I am building it – so will they come?

Ok, so I wanted mine to look like all the other professional ones out there and did not know how. So thank you to http://www.howtomakemyblog.com/ for simple instructions for novices like me. I wanted the Feedburner stats like everyone else had so I just had to go to Feedburner and follow the instructions. Duh! I figured out how to add the number of readers (which at this time is only me) and the RSS feed (which stands for Really Simple Syndication – which means that people will know when I have updated my blog and they can read it without going to the site, sort of like a bookmark).

Now just to figure out how to let people know about my blog. Hmm, I guess posting about it will help, any ideas where to start?

Blogging 101

As mentioned in earlier posts, this whole blogging experience is very new to me. As I keep my eyes and ears open about blogging and ever since I have made a conscious decision to write everyday on this blog, I hear and see more and more information about blogging. (That, by the way is the Law of Attraction taking place.)

I read somewhere it takes a year to learn and another year to perfect a new skill. Considering this is my new skill, I am giving myself a year to educate myself in this creative task of writing and you will see the progress I make along those lines.

To start, I decided to go with something relatively simple that gave you all the tools – so that I can focus on the main topic which is writing. That was the main idea of creating the blog – developing the habit of writing everyday. As I forayed into the blogging world, I see the endless opportunities out there – depending which way you want to go. But, whatever the intention – Content is King – as I have read in countless of the posts out there. If you write something that is worth reading – they will come.

So having said that – the next is understanding what all the terms mean. I can see that there are some that specialize in the novices on setting up their blog and others in helping them monetizing the blogs. There are others that will help you understand the nuances of marketing and some others that will help you increase your page rank or readers.

Adding Google AdSense was easy – sign up and it walks you through it. It says it is the easy way to generate income but I have yet to see it in action. The way I understood it – based on your article and key words – corresponding ads will be placed on your site. If a reader clicks on it – you get paid for it. Hmmm – I hope it is working.

I am still learning the terms and I see – twitter follower, reader, subscriber, follower, RSS feed to name a few. At this point I wanted to know how many people read this blog. I haven’t done any publicity. So I went to Bravenet and downloaded a counter. From the looks of it – I don’t think it should count the times that I log in – I am still checking that out. The stat counter does tell me how many unique, new and repeat hits I have.

Now to understand what the RSS feed is and what does feedburner do and do I need it.

Feel free to educate me on the blogging terms and how they can help.

Happy New Year!

I am excited as 2008 closes and I see 2009 approaching. As I write this post, my extended family have already rung in the new year on the other side of the world. I see the 2009 as the year of Hope and Change. Not only for me but also the entire world.

We have elected the first President of color, I have entered into the world of blogging (not that the two events are of the same magnitude in the larger scheme of things but in my mind the possibilities are endless)and there is so much to look forward to. As the United States and the world watch and wait as the new President takes over the Oval Office, I look at this historic event as a bookmark to my first step into unchartered waters for me.

After my last blog I had a chance to sit down and think about what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go. So this is the top five that I came up with:

1. Write on this blog everyday (> or = 291 posts)
2. Don’t worry, be happy (since happiness is a state of mind)
3. Smile more (reflective of #2)
4. Find my passion (so that I can meet #2 and 3)
5. Increase my earning power (when I meet #4, #5 will be attainable)

I know except for #1, the rest sound corny since it is not the typical goal – you know measurable, attainable, trackable etc, but I think it will be reflective in number 1. Besides, in order to meet number 2, 3, 4 and 5 there are a number of other goals that will fall into place.

Do you have any New Year Resolutions?

Happy New Year!!!!

The Secret behind New Year Resolutions

Christmas is over, the presents are opened and some returned or exchanged (maybe) and plans are starting to firm up for the new year. The topic in every medium whether it be TV, radio or the Internet is about the year that went by and the year that is coming up. What have we achieved and what are we planning to achieve.

I am wondering about my new year resolutions. Some are of the opinion that new year resolutions are meant to be broken. Some start in earnest and falter once February rolls around. Some stick to their guns and make it through. And some start with one and end up with something totally different.

I always thought of resolutions as something exotic. It is giving yourself permission to do or be something that you always dreamed of. I remember saying I wanted to learn another language – Spanish. I never really expected it to happen. I did put in an effort but then in the back of my mind I kept saying that I was fooling myself. There was no way I was going to be fluent in Spanish with my schedule. I started off by getting a day by day calendar that showed you a word, how to say it and what it means along with a sentence. It was exotic and I enjoyed it. But about half way through the year the thrill faded – not because I was not interested but because I allowed myself to get caught up in other things that I decided were more important.

Now as I think back I realize that resolutions are like diets. It is what you make of it. If it has to succeed it has to become a way of life – a step up from where you used to be. There has to be intention and you have to know what you want and be firm.

This is very similar to what the Secret says, the Law of Attraction and all the similar philosophies. The Universe is like a giving tree and it will grant you what you ask for. However if you are uncertain, it will give you uncertainty. I understand it yet I find it so difficult to put it in practice. I start with all good intentions and then falter out of fear. That is because of the social conditioning and how we are brought up. The skeptics will say – it does not work, it is a bunch of new age stuff, I don’t believe it. I don’t have to convince anyone – except myself and that is the hard part.

First I need to set a goal, then I need to decide that it has to manifest. It is not for me to decide how it gets manifested. I just need to be focused, decide what the goal is, I have to be clear about what I want and then declare it. I have to say it – not ask permission. As a Reiki master I know how important it is that all intentions have to be for the good of all. If it does not work it is probably for the best. Anything said out of fear or not for the greater good will not work. I have to be open to the signs that the Universe sends me and have faith that whatever happens is always for the best.

I figured if I write about it, it would force me to stick to it. So watch this blog as I document my progress . So here goes. Wish me luck.

I still want a present!

I love presents! I am sure most people in the world love getting presents, can’t think of anyone who does not. The present frenzy gets to the maximum right around Christmas time.

Before the Halloween decorations are off the shelf and the Thanksgiving are on the shelf there is a hint of Christmas. It probably has something to do with the chill in the air and snow, maybe. By the time Thanksgiving rolls around people are already counting down to number of days of Christmas shopping left. Most people I know put up their Christmas tree right after Thanksgiving.

Even though I am not Christian, we still celebrated the season. A holiday is a holiday – family and friends, food and fun. Presents were usually chocolate or candy. After moving to the United States with my husband, Christmas took on a whole new meaning – talk about holiday shopping – people were really serious!

I never thought that people actually made lists of who all to get presents for and that included your baby sitter and dentist. The retailers gear all their merchandise for Christmas, articles in the newspaper, magazines and the Internet are all about how to pace yourself and managing Christmas shopping without going broke and planning next Christmas. Wow! I had no idea that it was so big – and to have found out about it only now – O the presents I have missed. All the conversations at work and school were about Christmas shopping and baking and singing carols and cooking. I did not want to miss out so I joined the bandwagon too.

Then I understood what all those discussions about pacing yourself and budgeting was all about. Phew! It is hard work. The first year I wanted to do it all. I had no family here – so I was glad to be part of the work secret Santa – I loved the dollar limit- since I was on a budget myself. We still had food, friends and fun. The presents were based on the list of five things under 15 or 20 dollars. Yet the feeling you get when someone opens the present you picked for them – is like the Visa ad says- priceless.

Then I had kids and Christmas presents took on a totally different meaning – it was Santa Claus, cookies and milk, reindeer dust and presents under the tree from Santa and from mom and dad. There was always food friends and fun. And the feeling that you get when you see the joy on the kids faces when they ripped open their presents – was like the Visa ad says – priceless.

Now the kids are teenagers – and Christmas presents take a totally different meaning – there is still the Christmas tree and lights, cooking and food, family and fun. But the presents are negotiated earlier based on the sales, budgets and the latest electronic gadget. Since it is already negotiated – I thought we were doing okay until my teenager complained that she never gets any presents. Wait, I thought to myself and what was all that stuff we bought earlier? Well, they don’t count – she still wants a present that was bought or made in secret, wrapped in ribbon so she can rip it and be surprised.

I thought about it and realized she was right. It does not matter how old you are – I still want a present that I can look forward to opening and be surprised. By the way, I did make her a present and the feeling that I got when I saw the surprise on her face when she opened it – was like the Visa ad says – priceless!