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Hello my fellow bloggers and readers, I do hope you’re doing well and I apologize for my absence for the past week. However, as I sat down on pc to surf )or rather waste ūüėČ ) another few hours aimlessly, I stumbled upon an article that talked about the human body language.

Curious to know more, I started to read it and found out that you cannot trust a person who scratches his/her nose, as they are bound to be lying! Hmm, now how do you say so? Well according to the article, it the person has the urge to cover up the truth, it would be to obvious if we tell it on the face, thus they resort to scratching their nose as a camouflage!!!

Now, I was wondering what would the person be saying if he digs his nose? Hmm… I don’t think I want to know as yet!!!

Nevertheless, I did find out that people are now becoming judged and judgemental these days. We always take note of what people think of ourselves-¬†the way we look, talk, walk, behave, etc… and we too judge other people on various categories…

Apart from the way you dress and speak, the process of judging a persons intellect is through his online presence.

What we write, blog, scrap, tweet, post, etc have all come under the scanner and this is most prominent in the case of a prospective employment.

Employers nowadays look at the candidates’ online and virtual presence. Their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blog, Discussion Forums, etc.. are all being examined to see if the person whom you wish to recruit is trustworthy and loyal enough.

There have been many cases of public spats that have taken an ugly twist because of the wrong things said or rather “written” online!

It has now come to a point where the Internet is now¬†a solid proof of evidence in legal impediments. Since we are now actually “published” ( God, I hope that soon happens in Paperback or Hardbound as well ūüėČ !), the things we write or speak can now be officially taken as evidence of our wrongdoing, if any.

Thus, it has become a valid point that we need to exercise caution while we are on the wire. However critics ( and by this I mean, my ever-thinking brain ūüôā ) argue that it now has hampered the freedom of speech.

With the invention of the internet, there was a great hullaballoo over the increase in the freedom of speech amongst the common man. But over the years, with the spate of developments, I personally feel that it has hampered our growth and now is questioning even our basic right of expression.

Concluding, each has his/her own view-point with regards to this issue. The Internet is by far the strongest tool to bring about social change ( proven in the Case of the Egypt Uprising) but What do you feel?

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Today’s blog post deals with an interesting article that I came across in our the national dailies here yesterday.

For those of you who don’t know about the literary circuit here in India; although I myself am not that much conscious about; the annual Jaipur Literary Festival has come to a close last week bringing about an interesting take on books, literature and the written word.

Well although I don’t attend such festivals owing to my impatience to finish a full book, the irony is that I aspire to get some of my works published. How sadistic is that ūüėČ ! I want everyone to read my work, but don’t want to read works by others. Well, lets leave it for another blog post, shall we???

The author of the article had brought some really interesting excerpts, and other happenings that took place there. Apparently it came to a conclusion that “technology” literally reprogrammed the written word. With an extravagant presence of Kindle’s and the iPad’s, he quoted that there was a debate that revolved around the challenge these gadgets pose to books in general.

He further went to add that handheld gadgets like those above-mentioned, allow users to download e-books and “speed read” them. He went to quote Author Richard Foreman who coined up with a phrase that describes us as to how and why we prefer to flaunt our glitzy¬†tech toys rather than the ill-smelling yet intellectually fulfilling books.

The word used in connotation with the debate was called the “Dumb Down effect”. With the advent of the Internet we as human beings “skim the surface of a variety of interests and subjects at the same time rather than delve deep into a particular discipline.

“Be a Master of one, rather than a Jack of all trades”

The above mentioned quote was what immediately came to my mind¬†as I read on¬†with “rapt attention”.¬†The article also highlights that rather than aiding us, technology is making us more “unintelligent”¬†( Now that’s not very nice ūüėČ )

According to a 2008 report commissioned by the¬†British Library titled ‘Information Behaviour of the researcher of the future” it quotes that “Deep log studies show that people exhibit a strong tendency towards shallow, horizontal, ‘flicking’ behaviour in digital libraries. Society is dumbing down”

I do in fact completely agree with the report. Gone are the good old days of poring over piles of books and journals for our research, whereas now with the click of a button we have report ready (cut-copy-paste) in a jiffy!!!

Literacy expert Maryanne Wolf says that the style of reading promoted by the Net puts “Immediacy” and “efficiency” above all else. She also goes to add that the Net may be in fact weakening our capacity for the kind of deep reading that emerged when an earlier technology, the printing press, made long and complex words of prose commonplace.

The Internet has extended to be a part of our cognitive thinking in modern times, that we completely rely on it for various needs. Never has any other such communication system exerted such an influence as the Net.

Harvard educated author Nicholas Carr argues that the Internet grants us easy access to unprecedented amounts of info but a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that, with its constant distractions and interruptions, it is also turning us into scattered, superficial thinkers.

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The advantage of having information at our fingertips does indeed come with a price.

“The Net is a¬†fulfilling partner but a dangerous one,lulling you into a false sense of security.”

The Net offers the ultimate distraction, you can be alone and yet amidst a crowd, isolated but still part of a community.

Recent studies conducted by scientists depict results that are worrisome. Studies show that those who read text studded with links, as on the Net, comprehend far less than those who read traditional linear text. Also, people who are continuously distracted by emails, alerts and other messages absorb less than those who are able to concentrate.

The common factor is division of attention rather than undivided attention!

The depth of our thoughts, memories and even our personalities sticks on our ability toi focus our mind; when we’re constantly distracted and interrupted, we become processing units collecting disjointed bits of info.

While some argue that intelligence has in fact increased the level of intelligence even amongst the illiterate, others counter-argue that the literates have now “dumbed down”¬† ( Ouch!¬†ūüôā )

In the never-ending¬†contest between the text typed or the written word, the written word is now taking a backseat while technology is basking in the glory created by the awe of millions of people around the world. However as a popular saying goes “What goes up, must come down!”, there might be a situation wherein we lose access to technology at some point of time in the future. We will then be able to come to a conclusion.

The article concludes with the following quote: “A Paperback now has now ‘wow’ factor; A kindle or iPad does!”

And I completely agree… Don’t be Dumb ūüėČ

PS: Oh, and this post was written by a person who wants or aspires to purchase an iPad sometime in the near future ūüėČ !!!

Well I guess I’m probably the first and the fastest person to break a resolution in Blogosphere! If you all had remembered, I post¬†sometime back that I would post at least 3 posts a week, but lazy me I manage to get only one post a week!

Well we do have our personal commitments plaguing us on a daily basis, that it just makes me very difficult to find a time to sit in front of the Personal Computer and start a post. Another everlasting question that I have in my mind is about what to blog today!

I don’t want to be another one of those people who clog your “ever-growing” inbox space with my rants and so I see it positively that I do send you just one post a week, so you guys can rejoice!!!

Nevertheless one unending problem that I face, although am not sure if anyone else faces it, is with regards to categories and tags!? I find it extremely tough to add categories and tags to each blog post that I write and eventually publish. Although WordPress has several options to convert and interchange them both, I still am yet to solve this puzzle ( Kinda resembles the National Treasure movie series, right?)

And especially with people like who us who are yet to get “Freshly Pressed” but aspire to be so soon, it frustrates us as we are still not aware as to how do we tag our blog posts so that not just people from WordPress but people from all across Blogosphere do pay our blogs a visit.

Adding woes apart from the above is when people you “follow” don’t bother to follow you back. I did read somewhere that “Blogging should be mutual”, yet the whole essence of “being mutual” goes for a toss when we don’t hear back from other people whose blogs you follow, comment and like their posts.

It does pain to see such people present here, and such kind of people don’t bother to visit your blog even if you do follow theirs diligently and I mean with subscription!

Another misery that start-up bloggers face is when you comment on a Freshly Pressed blog post! They sound rather obnoxious and don’t simply bother to reply back.

Freshly Pressed or An Utter Mess?

Although I do agree that they might be overwhelmed a bit with a huge inflow of comments et al, but for how many days will they be receiving them- one or two days at the most- after that they can definitely pay a return visit back to the blogs of the commentators as a courtesy.

After all they should realize that other bloggers don’t have any need to come to their blog and post a comment!

Another reason of concern for “start-up bloggers” is of Statistics! At the beginning, I was seemingly bothered by this! I would be bogged with concern about how many people visited and commented about my posts!

However now, I just don’t bother! It’s completely their wish now! If they do want to follow mine and post a comment, they are always welcome ūüôā I have crossed a 1000 hits since August 29th when I began my blog, and that seems more than enough for me! I don’t mind if only 1 person who reads my blog, I feel positive that I need to blog for that 1 person at least!!!

Yet another final cause for worry is the will to write! There are times when not just me but even others feel about the spirit of blogging!

“When no one bothers to pay us visit, they why do we bother to even write a blog!”

Just trash that attitude and remember that your blog is yours and it doesn’t matter if no one visits it! Think of it as a virtual diary ( That’s what I do!) and am sure someday in the future you will recollect back golden memories from your blog…

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The title is definitely not my phone number or the “measurements of an incredibly overweight woman”.. I am celebrating the inception of me ( and definitely not the movie INCEPTION!!!) I¬†crashed into the Internet and WordPress¬†around 50 posts ago, thanks to my friend Addy.. Seems ages!!!

Well, the first paragraph was written by my blog! This is officially my 50th blog post. I’ve got around 700+ hits and 65 odd comments on my blog since I started it at the end of August 2010!

Its become a sort of obsession, hasn’t it? Amongst us bloggers? To boast about our “statistics”! We keep checking on our blog everyday to see how many have seen,commented, liked our posts and eventually boast about it to our friends,family, neighbours, the man at the cash counter at the nearby grocer’s or the waitress at the local restaurant!!!

I mean, we just can’t seem to get enough of our blog and our writing. We need to publicize it and so we add Facebook, Twitter and other links wherein readers can share our posts (I however doubt it if they share mine???)

Yet, we still sometimes don’t bother about writing anything on our blog for a long time and eventually let the blog to survive on bits and pieces of our writing.

Blogging has become an indispensable tool to bring about change! Writing is fine, but having a blog, writing something extraordinary, getting people to follow, like and eventually support and subscribe to your blog is definitely something huge. I am here representing all those bloggers who have not yet been “Freshly Pressed” and have not had that much of a fan following… People, don’t be disheartened, you have it in you to do what you want on your own free will!

Give more passion into what ou write about and am sure other successful¬†things can follow! A blog can actually catapult you to fame if any influential people see it – you may actually be considered for a coveted post that you may even not be aware…

Thus, just don’t be bothered about the number of subscriptions and just keep scripting your success story for the few who want to see it..

Seasons Greetings…

My Dearest Blog,

7th December 2010

My Dearest Blog,

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† I hope this letter finds you in the best of your life –¬†both professional(technical) and personal(Literary). Its been a really long time since I heard from your end. The last time I heard any news from you was only in August when I had referred you to a job in a company that I knew.

Did you take up WordPress’ offer of a “Junior Pressed Executive”? Have you settled into the company? Hope they are treating you well…

Belated Thanksgiving wishes as well.. Did you go and see your parents in “Publishville“? I also hope that you liked the dress(background/theme) that I had sent you for your Birthday. I picked up the “Motion Dress designed by Sam Ideas” since you are a big fan of his designs and your favorite colors are blue and green.

How these 3 odd months have flown by, I still don’t understand! Its was only 4 months back that we met each other at the Internet Explorer Bar over drinks. And we clicked immediately, we shared a common passion of writing and communication!

Try and visit us for the Christmas vacations so that we can catch up, have “An Arattai”¬†and I can introduce¬†you to some of my friends like Facebook and Twitter amongst others including Digg, Stumbleupon, Reddit, etc.. All of hem “share” a common interest, which is nothing but Writing.

Expecting your reply soon.

Best Wishes,

Your Friend,

Addy

PS: Oh, and has it started “snowing” there?

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9th December 2010

Dearest Addy,

              I profusely apologize for the delay in my response to you. I will always be indebted to you for our kind help in referring me a job especially when the economy is facing a downward trend.

I did get the job, and your dress that you sent also played a crucial role in me getting the job. I wore to my interview, and my good luck, I got selected immediately!!!

I wanted to inform you before, but the work was building up. Since the other person who was in my post had left all of a sudden, WordPress¬†wanted me to join and start work as soon as possible. Work has been hectic over the past couple of months, but I’ve been able to adjust. Have been on my toes, meeting targets, talking to people,etc.. However I have to add I will¬†be receiving a promotion to a “Freshly Pressed Manager” soon!!!

WordPress was impressed by my performance of  receiving close to 600 odd sales(hits) in little less than 3 months, so they decided to offer me this post. Am really happy and this all because of you, so Thanks a lot!!!

Yes, Thanksgiving went on as usual, I did visit my parents Mr.Draft and Mrs. Preview Draft in Publishville, however I was in for a rude shock when my dad had a mild “spam attack“!

So we had to rush him to Upgrade Hospital. After several scans and pre-med procedures, Dr.Dashboard suggested that he undergo a “Trasho Spam Removal Treatment“. They found that his “linking and attachment arteries were blocked due to the spam attacks.” He did have a successful operation and now doing fine. He has to continue having “Akismet” tablets to prevent and cure any spam from further attacking him.

I will definitely visit you and we can have “An Arattai” with you, FB, Twitter, etc.. Maybe we cold even¬†start a club/society with our friends called “Blogroll Inc.” What say?

Yes the weather forecast says that it will continue to snow till the 4th of January.

Give my best regards to your family as well. See you soon.

Thanks,

Seasons Greetings!

Your friend,

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