Friday, September 20, 2013

BLOG AWAY WORKSHOP - My Views on Blogging Part 2 - HOW TO BLOG

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

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. 
Here is Part 1 - HOW TO BLOG

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A fellow blogger commented on my blog and asked me how I manage to blog so frequently. 

This is a question many bloggers ask me and maybe it will be a good idea to write a post about it here in my blog.

Well, I have got one attribute (well, this attribute may be a quality or shortcoming depending on how you look at it):

Whatever I do I try to do passionately with regularity and sincerity 

If I am not passionate about something I try to avoid doing it rather than doing it half-heartedly.

I have been passionate about many things in life - reading, writing, studying, swimming, food, walking, movies  - and I used to do these things regularly and sincerely - even so-called “vices” like going to the races and drinking which I was once passionate about. 

If you are passionate about something you will always make time for it.

I addition to blogging, I am passionate about my pet dog Sherry so I automatically make time for her.

One more thing.

I do not believe in half-heartedness in whatever I do.

I always believe that it is better to do a thing thoroughly rather than superficially

Earlier during my drinking days I used to enjoy my drinks every day. 

At a Blogger Meet in Pune last year, someone asked me how I blog everyday.

I candidly answered that earlier I used to drink every day. 

Then 10 years ago, one fine day, I quit drinking. 

This left me with two sober hours every evening. 

So I started blogging every evening (in lieu of drinking). 

Earlier, I used to drink regularly. 

Now, I blog regularly.

I believe in the adage:


You must put your heart into whatever you are doing.

So if you love something you will enjoy doing it so much that it will become effortless and you will experience a sense of timelessness.

How do you recognize what is your passion?

This is the litmus test: 

If you feel timelessness when you do something than that is your passion

When pursuing your passion, you will lose all sense of time - hours will pass and you will not even realize it. 

I knew a man for whom angling (fishing) was a passion. He would sit for hours, the entire day, with his fishing hook in the water beside a secluded lake. 

“How boring?” everyone would say, but the man was thoroughly enjoying himself fishing even if did not catch a single fish.

Some enjoy reading, some cooking, some love sports like Golf, some love trekking - people have different passions.

Blogging is my passion. 

When I blog I lose all sense of time.

When I blog I feel happy and all charged up. 

And when I am happy I cannot be sad or worried at the same time.

Blogging generates positive vibes in me. 

And these positive vibes keep me healthy and good cheer.


In order to write or to blog you have to think interesting thoughts. 

Conversely, when you write or blog your mind will always be filled with interesting thoughts.

Here is a definition of “happiness”:

Happiness is when you think interesting thoughts

So, Dear Fellow Blogger - Keep Blogging and Be Happy

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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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