Are you bored blogging?

In this fast moving world, things run faster and we need the fastest of everything – Bikes, Washing machine and Internet. People have really become lazy to find time for things. So at one point of time, they either become tired or become bored. Boredom is more vulnerable than a radio active element. So many of us started blogging to kill that boredom. But in the due course of time, few get bored of blogging too. Blogging is one hell of a good pass time. But it can turn you off like an uninterested girl friend when you run out of ideas. So what are we supposed to do, to always have the inertia of blogging? Here are my 50 cents to help out all you bored bloggers out there.

Time constrain!
Always, try to allot some time religiously for blogging daily. I know many working professional who are tied up with their work and repent due to non availability of free time for blogging. One hour of your daily time will suffice to blog. You need not write a full post in that one hour. Sit and think. Think about topics which you can blog about. Write down the topics. Classify based on your interest. Write down them in a text editor or your personal diary so that you don’t forget them after sometime. In this way you can work on your thoughts dedicated for blogging. Once you get the topics you can always write down the ideas around which you are going to build the topic. It is a very planned process. Once you get the ideas, write down them one by one and decide which content should go in which paragraph. Any images or quotes if you would like to add, do mention that also, the web address or the file name will do for the initial setup. See you have gathered ideas and topics. You are ready to go now!

Topic constrain!
Now that you found some time for you blog, now comes the next major obstacle – The topic! Now all of us have to understand that, our blog is just a reflection of our thoughts. So it is not always mandatory to write about politics, a book or a movie review or a technical blog. You can write about anything under the sky. You can gather topics from your day-to-day life – Any funny incident in your office. your baby started speaking out words, an incident which affected you the most in the city bus when commuting to some place, a blunder that you happen to do when cooking last night. Anything, anything you feel that can be converted to a small article that can be blogged. Be open to ideas, Watch out for interesting things and happenings around you. You will get more than enough topics to blog about. So why worry? Keep your eyes and ears open to information around you. There you are….

Comments constrain!
Another big problem for bloggers!

“I don’t get comments for my posts. No one is reading. Why should I blog. ugh…am bored….”

When you ask any of the bloggers who stopped blogging for a time being, you can encounter the above said words. I should say, comments under a post doesn’t really judge your writing or the blog. Your thoughts and the usage of words is all matters. Do not worry, there are techniques to invite visitors to your blog.

  1. Enroll yourself into blogging forum and communities and share your posts, your posts will speak from there on.
  2. Share the link in social networking sites, tag your friends and invite them to read your posts and ask their opinion.
  3. Twitter, Buzz and many more media is always there. Follow people and make a good set of friends there. You can tweet/buzz your posts there. Link your blog to twitter so that it will automatically tweet whenever you write a new post in your blog.
  4. Come up with interesting stuffs which means a lot to all those reading your posts.
  5. Have a pleasant and professional theme which is soothing for the eyes and to browse through the content. Select a suitable template for your blog.
  6. Participate in blogging contest and nominate your blog for voting.
  7. Always be proud to share you blog address to your friends or to your colleague.
  8. If you have an invitation for guest blogging, do participate and write for them. It will be a good experience to write for others and get featured in their blog! 🙂
  9. Do update your blog frequently. Do not leave your blog untouched for long time. Your last two or three updated post will tell you how frequently you blog.

And this list is endless.!!

Blogging not only helps you to write but also it helps you to control your thoughts and streamline its flow. It helps in knowledge sharing and helps you to interact with people around the world. It increases your vocabulary and helps you to come up with important and useful ideas in a public forum. It gives you a platform to get yourself exposed to the society.

Blogging has always been fun and at the same time, it can be a downside too. Few points to help you make blogging a fun.

  1. Never be harsh on anyone or for any comments. Be polite and accept fault in case its in your side. You have approved their comment and so you have to answer them.
  2. Never try to justify that you are always correct.
  3. Don’t be under emotional lockup when writing content for your blog. Your emotions may mask your original flow of thoughts or sometimes hinder you from getting new ideas. Sometimes being under emotion helps you to speak your mind so freely and you can end up in a very emotional write up!
  4. Never talk bad about any public figures, great personalities and about your country. None of us are perfect. We all have imperfections. By blowing someone else’s balloon, you ultimately end up blowing your own negative image.
  5. It is always advisable to spell check your content before posting, a small spelling mistake may ruin the whole article.
  6. Always moderate comments. It helps you to control what appears in your blog. Moderation keeps you away from spams.

So that is all. Keep these points in your mind whenever you have an idea to write. Happy blogging!!!!!!

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Stranded in the Programming Ocean

Best Forward Mails

We read innumerable forward emails from friends, many mails, we just forward others and few mails we would like to save it in our personal folders. This email I would like to share with you all. Being a software techie, I felt so much fascinated with this content below. Hope all software guys will enjoy, for the muggles, please ask your techie friends, they will explain you better!!

The proliferation of modern programming languages (all of which seem to have stolen countless features from one another) sometimes makes it difficult to remember what language you’re currently using. This guide is offered as a public service to help programmers who find themselves in such dilemmas.

C
You shoot yourself in the foot.

C++
You accidentally create a dozen clones of yourself and shoot them all in the foot. Providing emergency medical assistance is impossible since you can’t tell which are bitwise copies and which are just pointing at others and saying, “That’s me, over there.”

JAVA
After importing java.awt.right.foot.* and java.awt.gun.right.hand.*, and writing the classes and methods of those classes needed, you’ve forgotten what the hell you’re doing.

You locate the Gun class, but discover that the Bullet class is abstract, so you extend it and write the missing part of the implementation. Then you implement the ShootAble interface for your foot, and recompile the Foot class. The interface lets the bullet call the doDamage method on the Foot, so the Foot can damage itself in the most effective way. Now you run the program, and call the doShoot method on the instance of the Gun class. First the Gun creates an instance of Bullet, which calls the doFire method on the Gun. The Gun calls the hit(Bullet) method on the Foot, and the instance of Bullet is passed to the Foot. But this causes an IllegalHitByBullet exception to be thrown, and you die.

Ruby
Your foot is ready to be shot in roughly five minutes, but you just can’t find anywhere to shoot it.

PHP
You shoot yourself in the foot with a gun made with pieces from 300 other guns.

ASP.NET
Find a gun, it falls apart. Put it back together, it falls apart again. You try using the .GUN Framework, it falls apart. You stab yourself in the foot instead.

SQL
SELECT @ammo:=bullet FROM gun WHERE trigger = ‘PULLED’;
INSERT INTO leg (foot) VALUES (@ammo);

Perl
You shoot yourself in the foot, but nobody can understand how you did it. Six months later, neither can you. (via Andy)

Javascript
YOu’ve perfected a robust, rich user experience for shooting yourself in the foot. You then find that bullets are disabled on your gun.

CSS
You shoot your right foot with one hand, then switch hands to shoot your left foot but you realize that the gun has turned into a banana.

FORTRAN
You shoot yourself in each toe, iteratively, until you run out of toes, then you read in the next foot and repeat. If you run out of bullets, you continue anyway because you have no exception-handling ability.

Modula2
After realizing that you can’t actually accomplish anything in this language, you shoot yourself in the head.

COBOL
Using a COLT 45 HANDGUN, AIM gun at LEG.FOOT, THEN place ARM.HAND.FINGER. on HANDGUN.TRIGGER and SQUEEZE. THEN return HANDGUN to HOLSTER. CHECK whether shoelace needs to be retied.

LISP
You shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which
you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which
you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which
you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which
you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds ….

BASIC
Shoot yourself in the foot with a water pistol. On big systems, continue until entire lower body is waterlogged.

FORTH
Foot in yourself shoot.

APL
You shoot yourself in the foot, then spend all day figuring out how to do it in fewer characters.

Pascal
The compiler won’t let you shoot yourself in the foot.

SNOBOL
If you succeed, shoot yourself in the left foot.
If you fail, shoot yourself in the right foot.

Concurrent Euclid
You shoot yourself in somebody else’s foot.

HyperTalk
Put the first bullet of the gun into the foot of the left leg of you.
Answer the result.

Motif
You spend days writing a UIL description of your foot, the trajectory, the bullet, and the intricate scrollwork on the ivory handles of the gun. When you finally get around to pulling the trigger, the gun jams.

Unix
% ls
foot.c foot.h foot.o toe.c toe.o
% rm * .o
rm: .o: No such file or directory
% ls
%

Paradox
Not only can you shoot yourself in the foot, your users can too.

Revelation
You’ll be able to shoot yourself in the foot just as soon as you figure out what all these bullets are for.

Visual Basic
You’ll shoot yourself in the foot, but you’ll have so much fun doing it that you won’t care.

Prolog
You tell your program you want to be shot in the foot. The program figures out how to do it, but the syntax doesn’t allow it to explain.

Ada
After correctly packaging your foot, you attempt to concurrently load the gun, pull the trigger, scream and shoot yourself in the foot. When you try, however, you discover that your foot is of the wrong type.

Assembly
You try to shoot yourself in the foot only to discover you must first reinvent the gun, the bullet, and your foot. After that’s done, you pull the trigger, the gun beeps several times, then crashes.

370 JCL
You send your foot down to MIS with a 4000-page document explaining how you want it to be shot. Three years later, your foot comes back deep-fried.

Python
You try to shoot yourself in the foot but you just keep hitting the whitespace between your toes.

Powerbuilder
While attempting to load the gun you discover that the LoadGun system function is buggy; as a work around you tape the bullet to the outside of the gun and unsuccessfully attempt to fire it with a nail. In frustration you club your foot with the butt of the gun and explain to your client that this approximates the functionality of shooting yourself in the foot and that the next version of Powerbuilder will fix it.
Standard ML
By the time you get your code to typecheck, you’re using a shoot to foot yourself in the gun.
MUMPS
You shoot 583149 AK-47 teflon-tipped, hollow-point, armour-piercing bullets into even-numbered toes on odd-numbered feet of everyone in the building — with one line of code. Three weeks later you shoot yourself in the head rather than try to modify that line.

Socially too much!!

It was an ordinary evening in my computer lab, sometime back when I was in the end of my second year engineering. One of my friend asked me to join orkut. He said he has sent a request to my yahoo email.

Orkut!

I was hearing that name for the first time. I was completely clueless on what it is or what it has to do with me. Then, one of my another friend beside me, sitting in front of his computer in the same lab said that he found his very old friend with whom he did his second standard in Madurai. He also said, using his profile, he found all his lost friends after the schooling.

Using his profile, he found all his friends..

These sentences were Greek and Latin to me.  I logged in to my yahoo mail to check what request he has sent me. It was a mail which said that my friend is in this network and he would like to invite me and discover millions of friends. It also ensured me that, I’ll be able to find my friends and keep in touch with them.

I was wondering that when I have all of their residence address, land line phone numbers along with their birthdays and their father’s name written securely in the thin plastic covered diary with some LIC or Indian Bank or State Bank of India logo printed on its cover, why at all I need something like this orkut-workut to keep in touch with friends?

I clicked the link which was in the email with the logo of orkut in the left. A new page opened in the Internet Explorer 6.0 of my Windows 2000 operating system. I didn’t realize that, this page into which I was going to create my profile is going to change the perception of what we call “keeping in touch” with the friends.

It was the beginning of the social networking era in my life. It was the first time, I’ve been introduced to this stranger called “Social Networking”. The stranger was very few in number, when I started getting acquainted with him. Even I was unaware that I was into “Social Networking”

But with the course of time, I’ve scaled myself with the internet. With its drastic growth in all seepages of human life, I’ve been able to grow in par with it. Four years back, I was still in the Paleolithic age of noting down the phone numbers and address in the pocket diary which we used to get from the near by “Potti kadai” (Petty Shop) or from the nearby stationary shops. But now, I do not even care to look into the diaries. I even remember fighting with my sister for the biggest diary with all the provisions of writing birthdays for most number of friends.

But now, online world is changing devastatingly. It is competing with its own status. Today social networking websites are everywhere. You open your inbox in any email service, it can be either Gmail or Yahoo., you would have got few twenty mails from various friends asking you to ‘join their network’. Orkut was the only ‘friendship making’ site I know earlier. I still know many of my friends having an ‘account’ in multiple social networking sites. It is the excitement and urge to see what’s new in it, that makes people join the network.

My second encounter with such a networking site was the Facebook. Yes, I shamelessly accept that I have an account in that too. Now-a-days, it has become a question of status. When you are not in any of such sites, the whole world looks at you as a loser. You may be subjected to not-fit-to-be-a-person look. Girls will look at you and throw such a cheap stare of He doesn’t have one (account I was referring to!). When you are in a get-together, when parting,  they say, “I’ll share the photos in Orkut/Facebook. Do leave comments”. When you don’t have an account, you look insane. You look blank.

And this Farmville thingy is quite irritating; many of my friends are sending me goats, lambs, monkeys and all kinds of animals to me in the FB! God, I’ve not used it till now. And very humble apologies for all my friends whose animals I ignored. I even remember someone asking me to be a neighbor in the Farmville and even I can gift them a sheep! Dude, I’m not a farmer!! (hehe on a lighter note :))

I can name a few of them, after Orkut and Facebook, and this list goes on like Mingle box, Friendster, Hi5, My space, Bebo, ibibo, Netlog, WAYN, Yaari, Fropper, Linkedin and these whooping websites grow on and on and on. Actually, these social networking sites enables us to find friends but with the growth of such sites, one day we will find ourselves lost in the networking sea.

After this entire networking buzz, there comes another monster that usurps our life into the networking ocean.  This discourages you to fill much information like interests, movies you like and all. But it asks you to keep information short. Yes…and the status messages you share must not exceed 140 characters. By now most of you would have hit the nail Yes it is Twitter! People do find many of the others whom they like and ‘follow’ them

Initially I had the least interest in Twitter. But slowly once I started getting familiarize with it, I started tweeting, and use hashtag for tweets. I follow people and many of them follow me. So this social networking has brought in many new lingos.

“What ya…orkutting ugh?”

“Did u see my tweet last night?”

“I’m following her in twitter!”

“Put it in Orkut!”

“I tagged u in one of your pics…”

So this thing has changed the way people associated with each other. I should accept that I found many of my friends whom I have lost in contact with them after school, through this social networking thingy. I do not deny the fact that it enables you to keep in touch, but what I insist is that, too much of anything is bad. Almost all computer users show their activities happening in their life through these mediums. Everybody share photos of marriage, get together, family outings, office parties, tours, birthday celebrations, International tours and everything that’s happening in their life in the orkut. And moreover these days I get lots of innovative marriage invitations in my inbox which have been designed with relevance to Orkut and Facebook. The powerpoint presentation will have the screen shot of their Orkut profiles!

So this has become the medium of letting people know what they are up to currently and what they are going to do in the future through status updates. Indeed it’s a very good sign of how technology has seeped into human life’s small pores and the permeation persists as long as the internet exits.

It hasn’t made people’s life easier, but it has made their life vulnerable to threats in various forms! A simple “Hi your DP looks cute, can we be friends?” kinda scrap in orkut seems to be harmless, but many of them are not aware that how unsafe that scrap can be and it may even lead to end of life. Many cases of social networking frauds and murders have been registered in the Indian courts. It has also incubated the rate of internet crimes for its considerable rise.

Technology development has both its pros and cons. It is to be handled with utmost care. It is upto us to use it safely. We all know that a fire can be used to bring light to someone’s life and it can also prove ominous to one’s life as well.

So, I would say that, too much of anything will lead to destruction in its value. So be socially well and groomed but see to it that, it doesn’t cross your secure borders.

I still remember that my grandfather used to have accounts in multiple banks. But now many of them have accounts in multiple websites!

Well, nothing much to say. I can see “India ‘Sign’ing”.

P.S: Wish U all a Happy & Prosperous New Year 2010