Follow these simple steps to lose weight fast –
Log out of WordPress.
Shut down computer.
Get to gym.
Go for a walk.
Do something, anything – but blog.
Get on the weighing scale.
One of Harry Belafonte’s most hilarious numbers.
For strange reasons, some people obsess over age – especially other people’s. Few camouflage the question others are more direct. So when I was asked this question, I was impressed by my spontaneous response –
Lady – so, how old are you?
Me – I’m on the other side of 30…don’t ask how far the other side.
Chapter closed beautifully.
Since then I have modified it to “I’m on the other side of 20…don’t ask how far the other side” because after all 30, 40, 50 & beyond are all the other side of 20.
Many friends have benefited from the above & said they would use it. Given those obsessed with knowing how old someone is seem to be the majority 🙂
An unrelated experiment – I discovered that you can’t use a smiley without smiling. Observe yourself when you write or respond to comments. You will find that you are smiling when using a smiley! And if you try frowning when using a smiley…you will notice it won’t work.
Samples of conversations with family members after I started blogging. I will not delve into those instances when I had to get them to view my Blog at my insistence or at least read a post completely (as in c-o-m-p-l-e-t-e-l-y, as in ensuring I don’t get the i-get-the-drift-but-too-much-to-read reaction).
As early entrant –
Me – Guess what, I got 200 views on my Blog so far, isn’t that cool?
Brother – You only must have clicked it so many times.
Me – Hahaha (albeit dryly as enthusiasm wanes)
As progressive blogger –
I discover my Mother has become hooked onto visiting a Blog regularly. Just that it’s not mine.
Me – It’s unfair. You only read Amitabh Bachchan’s Blog all the time – not mine.
Mother – I also read yours (albeit guiltily)
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Which makes me conclude that everyone can write about how to drive traffic to your Blog … but I’ll have you know that driving your own family to visit your Blog is pretty damn hard.
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Jesus said “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.”
I agreed & said – Amen.
As with all things new, we stumble into something without much preparation & along the way discover facets never imagined, experiences we did not know would greet us…both positive & negative.
So welcome to the blogging world which is no different. You started blogging because you thought you had something of value to contribute…a passion, a hobby or whatever.
And then you gradually get to experience the blogosphere effect.
And you start reeling under it.
In the process you might just about forget why you started blogging in the first place.
You thought blogging was a creative channel or a break from the regular everyday world huh? But guess what…beneath the surface of all things wise & virtual, the psychology at work is still the same…appreciation, ego, sensitivity (or the lack thereof), building bridges & a bit of …taking offence
These are the unwritten laws or code of conduct in Blogdom. Call it what you will but the fact of the matter is –
These are the expectations, adhere or perish –
—> I visited your blog, now you must visit my blog.
—> If you don’t come to my blog, I won’t come to your blog.
—> I clicked ‘like’ on your posts, you should click ‘like’ on my posts.
—> I commented on your posts, you better reply to my comments. And when done, you better comment on my posts.
—>I followed your blog. You should follow mine.
Or else what?
—> I’ll stop liking your posts.
—> I’ll stop reading your posts.
—> I’ll stop following your blog.
“Be cast into outer darkness…
There shall be weeping & gnashing of teeth.” ~ Jesus
Life was easier without blogging 🙂
Take this quick test to assess just how much of a souvenir freak you are & if there is any hope left to become normal.
2. Do you collect souvenir spoons as a keepsake of countries you visit? Yes/No
3. Do you buy postcards to send friends & family but…like it way too much & keep it for yourself ? Yes/No
4. Do you collect foreign coins & postage stamps from every place & have a neat pile up you know not where to keep? Yes/No
5. Do you bring back a slice of sunshine via a photograph, or a bottle of sand, or collect shells & pebbles that have that amazzzzing shade you won’t find elsewhere? Yes/No
6. Have other people seen your ailment & started bringing back magnets & spoons as gifts for you from their travels? Yes/No
7. As you flip through books do you discover old tram, train, subway, concert tickets from Godknowswhere that serve as bookmarks? Yes/No
8. Do you preserve museum flyers, local maps as a token of sentiment? Yes/No
9. Do you have a pile up of mementos of every shape, colour & imagination? Yes/No
Upto 3 Yes – You are a happily balanced tourist
Upto 6 Yes – You are a tourist tugging away from the rope of normalcy that is trying to detain you
Upto 8 Yes – You are a tourist who has broken free from the rope. In other words you are on the border of souveniritis
All 10 Yes – You are a tourist with a case of extreme souveniritis-outta-balancia. Get well soon!