2007 to 2023 – 16 Years Of Maintaining This Blog

Revisit your very first blog post and reflect on how you’ve grown

I just realized that I broke a long time concept of wishing my blog a happy birthday on the 1st of every January. It was on the 1st of January, 2007 that I created this blog and setup WordPress and added my separately bought URL to link to this blog. After that I posted my first hello, then my Roshan’s Eleven list of the first 11 songs I had listen to that day.

Then I recounted the previous night’s New Year party that we had at my sister’s place that our parents, cousins and a few uncles & aunts had gathered and had a blast with some music and great food and drinks. And then I posted by the end of the day as to how I spent most of January 1st recovering from a long night of partying and by evening I was trying out different themes to check out on my blog. That was a long, long time spent to select one theme.

Since then most of my blogs are based on things I have done, experience, happened to me or my ideas and thoughts. I do reviews and post photos and images, video clips of what I have to say etc. Food and movies are usually the top of the topics. I have more topics that most people and I like it that way.

Prompt from 31 JANUARY BLOG POST IDEAS at Blogging Her Way

Building Relationships With Like-Minded Bloggers

How do you build relationships with other bloggers on your niche?

This is something that it kinda good for people even when you do not have a blog. Just connecting with like minded people online is good for your to share ideas and create a community online. Now for bloggers it is also pretty easy to create that kind of community and forge relationships and friendships.

The thing that you do is first find similar like minded bloggers who have topics along the likes of yours. Mine is a lifestyle / general topic blog and I do not want to be pigeonholed in a particular niche. So I usually to look for similar blogs and bloggers and when I find a blog that I like, I comment and share my details via their comment section. This gives them a chance to look at my blog posts in return. Once you comment a few times that gives them an idea that you are a regular reader and curiosity will make them want to check out your content.

Once they do and start commenting it’s a matter of sharing ideas and links and well you can also move onto other areas like Facebook or Twitter or Instagram and promote each other’s content. This mutual positive thing is very benefital for all concerned, gaining you more traction and readers/followers.

Prompt from 87 Blog Post Ideas That Will Never Fail You (2023) at Blog Tyrant

When Did You Know You Needed To Start A Blog

When did you know you needed to start a blog

Back in the early 2000s when I started going to internet cafes a lot (like 3 times a week), as broadband at home was unheard of at the time, I would try to make friends online with people from the UK, rest of Europe, the US & Canada in particular. Soon I noticed that several of these people had blogs. Now, as someone who has maintained journals in physical diaries for a few year in my teens, I was intrigued about making them digital and starting a blog.

The blogs I read kept me entertained and I was finding myself spending more and more time reading them. At the time I started to only read sports news/articles and blogs. But when did I know that I just needed to start a blog? By October of 2002 I had decided to create one even if it was sporadically at first that I could enter posts. Moving to a new city back in July of that year also meant that I would have new experiences to share as I was living on my own in a lodge.

And initially it was more like updates of what I did, how the work was going, how living on a very tiny budget was like and how I was basically getting along. I would come back home most weekends so that was usually the time that I would find time to enter a few lines of a post on my blog. That developed to what it is now, something that I can’t live without doing.

Prompt from 30 {DIFFERENT} BLOG POST IDEAS at Helen In Between

Gift Ideas For Bloggers, Like Yours Truly!

1. A CAMERA FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHY LOVER

Here’s the deal with having a blog these days: no matter how great your writing is, how amazing your ideas are or how many readers you have, it’s hard to keep up with all the other blogs out there if you don’t have stunning photos. When starting out, a point and shoot camera might do the trick (I’ve been there). But if you want to take your blog to the next level, a DSLR camera can make a world of a difference. So if you know a blogger that’s just starting out or wants to go full time, the best possible gift you can get them is a digital camera.

2. BLOG HOSTING FOR DEDICATED BLOGGERS

If you have a friend or family member who was started blogging on a free platform and you want to encourage them and support their dream, there is no better gift then offering them the option to go self-hosted!

3. PRACTICAL DESK EQUIPMENT FOR THE OFFICE MOUSE

Bloggers tend to spend a lot of time in chairs, at desks and in front of computers. And I can’t think of a better gift but one that would make our lives easier when we have to spend hours in the same place. So while they are not traditional items, a good office chair, a seat cushion, an ergonomic footrest or a mouse pad with wrist support can make a huge difference in the day to day activities of a blogger.

4. QUIRKY MUGS FOR THE COFFEE LOVER

If you always find yourself doing little blogging tasks with a cup of coffee (or tea) in hand, then you are going to love these blogging related mugs from Blogging Mode! With an entire collection of quirky (yet practical) mugs that range from blogging humor, to daily inspiration for bloggers or entrepreneurs, these mugs make the perfect personalized gift for any online friend!

5. A BLOG THEME FOR THE NEW BLOGGER

A necessity that all new bloggers have and that could radically transform the appearance of their website (even if they have 0 coding or tech skills so far) is a stunning blog theme. A great website theme can really showcase your content in the best light and differentiate you from other bloggers and I know that a blog theme was one of the first major investments I took on for my blog.

6. USEFUL WORDPRESS PLUGINS

If you’re a blogger, you know that it takes more than just a pretty theme to run a website. That’s why I encourage you to give someone the gift of a useful plugin!

Here are a few practical plugins every blogger should invest in:

  • Social Warfare – a social sharing buttons plugin
  • Elementor PRO – a page builder plugin that is great for building custom pages
  • Updraft Plus – a back-up plugin that helps bloggers keep their content safe
  • Short Pixel – an image optimization plugin that helps with increasing website speed

My Process For Writing And Editing A Blog Post

What’s your process for writing and editing a blog post?

Well, it is pretty simple. Once I know what I want to blog about, either due to something that I have seen/heard/felt/experienced or from a prompt that I see on one of the many, blogs that I check then the first thing I do is to copy the prompt and then decided if I want that as the title of the post of just as a heading at the top of the post. The next thing I will do is write the “Prompt from” link which I usually leave at the bottom of the post so to give credit as to where I got the idea from.

And then I write what comes to my mind based on the prompt. I then search for an image – for some of these posts – that I want to add to the post. That usually takes a few minutes and I resize it according to my tastes and then once that is done I publish it. Otherwise I also seem to search for informational and facts based posts that interest me and when I collect some information about the topic and post them here, with or without an image.

Usually I have coffee or water next to me as I type on my laptop keys and once it is all to my liking, I will hit the publish button and then check out how it looks like on my blog site. I usually only check it out on Chrome though and will make changed if I feel like I want to improve upon it.

Prompt from 87 Blog Post Ideas That Will Never Fail You (2022)  at BlogTyrant.com

Hot Beverage Of Choice While Writing

Coffee or tea? Which do you drink while you write and why?

Coffee. I never drink tea. Well, not true. Usually when I am in a cafe I get coffee, hot or cold. However at some places if I find that they have an iced tea on the menu I will go for it. Never make it at home but yes it some places like Bloomsbury or Galitos where they have peach ice tea, I will order one and enjoy the taste.

But otherwise it is coffee. It has been years since I had a hot tea served to me and drank it. One of my aunts used to make this awesome tea – I don’t what she does to the tea or adds to it but it was awesome – and as they lived 2 houses next to my old house for over 10 years I drank a bunch of that. But I never had any at home or anywhere else.

Why? Because I prefer the taste of coffee over tea. I love coffee and I love the taste. I love when it is mixed with stuff like caramel or mocha flavoured or whipped cream etc. It gives me a boost, I would even say that it gives me life. That’s why I drink it while I write & blog.

Prompt from NOVEMBER BLOG PROMPTS: NANOWRIMO EDITION at Living A Sunshine Life

On This Day, November 21

On this day, November 21:

Why I (Still) Love Blogging

Why you love blogging

From the time that I started journalling at the age of 14 (till 17) to now, I like keeping a record. There were any parts of my life that I wish I had captured and I wish I had continued to journal from the age of 17 till the age of 21 when I picked it up again. Then I stopped after a few months and wouldn’t start my online journey till I was 26.

Why I do love blogging? It is therapeutic and it is soothing. It is a hobby but it is also a passion and it feels like I need to do it on a regular basis otherwise I will feel like I am stiffled. I will like I have no outlet for my thoughts and to just let the words flow at times. I know I have many, many posts that are also collecting information and data as well as my own thoughts and ideas but that is par on course when you are maintaining a daily blog and want to keep the posts flowing.

Whatever money I have received from blogging has helped a lot. But even if I didn’t make any money from blogging I would still do it. Until how long? I do not know but I do not see myself stopping anytime soon. I might slow down at some stage and perhaps do only a few posts a week or just daily single posts but I will still post on a regular basis. I wish I could finally write a book, a book that I have always wanted to write but that’s for another time.

Prompt from 113 IDEAS FOR A BLOG POST by Thirteen Thoughts

I Never Thought Blogging Would


I never thought blogging would


I didn’t think it would become such an integral part of who I am. When I first started blogging inspired by a couple of blogs it was mostly as a journal that I never expected would last for a few years. How wrong I was?

Ever since I started daily blogging in late 2006, blogging has become one of the things that define me. It is my release and it is a comfort and it is one of the few things that helps to keep me sane. If I didn’t have this blog I might have to resort to keeping a physical journal but it just isn’t the same feeling of being able to jot down stuff online. It is a good habit to do so, I think, but I wouldn’t do daily journaling if it was in a book.

I also never thought that I would money through my blog. Even though it is a small trickle now, atleast I have made some nice money through it. That is actually the extra creamy, deliciously rich chocolate icing on the cake.

Prompt from BLOG EVERY DAY IN OCTOBER: BLOGTOBER14 at HeleninBetween.com

20 Years Of Blogging : From Sporadic Posts On Blogspot To Daily Blogs On WordPress

How did you get started blogging? Tell your readers about the day you decided to become a blogger.

Way back in time, in the wonderful year of 2001 I started going to internet cafes a lot and spending a few hours each week browsing the internet and I started reading a few blogs. The blogs I read kept me entertained and I was finding myself spending more and more time reading them. Having kept and maintained personal journals from the age of 15, which was way back in 1991, I wanted to create a blog of my own soon.

By October of 2002 I had decided to create one even if it was sporadically at first that I could enter posts. Moving to a new city back in July of that year also meant that I would have new experiences to share as I was living on my own in a lodge. And initially it was more like updates of what I did, how the work was going, how living on a very tiny budget was like and how I was basically getting along. I would come back home most weekends so that was usually the time that I would find time to enter a few lines of a post on my blog.

l like blogging as it brings out my creative side. It is an outlet and it is I also try to be as honest as I can on my blog. I don’t hold back – well maybe I might tone down the language a bit, even though I have thrown in a few choice words many times. Yet it is still very tame when I compare it with what I say when I get angry or think. I also try to post as much positive things as I can and keep it varied. It’s like a release from the day to day life and a way that I also let my frustration out.

If I didn’t blog and use it as a therapy for myself, I might actually go a bit angry and nuts at things that happen to and around me along the week. Even sometimes at home, when I get pissed off because of family, even if I may not blog about that exact incident, I do find that blogging keeps me from acting out.

Prompt from 61 BLOG POST IDEAS FOR ANY NICHE | WRITING PROMPTS FOR BLOGGERS

Tips To Become Consistent With Your Blog

How do you become consistent with your blog life? The truth about consistency in blogging life.

It’s way too easy to let your blogging routine slide. You most likely began with good intentions to blog every week or every day or whatever you had decided and now you find the calendar empty for several weeks. Consistent blogging is the key to successful blogging. Most successful bloggers are consistent with their blogging. Now even though I know that blogging consistently is a big struggle for A LOT bloggers, there are some tips that you can use to make it more consistent.

STEP 1: DECIDE WHAT IS ‘CONSISTANT’ FOR YOU:

Not everyone wants to do daily blogging and multiple posts like me or some other folks. Some people may only want to post a couple of times a week or once a week or every alternate day. Decided on your time table. I have a friend who plans 3 blogs posts a week – Monday, Wednesday & Friday and takes the weekend off for her family & pets. You decide the schedule and then stick to it so your readers also get to see when to expect new posts.

STEP 2: MAKE A COMMITMENT AND STICK TO IT

Once your schedule is set then make sure you stick to it. Take some time out each week to plan your posts and prepare bullet points as you go along just so you don’t lose track of what you want it to contain. Actually write that commitment down and put it somewhere you will see often
 then calendarize  it too! Why does making a commitment and writing it down matter so much? Because making a written commitment increases your likelihood of following through by more than 100%.

STEP 3: MAKE A CONTENT CALENDAR

If you want to blog consistently, and especially if you have very little time to blog, you should never put yourself in a position where you have to spend the first chunk of your precious blogging time working out what to blog about. The best way to make sure you always know exactly what to blog about each week is to create a content calendar. A content calendar does not have to be fancy
 it’s simply a list of what topics you plan to blog about and on which days.

STEP 4: US BLOG PROMPTS FROM VARIOUS WEBSITE

When you are stuck for content a sure shot way to get the juices flowing are blog prompts.

Prompt from 127+ BEST BLOG POST IDEAS FOR EVERY LIFESTYLE BLOGGER IN 2022

Four Perks & Benefits Of Blogging & Maintaining A Blog

1. Blogging helps you make passive income

One of the BIGGEST benefits of blogging is that it helps you with passive income. That means you can make money even while you sleep. Of course, you will need to work upfront to earn passive income from your blog. But once you build up a following and traffic to your blog, you can start making money passively. There are a few ways to earn passive income from blogging. You can use affiliate marketing, sell products, or even place ads on your blog.

2. Helps you network with others

Networking is one of the most important skills you can build in life. Networking is all about building relationships with others. When you network with others, you create a web of contacts that can provide you with information, advice, and opportunities. Networking can help you find mentors, friends, and even business partners. It also allows you to learn from others and share your own experiences. When you network with others, it’s essential to be genuine and authentic. People are more likely to trust and respect someone honest about who they are and what they do. Here’s where blogging comes into play as a blog helps you build trust online.

3. Blogging can be fun

It’s no secret that most people don’t enjoy their jobs. It’s important to remember that your job doesn’t have to be a source of misery. There are many things you can do to make your work-life more enjoyable. One better way is to start your blog. It can be a lot of fun. You can share your thoughts and ideas or create content on any topic you enjoy. You’ll love writing more once you start getting comments from other readers. Once you start generating some money from blogging, you’ll want to work even harder. All in all, blogging can be a fun job. It can also be a side hustle if you work consistently.

4. Blogging can lead you to lucrative job offers

In today’s job market, most companies and startups are looking for people who have a strong online presence. Unfortunately, many job seekers have the same qualifications and experience. So how can you make yourself more attractive to potential employers? One way is to start a blog. If you have a solid presence online, you’ll have a significant competitive advantage in the job market. Many companies are now looking for candidates with strong written communications skills and deep knowledge of social media.

One way to demonstrate these qualities is by maintaining a blog. A blog is an effective platform for sharing your ideas and showing your writing skills. Not just that, a blog can help you to build a network of contacts and followers. If you’re ever searching for a new job, these contacts can be PRICELESS in helping you to land a job.

Ever Faced A Technical Problem With Your Website? How Did You Resolve It?

I’ve been maintaining this website/blog since 2007 and I’ve only had a problem once. All this time and just one issue that was caused by WordPress. A few days ago, I think it was last Wednesday, I woke up and found that several of my posts were missing and each month was only showing 2-3 blog posts and mostly the Images that I post from time to time, without much words in it. All the categories were removed and it showed by default that all posts were in the Uncategorised list but even that count was not showing up.

Not only that I couldn’t log in to my account. It refused to accept my user id and email id and password. I also couldn’t reset my password since it refused to accept my user id and email id that is associated with the account. I was devastated for a while but then contacted my Website server’s support team and the first guy wasn’t very helpful but the second time I tried, the guy was able to identify that it was a WordPress related issue. So he used the most recent backup to fix the issue – I only lost a week’s worth of blog posts – and I could finally log in.

I then changed my password and then checked my blog. Over the next couple of days I rewrote the posts that I had lost, just to ensure that the dates would match up. I didn’t like having these huge gaps in between posts. Then a couple of days later I upgraded WordPress to the latest version, which had just been released earlier this month. Things seem to be fine now.

Prompt from 87 Blog Post Ideas That Will Never Fail You (2022) at Blog Tyrant

5 Big Reasons You Should Pick WordPress

1. WordPress is Free as in Freedom

WordPress is free software. It means you are free to download, install, use and modify it to match your needs. You can use it to create any kind of website. To learn more, see our article about why WordPress is free. While the WordPress software itself is free, you do need a domain name and web hosting to install it. A domain name is the address of your website on the internet. This is what your users type in their browser’s address bar to access your website (for example, wpbeginner.com). Web hosting is like your website’s house where all your website files are stored.

2. WordPress Is Easy to Use

Despite being the most flexible and powerful platform, WordPress is quite easy to use for beginners. It comes with a simple dashboard with different menu options listed in the sidebar. You can easily create posts and pages, customize your website design, add navigation menus, and more. WordPress makes it easy for absolute beginners to maintain their own websites without any technical hiccups.

3. WordPress Is Completely Customizable

Most folks using WordPress are neither web designers nor programmers. As a matter of fact, most people start using WordPress without any prior knowledge of designing websites. For non-tech savvy folks, WordPress is the perfect solution because there are thousands of free website templates (themes) that you can choose from. There is a perfect WordPress theme for just about every kind of website (whether it’s a blog, business site, or an online store). WordPress themes are easy to customize because a lot of them come with their own options panel allowing you to change colors, upload your logo, change the background, create beautiful sliders, and truly customize it to your needs without writing any code at all.

4. WordPress Is Safe and Secure

WordPress is developed with security in mind, and it is a very safe and secure platform to run a website. However, you can still do a lot to make your website even more secure from hackers, malware, and other dangers.

5. What Kinds of Websites Can You Create With WordPress?

WordPress can be used in many different ways, from simple websites to eCommerce marketplaces and anything in between.

The following are just a few examples of different kinds of websites you can make with WordPress.

  • Start a blog
  • Make a business website
  • Start an online store
  • Build a membership website
  • Sell online courses

5 Tried & Tested Ways To Promote Your Blog

Share your blog on social media : This is likely not your first time hearing about social media promotion. Sharing your blog post on social media will always be one of the best ways to promote your content. Of course, you’ll want to take the time to cultivate a strong social media presence, and ensure you aren’t posting swipe-up links to your content daily. Instead, try creating a diverse social media content calendar with a variety of engaging posts, and have 3-4 a month drive traffic to a new or relevant blog post.Even if a social media post doesn’t explicitly mention a blog post, you can still aim to increase followers on your social media accounts, and over time, those followers will become naturally curious and take a look at your blog for themselves. Additionally, try leveraging a social media automation tool that helps you share and manage all your social media accounts from one dashboard.

Answer questions on Quora : Quora is one of the best platforms for engaging with people that might be interested in topics you discuss on your blog. And, as a new blogger, Quora can be a great promotion opportunity. Create a Quora account and make it a daily obligation to go on Quora and answer questions relating to your niche. Don’t simply copy-and-paste your blog URL into each Quora answer, though, which can come across as spammy and might even get you blocked on Quora. Instead, try to genuinely help Quora users with useful answers, and simply keep the URL of your blog on your profile for users to find on their own if they’d like.

Post on subreddits: Subreddits on Reddit are another good place for sharing your knowledge with a ready audience looking for more information on a topic. Just like Quora, Subreddits are topics in which you can join and add to the conversation. This is another way of sharing your post and building your influence.

Guest post on popular blogs : Guest posting is one of the oldest marketing techniques around, and it’s still as effective as ever. Guest posting requires you to reach out to similar blogs in your niche and then pitch ideas for them to publish to their blog. This is a win-win for the two parties involved — it provides a high-quality, unique piece of content for the blog host, while giving you a backlink to your own website.However, guest blogging isn’t easy and requires a lot of work. Other than sending outreach emails to the bloggers in your niche, you also need to take the time to craft high-quality guest blog posts. To do this on a larger scale, you will need to hire freelance writers that can help you write the blog post while you conduct the outreach process.

Network on related or similar blogs : Many bloggers have neglected to leave a comment on other blogs simply because they believe it won’t affect their SEO rankings. And yes — they’re right, it won’t. But the benefits of leaving a comment on another, related blog are still worthwhile. Leaving a comment on another blog can help you get on the radar of other bloggers in your industry, and begin cultivating relationships within your community. While admittedly small, this is still a potential avenue for getting your name out there without spending money or sacrificing too much time.

The Impact That Blogging Has Had On My Life.

Describe the impact that blogging has had on your life.

Well, for one I can easily go back in time when I want to and read about a thought or an idea or something that happened. Atleast since 2002. 20 years. Most of the eventful things that has happened in my life plus a lot of insignificant stuff, is easily available for me to read and relive when I just go back and search for it or go to particular dates back in the year I am looking at.

Other that I would also say that the money I have made, some nice chunk of change, has made things quite easier for me. I bought two mobile phones, the ones that I use now, my current laptop, my computer chair, a lot of dvds and some Funko pops and even let me take a couple of 3 to 4 day holidays without having to dip into my salary money. That was an awesome feeling. But it hasn’t lasted and now I am lucky if I can make Rs.6000 a month from my blog. But the dream is still there that I can just make a bunch of money every month off my blog.

Other than that, I think that it has improved my communication skills a bit and my writing. It has definitely made me search for more things online so I can create a few blog posts about things and that increased my knowledge and awareness.

Prompt from 61 BLOG POST IDEAS FOR ANY NICHE | WRITING PROMPTS FOR BLOGGERS