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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Hot Hashtags

Hash tags are keywords generated by twitter users on a platform that are used to describe and categorize an object, concept or idea. They are used to unite the global tweets around any subject. Hash tag (also sometime called social tag) is one of the most common ways for conferences, meetings, event organizers and memes to organize micro blogs at twitter. For users, hashtag makes it easier to find that topic in Twitter searches and trends among the zillions and zillions of tweets.

Good news is that hashtag is now supported by Facebook as well.

Tweeple (tweeps) may already be familiar with the words or phrase with hash symbol (#) as a prefix.  A hash tag is a simple way for people to search for tweets that have a common topic. For example, if you search on #LoadShedding (it’s not case-sensitive), you’ll get a list of tweets related to the load shedding. (BTW, given the frequency of load shedding, I have saved #LoadShedding search on my phone as well as computers. I keep looking at the search as if it will help). And yes, properly used hash tag brings a lot of traffic to my twitter profile as well as to the blog posts I point to in my tweets. Hash tag also allows users to find out tweeple with similar interests and share information related to it. Twitter now has Twitag – a tag finder for Twitter that helps users organize the most recent content tagged by users. Continue reading

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Building cleaning

Given my own interest, I was looking for Columbus building cleaning when I came upon a survey that says, “Of the 2,600 bosses surveyed worldwide, 51% agreed there is a link between a worker’s organizational skills and job performance. In other words, employers look more positively at neatness than slobs.” Have a look at your workplace. Is it neat and (organized)? Yes, being neat will surely impact your mood and attitude. Being clean is a visual thing, and it is also being able to do more. Organizations that pay attention on cleanliness of their work environment can achieve much more, than those where clutter is the order of the day, every day. That is why any perceptive concern will do all what is possible to have a clean look.

This survey reminds of one of the important and simple ways to keep work place clean and organized by applying 55 principles – one of the Japanese concepts for keeping work environment clean and safe.

Who can do this job for you while you focus on your core business? Dependable cleaning professionals who have experience in the field and you can trust them for doing a good job as per your requirement. Best would be if a cleaning company gives customized professional janitorial and cleaning services to meet your every day cleaning needs.

How do you need it? Just tell them and they should be able to tailor your cleaning plan specifically suited to your requirements and your own settings.

Many things may be common in cleaning plans. Given the importance of green cleaning almost all plans include options for environmentally friendly cleaning products in the present age. Everyone has established cleaning priorities. Most of the organizations have provisions to educate building occupants and custodial staff by disseminating information about why cleaning is important and how they can help keeps the premises clean and participate by keeping the environs clean (and resultant less use of energy).

One sees signs posted throughout many facilities describing cleaning policies and how building occupants can support. Similarly, it is important that custodial staff is educated about the health impacts of conventional products and trained in the right use of the right products. Proper disposal is also part of any wise cleaning plan. All this is a part of any good cleaning plan.

Do you have a cleaning plan in place for building cleaning?

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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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E Commerce – a viable commerce channel

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Advent of computers and collaborative Internet technologies has changed the ways we do business (also the ways we live). Beyond desktop and mainframe computing, Internet has emerges as a huge market where anyone can sell and buy. Are businesses selling and buying online in Pakistan? My answer is not really. We are only starting to get there, very slowly.

As per the common definition, “ecommerce (electronic commerce) means selling and buying of services and goods over the electronic medium, like Internet and mobile phones”. E-commerce, in theory, is not only a big convenience but also can be a boost to otherwise sluggish economy. From consumers’ point of view, shopping online saves time as well as money. Consumers can see more, compare and find more choices and the best deals with a few mouse clicks while sitting home. That is not possible for those who go and shop on ground. No one can visit each store to find what they are offering and how? Moreover, it is a big hassle going to shop in any of the crowded shopping centers (like Anarkail and Liberty Lahore or Tariq Road, Karachi) with no dedicated parking spaces. Ecommerce makes it easier for consumers to make interactive purchases online. A consumer uses a credit card and make a number of purchases online that will only drives the retail (or virtual) outlets, but also provides indirect business to the delivery channel, packaging companies and other smaller businesses which may be in the middle of the transaction before the delivery is actually made.

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Content is the king

In the brick and mortar world, businesses vie for a coveted spot — the end of the aisle or end cap. On the Internet, the end cap is a top position on search engine results pages and, as every webmaster knows, that is not easy. Effective content marketing strategy is one thing can help businesses get their products seen by traditional search engines and comparison shopping websites. Nicely written, compelling, keyword-rich and dynamic content is the quickest, least expensive and easiest way of building online business.

Information technology and eCommerce have become inextricably interwoven. With the Internet now becoming ever more widely available as a big marketplace, it has become one of the main sources of information and communication for millions of people all around the world. The more content draws online population to business, the more people will want to be involved. Content attracts and holds the attention of readers and makes them want to stay on the website for longer duration. Businesses have to make sure that they have a consistent and unrelenting content marketing strategy giving informed users with Internet access something original and useful to learn before buying. Continue reading

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