Archive for November, 2009

Its been more than a year since I am blogging. Over this time span I have considered few rules of blogging. In this blog post I am trying to pen down those rules.

As a Writer you should

1. Mind your Vocabulary

Which one is simple “Glistening Scintillating Diminutive Asterisk” or “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star?” Just like that try to use less vocabulary, put it other way around, use common words. This will make your post simple and will make meaning to a larger audience. If you use too many complex words, reader may get distracted and stop reading your posts.

2. Connect with your Readers

“Socializing??” Not your thing?? Neither Mine!! 😀

I am not advising you to socialize with your readers but at least say a “Thanks!!” for their comments. This will make them feel that you are interested not only in publishing posts but your readers as well. Discuss about your posts with them, clarify their doubts, elaborate more on your posts.

So, do not “Socialize” rather “Get Connected.”

3. Connect with other Blogs

“References” are the best way to support your arguments. Share with your readers the view of others on your topic. Provide necessary links in your posts.

4. Maintain Post Frequency

Do not publish too many or too less posts on your blog. You need to keep up the frequency of your posts. If you are publishing too many posts in a week, say 50, your reader may not be able to follow you and your posts. If you are publishing fewer posts, say 0-1 per week, you readers may get distracted from your blog.

“This is the one thing I need to Increase.” 😀

As a Reader you should

1. Comment on the post you read

Writers always have a room to improve and your comments are the best medicine for it. While commenting make sure that your comments are not too harsh that one stops writing or too soft that writer feels that whatever he is writing is correct.

2. Share your Blogs and others’ Blog

If you have written similar to the topic you have read, share it with the post. If you have read the similar thing somewhere else share it as well. Just remember one thing “Knowledge Increases with Sharing.”

I have tried to keep things as simple as possible. I have written the basic rules. People give more rules, list of these blogs is Google away, I haven’t gone through it. But I would like to share these six rules of blogging.

Happy Blogging!!!


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Bangalore’s Volvo bus has become a part of my daily routine. I am using this service from past one year for commuting between home & office and on weekends to roam around. Though there have been many changes but one thing that has not changed is the activities people involve themselves while travelling and I am no different. Based on different activities I have categorized them. Here goes my list:

  1. You love sitting by the window and look outside, staring into nothing, thinking about anything or nothing at all, totally unaware what is happening outside. You are my personal favourite “Silent Traveller.”

  2. How big your headphones can go? Or What kind of earphones you have? Which song is playing in your i-Pod that you are humming and shaking your heads? Whatever it is, I like you “Happy-go-Lucky Traveller.”

  3. Why are you talking so much? You are disturbing others. It’s been 20 minutes you are in this call. You are my least favourite “Irritating Traveller.”

  4. Just let me know the Title of the book you are reading. I’ll check if I have read this one or not. Oh! “Bookworm Traveller” close your book once.

  5. So, music and novel is your pick. What say “Bookworm” are you becoming “Happy-go-Lucky?” (I am unable to think of a name at the moment)

  6. Look at the gadget he got; She is damn beautiful. Oh! My “Watchman Traveller” stop observing others.

  7. Last but not the least is the group similar to above one with a difference that they write their observation on the blog. I do not know if anyone else is doing it but I just did.:D Please give me some name!!!

PS. I have captured very few categories as far as I remember. If you have one let me know.

PPS. I have used a different writing style for this post. Please comment about it.

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Identifying Oneself

I am part of the Toastmasters Club in my organization. So as part of this club we need to attend meetings, deliver speeches. No, it was not my time to present a speech but I was evaluating one this time.

This lady was scheduled to give her 2nd speech (as per Toastmasters guidelines it is categorized as “Organizing your speech” and they have discussed how it should be constructed). Here is the summarized version of her speech:

Lessons Learned from my first Non-living Child

A question was put in front of the audience to guess the non-living child and it was none other than her first car. As she walked through the speech, she made us count various experiences of her with the car of hers; How she got first dent on the first day of the car? How she overcome the nervousness afterward? How others were afraid of her driving? How she drove her car without oil in it for days and got lucky on not burning the engine? and few more.

It was an ordinary speech that you can hear anywhere else, but what was extraordinary about it was its conclusion and hidden message.

Things for you will get worst or smooth as you take road ahead. Patience is the factor that keeps you going.

I don’t remember the exact conclusion, so I have phrased it myself on the similar grounds. However, there were certain factors that I found were hidden in the speech (I am not aware of others) were ‘Learn from your mistakes’ and ‘Self-Confidence.’

I was very delighted the way she has delivered her message. Most of us use the same technique of stating one’s experience and conclude the  lesson you have learned, and most of the times we tend to cite examples from Life of big personalities.

The fact that I liked about her speech was  the usage of her own life experience and not from others’ life. By “others” I mean Big Personalities. The point I would like to bring out is “You can never forget the lessons you learn from your own experience and you can never remember the lessons learned others’ experience.

Many people say that they follow him/her as their role model. I say “Create a Role Model in yourself” “Take a different road and let others follow” and if there are no followers don’t get disappointed because “Best paths in Life are trodden alone.”

Start Thinking!!!

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