Monthly Archives: November 2010

10 Spelling Mistakes you shouldn’t make while blogging

As we all know, a blogger is basically a content writer who is sharing his insight on a particular topic. But while doing so, if he/she is making spelling mistakes, then it is quite obvious that your readers will judge your blog based on the quality of your writing.

Here is a list of 5 most common spelling mistakes made by bloggers while writing:

1. Accept : Except

Accept is a verb that means “to receive, admit, regard as true, say yes.” while Except is a preposition that means “excluding.”

2. Effect : Affect

The most common use of effect is as a noun meaning “something produced by a cause.” The most common use of affect is as a transitive verb meaning “to act upon.”

3.  Its : It’s

It’s is a contraction that represents two words: it is. Its is a one-word third-person singular possessive adjective

4.  Quiet : Quite

Quiet can be used as an adjective meaning “of little activity,” or as a noun meaning “tranquility” or “silence.”  While Quite is an adverb and has the sense of “totally” or “completely.”

5. Then : Than

Than is a conjunction used in comparisons while Then is a word indicating time. Then is used either as a time marker or with a sequence of events.

6. Lose : Loose

Loose means not tied up or confined; able to move freely; not tight, not firmly fixed; not close-fitting; careless, inaccurate, vague; dissolute, immoral; not closely woven; flabby. While Lose means no longer have; be deprived of by accident or misfortune; mislay, fail to find; fail to get or win; be too late for; be bereaved of; waste; be defeated or beaten; suffer loss, become worse off; fail to hear, see or understand.

7. Your : You’re

Your is the second person possessive adjective, used to describe something as belonging to you. You’re is the contraction of “you are” and is often followed by the present participle

8. There : Their

“There” indicates a place while “Their” is the possessive of “they”

9. Too : To

Too means “also” and is generally used at the end of a sentence. To is generally used as a preposition. It is also used as part of the infinitive form of verbs.

10. Here : Hear

here denotes “this place” while hear means “audible reception to perceive by the ear”.

It doesn’t hurt to delay pressing “publish / post” on your article for a little while to read it over a second, even third time to ensure it’s as correct as it should be. This is why it’s so important that you need to make proofreading your post a regular habit before it goes live.

To-Do Checklist for Bloggers

Most of us started blogging because somebody asked us to try it, or we wanted to share our thoughts on a particular or general topic. But after a while the enthusiasm drop to a point where we stop picking the pen and gradually the blog dies a silent death.

But if you want to rejuvenate your blogging habit, follow these quick tips which are interesting enough to increase your interest in blogging again.

1. Don’t impose strict rules for yourself while blogging. Be Generic.

2. Make mistakes to learn more.

3. Be genuine. Be Yourself.

4. Don’t create hype, neither get effected by it.

5. Read more to write more.

6. Establish certain limits but try new things.

7. Create a humble relationship with your readers.

8. Provide value to your reader, give take-aways to them.

9. Work hard and plan strategies.

10. Be Lucky to get Lucky.

11. Give yourself a new reason everytime you think why should you blog.

12. Research before you write.

13. Try to write original content and use images and videos.

14. Use Social Bookmarking and sharing buttons in your blog.

15. Write for diversified audience and encourage them to comment freely.

After following this checklist, you will feel the reflection of what you will learn from doing so and will experience a new urge to blog for readers and not money making.

Reasons to have a corporate blog

Why blog? Why a blog for company? Who will blog?

These kinda questions usually float in a company board rooms, when they don’t feel the need of a blog, just another web site address and that too with user generated content.

Yes, we know it doesn’t sound good to have a blog for a corporate because, blogging has been allowing us this dynamic, real-time contact with family and friends for long, looks personal no!

A blog is one of the best tools today for relationship building in a corporate setting. A blog can strengthen the knowledge base because the end user is sure to explore a great deal before coming into a conclusion. While doing this one  can have a better insight of the company.

Blogs give you an increased presence on the search engines like Yahoo, Google, MSN, etc. A well-written, routinely updated, key-word oriented blog can take you to high rankings on search engine return pages.

Blogs can be a very effective tool for both your brand and reputation management, online.

Blogs are inexpensive to set up, operate and maintain and gives you the opportunity to tell your story over and over, as they help set you apart from the competition.

Blog is another essential method of communication. A blog can be your editorial column, your radio and television station, your daily newspaper.  It is a way your business can, finally, own your message and the media. Some companies are using a blog to deliver the thoughts of their CEO.

Thus we can say, blogging is becoming an integral part of corporate world because of the benefits it brings along with it. If your company is not having one, you are missing something very important.But for a blog to accomplish its multiple purposes, it has to be updated regularly, at the very least once a week.

Create blog, communicate!

The Blind Men on the Cloud

Defining cloud computing is difficult. Depending on the expert talked to, cloud computing can be defined from various perspectives. The following poem describes the problem. It was adapted by Sam Charrington, Vice President of the Product Management & Marketing for Appistry and read at the Executive Summit of the Next Generation Data Center (NGDC) conference in August 2008. It was adapted from John Godfrey Saxe’s poem, “The Blind Men and the Elephant.”

It was six men of Info Tech
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Cloud
(Though all of them were blind)
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind

The First approached the Cloud,
So sure that he was boasting
“I know exactly what this is…
This cloud is simply Hosting.”

The Second grasped within the Cloud,
Saying, “No it’s obvious to me,
This Cloud is grid computing…
Servers working together in harmony!”

The Third, in need of an answer,
Cried, “Ho! I know its source of power
It’s a utility computing solution
Which charges by the hour.”

The Fourth reached out to touch it,
It was there, but it was not
“Virtualization,” said he.
“That’s precisely what we’ve got!”

The Fifth, so sure the rest were wrong
Declared “It’s saas you fools,
Applications with no installation
It’s breaking all the rules

The Sixth (whose name was Benioff),
Felt the future he did know,
He made haste in boldly stating,
“This *IS* Web 3.0.”

And so these men of Info Tech
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were partly wrong!

25 Things that can change your life at Work

1. Move Up Laterally,and Even Down When Necessary

2. Keep your job upto date

3. Make more out of it than just job

4. Look out for your company

5. Tell it like it is to everyone around

6. Either you have it or you don’t, there is nothing like in-between

7. Leave the work where it belongs

8. Make a difference in each assined job

9. Take the initiative

10. Specialize in something

11. Don’t be a solo solver

12. Clients come first, even when they are not always right

13. Write down anything new immediately after you learn it

14. Be a resource collector and knowledge seeker

15. Work Smarter, not harder

16. Don’t be afraid of the tough issues

17. Recognise opportunities and act on them

18. Communicate well among the team members

19. Get involved in the constructive group

20. Respect your colleagues and create trust

21. Comfort the Demoralized Colleague

22. Lead by involving others

23. Develop the practices on your own by trial and error and Constantly renew your practices

24. No time is better spent than that spent in the service of your clients

25. Be part of multidisciplinary field