Share Your World – August 2, 2021

Melanie is the host of SYW

Her questions this week are;

QUESTION

1. If you could be anywhere else right now, where would it be?

Actually, I am very happy and content in my home, my city, and my country right now. We are safe here and close to the family. But if we talk of vacation, I would like to visit Turkey with my family. It’s a charming place to visit. Right now they require 10 days of quarantine on arrival, so we’ll wait till it’s safe to travel.

2. What Wastes The Most Time In Your Day To Day Life?

Hmmmm….. I don’t think I waste time on anything other than blogging. And I don’t consider blogging a waste of time, though others might think so. I don’t watch tv, or do any surfing on the internet and I don’t waste time on social media either.

3. How would you describe your greatest enemy? If you don’t have one, share your secret! 🙂

My greatest enemy is also my greatest love; Food! It is what is causing all my weight and health problems and yet it’s my love of food that keeps me eating my favorites! It’s a catch 22 situation. If I didn’t love food, I wouldn’t consider it my enemy! Am I making any sense here?

4. If you were a bird, what kind of bird would you be?

I think I would be a common sparrow. Keen, observant and always being everywhere.

GRATITUDE SECTION (As Always, Optional)

Feel free to share an image, a thought or a meme about kindness this week!

Look back and be grateful
Look ahead and be hopeful
Look around and be helpful

I think this describes my attitude perfectly.

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Thank you Melanie for these interesting questions!

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Blogging Insights- Quantity over Quality?

Tanya is the host of Blogging Insights

Analyse this :
blogging quote -- publishing smart

Blogging isn’t about publishing as much as you can. It’s about publishing as smart as you can.” — Jan Morrow

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Generally speaking, blogging is publishing whatever a blogger feels like. Because a blog is a site that is owned by the blogger and they have the freedom to post whatever and how much ever they want.

Now that is out of the way, I’ll discuss my blogging strategy. I post 3-5 times a day but on average, there are three posts a day, 2 hours apart. I follow many prompts, mostly weekly ones. And I like to challenge myself by writing something meaningful on them.

Previously I would write a fourth post, combining 4-5 daily Prompts. I stopped doing this because I realized that I was mostly writing to write and the posts written in response to so many diverse words usually were not of good quality.

The point I’m trying to make here is that I try to write smart. I try to write a post with a message behind it. I also write mostly shorter posts. And I have curtailed the number of daily posts from 5 to 3 because I want my readers to :

Not feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of posts

Be able to read and understand my writing in a short time.

In conclusion, I’d say that it is the choice of individual bloggers to write more or less, meaningful or frivolous posts. The reader chooses what they want to read.

It is about the choice of the writer and the reader both!

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Fandango Provocative Question # 128 – Opposites or similar

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Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

This past week I heard someone say, “opposites attract.” A few days later I heard someone else say, “birds of a feather flock together.” These two statements seem contradictory to me. I thought about my wife and me and realized that, while she can be high strung and emotional, I’m more laid back and easy going. But aside from that, we have much in common, almost like two peas in a pod.

So I wondered if people with opposite personalities, beliefs, and physical traits are actually drawn together like opposite poles of a magnet. Or are similarities in age, intelligence, religion, and education level the keys to lasting, healthy relationships?

So my provocative question this week is…

Do you feel that people are more attracted to one another by their differences or by their commonalities? And why do you feel that way?

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I think what brings people together are the common traits in their personalities. Be they, friends or romantic partners. If they have a similar approaches towards important issues of life, they are more likely to be attracted to each other.

However, a bit of contrast is what balances the relationship. Like one partner is practical and the other is a dreamer or if one is a planner and the other is impulsive, they are yin and yang and provide stability to their relationship.

This is especially important in how they react to situations. If both are hot heads, the relationship is likely to disintegrate soon. But if one is calmer and cool-headed, it is more likely to last.

In short, we come together because we find similar traits in each other and stay together because we also have opposing views which make the relationship work!

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Truthful Tuesday- Odd pleasures

Frank of PC guyIV asks a question on Tuesday, which we have to answer truthfully.

Truthful Tuesday

The Question

What’s something that you thoroughly enjoy doing that others might find a bit odd? What makes it so enjoyable?

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I thoroughly enjoy blogging which my family and real-life friends find odd. They are always asking why I’m always stuck to my phone, using the tiny touchpad to type out my blog posts. There are some people who even ask “what is a blog?”

Though there are over 600 million blogs in the world today, not everyone has heard of blogging, let alone read a single post!

At the same time, I am very grateful to my blogging family who not only read my posts but also like and comment on them.

Thanks you so much!

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Share Your World – July 26, 2021

Melanie is the host of SYW

QUESTIONS;

Do you believe in second chances?

I do. At first mistake or mixup, I give the benefit of the doubt. But when things go the same way, it is time to change tactics. I love this saying, “ Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me” so if we let others play us for a fool more than once, it’s our fault. So no third chance!

Is your glass half full or half empty?

Oh, my glass is always half full, much to the irritation of my family and friends ( sometimes). As they say, I’m an incurable optimist, and even when things go wobbly for a while, I still manage to see the bright side of things.

Would you rather someone be honest and hurt your feelings or lie to protect them?

Now this is a thought provoking question! I don’t demand 100% honesty when I want reassurance. When it is a matter of relationships, I do want people to be totally honest because we cannot build relationships on lies. But when I ask how I’m looking in my new dress/ haircut etc, a little fibbing is expected.

When have you felt your biggest adrenaline rush?

That hasn’t happened lately so I have to dig deep in the past. The one incident that comes to my mind was when we were traveling by Jeep on a narrow hilly road. There was a drop on my side of the road which was probably many hundreds of meters down. The road itself was one and a half lanes and we were petrified. That was I think my biggest adrenaline rush. And I don’t want to do it again!

GRATITUDE SECTIONWhat are you grateful for?

Last Wednesday was Eid and we had a wonderful family get-together. The Eid day went so well and we also met a few cousins as well. I also had a great visit from my blogging friend, Dr. Tanya.

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Fandango Provocative Question – Privacy and hacking

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Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

My provocative question this week stems from some disturbing articles I’ve been reading about spyware called Pegasus, which was developed by an Israeli cyberarms firm. Pegasus is spyware that can be covertly installed on mobile phones and tablets running most versions of iOS and Android. It exploits vulnerabilities on those operating systems.

According to the Washington Post and other prominent media sources, Pegasus not only enables the keystroke monitoring of all communications from a phone (texts, emails, web searches), but it also enables phone call and location tracking, as well as the ability hijack both the mobile phone’s microphone and camera, thus turning it into a constant surveillance device.

In short, Pegasus in a highly invasive tool, and can spy on almost any device and any social media networks and messaging apps. So far, it has been used by some, shall we say, unscrupulous governments to monitor smartphones belonging primarily to journalists, activists, business executives, lawyers, government officials, and perceived “enemies of the state.”

Knowing that spyware like Pegasus is out there, and that it can be used to hijack your smartphone, record your keystrokes, your voice communications, and your camera without any actions or knowledge on your part, my proactive question is…

How vulnerable do you feel about potential hacks or intrusions while using your smartphone? And if you do feel vulnerable, what steps, if any, are you taking to protect yourself and your data?

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This is a very disturbing and scary idea. That someone out there can hack into my phone, laptop, or social media account and monitor my activity. That they can hack into my private files and steal my information is even more scary!

My only solace is that I am not that important, interesting, or wealthy to warrant that kind of attention. There have been attempts from hackers to gain my passwords by pretending to call from my bank but since the bank keeps on warning us not to give any information on phone or email, I was saved from doing that. We are also told that the bank never calls or emails us to ask for sensitive information.

I take other steps to make sure that my phone cannot be used by unauthorized persons. And I keep away from questionable websites. But having said that, one never knows when a virus, firmware, or spyware can sneak into our devices.

And in that eventuality, I don’t think that I can do anything to protect my data. So as I said, I console myself by telling myself that no one is interested in me or my data and won’t attempt to hijack it.

Perhaps a hollow consolation?

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Rory Asks; Do you remember?

Another interesting series of questions from Rory;

Do you remember your early days?

Like for instance, when you first got an internet connection? Dial up as opposed to broadband?

When was your first time with a blog, or a forum or even a game online?

Do you remember YOUR first times?

What mistakes did you make the first time ever that you … you can fill in the rest yourself. But this is about your early days as a writer online, or a gamer online – when was your first ever blog or forum?

What mistakes did you make back in the early days?

Do you remember YOUR first times?

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When I read these questions, I couldn’t recall the when and how’s!

I think these dates are more or less accurate by my reckoning!

We got our first dial-up connection some 25 years ago. It was a strange and exhilarating time. It took some time to realize what a big change it was going to be. The first thing we got was the email. Then we progressed to online browsing, games, and of course, Google.

As for my first blog post, it was written on September 6, 2018. It was not bad. I guess for something that was unplanned, it went quite well. I started on an impulse and posted sporadically those days. I made many errors with my grammar and spelling. A few kind souls pointed out my mistakes in a friendly manner and I realized how important it was to check both the spelling and grammar before posting. I also gradually acquired the know-how of formatting my posts and installed Grammarly to check on the mistakes before they are posted.

In regards to online gaming, my mistake was that I got too engrossed in it. I’d lose track of time when I played on my computer. It resulted in generating a lot of resentment in my three kids, who were school-going at the time. I realized that I have a tendency towards addictive behavior and have cut down on my games drastically.

As for mistakes in general, I’ve made too many mistakes. So many that I don’t remember even one tenth of them. I can say that I’ve learned from my mistakes, but that won’t be true.

The truth is that I still make many mistakes but that’s how we all grow, by doing things the wrong was first and then eventually doing them the right way.

Thank you Rory! These were interesting questions that made me look back on my relationship with technology.

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Share Your World – July 19, 2021

Melanie is the host of SYW

Welcome to Share Your World! 

QUESTIONS

Are justice and the law the same thing?

Justice is when the criminals get their just desserts. Law is what oversees this process. Both are not perfect but we can only hope that just laws are made and implemented so that justice is served.

Which kitchen appliance do you use every day?

Stove top, refrigerator, microwave and my electric kettle.

What is one thing you’ll never do again?

Run, sit on the ground, use a treadmill or any thing which requires me to bend my knees beyond 90* angle. I have been prohibited to do these after my bi-lateral knee replacement.

What event escalated very quickly?

Anything where human emotions or stupidity was in the picture. If people had followed the covid sop’s things may have been better. If countries have sane and intelligent leaders, wars would not happen. It’s all about being in control of our emotions and using the brain.


GRATITUDE  (As always, optional)

Feel free to share something that made you feel good from the past week!

We are in the third week of July. It is Eid tomorrow and my kids will be coming over for lunch. The weather is nice as monsoons have started. My plants are thriving.

Thank you Melanie for these interesting questions.

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Share Your World – July 12, 2021

Melanie is the host of SYW

QUESTIONS

Okay we’re flipping things over this week with three rather silly questions and one philosophical one.

What would be much better if you could just change the color of it?

Peanut butter! If you know what I mean! 😛

Do You Think Cats Have Any Regrets?

I think sometimes when my kitten bites my toes too hard and I squeal in pain, he looks a bit sorry for perhaps a few seconds!

Sitting in my lap while I watch a movie!

Do you ever count your steps when you walk?

You know I actually did that when I hadn’t gotten an odometer. I was supposed to do a mile in the morning and another in the evening when I got my knee surgery. So I measured my step, then counted the steps in my driveway. After doing the math, I found out that doing 40 round laps would make a mile, (or was it 25 laps?). Anyway I was happy when I got my Fitbit!

Is there a supreme power? (you choose over what, and please be respectful)

I believe in a supreme power, God, or as we call Him Allah in Arabic. My faith centers around this concept and for all the good and bad deeds, we are answerable to Him.

GRATITUDEPlease feel free to share some gratitude with everyone! 

(Thanks to my wonderful readers who share these amazing gratitude memes!)

It rained today. A heavy downpour with a loud thunderstorm. The air has cooled down a lot and it is so nice outside.

My lemon tree is producing lemons

Many thanks Melanie for these questions.

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Blogging Insights – Editing

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TODAY’S QUESTIONS 

Do you edit your work before posting it?

I check for spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, and other typos when I proofread my post. Sometimes a few words are deleted or added to make the meaning of my writing clear.

Apart from correcting typos and spellings , how much (if any) of a post do you change before you send it out in the world?

No much is changed if I am going to publish the post immediately or pre-schedule it. But I do make sure that it reads well before I present it to my audience. Still, sometimes errors slip in the published post and some of my sincere friends point them out to me so that I can correct them.

If I am going to publish a post that has been lying in the draft folder for sometimes, ( there are posts that I started 2-3 years ago in my draft folder), I definitely edit them to be relevant in today’s environment.

Do you think that re-drafting a piece can “rob” it of its spontaneity?

I don’t think so. The first draft may not be that clear or eloquent. It may not be fitting the thoughts in my head exactly and edit or re-phrasing can improve the overall effect of the post, then I would do it. As for the spontaneity being spoiled, I think the post should convey a clear meaning than be spontaneous.