An Award Free Blog Now!

I deeply enjoyed participating in blogging awards since I joined WordPress. I am indebted to all blogger friends who considered me worthy of awards. However, since last few weeks I have not been able to respond to many award nominations and this saddens me. I don’t like mingling many awards in a single post: they lose all sense that way–those who are nominated don’t know which awards they are being nominated for or which rules to follow. I therefore consider it better to declare a blog award free than to cover too many nominations in a single post. I still highly value the awards. I feel and hope that I will be able to find other ways to express my gratitude towards fellow bloggers. Thank you so very much for nominating me for all those lovely awards and accepting my nominations so far!

Why Am I Here?

 

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That’s an existential question isn’t it? I started blogging to keep record of my ideas and observations on life. Getting feedback on my ideas became an essential ingredient of the process along the way. Gradually I realized that my objective was to make new friends across the globe. I wanted to know about people by reading them. I wanted to learn about their pains and joys. I wanted to help as many as possible.

I try to meet many people via blogging.  I share my feelings and observations via my posts and read posts of other bloggers. I feel I get to know many people and learn more about life by doing so.

 

Versatile Blogger Award Round Four!

Sepultura 13 at Random Ramblings And Myriad Musings and Kally at Middle Me have nominated me for this wonderful award. I heartily thank them. Sepultura 13 is a talented singer with a heart of child. Her posts are full of humor and science. You will enjoy visiting her blog and following her.

Kally has talent for acting and she is a manager by profession. She loves swimming and beaches. She is a friendly blogger and you would love visiting her blog.

Award Rules!

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to the original site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

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The Versatile Blogger Award Round Three!

I heartily thank Ashish at Ashish Vision for nominating me for this wonderful award. Ashish is a software professional who is passionate about writing. To read his beautiful poems please visit his blog. He is very friendly and you would like to meet him!

Award Rules!

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to the original site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

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Tips For Bloggers On Staying An Average Writer Or How To Suck At Writing!

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Note: Exaggerations and excessive use of images is to sell rather dull writing, but it’s not bought anyway as you are wiser by this time!

Never Participate In Writing Contests

What are you trying to get by participating in those horrible contests? What will you get by winning a NabloPablo or a Booker or Nobel prize? Will it make you feel like the greatest artist ever or give you much desired feeling of belonging to the great artist clubs which you have craved for since childhood? Don’t participate. They suck!

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Whys and Hows of Pingbacks!

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We all receive awards by our blogging friends. Since I participate in many such events, I feel I should share something which could be important for many of us.

What Are Pingbacks?

They are links for the other blogs which generate notifications. It could be a link for the person who nominated you for an award or it could be a blog you are nominating for an award or it could be any blog you want to mention. The important thing is–that a notification will be generated on the blog you are mentioning.

Why Create Pingbacks?

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The Versatile Blogger Award Round Two!

I heartily thank Katblogs.com for nominating me for this wonderful award. Kat likes books, tea, formula one and climbing mountains. To read her interesting stories you can check out her wonderful blog follow her. She is a very friendly blogger and you will enjoy interacting with her.

Award Rules!

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to the original site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

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Managing Comments On Your Blog Posts!

How do you manage comments on your blog posts?

Comments form the basis of discussion. This discussion, in many ways is essential for the creation of powerful feedback loop which results in learning. Feedback is the indispensable nutrition for your growth and sustenance as a writer, blogger and human being. The main difference between my Blogger blog and WordPress blog is the discussion which happens in the comments section. It gives me ideas for many posts and I feel encouraged to do better.

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One of the sure-shot ways of losing your blogger friends and readers is to not to interact with them in the comments section. If possible, you should visit all people who care to read and comment on your posts, even if it’s a simple ‘hello.’ If that is not possible, you should try your best to reply to their comments. They are your friends and most valuable partners in learning and sharing.

I am new to WordPress and still learning ways to become better with managing comments. Earlier, I used to think that the best way to manage comments was to reply as soon as you see a notification in the upper right hand corner. You can see many types of notifications over there and easily respond to most of the comments, though it’s a given that space looks a bit narrow. As time passed by I started learning that I miss many notifications this way. Sometimes they just slip out of attention and sometimes it’s a technical glitch. Then I started relying on Dashboard’s comment management. That is quite reliable as you get notifications for all comments. Still, it had a problem.

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Since I publish many posts everyday. When I select to go to manage comments after a long day of doing other things–there are many comments and I start forgetting if I have responded to some comments or I am seeing them for the first time. The problem it creates is–I end up giving double response to some comments and don’t respond to some of them altogether! I feel I have found a better way to deal with comments in last few days now.

Steps I Follow:

Responding to notifications when it’s manageable. It’s easiest to do and takes care of most of the comments unless you are ultra busy with something else and need grim concentration.

Managing comments via Dashboard. This is master of all procedures and must be done once in a while(ideally once every day!) But it doesn’t guarantee clarity–so sometimes you might miss many comments.

Go to individual posts. You know your latest posts or you can check them in the Dashboard. Sometimes visitors comment on old posts too. So if you have sticky posts which are old, keep checking them and also keep checking your latest posts time to time. You will find some unanswered comments. When you answer comments there you will feel very relieved and it will reinvigorate feedback-loop, discussions and interactions with a fresh zest!

Do you know any better ways of managing comments? Do you feel my suggestions are impractical for most bloggers? Please let me know via comments! Thanks for reading and have a wonderful Friday!

Liebster Award Round Six!

Catherine Chang of Healing Through Connection nominated me for a Liebster award in August. It has been a long time and I apologize for the delay in acknowledging via post. I have been responding to nominations regularly on a weekly basis and some of the dear friends whom I could not respond on time might feel that I am not responsive but nothing could be farther from the Truth. I love getting awards and I appreciate the care, love and friendship you show to me and other friends with these. 

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Catherine is an inspiring medical professional who doesn’t just care for her patients but also about her colleagues and entire medical field. She brings into light some of the most vital issues. For example–unless a medical professional is healthy and energetic enough, they can’t really heal their patients effectively. Unless they get fresh and stress-free life-style, they can’t really connect with patients and heal them well. How do they go about it? What methods they can employ? Are some of the subjects she discusses via her blog. I feel she is a profound thinker and a pioneer in her field. I thank her for showing me her friendship and inspiring fellow friends and readers via her writing. I highly recommend you to visit her beautiful blog to get benefit of her profound writings!

Paul is my new friend in Blogosphere. He has also nominated me with a Liebster award. He is a very energetic and adventurous person who loves animals and pets. He is a fitness expert and counsels people to live a better and healthier life. I thank him from the core of my heart and wish him very best. I recommend you to visit his website and follow him!

Rules

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The Versatile Blogger Award!

I heartily thank Thistles and Whistles for nominating me for this wonderful award. You can check out her wonderful blog for fun posts and follow her. She is a very friendly blogger and you will enjoy interacting with her.

Award Rules!

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to the original site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

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