How to walk a blog

Let us assume that you have a blog where you post your thoughts leaving that technical stuff to geek friends or your kids who ‘know it all’. This is about the time you should learn how to walk a blog, how to explore (navigate) others’ blogs. This will help you interact with other bloggers meaningfully and attract them to your own blog.

To start with, I suggest you learn all blog terms. As far as more functional parts of any blog are concerned, for example, like most blogs this blog has a header – the area that contains the name and short blurb (making sense of blogging). Under the header I have my About page and a list of Pakistani bloggers  and a word about the Blog Company. Continue reading

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Making Money with blogging in Pakistan context; the challenges

Summery of issues discussed on one of the Monetize Social Media Space workshops during Network!: Pakistan’s First International Social Media Summit on June 10-11, 2011.

Social space has combined some major human activities – communicating, sharing, social networking and ecommerce. Use of newly found social media space where as anyone can shoot out, is a creative activity and fun. Most online users enjoy their online presence. That is why people blog tweet or network in the first place. Along the way, a time comes when online users start thinking to monetize their social space. And then everything starts changing.

 For this discussion, social media space means blogging. What are the challenges in monetizing social spaces in our local context? I asked this question to friends and friends of my friends online. First, I posted the question on facebook and also tweeted and then emailed the question to bloggers soliciting their comments on the subject. I have also been scouting Pakistan blogosphere in an effort to find out answers to this question. Continue reading
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How to follow Hashtags

Hashtags – a very powerful tool on Twitter – is not really supported by Twitter. So you can’t really follow hashtags as you follow tweeps of your interests. So what to do when you want to follow #tcot (top conversations on twitter), #POTUS (President of the United State), #Petraeus or #Malala?

A hashtag is not a way to label (tag) tweets so they can be easily pulled together. You can’t “follow” like you do tweeps, organization, project or event). But you can as conveniently search and get all you want on a particular hashtag. 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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Education and Information Technology

My monthly Urdu column “Education and Information Technology” appeared in Army Magazine Hilal. You can also read here (go to page 24-25). Continue reading

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AC Repair Phoenix

Morehart Brand Standards(7-16)Air conditioning, heating and other modern conveniences have become an essential part of contemporary urban life. AC repair is one of the many kinds of repairs and maintenance required at living spaces that tend to intimidate people the most. Many of us don’t even know when we need to replace our air filters in homes? We are so used to modern conveniences like air conditioning (and or heating).

All those who are familiar with the climate around Phoenix know that no one, particularly those who are living in Phoenix (with average high temperatures exceeding 100 degrees during the summer months) can afford to have malfunctioning in air conditioning systems. But still, Air Conditioners crash, malfunction, need regular maintenance and so many other things happen to them. Just imagine if your air conditioning system breaks down in summer season and you don’t know of any trusted company who can come to your help in a jiffy. Most resident do their home work, research and know what to do in case you need AC Repair in Phoenix. Continue reading

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