Choice of words

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” I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and look at it , until it begins to shine.”

Emily Dickinson.

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Words, written or spoken can change our lives, thoughts, and perspectives. They indeed have more power than anything else.

While speaking, the correct choice is more important because once said, we can never unsay it. Most wise people advise us to think and weigh our words before we utter them.

The written word however has a bit of flexibility. We can write it, think about it, ponder its appropriateness, and then we can replace it with another or better word. A blogger has only one tool and those are the words they use. Choose them with care. Both in writing your post and in comments, because sometimes they convey a message we didn’t intend.

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind”

Rudyard Kipling

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Thank you Tanya for keeping this conversation alive.

Written for Blogging Insights- NF # 39, hosted by Dr Tanya

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Experience is important when we write?

This week Dr. Tanya has asked our opinion about Hemingway’s quote;

TODAY’S QUOTE;

“In order to write about life first you must live it.”

Ernest Hemingway

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I think that this quote is true in context of emotions because if we haven’t experienced the ups and downs of life, it’ll be difficult for us to capture those emotions.

Whereas the human mind has been gifted with a very fertile imagination that helps people to create stories that they themselves have never lived. Many genres of story telling would never be possible if we only wrote what we have experienced.

In blogging, when I write about something I’ve personally experienced, It generates more interest in my readers. Perhaps, because there is an element of relatability which pulls their attention. The recent A to Z challenge I did was an example of this.

In summing it up, I think one needs to have experienced the highs and lows of emotions in life to write convincingly about them but as far as the story is concerned, people have ample imagination to write of things they have never experienced or have ever happened.

In blogging, however, personal experiences always create more connectivity as others may also have experienced those situations in life.

Written for Blogging Insights NF – 38, hosted by Tanya

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Blogging- A means to connect

Dr Tanya has resumed her Blogging Insight series after the hiatus

Blogging Insights returns today after a month’s hiatus. I posted almost daily for theA to Z Blogging Challenge 2022 last month and couldn’t keep up with my prompts. So here goes :

TODAY’S QUOTE 

“I believe the term “blog” means more than an online journal. I believe a blog is a conversation. People go to blogs to read AND write, not just consume.” – Michael Arrington, TechCrunch

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I agree with this quote 100%. The only thing I’d add more is that blogging is not only a means to write and read but also to connect.

One person writes a blog post which is read by many others. This completes the stated purpose of this quote, but what comes after is the real joy of blogging: The connections formed with others in the community.

For myself, this connection is the reason I blog. When I write something, be it a story, an informative post, or a poem, I get instant feedback on it. I get to know what people think of my effort and this gives me a chance to improve on my writing skill. In fact, this has actually helped me to write better, to improve my grammar and by reading the posts/ poems of my fellow bloggers, I’ve learned a lot about writing better.

Thank you Dr.Tanya for restarting Blogging insight series again.

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Repost- Blogging Insights- Organizing your blog

Due to A to Z challenge, Tanya has suspended her blogging insight series. Today I’m sharing a post from 2020!

Tanya is the host of Blogging Insights

TODAY’S QUESTIONS;

How organized are you when it comes to blogging? Do you have a blog schedule or do you play it by the ear?

Though I am not a stickler for schedules, I am pretty well organized regarding the postings on my blog. I post three posts daily and they are pre-scheduled to be posted every day. I usually write them the day before and schedule them. Sometimes if I have free time, I schedule posts for a couple of days in advance.

As far as my two prompts are concerned, those too are pre-planned and are scheduled at least a couple of days ahead.

How often do you’ tidy up’ your blog? e.g. go through your Drafts Folder, or go through old posts checking for broken links, etc.?

I do keep on going through my drafts and whenever I get time and inspiration, I complete them and post them as and when appropriate. I have never checked my old posts for broken links etc! I didn’t know that I was supposed to do that.

And this question also reminds me that I should tidy up my site. I haven’t touched it since at least a year. The reason is quite simple. I blog solely from my phone and for organizing, I’d need to go to my site via my laptop. Call me lazy or phobic, but I avoid doing that on all sorts of excuses. But I must do it sooner rather than later.

Maybe have a new header image or rearrange the menu or just refresh in general.

Thank you Tanya, for hosting this series and keeping the conversation going.

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Blog promotion

This week Dr Tanya asks our opinion about this quote;

TODAY’S QUOTE:

Gary Vaynerchuk

What you do after you create your content is what truly counts.

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This is something that I have experienced firsthand. Wonderful content on a blog which has no public engagement will not be read by many.

There are over 600 million blogs in the world today, this number has grown over the last 2 years, exponentially.

So how to decide which blog post to read and whom to follow on the blogosphere? The answer lies in engagement by the writer with other bloggers.

Unless you’re a celebrity or selling something that everyone wants or needs, no one will know you when you start your blog. You will have to build up your readership by interacting with other bloggers and by reading their posts. Leaving thoughtful comments on posts by others, often encourages them to visit your blog. Here the quality of your writing or the uniqueness of your ideas will make them a frequent visitor to your blog.

If you aim to attract a large following to your blog, then you will have to work not only on your writing, which should be of good quality but also on interacting with your fellow bloggers to build your community.

On the other hand, if you’re here just for the sake of expressing yourself and putting your thoughts out in the world, carry on as you feel comfortable because, at the end of the day, it’s always your choice.

Written in response to Blogging Insightful-NF # 36, hosted by Tanya

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Play it safe?

This week Dr. Tanya has asked our opinion about this quote;

See no evil, hear no evil , speak no evil.

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Does evil exists in blogosphere?

Of course, we all have encountered spammers, trolls, and overly opinionated people who insist that only their point of view is the right one.

Neither in real life nor in blogging, I believe, in ignoring the presence of evil. As a blogger, I address the social issues I see around me. I feel it’s my prerogative to write what I deem right. If anything is bothering me, I write about it and highlight the issue.

There will be people who don’t agree with me. They may at times make their opinions known to me in comments. I usually defend my point of view politely but firmly.

Recently some people disagreed with me on the principle of vaccinations for all. They argued that these vaccines are ‘harmful’ for humans. I know that these vaccines are helping us beat Covid and hence the difference of opinions.

The best way to put your opinion across in your posts is to state it in non-offensive terms, politely and without targeting anyone. It’s okay to disagree with a school of thought, customs or attitude but don’t be specific in addressing any one group of people. The point here is to be inclusive and not exclude others. There are ways to state one’s opinion without being offensive.

Another important thing to remember is not to criticize anyone’s religious beliefs or their political opinions. This can hurt people which is not what most bloggers want to do.

I’ve been guilty of criticizing Trump for his actions when he was the POTUS. But there wasn’t any backlash from it. Perhaps it wasn’t the right thing to do?

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Thank you Dr.Tanya for keeping this conversation going.

Written for Blogging Insights-New Format #35 – See no evil, hosted by Tanya

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Success, needs hard work

This week Dr. Tanya has asked our thoughts about this quote from Ester Lauder;

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“ I never dreamed of success. I worked for it.”

Estée Lauder

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Nothing comes without a price. The price of success is hard work and sometimes luck also plays a role in it.

To be successful in blogging, you need to put in hard work. When I started blogging in September 2018, I just knew one blogger, Tanya on WordPress. Gradually I found like-minded bloggers to follow. But a blogger doesn’t just follows you if you follow them. You have to have read-worthy content for them to come and read your blog.

In a bit more than three years, I have more than five thousand followers. I’m sure that there are many of these which are fake sites but there and many genuine ones too. I don’t automatically follow people who click follow on my site. If a blogger interacts with me on my blog consistently, I go and check their blog and if what they write interests me, I follow them too.

I have, over three years built a relationship with my readers. Getting to know their names, reading what they share about their lives and being consistent in my interaction with them. In return, they also read my posts, comment on my content and are helpful and supportive.

To me, the real success of my blog has been to build a community where we are like family. We exchange views about different situations in our world with each other, we share our joys and sorrows and whatever exciting thing is happening in our lives.

Written for Blogging Insights-NF # 34, hosted by Tanya

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What makes me different

This week Dr. Tanya has asked our opinion about this quote;

TODAY’S QUOTE:

Matt Wolfe

There’s a lot of information out there for free, so you’ve got to figure out what makes your information different.”

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I think that, that the glut of information available on the internet is a real test for the discerning reader. Not everything that we read on the “net” is the absolute truth or even its first cousin.

How to present our information/ writing in a manner that people are attracted to it is an art. As there are millions of blogs out there, why should people choose to read your blog? The answer in my opinion lies in authenticity.

Writing what we feel and think gives genuineness to our content and people like to read that. Something that they can connect to and relate to is more likely to attract a reader.

If you are sharing information, then do share it without tampering with it. You can clarify your point of view with it. As the owner of your blog, you’re free to state your views on the information you share but always be wary of manipulating truth as that puts people off very quickly. There is but one truth and twisting it may attract certain people for some time but it won’t do so always.

To sum it up, I think that genuine, heartfelt content always is a winner. And truth should always be preserved while sharing information.

What do you think is the most important thing that attracts people to your blog?

Written for Tanya’s Blogging Insights- NF # 33

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Barriers to publishing

This week, continuing her discussion on bl, Dr. Tanya has asked our opinion on this quote;

“The Internet destroyed most of the barriers to publication. The cost of being a publisher dropped to almost zero with two interesting immediate results: anybody can publish, and more importantly, you can publish whatever you want.”

(Dick Costolo)

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Internet, and more relevantly, the freedom to create your own website and post your content on it, was what broke the barrier to publishing. And it is true that anyone who wants to, can publish their thoughts, stories or research on the internet.

As far as blogging is concerned, I pay for the privilege to publish my blog. It’s not that I cannot blog for free but paying for a site ensures that WordPress won’t delete my site if they so feel inclined. It also means that they won’t put any corny or gruesome ads on my blog posts.

Another way we use internet to publish our content is via ebooks. Since I haven’t done this yet, I’m not very cognizant with it’s details but I’m sure it doesn’t cost the money it does to publish a real paper book.

So yes, I agree that having the facility of self-publishing our content on the web, has to some degree made it free( cheaper) for ordinary people. But whoever uses this freedom should keep in mind that their content should be well-edited and free of errors. There are too many books and posts that lose their impact because they haven’t been edited properly.

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Written for Blogging Insights NF# 32, hosted by Tanya

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What is great blog content?

This Monday for her blogging insight series, Dr Tanya asks our opinion on this quote;

a blog that's great for your readers quote

Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers. ” – Brian Clark

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I feel that this quote does give direction to a blogger especially a new one.

New bloggers are often conflicted about the content of their posts. Some people start with an idea of a niche topic and have done research on it. They also want to earn money, have a huge following in a short time. This type of blogger will try their best to write posts which they think are perfect for their niche and hence their readers.

The other type of people who start a blog start without any fixed idea of what their blog is going to be about. They learn and grow as they go along. This type of blogger has a better idea of what their readers want to read as they have tried different types of writing to judge the taste of their followers.

In the end it boils down to not the type of content a blogger thinks is great but what their readers think is great. Anything that resonates with the followers of a blog will generate not only popularity but also increased readership. Hence the better judge of the quality of a post is the reader and not the writer.

Thank you Dr.Tanya for this prompt.

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