Lumuhuku

Arbitary Obsessionist's Blog : Ambition is redundant. In life, mission is everything.

Posts Tagged ‘Blog

Real meaning of 48 hours & visuals from my trip to South India

with 15 comments

What are 48 hours? Nothing much. Just 2 days. This is the obvious response that I expect from any normal person. And even I was such a normal person till now.

But thanks to a train journey to Chennai, I realized what 48 hours actually meant.

My organization decided to send me to Chennai for some work and I swear that the first things that came to my mind was coconuts & lungis(!) [Nothing personal here] I was excited at the prospect of going to Chennai as I had never gone so south in my life! Also, this shall help me add another city to the growing list. [Note – One of my aims of life is to visit 100 Indian cities. Read other such aims here]

And the train route which IRCTC’s site had allowed me to take, was about 2500 Kms, starting somewhere in Rajasthan, then passing through Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh & finally to Tamil Nadu. And though my decision of not taking my laptop with me was born out of sound reasoning like ‘why take a liability while travelling’ & ‘security’, I did realise about the graveness of my mistake, much later on.

It is very rightly said that when you don’t want to get bored, then the entire universe conspires to bore you. I had my reservation in II AC; which unluckily got upgraded to IAC. And that too in a coupe! Now, it was not me, but my fate that decided that, Dev will spend his entire journey talking to just one person who would him in the coupe, and not many like there are in IInd or IIIrdAC. And apart from Ahmedabad, there were no big stations in route to Chennai. Luckily, I grabbed this opportunity, and bought a fiction. Chetan Bhagat’s 2 States.

For those who have already read it, might recollect that a major chunk of the book is written with Chennai as the background. And this was indeed a great help to me, as I could make tentative plans about places to visit in Chennai. [Thanks Chetan...your book acted as a guide book for me].  And let me add a nano-book-review here – 2 States is much better than One Night @ Call Center & 3 Mistakes of my life. But still, not as magical as Five Point Someone. Though, I strongly recommend this book.

Only problem with the book was, that I devoured it in less than 4 hours. And I was left with nothing but magazines, some songs in mobile and an old person besides me to communicate. And I still had more than 1500 Kms still to go.

This was the point when I realised that sleep is also a means of entertainment in such a long journey. Though I don’t sleep much, I had no better options. So I slept. I slept whenever I had nothing else to do. And just imagine how frustrating it would be to have someone staring at you continuously? This act was performed by a Tamil Nadu Tourism’s poster depicting a tiger, which had huge eyes staring out of the poster all the time. It was terrible.

One night when I was about to doze off…it just came to my mind, that apart from a stupid update, I had not written a post for a long time. My blog was in a sort of dead state. Somehow, after my Desert Bike Trip post, I did not have any inspiration to write. But, as they say, out of desperation, courage is born, so is this post. In the middle of night, I started writing this post in ink and paper…

[Please don’t analyse my writing – Its universally known to be pathetic]

So, after travelling in train alone (effectively though), I did eventually realise that 48 hours is something huge. It is actually a lot of time. I don’t want to give a lecture here, but we can utilize our time in ways that are unimaginable. Time is power. Real power.

I finally did reach Chennai, after, you guessed it…48 hours on train. And frankly speaking, I have never before been so happy to see a railway station.

And after reaching the city, I travelled as much as I could. Went to Marina Beach, T. Nagar, another beach whose name I cant remember, Mahabalipuram, Kovalam beach and likes…

Below are some of the pictures which I shall share with the readers…

Marina Beach – Chennai

Mahabalipuram [Above & Below]

Mahabalipuram Beach

Kovalam (Not the one in Kerala ;-) )

And just to make it sure that I don’t have any lack of reading material, I bought some of these…

:-) And once I finished my journey, I realized that I was not wrong in buying these :-)

And by the way, Chennai is much more about Coconuts & lungis…its a beautiful place and a lovely city. Though language was a problem for me. But it had its own charm. ;-)

[P.S. – After Chennai, I went to Bengaluru & Ahmedabad...but I have no pictures to share from there due to reasons known to the virus which fell in love with Bengaluru & Ahmedabad pics.] :-)

Crossing the 5th Digit for the first time…

with 15 comments

Ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to announce a new milestone for my blog ‘Lumuhuku’.

Lumuhuku has crossed 10,000 visitors today.

And to mark this occasion, I have put a new .gif on the top of the widget bar on the right. Now you can check out the blog 24 hours.

Yes we are open 24 hours a day!! ;-)

Cheers

Cheers to Lumuhuku!!

Written by Dev

March 10, 2009 at 1:35 am

What should a blogger do when he/she has nothing else to do?

leave a comment »

Now this might have happened to you. Atleast it does happen to me and that too very frequently. ;-) So what should, or rather what can a blogger do when he is not posting stuff on his blog?

Scratching HeadScratch your head.
Believe me, this sometimes works wonders. It seems that when you scratch your head, the brain juices start flowing and bingo! you have an idea to better spend your time. And it feels pretty good too. ;-) And if you get bored of scratching your own head, try scratching the nearest guy’s head.

 

Watch TV and think about your blog being declared the ‘Best National Blog’.
Amen.

Call a random telephone number and tell the unknown person about the advantages of reading your blog.
OMG!!

Try explaining to your dog about your blog.
And if your dog seems to be getting drowsy, just think about your readers… ;-)

Post a comment on other’s blog that their blog is showing PORN in header images
Isn’t it interesting and wicked??

Go and sleep.
Nobody is going to die if you don’t write.

Let your blog go to hell (for a while).
Even you won’t die if you don’t write.

 Dev the Devil Click to know more about the devil.

DISCLAIMER: Hey, did you take me seriously?? A lot of these suggestions are really dumb, so don’t take them seriously!!


Share this post :

Written by Dev

October 24, 2008 at 12:24 am

57 Ways to Get More Traffic to your Blog

with 5 comments

Now if you thought that – “Just write and they will come” is the magic formula to bring tons of traffic to your blog, then you couldn’t have been more wrong.

I agree that CONTENT IS THE KING. But king needs ministers as well as administrative staff to run his empire. So even if you have good content, your ministers and administrative staff need to work hard. And who are they? PROMOTION OF YOUR BLOG!!…. that is you need to promote your blog well.

Here are some ways by which you can become a well-read and influential blogger who is loved by search engines like Google and sites like Technorati.

My list has been prepared from a number of sources like Seth Gobin and the likes and a few ones from me too…

So, you ready to handle ‘uncontrollable’ traffic?

crowd

You sure?

So here is my list…  

  1. Write a post that includes one of your older posts (with links obviously).
  2. Ask questions from your readers or set some sort of a poll.
  3. Write a Links Round-Up which includes the best posts in the blogosphere about a specific topic.
  4. Write about your blog’s achievement over the past week.
  5. Blog on what your readers can do if they don’t have anything to blog about in the weekend. 
  6. Keep track of blogs and leave comments on them.
  7. Write posts with resources or explaining how things work or how things can be used efficiently. Useful things get linked to and they get onto del.icio.us, which is far better long-term than a digg front page.
  8. Inform search engines and aggregators like Technorati using the ping services like Ping-O-Matic , Pingoat when your blog is updated.
  9. Simplify.  Write posts that simplify complex stuffs. People looking for more help or clarification on that subject will land on your blog.
  10. Participate in conversations on related blogs. Start conversations on your own blog. Don’t just post about a story and leave it at that, engage your audience, ask questions and call to action.
  11. Comment on blogs, write useful content and make good friends on forums.
  12. You must be active to generate traffic. Post comments on other blogs that are related to yours, and post your site link in your signature at the forums. Spread the word about your blog and it will certainly attract readers.
  13. A great tip for generating traffic is to add your blog as your email’s signature.
  14. Read lots of other blogs. Leave trackbacks.
  15. Leverage social bookmarking sites like Digg
  16. Leave comments on other blogs.
  17. Post 3-5 times a day (if you can – :-) )
  18. Participate in Yahoo Answers and LinkedIn Answers where you can demonstrate your expertise, get associated with relevant keywords and put your URL out there.
  19. Be the first to write a post about the ‘Top Ten Blogs’ in your niche. The post will rank highly in any general search for blogs in your niche and other bloggers in your niche write about the post and link to it.
  20. Don’t forget your archives. Just post a roundup of all that you did in last month or quarter.
  21. Write something controversial.
  22. Find the best blogs on your niche and contact the authors. Introduce yourself and send a link of your blog. This might help them to discover your blog, read it and possibly link to it. 
  23. Use lists. Everyone loves lists.
  24. Learn enough to become the expert in your field.
  25. Post Breaking News.
  26. Be timeless… write posts that will be readable in a year.
  27. Share your expertise generously so people recognize it and depend on you.
  28. Include eye candies.
  29. Tag your posts. Use del.ico.us.
  30. Coin a term or two.
  31. Use photos.
  32. Encourage your readers to Digg your posts.
  33. Encourage your readers to subscribe by RSS.
  34. Write a series of related posts
  35. Assume that every day is the beginning, because you always have new readers.
  36. Point to useful but little-known resources.
  37. Write about Google.
  38. Have relevant ads that are atleast as good as your content.
  39. Write about blogging.
  40. Digest the good ideas of other people, all day, every day.
  41. Post on weekdays, because there are more readers.
  42. Write about different topics so you that don’t bore your readers.
  43. Post on weekends, because there are fewer new posts.
  44. Be patient.
  45. Give credit to those that inspired, it makes your writing more useful.
  46. Don’t write much about emotions like Love. It comes down as boring to those who are not very emotional. (And most are not).
  47. Write stuff that people want to read and share.
  48. Create link clusters within your blog. A link cluster is a group of links that you can point at a post or page to improve its search engine ranking.
  49. Invite your readers to connect with you on StumbleUpon and Facebook and other similar services.
  50. Save your best posts for the best times of the week.
  51. Stop writing about yourself. Start solving problems. Surfers become readers when a blog provides something that is wanted. A casual visitor may read your blog because they find training, answers to problems, entertainment, or something else they want.
  52. Subscribe to the feeds of your industry’s major players. That way, you won’t miss important news releases. When news breaks in your industry, there will be a lot of extra traffic searching for information on the event. Adding your thoughts will almost always generate extra traffic.
  53. Use interesting titles.
  54. Answer your email and comment questions. Nothing will show a reader that you care more than answering an question (even if you have already answered that question 100 times on your site).
  55. Write Posts That People Will Want To Read.
  56. Optimize Your Posts for Search Engines.
  57. Finally – Try Helping out by your blog. I swear this is going to generate good traffic. Believe me.

So here are the 58 ways in which traffic can be increased to another orbit. If you have any more suggestions, leave it here as a comment and I will acknowledge it by adding it in the future lists along with your name and link…

Happy bloggin’ (but remember – Traffic is not everything)


Share this post :

Written by Dev

October 4, 2008 at 12:15 am

100+ visitors a day & 1000+ visitors within 15 days!!

with one comment

Congratulations!! (to me ofcourse) for getting 100+ visitors in a day , for the first time on my blog. On 15th September 2008, traffic touched a 3 figure mark.

Whew…I was always waiting for this to come.

And that’s not all….Lumuhuku even moved from 0 to 1000 visitors within 15 days!! I agree that these figures are nothing to boast about, when compared to many popular blogs. But I am very happy to get to these checkpoints…

Decision I took about 15 days back, to move to WordPress seems to be a good one. Thanks WordPress for an exciting population of eager readers..

Cheers to Lumuhuku…

Let their be love…

Written by Dev

September 15, 2008 at 6:55 pm

Posted in Blogging

Tagged with , , , , , , ,

My First Post !!!

leave a comment »

Hello earthlings and aliens and who all are out there…


As you know, this is my first post. Though I had been planning to start my blog but, as usual, laziness got the better of me…
But now, I am here sharing my thoughts – good and dark ones as well, thinking, adapted stuffs I like and all crap…
LuMuHuKu !!!
But why LuMuHuKu… because I love you, I miss you, I want to hug and kiss you… ;-)
Yes, because you are still reading my post and you deserve all my affection.

Why I write this blog?

It is because as a great human, it is my moral duty to spread great ideas.
Hey! I may not be great right now, but future definitely belongs to people like us voicing ourselves.

You might be thinking, what crap is this guy saying?
Then I would say that you please look at the top right corner of screen.
See a box with a cross?
Press it. And ‘EUREKA’ you have got rid of me.

And if I still have any readers left OR you plan delaying your ‘cross pressing’ activity, then do read my post…
And I commit I will do my best not to disappoint you…and also I promise to Love, Miss, Hug and Kiss your comments on my posts…

Lumuhuku…

Dev

 

 

Written by Dev

June 27, 2007 at 6:52 am

Posted in Blogging

Tagged with , , ,

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 37 other followers