Is Blogging a Healthy Habit?

Limited Resources – Nothing can get you more than 24hours a day, 7Days a Week, and 52Weeks in a year, and you are expected to keep up with your work, your personal life, spend time with your loved ones & get some sleep in this limited time. This can sometimes be physically challenging and leaves you asking for more.

Inspite of all these challenges, having a full time job on hand, a family with a lovely wife and a wonderful kid, I somehow got pulled into this world of “blogosphere” to become one among the millions already blogging away to glory. My blog allowed me to express my views regarding various topics from different domains, I felt at ease writing out my thoughts and opinions without having to impress anyone or having to seek guidance from anyone. This is what I really liked, today anyone can become an author, write an eBook and publish it in matter of days if they have the potential. The world of internet and particularly “blogging” has opened up a can of unlimited opportunities to a common man who can be heard across the world. Blogosphere has put the saying “The Pen is Mightier than the Sword” to a reality.

Angry Birds – Online Stores

Birds unable to fly and catch Pigs!!! How can you market a game like that? Rovio mobile has done just the same in the Apple Game Store. The concept was originally visualized by a senior game designer, Jaakko Iisalo and they took an year to develop the game with the first version of the 30levels. Though they had a good clear idea of the concept, it was something hard to sell. AngryBirds has become a success due to the fact that the characters showcased in the game showcase emotions. This is very easy to connect to the audience. The birds are angry because the pigs have stolen the eggs and this is something anyone can relate to in many scenarios on different levels.

Great Deals for Dad on Amazon This Week

It is that time of the year, when you remember what a good dad he has been and would like to present him with the best gift ever. To help you with that, Amazon has great deals running throughout this week and you can grab that something special with a click of the button. Amazon is running what is known as Lightening deals to celebrate Fathers Day and these are run only on selected hours of the day. So don’t forget to keep your eyes open and checkout the amazon.com/fathersday.

How To Find Your Stolen Camera

What is EXIF – Exchangeable Image File Format is a standard defined for digital images captured by cameras or scanners. The EXIF contains detailed information regarding the camera model, camera settings and even the software details which might have been used to edit a particular picture. You can access this information via Windows Explorer or with a basic image editing software. You wouldnt believe, but for pictures taken from mobile phones, you can also extract information like location with exact geographic coordinates that will tell where the picture was taken.

There are free utilities available like ‘QuickFix’ which will allow you to remove such personal information from pictures before making them public. An easier way to delete this information from multiple pictures is simply by selecting all of them in Windows Explorer, go to the details tab of the properties window and click on the “Remove Properties and Personal Information”.

My Top WordPress Plugins – Revisited

One of my initial posts was about the Best WordPress Plugins I had downloaded within a week of starting my blog. Now whenever I go to my PlugIns section I realize I have far more than those 5 and thought it is time I shared this with all you bloggers out there.

In my first post, I had mentioned these as my Top 5:

WordPress DB Backup
Akismet
Google SiteMaps
FeedBurner
All In One SEO Pack

How to Research Domain Names

I am sure if you are looking to create a new website, you will be rather frustrated with the unavailability of most of your preferred domain names. Imagine the day when the first website was created and the options available to the person who did that!!! People got into this pretty quickly and started consuming all the straight names thus leading to many with alphanumeric characters and acronyms. So what is the best way to research for a particular name? If you have decided your niche area, it will be pretty easier to search around it and arrive at a final decision. Of course there are many tools available which will help you do this research(not surprisingly!!).

Computer Ergonomics – Maintain a Good Posture

How many hours do you spend on a regular day, sitting at your PC or Laptop? How you do this also has implications on your health as well as your productivity. There are a lot of physio-therapists out there, preaching everyday on “How to Sit Straight” or “How to maintain a good posture”. Many of us tend to ignore them and carry on with our life, working on computers at least half of the day.

It is NOT about Sitting Up Straight – You may be head over heels following those postures prescribed by your chiropractor, but still visit him every month complaining about neck pain or back pain. You are not alone, and do realise that, however you adjust your computer chair for the height and stiffness of the back support, it is not so simple to follow these instructions on your body.

Popularise your blog with Comment-Kahuna

All professional bloggers will have an ultimate objective of having those patronized visitors to their site by writing good content of interest and always maintaining the regular flow of traffic. Apart from these regulars, you may also chance upon those stray visitors who “happen-to” visit your website. To get and retain back these strays is a good technique and it always depends on your blog content. Let us first focus on how to get accidental visitors to your site. There are many ways to do this and one professional way is to read and comment on articles in other professional websites or blogs. You may not believe this, but there are “tools” to do this as well. One such tool is Comment Kahuna.

How Do I Place Ads on my site

To continue with setting up your professional blog or website, I want to provide some basics of how to place Ads on your site and which are the programs that you can sign-up for these marketing activities.

Now that you have selected your domain, finalized a niche, published your site and added some initial content, your website is up and running and you have started getting regular visitors asking for more. So how about getting some extra income in the process? It is time to start monetizing your site and getting returns for your effort.

Redesign your WordPress Theme

In my previous blog, I gave some basics of CSS tags and styles, now I would like to concentrate on the initial clean-ups you would need to perform on any downloaded WordPress Themes.

CleanUp, CleanUp, CleanUp – The first and foremost step will be to remove unwanted stuff promoting and advertising the theme designer and his websites. The header will have stuff like ‘WordPress Theme Designed by XXXX’ or ‘Powered by XXXX’, you need to remove these and make your header more impressive and relevant to the content of your website or blog.

The 2nd step of Clean-Up will be to visit the footer section and provide your CopyRight or related stuff in the footer.php file. Usually you will find only one footer file in most of the WordPress themes that are available.