Posts that come from heart and speak personal truth and experience are the best. "Hit an emotional cord, not just intellectual ones," as a friend says. Next best are those when experts share their knowledge on specific subjects.That said, one of the best ways that I have found out to expand my bloggy fraternity is to set a goal to comment on say 5-10 blogs a day that are outside my usual reads. I also continue to see the work others are doing about topics of my interests. Social media is a good source to see what other bloggers are writing about on a specific topic I am exploring.
We all like to be linked to and so the more I have trackbacks to other people’s work they are expected to come by and read mine and eventually may link too! I try in addition to putting a link or two into my posts. It seems to have worked really well for me.
How do you reach out and how are you expanding your blog community? Another thing, though gender is not the issue while reaching out but I some time see bloggers commenting men to me, men to women, women to women, women to men. Is there any substance to this hypothesis?
Labels: Fine Art of Blogging
posted by S A J Shirazi @ Monday, March 03, 2014,
CMH Convocation 2014 by dm_51f10e91b3552
posted by S A J Shirazi @ Thursday, February 27, 2014,
Jean Jacques Rousseau was a French philosopher. His father married Rousseau’s mother only to desert her after his birth. From here started his sufferings.
He was considered a dangerous character. It is why he was hunted out form one city to another. He died un wept un mourned and unsung.
Contemporaries criticized his book The Contract Social when it was published. To them he retorted by saying that he could see the time when his book would be bounded by the skins of their coming generations.
There have been two seismic revolutions in the world: French and Russian revolutions. French revolutionaries during their struggle wrote three words on their flag – equality, liberty, love — taken form The Contract Social.
Lot many people including French King Louis IV and the Queen were guillotined during the Revolution. Their skins could have been used for binding Rousseau’s book if it were the custom.
All researchers agree that his was the mind behind the French revolution.
posted by S A J Shirazi @ Tuesday, February 25, 2014,
One evening a few months ago, Ghulam Ali Bloch, a retired bureaucrat turned progressive farmer, who has his roots in remote village Jalla Balla in the suburbs of Sargodha, was finishing up a contract negotiation for buying a piece of land for opening an Ostrich Farm when he realised that a crucial piece of information required to close the deal is missing. He needed to know who had the right to haqq-e shufah (pre-emption). He could only obtain the facts from the central registry of the revenue department.
In order to verify the legal status of a property, including business homes and personal estates, one has to go to the patwari, garedawar, tehsildar and it entails a lengthy and laborious procedure. Historically, getting the required information takes a very long time. But thanks to an old man Mir Thana Khan, a minstrel in the village Jalla Balla, the information was available in his private but very authentic record.Read more »
posted by S A J Shirazi @ Friday, February 21, 2014,
Labels: Sweet Tweets
posted by S A J Shirazi @ Monday, February 17, 2014,
I have been in bogging for a long time now. In 2007, I wrote a post Why Everyone Blogs and Why You Too Should
? I asked readers and fellow bloggers to list their reasons to blog. Some 85 people answered and gave their reasons as to why they blog?
I often go back to the post to find out if those bloggers are still blogging. Sadly there are very few who are still blogging. Rest has faded away.
It is so easy to get lost in excuses when your desire to blog and it is only natural. May be we are programmed not to pursue goals even if we truly believe and we want it. The reasons may be any: fear of failure, other more pressing priorities in life, not enough time. That is why in life you may find usual circle - start something then give up, or you start then stop then start again. Many of us go through this exercise at some poi of time in life. This life cycle is truer in case of blogging. Several studies indicate that most blogs are abandoned soon after creation (with 60% to 80% abandoned within one month, depending on whose figures you choose to believe) and that few are regularly updated.
Eve shorter is the life span of bloggers who start a blog for goal of making money through blogging
in hurry. Too soon, they find that it is one of the difficult tasks and abandon their effort. That is why I suggest that have a solid reason to start a blog, research your subject and plan what you want to contribute Making money is even harder than most of us think.
Blogging should be an informed decision. If you don’t have a thorough plan in place then don’t start.
Labels: Fine Art of Blogging
posted by S A J Shirazi @ Saturday, February 15, 2014,
posted by S A J Shirazi @ Thursday, February 13, 2014,
Download Dolls, Toys and More (pdf) here
Labels: eBook, In Print, Publications
posted by S A J Shirazi @ Wednesday, February 12, 2014,
Hassan Abed Rabbo measures what he says is the smallest handwritten complete version of The Holy Qur'an - القرآن الكري ever made. Time photo of the day
Labels: The Holy Qur'an - القرآن الكري
posted by S A J Shirazi @ Tuesday, February 11, 2014,
Why Use Mud?
Thursday, 6 February 2014
The future lies in mud architecture. Though this sweeping statement may sound prehistoric, but it is very relevant to modern times. Building living spaces with mud is a tradition dating as back as the start of civilization. Some excellent examples from the Great Mosque - the world’s largest mud building and UNESCO’s World Heritage site – to the oldest surviving mud specimens found in the Harappa, Pakistan, show the continuous use of mud buildings.Read more »
Labels: Mud Architecture
posted by S A J Shirazi @ Thursday, February 06, 2014,