Lamudi’s Bloggers Meet

I keep saying that bloggers are greater mortals. Anyone who was at Bloggers Meet at La Atrium on March 17, 2015 evening already knows this. Bloggers and social media practitioners are wiser, sharing and always learning (Ok, I am bragging here). The evening was a wonderful experience; seeing so many new faces that have come in this pursuit. It was also good to see so many bloggers at one place connecting with each other. Though I missed Raza Rumi, Badar Khushnod, Adil Najam, Hassan Mubarak, Aamir Attaa Saad and so many others who used to be the spirit behind such meet ups.

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Lamudi’s Bloggers Meet was aimed at industry-bloggers cooperating and networking. The best part was question answers where Saad Arshed, the Country Director Lamudi explained company’s employee-centric approach, flex timings and how they are striving to create a happy and productive work place to stimulate creativity (while munching at chocolates). I haven’t seen yet but I am sure that their work environment will be different than traditional offices we are familiar with. And that in itself makes a great difference. Bloggers Meet Up offers a chance to examine the role of blogs and other social media platforms in real estate industry. Over past years there has been a visible shift within real estate business, from generally not wanting to engage online, to some companies now fully embracing what it can offer in terms of engaging with stakeholders internally as well as externally. Yet there lies a long road ahead to realize its full potential, albeit one that will deliver real benefit.

Experience in business improvement suggests that the roots of the majority of problems are communication related. Communication failings can come from not sharing, not involving the right people at the right time and even from withholding information for any reason. Blogs (they are your own printing presses) should be seen as a key component in addressing and improving communication issues.

While the larger concerns have been quick to get involved in social media platforms, some others have lagged behind. The biggest barrier to blogging and social media usage lies at senior level. Most staff within companies uses facebook, twitter even if not blogging in some personal capacity; that is the skill that should be utilized for the good of the business. The first and perhaps the most dynamic step any industry can therefore take in embracing social media is to ensure that directors and boards understand the benefits that managed social media strategies can bring, and enable real open sharing and collaboration.

Lamudi, it seems,  is doing just that.

“If there’s one common thread among many of those who build successful businesses online, it’s this: They’ve been able to build an audience, which has helped them gain traction and spread value with a farther reach.”

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Dolls, Toys and More

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Urdu Twitter

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I am a woman, see me blog


sajshiraziI’ve always loved reading and writing, and I’ve been doing both a lot since I was a kid. I started keeping a diary when I was a teenager and when the Internet came along it was just natural for me to go from paper to digital – a relief, actually, since my handwriting never won me any awards and even I sometimes have trouble reading it.

My initial attempts at blogging were hiccup-y; I’d write something, post it, and delete it. Last year I started one on MySpace. (I know, what could I have been thinking?) Then through work that I do with my friend and business partner, Victor, on Expat Interviews, I made the online acquaintance of a Canadian lady living in the UAE. It turned out she couldn’t access my MySpace blog (it was one of the sites her ISP bans) so I started one on Blogger. The MySpace account is dead but my Blogger journal lives on. Continue reading

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Wise fool

s a j shiraziBlogging is passion but over time bloggers may lose the passion part. It becomes cumbersome to write something new and meaningful. It can happen for so many reasons; real life coming in the way, loss of desire, or worst still loss of beacon light. That is when it becomes overwhelming to strike equilibrium between blogging and marking time (I call it Taaley Taaley). Same is true for real life and ideal life (that you continuously wish to lead).

As a matter of fact, I find passion as very over rated. Ok, it is very strong feeling but human could control it; or could develop it in the first place. After all human need it for everything in work and life. How to regain passion? Continue reading

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I am an authority

20130118_18You simply need an idea to start a blog or create a social media clout. Run some good idea up the flag pole and see which way the wind blows! You don’t have to be a guru or an authority to think that and do it. The words like guru, professional or authority get bandied about quite a lot when people are talking about blogging. I find the whole concept of authority a little intimidating, so today, I’m just going to share some of my thoughts about authority in the blogosphere.

Authority in any field is a relative term. It means different things to different people. Every day I meet people who know more and I every time I meet them, I myself feel like a poser. And this is what I assume people are thinking about me when someone refers to me as a pro of sort. Continue reading

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