Jul 07

Blogging Tips MeMe

Sometime back couple of my blogging friends, Grace and Mark tagged me for a Blogging Tip meme. This one really sounded different than others since it was started by a big mind 🙂 This meme will provide an extensive list of blogging tips provided by bloggers.

Here goes the meme.

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It’s very simple. When this is passed on to you, copy the whole thing, skim the list and put a * star beside those that you like. (Check out especially the * starred ones.) Add the next number (1. 2. 3. 4. 5., etc.) and write your own blogging tip for other bloggers. Try to make your tip general.After that, tag 10 other people. Link love some friends!Just think– if 10 people start this, the 10 people pass it onto another 10 people, you have 100 links already!

1. Look, read, and learn. *******

2. Be, EXCELLENT to each other. ******

3. Don’t let money change ya! *****

4. Always reply to your comments. ***

5. Spell check is your friend. **

6. Be the blog. ***

7. Your readers are your treasure. ***

8. Link liberally — it keeps you and your friends afloat in the Sea of Technorati. **

9. Titles Are Everything *

10. Learn From The Pros. ***

11. Pay a visit to your visitors. Be active in your community. *

12. Blog about your passions. *

13. Don’t give up – persistence is fertile. **

14. Give link credit where credit is due.

15. Develop your own “voice” don’t “borrow” someone else’s

16. Blog about what you know & love. **

17. Alt tag your images for added search engine exposure. **

18. Blogging is supposed to be fun, Don’t let it stress you! *

19. Don’t be afraid to comment on other bloggers sites!

20. Don’t use filthy language-buy a dictionary. *

21. Blog about something educational.

22. Be what you is, not what you isn’t. *
(drop by and email me if you know this reference!)

23. Make Blog Your Own **

24. What the world needs is content. Provide it. *

25. Post at least once a day!*
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26. Have an informative About Me page*
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27. Never underestimate the power of a good looking blog. **

28. Follow your own path. Do anything you want to, it’s your blog. ***

29. Write because you’re passionate about the topic, not because it’s popular. *

30. Your blog. Your money. Your rules. **
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31. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can blog today. Backlogs are the primary cause of Bloggers’ Block.

32. Self-promotion is only good in small doses. (Deliberately creating a “meme” to get your URL spammed across the net is a large dose.)

33. Always give a link back when using others’ info.

34. Link & Link Often. **
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35. Pictures say a thousand words and can usually add to any post.*

36. Participating in ‘memes’ is a distructive habit and should be avoided at all costs.

37. How we all need a goal. *

38. Nothing cries out “Stop Reading” like misspelled words and bad punctuation. *

39. Don’t be afraid to evolve. *

40. Take advantage of the ability to future date posts. *

41. Don’t pass on memes!

42. Stay out of your comfort zone. Take risks, don’t be afraid to look dumb. **

43. Visit all the bloggers that leave comments for you – it’s nice to know who is reading!*

44. Make a blogger template unique: change the background colour, or add a background picture to your header.

45. Write positively even if the situation is seemingly negative — spread joy and not gloom. You can do it!

46. Thrown in something humorous occasionally, to keep things fun. *

47. Make it easy for your readers – use tags and labels and keep it simple! *

48. Blog for yourself and your own pleasure, because you want to – if it stops being fun, stop blogging.

49. Blog about what you enjoy, not what people want to see.

50. When you find something that interests you, write about it. Sharing yourself with others is one of the best things about blogging. *

51. Blog Daily (or at least, very regularly). People will give up looking if you’re not around a lot!

52. Sometimes, less is more. Step back and look at your blog – is it too busy? Are there enough pictures to make it interesting? Think about how a visitor would perceive your blog – making it visitor-friendly will help get you return visits.

53. Make sure you have your facts straight.

54. You can’t please everyone — just write what you feel. **

55. Keep to a schedule. People return to blogs when they know they will find something new.

56. Keep writing, no matter what, and the quality will follow. **

57. ADHD Just means more topics to blog about. **

58. Write for your niche. **

59. Your two most important tools – enthusiasm and dedication. *

60. Consistently update your blog. It doesn’t have to be every day, but 2-3 times a week is good :D

61. Don’t forget to play the part of editor and proofreader before clicking that post button.

62. Don’t be afraid to talk about your personal life once in a while. *

63. Keep in mind that people might be using a feed reader (Bloglines, Google Reader, etc.) to keep up with your blog. This means they see your posts, but not that gorgeous new design template, or your completely redesigned sidebars. So if you change your blog’s “look and feel,” write a post about it to let everyone know!


63. Don’t be afraid of giving an honest opinion when you post, even if it is different from most others, as long as you can explain your position and give a decent reason for it. **


64. Don’t pressure yourself to blog everyday. It’s your blog…remember? *

65. If you disagree, be kind, not insulting or crude! *

66. There is no “dumb” question about blogging, if you don’t know ask ***

67. Keep a pen in your purse, car, pocket protector, whatever because blog material happens every single day and you need to write it down so you don’t forget. Then take those scraps of paper and throw them in a bowl. When you are stuck for an original idea, pull one out.

68. It never hurts to proofread.

69. Write like your talking to a friend.

70. If you have a problem, ask. Bloggers are very generous with info. ***

71. Write to your readers. *
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72. Have some variety: sometimes it is nice to talk about something outside your normal box so your regular readers can have something new to read.

73. Blog on a regular basis

74. When commenting on others’ blogs, a few kind words go a long way. **

75. Do your best to post to your blog every day. Readers like to find something new when they click on a website, so try not to disappoint them.

76. Follow the links in posts and comments. You never know what blog gems you will find! **

77. Don’t hold back. ***

78. Make sure you check your links! *

79. Blog every day. It gives the writing muscle exercise. *

80. Veganize favorite recipes from your childhood!

81. Link without expectations of reciprocity. It is better to give than to get.

82. Be Brave, some of the best posts are when you step out of your comfort zone. **

83. Short Fiction is the bomb! **

84. Whenever possible, spread some positive thoughts and love. The world needs more of them. ***

85. Write down from your heart or head. Either way asks yourself why you ever get started. *

86. As your readers questions. Make them feel like they are a part of your blog and that you care about what they think. **

87. Write once, edit often. ***

88. Networking isn’t just for Fishermen. *

89. Memes are fun and a great way to get to know other bloggers!

90. Be yourself! Be honest! Be real! Be opinionated! It’s your blog afterall. And be anonymous (safety first)! Don’t try to imitate another “popular” blogger’s style and don’t look at sitemeter all the time or try to cater to the “masses” in order to get “popular” or gain a readership. If you do, you’ll become a slave to other’s whims and you won’t be yourself anymore.
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91. Redesign your site often. Visual boredom breeds textual complacency.

92. Ensure font size of words is not too small and colour of words don’t drown in background. – http://booksloveme.blogspot.com/

93.Do at least a few of the blogging quizzes available. It lets people know a little more about you.**

94. Even when you disagree with a blogger’s post, don’t leave rude comments. Always be kind. *

95. Join the blogosphere community. Participate in carnivals. Join challenges. Have fun.

96. Inspire minds with your thoughts *


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Update : All Tags removed! People are not interested in year old memes ;-(

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Jul 07

Mind Control

Have you ever thought about controlling objects by your mind? If yes, NeuroSky has solution for you. Neuro Sky is building a sensor that will let you control objects using your brain waves. Check out the news video.

Also checkout their site NeuroSky

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Jul 07

10 points Gmail doesn’t buy me

GmailThis is in response to Mayank’s post on “10 reasons why I like gmail” and in support to Nirmal’s view on “3 reasons why I don’t like gmail“. I’m a fan of Yahoo Mail till now and not used with Gmail yet. I use Gmail as secondary though. I might be little defending on this post. I wanted to try writing a defending post. Mayank was my first victim (hope you don’t take it personally, as you’re my guru) . Let me see how this works out. Please leave your comments!

1. User Interface Customization

UI customization is really important when it comes to an end user application. Everyone end user will have their own preference when it comes to color scheme selection. I may love blue as Google but there are people out there who loves black, green etc., It would have been great if Gmail allowed me to play with my own color schemes rather than having a same blue interface every where around Google Apps. I either didn’t see any changes to the UI much after initial release.

2. Labels instead of Folders

Labels are indeed nice concept but it can’t win by itself. Lets consider analogy in bloggers term, if Folders are for Categories then Labels are for tags. If both worked together would look great but tag alone will look awkward. I love folders since I can define the hierarchy by the way I want. It makes organizing emails much easier.

3. Usability

I believe when it comes to usability drag and drop is a great feature. You can’t expect all users to be advanced user; there will be definitely novice users who will look for drag and drop feature. Only advanced users would be able to play well with shortcut.

4. POP / SMTP support

Well, when people talk Gmail as web mail system, I don’t buy why they need a POP /
SMTP support. POP / SMTP can’t be used well with Web email system. If Gmail had IMAP support then it is truly a great feature. IMAP will allow me to work parallel with both email client and web email. Even if POP/ SMTP is important to you, Gmail is not only product that supports POP.

5. Multiple Accounts

If I’m completely satisfied with Gmail, it doesn’t demand me adding more accounts. I don’t have much to comment on this, I leave it to you J

6. Messenger Integration

Messenger integration with email system is cool. But think about this scenario, if I don’t have friends in Google Talk (say if I use AIM); what is the use of having it integrated? This can’t be a buying point again. It is a negative when I think about my productivity 🙂

7. Advertisement

Wow, everyone needs to learn from Google on it advertising strategy. It might have not have banner ads in the top. It covers the left side of all messages with text ads. More over it had the clip ads in the top. Google places more and more self-promotion wherever possible. Do you still have room for more ads?

8. Google Office Integration

Again, I hate this self-promotion campaign. I’m a fan of ZOHO office. How do I open the document then ZOHO office? I would personally prefer to download the document and view in client rather than using Google office.

9. Spam Control

Honestly, do you think Gmail controls all spam? I would not agree, I receive SPAM emails in my Inbox but not high number as I get in SPAM box. There is no service till date comes with complete control for SPAM. They are improving a lot though.

10. UNDO Feature

Sound interesting idea, but does it really work? Was this feature missing in other email providers? Very well No, this feature is available with all service. But they don’t have button to click on, you need to go find the deleted items in Trash box. This is really good point to consider in usability, but not a buying point.

Do you really have these as your buying points?

BTW, did I miss to tell you Gmail really rocks though 🙂

Disclaimer : I’m a big fan of Yahoo Mail. All my opinions are self biased. Moreover I would be positively toned on Nirmal’s view and negatively toned on Mayank’s thoughts.

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Jun 07

My experience with Picsquare

A week back I ordered photo prints with Picsquare. I have heard back from my parents that they have received the prints. I’m extremely happy with their service and I will give thumbs up to them. Well done guys. The photo quality was good and they have met the delivery time as well.

Here is my feedback with Picsqaure.

  • Order process is simple
  • Good Service and Nice quality prints
  • Nice promotional offers (like referral benefits and gift coupons)
  • Prompt with delivery; they made within estimated delivery date.
  • Integration with Flickr


These are the possible area where they can improve on and these points are based on my personal opinion.

  • The site response time is comparatively slow; they need to work on it.
  • Tagging, it doesn’t solve the purpose in Picsqare. Tags are meant for managing things easy. With Picsqare managing tags itself it pretty hard. They need to come up with niche tagging interface and make managing them easier.
  • Multi upload feature allows you to tag photos but it tags all photo with only single tag. I don’t get an option to enter tag for each photo.
  • Overall interface can be changed; didn’t meet Web 2.0 standards
  • Few photo management options can be added like cropping, rotate etc.
  • More customization is required when it comes to Photo gifts.
  • More integration with other photo sharing service like Picasa etc.

I might have left out few; I will keep updating the list. If Picsqare is able to overcome its shortcomings, it can capitalize over its competitors like itasveer

Good Luck guys!

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Jun 07

Chris Tomlin’s Indescribable

Recently, I fall in love with this song. This song is all about how great our God is. You will love this for sure. The artist of this song is Chris Tomlin and originally written by Laura Story. Laura Story hold the CCLI copyright of this song.

I’m glad that I found the youtube video below.

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Read the lyrics below, Wow.. you will come to know how amazing god is! May God Bless you!

From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea
Creation’s revealing Your majesty
From the colors of fall to the fragrance of spring
Every creature unique in the song that it sings
All exclaiming

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
All powerful, untamable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God

Who has told every lightning bolt where it should go
Or seen heavenly storehouses laden with snow
Who imagined the sun and gives source to its light
Yet conceals it to bring us the coolness of night
None can fathom

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name
You are amazing God
All powerful, untamable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God
You are amazing God

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
All powerful, untamable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God
Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
Incomparable, unchangeable
You see the depths of my heart and You love me the same
You are amazing God
You are amazing God

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Jun 07

Vote for Good Cause

Earlier this morning Mark at MeAndMyDrum asked his readers to vote for Thor Schrock.

Thor Schrock is participating in a contest called The Next Internet Millionaire. He has already made to Semi-Finals. Now he is trying to win the seat in the reality TV show and raise $25,000 fund for local charities.

Thor wrote and he needs help to make him the Next Internet Millionaire. So if you guys could spare a minute to vote for him using this link it would be great. Also note he has mentioned he is going to donate the entire money to local charity. So go-ahead and vote. Thank you guys and Good Luck Thor.

BTW, here is the audition video for the semi-finals.

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Also have a look at the other fellow blogger who are raising support for him.

P.S: If you have vote please leave your comments, you will receive a free back link.

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Jun 07

I’m with Picsquare!

Finally after reading lot of reviews and comparison about online photo printing service in India. I have decided to opt for Picsqare to send some recent photos to my family back in India. I remember Christelle introduced me to this sometime back; thank you.

Picsquare Overview

Picsquare is an online photo sharing and printing site based out of Bangalore. They have a very simple user interface which they need to improve. This site is been started up young entrepreneur Indians Manish and Kartik. Printing photos with them is simple as brewing hot coffee 🙂

Quick Reasons

Even there were lot of other options to try. These are the options which made me to choose Picsquare.

  • I aways like to give thumbs up to young entrepreneurs
  • I wanted to give a try basically to online printing service in India
  • I had 25 credits in my Picsqare account 🙂
  • I love offers and they were running summer offer this time 🙂
  • I wanted to pay simple and they had paypal.

BTW, the photos I have ordered has been printed already and they currently in shipped status. More to come about Picsqaure once I get feed back from my parents. Stay tuned!

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Jun 07

Hutch Eskimo Ad

Hutch Ads are always creative and they never try to do the same stuff again and again. And here they go with a new creative ad for Hutch & Live Search.

Be assured you watch till end; you can’t relate what is this for in the beginning of this ad. Well done hutch again.!

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Found via NirmalTV

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Jun 07

Happy Father’s Day

This is one of my favorite quote, which I’m dedicating to my father on this day.

“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”

Happy Fathers Day

We are proud of you, Happy Father’s Day!

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Jun 07

DLF Ltd IPO :: Are you in good hands?

Lately, there is lot of hype created around DLF IPO issue. The IPO was released this Monday and the issue price is overpriced as expected.

Company Overview:

DLF Universal Limited, originally registered as Delhi Leasing and Finance on 18th September, 1946, is a leading real estate developer in India. The company essentially focuses on residential, commercial and retail segments of the real estate industry.

The DLF Group has charted it next growth steps to retain its leadership position in India. Already a major player in locations across the country, including key metro cities and urban centres, DLF, with over Six decades of experience, is focusing on strengthening its lateral and vertical business drivers. These include development of innovative business strategies, strengthening its professional resources and driving market penetration with an ear-to-the-ground approach that is adaptive to local market needs.

Read more on their About Us page

Details of the IPO:

Issue period : Between June 11, 2007 and June 14, 2007
Issue size : 175,000,000 (10.27% diluted capital of the company)
Listing on : BSE and NSE
Face Value : Rs.2
Method : 100% book building
Issue Price : Rs.500 to Rs.550 (250 to 275 times F.V.)
Market Lot : 10 shares
Minimum : 10 shares
R.I. Cap : Rs.100,000 maximum

Most of the investment advisor’s suggest to apply. However, the issue is overpriced for short-term. Investors looking for long-term benefits can apply.

Update: The issue is over subscribed already in QIB segment. The retailer segment also would get oversubscribed so be choosy in investing small amounts.

What is your verdict?

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