Friday, September 20, 2013

BLOG AWAY WORKSHOP - My Views on Blogging Part 1 - A BLOG A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY

The Pune International Literary Festival (PILF) is being held on 20, 21 and 22 September 2013 at MIT Campus Kothrud Pune. 

Click the link below to see the program schedule in a new window:


On Saturday morning, 21 September, from 10 am to 11 am, I will be participating in a BLOG AWAY workshop. 

So I thought that it would be apt for me to re-post on my blog some of my earlier writings on blogging which I had posted on my blogs from time to time. 


(I wrote this long back - and posted it on my blog more than 3 years ago, in 2010, I think)

BLOG AWAY WORKSHOP  -  My Views on Blogging Part 1  

A BLOG A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY
By 
VIKRAM KARVE

If you don't blog (or if you are a newbie budding blogger) there is one movie you must see – Julie and Julia.

The story is about a woman who is thoroughly bored with life and is on the verge of depression. 

She hates her job at a call-centre. 

Her married life is stagnating. 

She is depressed as she feels that her life has become static and there is nothing to look forward to in her life.

Her husband introduces her to blogging and motivates her to start a blog.

He tells her to start blogging about anything she likes.

After considering various options, she picks up a cookbook The Art of French Cooking and decides to cook one recipe everyday and then blog about her culinary experience cooking that dish.

Gradually she has many readers and her blog becomes popular.

In fact, one day when she does not post a blog, her angry fans ask her why, and this inspires her to make a commitment to herself and her readers to be regular in posting a blog. 

Now she has something to look forward to everyday – to cook a recipe and then write and post a blog about her culinary experience every day.

She starts feeling motivated and happy as her blog draws lots of readers, elicits numerous comments and evokes tremendous response, makes her famous, and finally culminates in her becoming a published author. 

Her days of depression are a long way off – a forgotten thing of the past.

That is the beauty of blogging. 

It gives you something to look forward to – yes, something to look forward to do every day. 

Once you start enjoying blogging you will not sleep until you have posted something on your blog.

Blogging will make you happy as they say that the key to happiness is to have something to look forward to.

And do remember that your blog is your literary and intellectual legacy in cyberspace for posterity – you may go away but your blog will remain forever.


FOUR AIMS OF LIFE

There are four things we all strive to do in our life

1. to live

2. to love

3. to learn  

4. to leave a legacy


FOUR STAGES OF BLOGGING

Likewise there are four stages to enjoying blogging:

1. Anticipation (looking forward to blogging)
  
2. Savouring the moment (enjoying the sheer pleasure of blogging and the joy of experiencing your creative juices flow)

3. Expression (sharing your creativity, interacting with fellow bloggers and friends in the blogosphere to heighten your experience)

4. Reflection ( harking back on your blogging experiences by re-reading your old blogs and comments of your fans for happy nostalgic memories).


A BLOG A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY

Start Blogging. Keep Blogging. 

Blogging will change your life for the better. You can take my word for it. You will feel happy as you will have something to look forward to every day. 

That is the beauty of blogging. 

It gives you something to look forward to – yes, something to look forward to do every day. 

Once you start enjoying blogging you will not sleep until you have posted something on your blog.

Blogging will make you happy as they say that the key to happiness is to have something to look forward to in life.

And do remember that your blog is your literary and intellectual legacy in cyberspace for posterity – you may go away but your blog will remain forever. 

Most importantly, blogging will make you feel good and keep you healthy.

They used to say: An apple a day keeps the doctor away

Maybe now they will say: A blog a day keeps the doctor away

VIKRAM KARVE 
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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer and blogger. Educated at IIT Delhi, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and an anthology of short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional  and academic research papers in journals and edited in-house journals and magazines for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing and blogging. Vikram Karve lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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