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My tryst with WordPress: Insights of a new blogger

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on September 11, 2012

Last night I published my 50th post. Yes, it is only a number, but a milestone that prompts me to share my experience of living in this man made world. A world where the five elements of nature: words, thoughts, images, comments and ego form the basic building blocks of it inhabitants. So here’s what I have learned and observed two months after I took a travel down the blindside, on this path called…Blogging.

Respect Opinion. Until someone comes up with the Universal Law of Truth, you have to accept the fact that there is nothing right or wrong in this world. Every thought that a citizen of this world shares, has risen out of experience, observation and well reasoned logic. Mind is a multidimensional space. Hence, reasoning can be executed at millions of different levels, each level influenced by a subconsciously embedded experience.  Hence logical reasoning in two different minds can yield two very different results.

Newton’s third law of blogging: For every dumb person on one side, there is an equal and opposite dumb person on the other side. Yes, if you find a post or an opinion downright dumb, the chances are, that the author of that source of idiocy finds your opinion equally, if not more dumb.

Meet the Stalkers: There are certain residents of this world who you will bump into in the “Like” row of every post that you view. Don’t judge them. Some of them truly are avid readers and are contributing tremendously to the goodwill of our world. Yes, a few have motives that only their egos can understand. Over time, you will be able to differentiate the two.

This is a “Thinking Network”: Unlike alien worlds that call themselves “Social Networks”, this world allows you to build relationships that are based on your thinking and not what you wear or what you eat or which fancy car you just bought. Just like on Earth, here too I have acquaintances, friends and close friends. In addition, and most importantly, I have thinkers and contributors. I have made good friends, discussions with whom carry on not only on posts but also through emails. Luckily, this world does not imprison you by limiting your communication channels.

A Number is really, only a number: A venture called “Klout” measures the influence that people have in the virtual world. Their algorithms judge this by not just focusing on the number of connections you have, but on the level of engagement you have succeeded in generating. Rightly So!

A Barking Loudspeaker Gathers No Ears: The key to good living in this world is two way communication. This is not the right world for you if you wish to be a one way broadcaster. Sooner or later you will find yourself alone and suicidal.

No Left, No Right. This is Utopia: The citizens of this world pay no taxes and do not have a government. When down, you will always find someone inspiring you to rise up. Free of cost! We have a one-party political system called Capitalist Socialism.

Etiquette: If a post does not display completely on your Reader, do not press the Like button on your Reader without reading the post. You may not think so, but any person with an IQ over 10 can figure out whether you have done this. If you don’t wish to read the post and still,for some reason known to yourself, wish to like it, at least open the post in a new window and press the Like button on the post page or the home page of the blog. But not from the Reader.

Nothing pleases a Freshly Pressed blogger more than when a new reader makes the effort to read posts besides the one that has been FPed. Do this more often, and add to you good karma count 🙂

And lastly, follow for a reason. I repeat, a number is only a number.

There you have it. Musings of a new and happy resident of the blogging world. Comments welcome.

20 Responses to “My tryst with WordPress: Insights of a new blogger”

  1. Misaal Shah said

    Your point on Newton’s third law of blogging is very true, just like you might idiot’s in life. Your bound to meet idiot’s online. Who may find you to be bigger Idiots.

    Respecting Opinion holds as much weight as it does in Real life. For example, Your previous posts on GOD/RELIGION are not something I believe in. But just because I don’t believe In them does not mean they cease to exist. (Although I tend to believe we made the guy upstairs they he made us) So I try to abstain from commenting posts about religion/god.
    I am not going to change your opinion by making a point. And you are not going to change mine. Accepting people are different helps.

    My favourite point here is this is a thinker’s network.
    It’s so true. I find out about your blog because I must have searched some tags which you and I write about. Or some interest we share in common. Hence the appeal to connect with a like-minded fellow.
    And there is no attraction because of any material or other agenda’s. Safe.

    • Raunak said

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂 you are so right. Tags play such a beautiful role in connecting similar thoughts and interests.

      I must confess, that when it comes to God, I only write about it but never discuss it. It is a topic that I have no one belief about. It is safer to not discuss it at all 🙂

  2. J. Palmer said

    I like the Klout theory. I have put too much stock in quantity when quality is so much more important. Thanks for the reminder. Good luck with your next 50.

  3. Pat Cegan said

    Hi, congratulations on your landmark, Raunak. I did not realize that you were new to blogging as your posts are so well written and thought through so carefully. I think you have very valid points here. Blogging is an amazing phenomem, for sure. I had never read blogs before I started mine. I still do not read as many as I would like because my own blog takes so much. But I do when I can and have marked yours for exploring. hugs, pat

    • Raunak said

      Pat, you just made my day 🙂 always look forward to your posts and comments.thanks again for the kind words.
      I have realized just how much,reading some good material can influence one’s own thoughts. Sometimes I get stuck at a juncture, and then I come across a blog that helps me evolve my thoughts and go to the next stage of thinking.

  4. I also didn’t realize you were new to blogging but clearly not new to writing or speaking your thoughts. Etiquette- so true… you made a lot of good points on here.

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  6. Hey, so agree with your post esp Newton’s Law. There are so many times that I have just posted a long post that has taken me 2 – 3 hours to complete and I get a Like within 2 seconds of posting. I really feel like screaming that at least read before you randomly Like.

    • Raunak said

      Am so glad you could relate to it 🙂 I have a feeling this post might have hurt a few bloggers 😉

    • Raunak said

      I am getting really bugged with people pressing the like button even without opening the blog! and this for posts that would not have fit completely in the reader…last two days I’ve already encountered a few and I know who the readers are 🙂 what bugs me is that don’t they realize that by seeing the country clicks I can know if they visited my page or not!
      Sorry for ranting, but I had to share my frustration 🙂

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  8. soumyav said

    Genuine thoughts to share .Love the way you just made the topic across,whether its about the positive side of WP or the ignorant errors of the reader…I too came across all the same what you have shared. I just posted one post in the first month and sat down quietly without knowing whats all this about.But when I seriously started getting into it,I got the responses making me more reciprocative and I feel I love this world as you say,its without having a social emblem with us ,we are here interacting,just because of some thoughts that really match or we ideally believe in. With many we just feel at ease in the first go,believe it or not,theres a mutual feeling of understanding,without seeing or meeting anyone. I too come across many who just like it from the readers page,but today I ignore them,the ones who matter are who have been with me encouraging,criticizing,reciprocating,sharing ,motivating views and thoughts…And they are real gems….anyway congratulations for crossing teh half century mark… I know Iam late in wishing,still I have stumbled here yesterday itself… 🙂

    • Raunak said

      its never too late Soumya…I am glad our paths crossed 🙂 thank you for sharing your experience and contributing to the page.

      I have learned a lot from reading beautiful posts and am continuously evolving thanks to stories and opinions from around the world.

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