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NaBloPoMo: A Giant Step towards Substantial Blogging!

NaBloPoMo? Not ever heard of this word? If not then perhaps you are new to the blogging world. NaBloPoMo is actually an acronym for National Blog Posting Month. November is the chosen month and one is supposed to make a blog post each day of this month, even on weekends! Sounds exciting isn’t it? It definitely is provided you are willing to take up the challenge. NaBloPoMo is a challenge because in order to write good, interesting and quality posts you need to keep the fire burning inside you for 30 continuous days. As for me I love accepting challenges. Mind you, it does wonders for your blog winning you new readers, creating a bond with the community as you share your experiences besides giving you that much needed jump in views on the stats page. My phone never stops buzzing on the WordPress app I have downloaded on my phone, whenever I publish a new post, signaling a new like or comment. It is a tremendous boost of confidence in your abilities as a writer.

Who thought up NaBloPoMo and why?

Well, I’ll answer in the words of Eden Kennedy herself, who thought up the brilliant idea of NaBloPoMo in the year 2006 ( The following excerpt is taken from an interview by Deb Rox)

‘A lot of people don’t sort of take blog writing all that seriously.  A lot of blog writers don’t take it that seriously themselves because they are posting links to current events, or using it as a discussion forum rather than as a place to thoughtfully express using good interesting verbs or good descriptive writing of what’s going on in their life or in their brain.  I thought let’s just focus on that part of it, see if you can sit down and write something everyday and throw it up there.  What happens after you do that for a while and you are doing it publicly it’s not like you are writing it in your diary everyday, you are throwing it out there for between 10 and 100 or 1000 people to read depending on your traffic.  Your barriers start to come down and you start that perfectionism thing and start to loosen up for better or worse sometimes worse.  Sometimes you end up posting up stuff you never thought was worth writing about and it turns out “Hey I really liked writing that post and I want to explore that more.” or you get more feedback or whatever.  It’s just a way of loosening up that nasty perfectionism thing if you have that.’

The biggest advantage of being a part of NaBloPoMo is to ingrain in you the writing habit. Write whatever you like on any topic that catches your fancy. You may even just publish some eye catching pictures of your travels or the blooming flowers in your garden with some small details. You can look for inspiration on ideas to write even on The Daily Post or BLOGHER. Once you have developed this habit your hands and brain will itch to write and slowly but surely NaBloPoMo becomes a prominent factor for your personal growth. So say good bye to procrastination forever and register for NaBloPoMo here, preferably before November 5. It will take you a giant step forward towards substantial blogging. Enjoy!!

 

 

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2 Minutes !!

Its the age of instant gratification,

The forever rush to hasten.

And the desire for sudden action!

With speed cars, and immediate access internet;

Pray; from where can the fastest gadgets I get?

Had heard of instant coffee and 2 minute brownies,

Sad tales of 2 minute noodles, and oodles of doodles!

But this one is really new!

Tick tock, Tick tock, got to think really fast,

For dear, its my 2 minute poem

And cannot wait for the time, to simply go past!

This post is inspired by Indispiretopic

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Ice, Water, Steam – The Mighty Forces of the Universe

Water- the lifeblood of all living beings is a subject of much intrigue to mankind. Ice, water, steam the three forms of H2O are overpowering mighty forces of the universe. Technically, from the ‘Physics’ point of view they are not forces in themselves (water and its forms are all 3 different states of matter) but can exert tremendous forces both good and bad.

Let me focus on the good first. Water is pure and so humble. It has no shape or form of its own. No taste. It takes the form of the container in which put and acquires the taste of the flavourings it is subjected to, completely losing its own identity. This is so difficult, to lose your own identity, but water does it so easily. Mix it with some fruit concentrate it becomes a refreshing drink, add a tea bag, and no one will call it water anymore!

According to the yogic philosophy, water is breath.To quote from renowned dietician and author Rujuta Diwekar’s book , Don’t Lose Out,Work Out, “drinking water is like a pranayama practice, and just like you can’t rush through pranayama, you sit for it with certain protocol, you should accord the same treatment to water”.

Water is healing and soothing. One can live without food but not water as about 60% of our body is made up of water. Daily intake of at least 8 glasses of water per day can help to eradicate and cure several health problems as harmful toxins get flushed out of the system.  Externally too, a refreshing shower after a grueling  day at work or sweating it out in the kitchen is like a balm for sore nerves. The pitter-patter of the water drops on the skin immediately transports the self into a blissful state banishing all signs of physical or emotional stress.

Care for a bubbly topped with crushed ice? Can you imagine lemon ice tea minus the ice? Well this frozen wonder is an important part of our day to day lives and is also an integral part of medical treatment and industry.

Who hasn’t heard of the steam engine and the steam iron? Steam is powerful – it has the power to push and to smoothen and to burn. In fact steam burns can be even more painful than water at 100 degree centigrade because of the extra  latent heat that steam possesses. Steam is also used to run turbines in a nuclear power reactor.

Heaven forbid, water and its forms can cause utmost devastation and damage when uncontrolled and nature decides to unleash its fury on unsuspecting beings. The tsunami in 2004 in Indian ocean and more recently in Japan have left behind many scars. Recent flooding in the Kashmir valley has caused immense destruction.  A mighty ship Titanic, sunk due to the impact of a collision with an iceberg. And we have already said that steam has the power to burn. The more one thinks about the impact of  H2O in our lives , the more awestruck it makes us feel.

 

 

 

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The Challenge Called NaBloPoMo !

It was just by a lucky chance that I got attracted by Hot off the press article by Michelle W. ; ‘The NaMos are Coming! The NaMos are Coming!’ NaMo essentially meant  NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo , which stand for National novel writing month and National blog posting month respectively. My initial desire was to participate in the novel writing challenge. Could there be anything better than being able to complete a novel in a month ? Sure enough, but many experts warned that editing the novel could become a daunting task later on. The idea for my novel is very clear in my mind but i don’t want it to be a hurriedly churned out work. Having said this ,I just could not let ‘november’ pass by without doing anything substantial. It was with these thoughts that I zeroed in to take up the challenge called NaBloPoMo ! The challenge in which we are to commit to making a post everyday- however busy you may be. 

In part this page I am dedicating to this challenge is also prompted by the NaBloPoMo November 2014 Prompts’ for day 6 i.e.

Do you consider yourself a “professional” blogger? Why or why not? What does that mean to you?

Ah well, I don’t see myself as a professional blogger yet, but yes i am learning ,and I guess I am learning fast.The real challenge for me lies in the fact that I want my writing to be taken seriously and so would hate to post anything which is not up to the mark. I am immensely thankful for the favourable and positive response that I am getting so far from fellow bloggers and readers.As for what is professional blogger? i am not so sure. Haha! perhaps it means someone who is able to earn some bucks other than accolades from their writing (besides their day job)!

The Origin of Tea – A Prose Poem

Deep in the Himalayas, many moons ago, a sage performing a yajna, day and night, many months in a row. Fully involved but with one hitch. His eyes drooped and sleep threatened, like a bad witch. Desperate and irate, the sage finally tore off his droopy eyelids and flung them away.

They fell softly on the soil and lo and behold! There and then, as if by a signal from heaven, sprout a sprightly verdant bush.The sage performing the yajna , picked the signal from heaven, boiled the leaves, sipped the potent golden concoction and named it ‘tea’.

Now wide awake, he gifted the world its favourite drink, the sage performing the yajna, deep in the Himalayas , many moons ago.       

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