Writing Blogs: Why? How?

I many times have asked many of my friends to write upon something in their blogs, but wasn’t lucky enough to find them really into it. Sometimes, I really think that is this really that hard to write? I mean it’s just expressing your thoughts into words!!!! Isn’t it?

What is Blog? The million dollar question and why to write one? If you go into the details then it was an abbreviation for the word “Weblog”, which later shortened up into the word “Blog“.

I many times have asked many of my friends to write upon something in their blogs, but wasn’t lucky enough to find them really into it. Sometimes, I really think that is this really that hard to write? I mean it’s just expressing your thoughts into words!!!! Isn’t it?

What is Blog? The million dollar question and why to write one? If you go into the details then it was an abbreviation for the word “Weblog”, which later shortened up into the word “Blog“.

Purpose? Some find it as an online diary, some as a medium of expressing thoughts to get a greater audience without much efforts, some as providing news information without any official approval from any authority and some as even commercial purpose advertising in cost-free ways (Yes!!! I know that cost may be involved in blogging, if you move over higher scales, but I will come to that later place). There might be as many reasons as one finds for connecting internet. Fame, networking, serving community etc.

What it serves to society? It offers really really a lot. You get to know many untold details about products including appliances, movies, shows, company and any commercial brand. You get to know inner and un-censored observations of many over almost any of the issue. I could admit freely that before going for any big decisions and I always seek inputs from these sources and never got disappointed. Many campaigns has been successfully ran over blog and affected even governments. Many issues got lightened up by the blogs first and only then media got notice of the same. No news of now days got an early off in air before the blogs themselves. It’s sure has becoming a real world phenomenon as Googling.

Word of caution: Yes!! It’s not completely free as it seems to be. Many writers have been nailed down by concerned government, if the material went illegal or offensive. In fact, other countries have started keeping effective checks on any material going on air. India still has much to do in the way. But a blogger also needs to keep as much caution as he could and should cross check all the things before publishing to web.

Similarly, it goes to viewers as well that to believe on lines of Blogs only as much as they believe on words of any neighbour passenger over issues. Always keep your mind even after reading and always take a second opinion.

How to start? Taking a start with blogging is as easy as creating an email ID and also free in the similar ways. The big names are WordPress, Blogspot, TypePad, Windows Live Spaces and Rediffland etc. Even Google has introduced their services in the same way, but I haven’t used them neither aware of them much, but sure will get to know about them very soon.

First thing is to take up a free account from any of them with a proper distinguished name in connection of your theme of blogging and then it comes to core theme, writing. Although exposure and reach matters sometimes more, but powerful writing makes blog attractive. Powerful doesn’t mean it to be complicated and nearly perfect of literature standards, but powerful meant to its being affective, smooth and as natural as it can be (Except you are writing over something very technical or have professional motives, which better suited with any other way). For writing purposes, all the blog services provide their web applications means you could write online easily without knowledge of HTML etc, just if you know routine word processor things. But I suggest you to choose some offline medium as well, because it goes comfortable and cost effective for sure. Obviously, one could always save a .Doc file and then copy paste the same, but I meant with something else.

Microsoft recently introduced two prominent ways to support blogging; One is in-built in their latest Office Suit: Microsoft Office 2007 (Costly one) and another free way is Microsoft Live Writer (I personally found the same very handy and cost effective solution against Microsoft Office 2007).

How to make it accessible well known? The next and most important thing is how to present the things in a way that they get noticed on web otherwise your blog will be an unknown address, which is known to only a few one. Obviously, it’s not possible that you may tell each and every known one about the web address or everyone might be searching with your name for some relevant content.

Only sometimes after starting with Blogs, one get to know that he she is not getting enough visitors on way and only then one realises that there are other things one should consider and it’s no more about writing only. There are other ways, through which any blog gets traffic its way. Commonly used term is Tags. Tags are the keyword, which might be most important in your blog or in the particular article written by you, some word, on searching for which, you wish to get your link appeared on the Google results.

There are other paid services, which do the entire advertising etc for you on a little cost and I have seen that they are much effective. But this is only for people, who are using it for commercial purposes. Anyway, so these were a few things, which one should know about blogging.

Have you started using one? Not yet? Why? Start with one. The world is waiting for you.

My flight to Mumbai-The journey

Finally it was much awaited journey for my side, as even after lots of planning many times in past, I was not able to visit Mumbai to meet my cutie pie sis and relatives. I guess only two visits in last three years. I am really a rare visitor for them.

Lots of friends there, my classmates, my buddies, my colleagues, but like last times, I don’t know that whether even this time, I would be able to visit any of them. Although earlier it was planned that I will go to my friend Amit first and then will stay and meet others from there, but now as sis wants me to be with her, so …..

The flight is Go Air 373 – Delhi-to-Mumbai and the timings were 10:00 AM-12:10 PM. A bit slower than last times, when the travel was taking only 1 hour and 45 mins. As I read in newspapers, it was subjected to reach there before two hours of boarding, so I decided to wake up early to take safer side. My sweety friend helped me out in waking up and later after little things, I was ready to leave room by 6:20, I guess. I was keeping two hours in my hands to reach out Airport, but it came out to be a surprise to me as without traffic, it took only a matter of 35 mins. Yeah!! One of the reason was Driver’s jumping red lights, which was truly unnecessary for me.

After reaching Delhi Domestic Airport, my fear was “Should I let go the laptop under X-ray or not?” As I earlier heard that one should avoid that. But I guess, Airport authorities always get all the goods checked, so I didn’t tried to resist the same. I was told that I have came early and the counter for my flight will obviously open by 8:00 AM. I said I don’t mind waiting at the lounge. Taken a sip of coffee and taken a sit to open my Lappy to post this early one to avoid boredom. Tried to search WLAN by my Nokia N82 first, but was able to find only two IndigoDelhi and some other of Jet, I guess. But both of them were protected network and I don’t really know that whether do they provide the same to their visitors for free or not?


Continued …..

Ok! So, by now I am done with security checks. It was a long queue of 40-50 people at least. Now days, they ask for even your jackets off and Laptop out of bag. Heard announcement from SpiceJet side that they even need that passenger should identify their luggage before taking the flight, otherwise, it won’t be allowed due to security reasons. Don’t know whether these security reasons are new or just as were older. I visited in summer most of the time and earlier Laptop wasn’t with me, so don’t really know about this Laptop/ Jacket thing.

Anyway, my flight is on 10:00 AM, as I wrote earlier and I think at 9:30 AM, we will be allowed to take the cab from here.

The trip continued. Cab left me on board in time, but there was unexpected delays in take off for don’t know what reasons. At earlier times, when it was AirDeccan both the times, I remember there were no delays. This time, I guess the reasons behind the late were the late passenger than any technical glitch. Anyway, it went late by half an hour, I guess. Later it was announced as apology for the delay and also was told that it would take one hour and fifty mins more to reach at my destination Mumbai.

Although I am not aware of neither they prefer to tell, but there were some after flight issues, I guess as it took really a lot of time, when official instruction to open the seat belt were issued. Anyway, I found GoAir equally comfortable as AirDeccan was used to be and was also impressed with their business class fare, which they mention in their booklet with comparison with other flight services. Around 5k INR for Business seat @flight from Delhi-Mumbai is not that big deal I guess, when others might be offering the same @15k INR or more.

I was little bit annoyed with one person sitting behind me using cellfone, when it is already prohibited using any radio device in flight. (Although technically I know that technical the radio frequencies of cellfones don’t match with that of flight operating frequencies and these instructions are traditional cautious measures only).

Later on, I kept on using my cell for Music (in offline mode of course) and taken out my Laptop for typing all this as was getting bored after being done with magazines provided on seat. Taken sips of coffee and was waiting to get this flight reach to destination, where my little sis must be waiting for me on Airport.

One thing, I personally want to add about the flights. I always feel it scary the way luggage get taken care of. I mean you get a slip of your luggage, that’s ok, but when the luggage come on open trolley, then there is no check over it that who is taking whose luggage. Moreover, sometimes, one takes time to reach on the right trolley.

Anyway , finally flight ended by 12:25 PM (15 mins late than its schedule) means they made it up for the delay 45 mins. I was writing something over my lappy, when it was told that now you all should fasten your seat belts as the flight is going to land in Mumbai within minutes.

Later, it was almost 15 mins or more longer wait for the luggage. Passengers reach on Airport immediately and it takes time in case of luggage to get carried into a trolley and then on the wheels. Anyway, I got the same and then moved out. Choti and Mama were there to wait for me on Airport and after that it was a long long journey (credit goes to Mumbai traffic) to home, where I really by 3:00 PM finally.

So, this was my trip.

Team India Vs Chappell: War Between passion and profession ….

    Ridicules and disappointment decisions; the same is very first comment from all over knowing the game. Every cry and demand to get through actual points of the matter now in vein and the Bunch of Jokers did exactly the same, they are known for. I’ll feel really surprised, if we could found anything good for the game itself from this frustrating dictatorship, which is keen to hear only those voices, which suit them.
Notices to Tendulkar and Yuvraj, if they come to speak against the man, who upsets the team’s rhythm more than anything else …. But could anyone please remind me any notices to selectors themselves, when someone heading the jokers says that he will not let a man in, till he is on the seat like Indian Team is his personal property, when someone says that we don’t have any talent outside the pool of few players? Nothing commentable ….. Not even a single instance. They are deciding like they have done anything right for the game (?). Have they done anything on their part?
It was a very late stance to call for former living legends to sit and talk about the cricket, but now it seemed that everything was a formality. They have to hear voices of Chandu Borde kind of people (I pardon, I don’t really know that the man has done anything to taste sweet) and no one will answer that why one of the most brightest mark of recent time Ajit Wadekar was left out of discussion.
Yes!!! We admit that we are not great specialist sort of persons, can’t judge crucial details from our drawing rooms, but are there any section of society, who could say that they were unable to feel the cheer, joy and aggression, which was flowing in air with old regime Dalmia-Wright-Ganguly. People will kept giving positives from Dravid but I’ll never feel myself convinced that current regime ever doing something good for cricket, rather than thinking about their profits and political equations. I might be coming like some kind of devil’s advocate, but keep my words, Indian Cricket is going to pay more for these decisions and current regime and just this world was not enough.
Brian Lara has similar regards in West Indies cricket, as Sachin do here. For both of them, it’s not something just related to money and fame, but it’s related to their self pride and for others it’s about atmosphere at their workplace.
I want to ask all elegant working young people just one thing; do you think our bosses have every right over our lives, even when our jobs strictly depend on performance? It is going to horrible for Indian Cricket, if few players come out to raise voices against it, despite of clear consequences in current dictatorship, but put yourselves and your jobs in the same scenario and ask do they have any choice?
People talking about the concentrations of player being diverted due to Ads, must take concern of many other things. There are many other means to distract someone and some of them are insecurity, unfamiliar atmosphere and weakening bonds with the work itself, when you are forced to do the things against your will with any proper justification.
Any working person work for around 280 day in a year (even in case of defense services) and any employer could do anything with these days only, not after that. Even the biggest campaigns haven’t eaten up more than 25 days from any of the players. Could anyone ask BCCI members to tell, are they doing a full time job for cricket? Sharad Pawar, Rajiv Shukla ….  I need not to say. I am not playing a blame game or advocating someone, but you are not the right person to feel, what the living legends from Team India might be feeling after knowing that they have lost their last chance to make it, even after being best in a way. Whole of BCCI members will move on, but players will be left with the pain and their voices will remained unheard.

We won 1983 with an aggression riding over Kapil; we almost made it in 2003 with Sourav. There was a difference between these two and other skippers. Close your eyes and think where Rahul-n-Shastri stand, when we rate them on the scale of aggression? Keep on preparing a team with young guns without establishing emotional contacts with them, just keep on …. I just could hope that ‘Blue’ may unite of all of them in one string.

I was waiting for the decision to put Sourav out of Team India after all this, like they were waiting for just an excuse to do the same. It was almost the obvious in the same manner; they did with Dalmia (legal cases against him). Like I already mentioned, I was not expecting that anyone else than Dravid will be skipper, not because we don’t have a choice, but because it hurts personal egos and seemed to be stepping back to few crown holders (of their own). They even moved a step ahead asking Chappell to be remained associated …. Do you even think that somebody is taking concerns of public?

When coming to positives, then I really have gone through a few portions of new contracts as glimpses are coming out via media and could say that it’s really encouraging to the performers, retainer-ship fee is most welcome and eagerly awaited step and theoretically we should expect better results from Team India, but ……

At the end, I just wanted to take attention of every one of you over something just next to us. Could you read words between the lines?

For people, who were not watching cricket and things around it, I want to remind you all a similar instance in last few years, which was with West Indies Cricket on an exactly similar contract issue, from which West Indies Cricket just recovered few months back. Even then we watched them struggling all over World Cup 2007 and probably expecting a tragic departure on their home ground. This all because all the controversies, they got permanent cracks inside the players themselves and team was not able to be united in just few months.  Are we up to the same? Or the damage already has been done?

Although I am binding the present article in a hurry, but sure in later part, I’ll try to find positives from the scenario (which are sure here in plenty) ……