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
While the rest of society is looking for smarter and tougher security to protect their homes, a village in Ahmadnagar district of the Maharashtra state, India, named Shani Shingnapur has houses and shops with no locks or doors—be it day or night. Shani Shingnapur is home to nearly 4,000 people and all the houses in this village do not have doors or locks. You’ll just find the door frame. This is because of the villager’s immense and undying faith in the Hindu deity, Shani Dev (Lord of the planet Saturn). According to villagers, Lord Shani watches over the village and protects them from the evil eye.
It is said that whoever attempts to steal here will immediately be punished with mental imbalance, blindness or long sickness, and whoever does anything wrong or dishonest will suffer from Sade-Sati, a period of seven-and-a-half years of bad luck—either through an accident, death, or bankruptcy. According to the local folklore, once, a villager tried to put wooden panes at the entrance of his house, and the very next day, he died in a car accident. According to the legends, about 400 years ago, due to incessant rains, a slab of black stone washed up on the banks of the Panasnala River and a local shepard dreamed that the god Shiva came to him and said that the slab of black stone was his own idol.
The shepherd was instructed to install the idol in the village center since then, the whole village got rid of all the locks and doors, leaving their money and jewelry unsecured, with a belief that Lord Shani is watching them and will keep them protected. In fact, the post office and shops in this village also do not have doors. In 2011, the UCO bank opened a lockless branch in Shani Shingnapur, the first of its kind in India. However, the bank has a glass entrance and a remote-controlled electromagnetic lock that is hardly visible, thus maintaining the traditional belief. In 2015, a police station opened in the area, again with no doors. The crime rate in this village is near zero.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes Eddie Nketiah is getting better and better after helping the Gunners set up an FA Cup fourth-round tie at Manchester City by beating Oxford United at Kassam Stadium. Nketiah scored twice in six second-half minutes after Mohamed Elneny’s opener to secure the Gunners’ progression. It is now five goals in his last six games for Nketiah, who has stepped up in the absence of injured striker Gabriel Jesus. The Premier League leaders were frustrated in the first half by a well-organised and disciplined Oxford side before eventually overpowering their League One opponents.
Fabio Vieira was Arsenal’s creator-in-chief, sending in a perfect free-kick for Elneny to head past Oxford goalkeeper Eddie McGinty in the 63rd minute before playing a perfect pass for Nketiah to finish calmly finish seven minutes later. Oxford, who had battled so hard, were now struggling to cope with Arsenal’s attacking threat and Nketiah was on the mark again after 76 minutes with a delicate chip over McGinty from Gabriel Martinelli’s pass to confirm that powerhouse meeting with City at Etihad Stadium. There was concern for Arsenal before Sunday’s north London derby with Tottenham when Bukayo Saka went off with an injury, but Arteta played down the seriousness of it.
Arteta will have been disappointed by the Gunners’ sterile first-half performance but once they clicked into gear they inevitably had too much for Oxford. Nketiah and Vieira were the two stars of the show, the latter coming through a struggle in the first half to show his quality in delivery and passing as the Premier League side finally exerted their authority. Vieira’s free-kick was the perfect invite for Elneny to break the deadlock with a powerful close-range header and his pass for Nketiah to round McGinty was just as good. Nketiah showed his class in front of goal with his third as he continued to deputise so well for the injured Jesus.
Arsenal were not exactly sparkling but that is not the priority in these games. It is getting into the next round and they achieved it with something to spare, Oxford not creating a serious moment of danger in the game.
You wake up and realise that in a Metamorphosis-style twist of fate, you’ve turned into Jeff Bezos. You’ve got £136b ($182b) to splash- how do you spend it?
If I suddenly find myself to come into that much wealth – hold on, I can’t fathom that much math. Let me see $182 billion is 1,49,90,52,10,00,000.00 Indian Rupees. That many zeros. Holy crud, I can’t even imagine that much money.
Anyways, back to the prompt. Here is what I would do. No more working ofcourse. No work or office or business except for some investments and some shares and all that jazz. Retired is what I am. Then I will get all my relatives – dad, mom, sis, bil, nephews and niece, uncles, aunts and first cousins and their kids and buy this big ole palace. Imagine a huge palace with lots and lots of luxuries in each and every room. Make them into suites for everybody. Everyone gets a bunch of money and we all stay in this palace.
And we will all have the best that life can offer and go on expensive night outs and party in the palace. I will arrange a luxury cruise ship just for us so we can go to see all the places we want to and enjoy life. And you are not invited.
Jan 2 – Science Fiction Day – Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, science or not – is this something that you can write about? Maybe myths and ‘fake news’ that plague your industry? Or have you ‘boldly gone where no-one has ever gone before’? Think laterally and you’ll be surprised what you can come up with. #sciencefictionday
Regular readers will know for sure that I have a deep love for space and science fiction and especially Star Trek. I would love to live in an era where space exploration is done as easily as it is in the fictional 24th century in Star Trek. Heck, let’s go even further and say that it will be even easier. It should be as easy as you getting in your car and traveling from one city to another city.
Although I have different scenarios of this fictional universe that I dreamed up and I wish that we all lived in, I will tell you about just the simplest and sweetest one. One in which I and my late beloved Golden Retriever Shawny are both alive and well and we are traveling in a small starship with a very advanced robot who helps keep us safe and runs the operations of the ships. And our job is to go to various alien planets and beat up the bad aliens and rescue the good ones who need our help. We have so many adventures on our travels and are kept invincible due to a very complicated safety shield that covers our ship as well as the spacesuit we wear.
The other dreams are me as the captain of a StarFleet like ship and a big crew as we patrol the galaxy. Or a smaller ship with just a smaller crew of say 10. Or a large team of a motley crew of citizens who all band together to do good across the star systems in the furthest parts of the galaxy. Or a pleasure cruise across the stars with my extended family. Whichever it is, it’s a lot of fun and Shawny is ever by my side in each. But the simplest one is the one in which it is just me and Shawny and our robot. After all when it comes down to it, it’s as innocent & special as a boy and his dog!
Trying to lose weight like me but craving a good healthy yet filling breakfast to add to your diet? Well my dietician gave me some things that I could do for my meals and one of them is an egg white omelet. So here is a recipe I found online for this delicious & health breakfast.
3 eggs large Whites of (whisked)
2 tablespoons milk skim
40 g Spinach (coarsely chopped) / 1½ oz
40 g Mushrooms (sliced) / 1½ oz .
1 scallion spring onion / (thinly sliced)
40 g tomato (chopped) / 1½ oz .
¼ teaspoon white pepper
salt black pepper and oil
- low fat cottage cheese
- Combine all of the eggs, cottage cheese, and pepper and beat with a fork.
Spray a skillet with non-stick spray and place over medium heat.
Pour egg mixture into skillet, being sure it spreads evenly over the pan, and sprinkle mushroom and tomato over top.
Cook until eggs are opaque and set. Fold one-half of the omelet over the other.
Serve. Wheat bread toasted optional.
I already have a part of wireless earbuds that I bought last September and I have been really happy with those. But this last Sunday, the 1st of January, I happened to watch a review of the Boat Immortal 121 and I was hooked. I watched a couple more and then searched the Boat website for the item – the white one that you see here on the left – was out of stock but they had the black one.
I then went to Amazon IN and Flipkart and they were out of stock as well for both colours. I then spent the next 3 days searching and checking. On the 3rd I found one white one available on Amazon but before I could place the order the item went out of stock! Flipkart had the black & the white one but they didn’t have any in the warehouse near me and hence they won’t ship to my address. That is a weird decision by them to now only shop from the nearest warehouse to you. Guess they don’t want enough business.
Finally on the 4th I found a white one and the seller on Amazon had just a couple of them and I was able to place an order for it and it initially said that the delivery estimate was the 13th of January, which was odd, but then it actually got delivered today, in 3 days. And I am loving it!
Neil Peart from the 70s pic. The best drummer the world has ever known, IMHO! Died at the age of 67 in 2020 on this day. Taken from us way too soon. Never got to see the band Rush live in concert but atleast I have the clips on Youtube and a few dvds.
Italian former player & manager Gianluca Vialli has passed away at the age of 58 after a 5 year battle with pancreatic cancer. Vialli was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2017 and for a second time in 2021. Son of a self-made millionaire, Vialli was brought up with his four siblings in the 60-room Castello di Belgioioso in Cremona. Vialli started his club career at Cremonese in 1980 in his native Italy where he made 105 league appearances scoring 23 goals. His performances impressed Sampdoria who signed him in 1984, and with whom he scored 85 league goals, won three Italian cups, Serie A and the European Cup Winners Cup.
In 1992, Vialli transferred to Juventus for a world record £12.5 million. During his time at the Turin club he won the Italian Cup, Serie A, Italian Supercup, UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup. In 1996 Vialli joined Chelsea and became their player manager the following season. In England he won the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup Winners Cup and UEFA Super Cup. He is one of nine footballers to have won the three main European club competitions, and the only forward to have done so; he is also the only player in European footballing history to have both winners’ and runners-up medals in all three main European club competitions, including two winners’ medals for the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.
At international level, Vialli represented the Italy national team in two FIFA World Cups, in 1986 and on home soil in 1990. He also took part at UEFA Euro 1988, helping his nation to a semi-final finish, and was elected to the team of the tournament. During his twenty year long career as a professional footballer he scored 259 goals at club level, 16 goals with the national team, and 11 goals with the Italy national under-21 football team, for a total of 286 goals in more than 500 appearances, making him the tenth-highest scoring Italian player in all competitions.
Vialli was known as a perfect gentleman off the pitch and deadly on it. He married Cathryn White-Cooper on 26 August 2003 and fathered two daughters, Olivia and Sofia. He was a keen golfer and played at the Dunhill links championship pro-am event. Vialli continued to live in SW6 in London, 20 years after leaving Chelsea F.C. He was treated at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. He was given the all-clear from pancreatic cancer in April 2020, but in December 2021 revealed that he had been diagnosed with the disease for a second time.
By the time I turned 35 I noticed that I had started getting grey in my stubble. At first it was only a couple of places on my chin and then soon I noticed the grey in my hair. I am 46 now and I have grey strands on the sides of my temple on both side. It’s still not too bad but it is noticeable and I am not quite sure how to feel about it.
Thing is I am badly balding. So does it really matter? It does and it doesn’t. At times I have a devil may care attitude about the greys and at times I wish it was all black. While I am still wishing, I wish I had a full set of hair on my head. So not for the first time I have thought of dyeing the greys that I have to jet black. Or just go for the full job.
It is doable and lots and lots of people are doing it but when I think about it too much I feel, why do you want to? Just leave it as it is and grow the grey out. It is not too bad plus it is natural and everyone will eventually go grey. So do you dye or do you proudly wear the grey?
Share your New Year’s resolutions
So just yesterday I posted the top 5 new year resolutions that people usually say that they are going to do. I dunno about the other 4 but I certainly have a new year resolution and it’s not a fad or something I said on the spur of the moment, fueled by several nights of binge drinking. Due to my health being the way that it is, I am on a diet and I said to myself let’s have a nice meal on New Year’s Eve and then start the diet on the 1st.
This time it is after consulting a dietician. Unlike last time when I went all gung ho and did it by myself. So out goes the regular rice, the white bread, pasta etc. Brown rice, wheat bread, chapati and oats instead. My calcium is very low so I am trying to have more milk, skimmer milk curd, mackerel & sardines. Chicken 4 days a week, 1 big piece with gravy or boiled. Vegetables and yeah I like broccoli – we’ve looked at a few recipes and the two we tried are pretty good.
Eggs – I was told to have 3 egg whites a day for protein. Skip the yolk. Two eggs white omelete with some green bell peppers and tomato. I want to get some spinach and try that as well. Toast some wheat bread and have them as a sandwich. Biscuits as long as it’s not sugary or cream filled. I have cut off sugar and instead use sugar free in my tea and coffee. Let’s see how this goes.
Prompt from 31 JANUARY BLOG POST IDEAS at BloggingHerWay.com
It’s been a tad over a month since I returned my work system and started going back to the office for work. March 21st 2020 was when we had the first lockdown due to the Coronavirus and from that day till December 1st 2022, I worked at home. My small desk, as you can see from this photo, was now free for me. And my desk was happy to not bear the weight of the clunky CPU plus dual boot desktop that we need to handle the client’s work.
So I would say that the only positive thing about going back to the office for work is that I got to send the work desktop back and I could now properly keep my Boat Bluetooth speaker, my Amazon Echo (loving renamed “Computer” much as in Star Trek) and my laptop! Love having the laptop back on my desk where she rightfully belongs. So I have a couple of things else on the desk like a couple of thumb drives, my RealMe earpods and small stuff like that. It feels so good to be able to sit at my desk and use the internet on a laptop instead of the work desktop.
1. Exercise more – 52% – Brace yourself for a busier gym — at least for the first few weeks of the year. 52% of participants said they wanted to hit the gym more this year.
2. Eat healthier – 50% – Exercise alone can only do so much. Coming in at number 2, survey respondents are hoping to eat more home cooked meals.
3. Lose weight – 40% – Keeping with the health trend, another goal on people’s mind is losing weight. With all the parties and good and usually rich, fattening food , this may not come as a shock.
4. Save more money – 39% – With inflation hitting highs it hasn’t in decades, this one shouldn’t come as a shock. According to some exerts, inflation rose about 6% in the past 12 months. But even without inflation, many people elect to tighten up their wallets in the new year.
5. Spend more time with family/friends -37% – Coming off the holiday season, many will have seen family and friends they don’t usually get to spend time with. Why not carry that energy into next year, with a resolution to further your relationships? As travel reaches pre-pandemic levels, it seems as though many are.
What are the rules of Blood donation? Who can donate blood?
Most people can give blood if they are in good health. There are some basic requirements one need to fulfill in order to become a blood donor. Below are some basic eligibility guidelines:
Age: You are aged between 18 and 65. * In some countries national legislation permits 16–17 year-olds to donate provided that they fulfil the physical and hematological criteria required and that appropriate consent is obtained. Similarly in some countries, regular donors over the age of 65 may be accepted at the discretion of the responsible physician. The upper age limit in some countries are 60.
Weight: You weigh at least 50 kg. * In some countries, donors of whole blood donations should weigh at least 45 kg to donate 350 ml ± 10% .
Health: You must be in good health at the time you donate. You cannot donate if you have a cold, flu, sore throat, cold sore, stomach bug or any other infection. If you have recently had a tattoo or body piercing you cannot donate for 6 months from the date of the procedure. If the body piercing was performed by a registered health professional and any inflammation has settled completely, you can donate blood after 12 hours.
If you have visited the dentist for a minor procedure you must wait 24 hours before donating; for major work wait a month. You must not donate blood If you do not meet the minimum haemoglobin level for blood donation.
Travel: Travel to areas where mosquito-borne infections are endemic, e.g. malaria, dengue and Zika virus infections, may result in a temporary deferral. Many countries also implemented the policy to defer blood donors with a history of travel or residence for defined cumulative exposure periods in specified countries or areas, as a measure to reduce the risk of transmitting variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) by blood transfusion.
Newcastle United frustrated Premier League leaders Arsenal to earn a point with a dogged display at Emirates Stadium. Arsenal were hoping to extend their lead at the top of the table to 10 points but found themselves drawn into an attritional and dogged encounter by a Newcastle Untied side with top four ambitions of their own. Chances were at a premium and Newcastle’s Joelinton arguably wasted the best of all when he headed wide with the goal at his mercy in first-half stoppage time.
Arsenal went close through defender Gabriel and forward Gabriel Martinelli, who both sent headers narrowly off target, while Newcastle keeper Nick Pope made a crucial late save with his legs from Eddie Nketiah. The Gunners also appeared to have a clear penalty claim rejected when Gabriel was hauled back by Dan Burn. The game descended into a scrappy affair with seven yellow cards and the deadlock remained unbroken, with Arsenal’s lead now eight points despite being held at home. It may only be early January but Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s frantic touchline behaviour perhaps gave an insight into the growing expectations surrounding the Gunners after their superb season so far.
Arteta was on the edge of his technical area for so much of the night right until the end, confronting fourth official Jarred Gillett when only five minutes were added on at the end then moving towards opposite number Eddie Howe after late penalty appeals were rejected before being ushered away. Arsenal team ran into a formidable barrier in the shape of Newcastle, their work deteriorating after a bright start, although they still nearly snatched it at the end through Nketiah. Arsenal still have that eight-point lead, although Manchester City have a game in hand.