DAY FIVE

Does he write his own blogs? Where does he get the time? Read the latest blog and the English seems a little

wonky. I am on day five and he is on day 2027!

The posts are personal, reflective and introspective. They are about the personal struggle-

the inner critic and judge. In a way they are very inspiring because a man who has achieved so

much is still working on and with himself. Gymming! Still following disciplined regime, still working hard

at his profession. Nothing of what he says seems to be really “superior” advice to the rest of us.

His tone is more of speaking to himself. Urging himself on. Telling himself there is no secure future. Everything

could just disappear. A private man sharing his thoughts and his photographs in public.

Something vulnerable, authentic, vulnerable and heroic about the man.

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High Ambitions

Krrish released on the first day of November-collecting twenty six

crores on the first day of release. Rakesh Roshan predicts the film will make

1000 crores. (Positive thinking!)

All the effects have been produced by Indian technicians and whiz kids so that’s

a great one.

Priyanka Chopra in the meantime seems to be packing it in.

She has become the new Guess girl: 

I’m not too American and I’m not too Indian, but I’m a global citizen and that’s what most people are today. And I don’t want to have to change who I am to try and fit in or cater to a certain audience. “

So that’s becoming an interesting phenomenon. the global citizen. Also the multitalented celebrity-

she is a musician now, an actor, a model being launched by the same campaign that launched Claudia Schiffer.

She was photographed for the shoot by Bryan Adams, the singer. 

A social media campaign can help to promote a film. Paranormal Activity was made for just 15,000/-

dollars but grossed 193 million dollars.

The makers encouraged fans to tweet their reviews and “Eventful” helped Paramount

take an ineterest in the film. Best Viral campaign ever

DAY THREE

Just wrote a draft and saved it and then the computer conked or rather the internet did.

http://indianbloggers.org/– checked out the best Indian bloggers and then checked blogs by Chandrahas Chaudhary

who wrote Arzee the Dwarf. His blogs are one possibility of what a blog could be. they are long, deep and reflective and deal with serious literary issues such Manto’s work or the work of an Oriya writer-Senapati?

What I like is the refusal to sex up his pieces or make them provocative just for the attention. On the other hand

he seems to have stopped blogging after 2011. Where is he now?

Ok there is a post from last month about Arzee the Dwarf becoming an imprint of the New York Review Of Books.

he has been blogging since 2005 and been viewed by 18460 people.

Wonder why he calls his blog The Middle Stage. its a literary blog.

 

DAY TWO

Now I am looking at bloggers across disciplines and fields and came across Byron Katie.

She does something that she calls The Work. Four fundamental questions are asked as part of that work:

Whenever a thought causes you pain you ask:

Is it true?

Can you absolutely know that its true?

What happens when you believe that thought?

Who would you be without that thought?

And then there is the Turnaround: what if the opposite thought was also true?

She has her own official blog ByronKatie.com and I quote from her blog

on doing the dishes:

“Doing the dishes” is a practice of learning to love the action that is in front of you. Your inner voice or intuition guides you all day long to do simple things such as doing the dishes, driving to work, or sweeping the floor. Allow the sanctity of simplicity. Listening to your inner voice and then acting on its suggestions with implicit trust creates a life that is more graceful, effortless, and miraculous.”

Day One

This is going to be a two month experiment in blogging. Just trying to figure out how blogging can help in professional development.

So the first thing I did was check out a list of successful blogs and some of the ones I liked were Heidi’s

101 cookbooks. there are blogs about parenting, blogs about boxing… endless list. Huffington Post made political blogging hot. There are blogs devoted to celebrity gossip and the Drudge Report which brought out the Clinton-Lewinsky affair. There are bloggers blogging about food, their sex life, their relationships, their fashion choices.

I wrote to Nik Peachey,  Learning Consultant Trainer and Teacher:

He has written an article on how he uses social media for professional development:
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Thats it for now