A published writer

Okay now am relaxing over the thought that am now a published writer in the good magazine UAE. A life time wish has finally become a reality. Having dreamt of becoming a published writer or journalist in a magazine or newspaper I started my journey towards the quest of educating myself as a journalist, having applied and successfully being selected to purse my studies at the Sri Lanka college of journalism in Colombo, I was not granted permission to attend colleges by my parents I was really frustrated and annoyed. I joined the British council library in Colombo to keep myself accompanied by books and gain knowledge in writing which I believed can be achieved from reading. The first book I went for was the 100 most influential women in the world. I was given the self-confidence on following my goals to achieve my target through inspiring stories in the book. All the 100 women in the book had their own story and they all did work hard to achieve their goals and succeed.  I was encouraged to keep writing and sending articles to newspapers and magazines. I wrote poems and short stories while I also wrote about my travel story and lists. I faced many rejections while I was also offered a few part-time jobs in a leading magazine in Sri Lanka though I had to refuse it as no permission was granted from home. Every book I read afterwards was mostly about adventure, mystery and romance. Most books also were about journalists and writers.
Finally I decided to look for a job that I can work from home but never found any which is why I created a blogger account and a word press account in the years 2010. I used my blogger account to create posts and pictures on my newly opened éclair factory while the WordPress account remained blank for a couple of years.
I had no idea on how a blog works nor have I read any articles or books about a blogger. As time went by my blogger account also went inactive with only a post.
Two years passed on and I had my goal of getting published temporarily hidden within myself. The hunt never stopped nor did I try. It was summer in Dubai when my brother-in-law suggested I start working online. He was talking about the leading jobs that were available for online working and frankly mentioned WordPress developers.  The word WordPress reminded me that I’ve got a blog that has been isolated for all these years. I decided to login but was finding it difficult to remember the password.  Thumbs up to todays technology that we can click on help or forgot password. I got my password sorted and logged in while researching and learning on whats a blog briefly. My first post was some pictures taken in Dubai. I posted a picture and was waiting impatiently until I received a like or comment. A week passed by and the first notification reached my inbox. Then started my addiction to blogging and the hunger for more topics on blogging and photographing to share. Every place I went reminded me of one thing and that was can I post this on my blog? What can I write on this post? And what can the headline be? Finally I am so glad that this free online platform WordPress has given me the advantage of getting published, sharing and learning. It’s not just focused on one subject nor country and that the biggest advantage.
Now I think back to my start and realise how well I have developed my writing skills, starting off with posting photographs now am capable of writing nearly 1500 words in a day within a couple of hours. Blogging has helped me a lot in shaping my career. I am now a published writer and a blogger.  To add some honey over the éclair I just got my very first recipe published in a magazine in Dubai and it’s the good magazine. Is there anything greater than getting published in a magazine for myself? I would say yes. Are you Wondering what? That is getting 100 likes to post on my blog. It is my next target and am working on it. I will reach my target soon.
Well here is review on to my published recipe.
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The picture from the real magazine while below is a pdf sent to me from the magazine editor.
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My inspiring quote of the day

The first step in blogging is not writing them but reading them. Jeff Jarvis

I agree totally to the above quote which I came across on the side bar soon after my new post.

one should read as many blog posts as possible to know what a reader likes to read and what are the most famous topics on blogs.

what does one like to write and why is another matter that every person who wants to blog should read and find out.

A Daily Post – My Road to blogging

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I was 19 when I started my diploma in computing and I was a very reserved person who had a few friends. I used to watch television dramas during my free time mainly my interest was in Hindi dramas. One such drama was praveena (kasautii zindagii Kay) a story about a women named praveena and her life. As usual the story was a mixture of family, love, relationships and career. Praveena was a media person it’s not that I loved the story but it was a mere amusement. It was about the job the main character and her co actors were involved on which was journalism according to the story and it was through that story I got to know what media was and what their responsibilities and duties are, after watching that drama I wanted to learn more about the real life media and journalism. I then started my search for knowledge of the journalism and media.
I started with news papers. During that time I dint own a mobile phone and dreamt of being a software engineer soon, I was not familiar with the internet although I was following a diploma in information and communication technology I only had access to a desktop computer.
After a year my dad gave his old mobile phone for me to use and that’s when I was introduced to the internet and came across WordPress while doing a random search for publishing articles online, by which time I was aspiring to be a famous writer.
I always wanted to write and share my articles. I wanted a wide range of audience. I created my first ever account on WordPress. I did publish only one article and dint know how to neither use nor customize a WordPress account. I missed track of my WordPress account after a few days and never logged in to my blog for a few years.
Many years went by spending time writing on books and saving them in my cupboard. A year before I got married and living abroad.
A few months before my brother-in-law was discussing about working online and the demand for WordPress software developers. Suddenly I remembered my blog and logged in to discover that I’ve forgotten my password, after a few steps I gained access to my blog. It was easy to start blogging as I did a good deal of research on blogging watched a few videos.
I listed down three points –
1. What is blogging?
2. What should I post?
3. How should I post?
Immediately I began going through a few blogs, learning about WordPress and published my first ever blog post. It was a recipe and I dint have much plans except to see how things worked and what exactly people like to see on my blog.
I was impatiently waiting for a couple of days and on the third day I had a message in my inbox. As I opened my mail I was really happy and overwhelmed with joy as if I succeeded in my lifetime ambition.
Yes, I did! All I wanted was to write and get a great deal of audience to my blog and share with them my interest, my passion and my skills.
I was so happy that I sent my husband a message with a link to my blog within a week I started getting a few visits and only one like.
I did not give up, I was satisfied with that one like.
I told myself, this is enough you can get through maf.
Blogging is for every one of us the trick is to know the expectations of our audience and who they are?
There is no rule that one should have a degree to post an article on a blog and you don’t have to get your articles approved by an editor to publish it. That is what I love about blogging, the freedom of expression with the freedom to post all articles in our own style is what this wonderful blogging platform provides. Hats off to the WordPress team.
After many posts and following my fellow bloggers I came across the challenges. I love challenges and badly wanted to be a part of one challenge. The first time I entered was with the help of a fellow blogger whom I have never met except via WordPress asked her a few tips on how to participate on writing challenge. The main aim I wanting to enter a challenge was to be featured and freshly pressed on WordPress. We all do want our posts to be freshly pressed don’t we?
So did I and started writing and posting articles and pictures on a writing or photo challenge. I always believed that my posts are worth to be freshly pressed and every time I see other posts being featured on freshly pressed I was rather disappointed but determined to post something even better the next time.
I was wandering around with many questions and I believe each and every blogger should find an answer to the questions below –
1. My first question was why should I be disappointed if I am not freshly pressed?
2. What have I received on participating in the weekly challenges?
3. What do I really want from blogging?
4. Why do I blog?
5. Haven’t I received a large number of audiences within this short period of frequent blogging?
6. Isn’t a few likes and views more than enough as a first step in my blogging life?
7. Have I posted goo quality articles and pictures to suit my audience?
8. Isn’t getting a good amount of views from bloggers around the world my only aim?
9. Haven’t I improved my writing skills by participating in weekly writing challenges?
10. Do I need to be freshly pressed to be happy?
I found answers to each question as went through other blogs. I have more reasons to be happy than being freshly pressed.
On top of all I have improved my writing and blogging skills, interacted with many people from around the world, and shared many posts that my audience liked and what more can I expect.
Yes if I was freshly pressed that would be one of my achievements.
But I have received many views and many likes for posts that I have published as a participant of a weekly challenge, that’s what I wanted.
All I wanted through blogging is to improve my writing skills, share my passion, my knowledge and socialize with people around the world and I have achieved my target. Now I know what I want, and have got a clear idea on which I should focus.
I am an addicted blogger. I love blogging.
I know many of us might think the same way as I did about being freshly pressed as our only aim and that’s because we are addicted bloggers.
Dear valuable readers,

Don’t worry if you are freshly pressed or not. All that matters are why you started blogging and what have you done to reach your aim? If your time comes you will get freshly pressed until then participate, post and have fun.
Life has thought me many lessons but blogging has given me a great deal of experience which I wouldn’t have gained if I wasn’t a blogger.
I am now a happy guest blogger, the author of shopaholic’s diary on WordPress and a freelance writer.
My friends ask me what I do and my answer is ” I Blog”.
My life was always filled with books and I spent most of my weekends at the British council library going through every shelf. The amazing interior and peaceful atmosphere at the British council library encouraged me to stay there longer and I enjoyed every moment. Now I live in another country where the British council library is not available and I have no time for libraries but I spare most of my time for blogging.
I would like to mention last but not least that this is my first ever post with more than 1000 words and I have discovered that anyone can write any amount of words if they write it passionately.
Guys if you’ll love blogging as much as I do, copy and paste the badge in your blogs if you wish (just for fun).
Happy blogging to all you guys!!!

Weekly writing challenge : Freelancing Do’s & Don’ts

Working online to earn an extra income has become one of the most sought and enjoyable by many nowadays with the technology having developed and communication made easier.
As a result there are many trustworthy online working sites that provide services free of charge where people can post a job and apply for jobs.
Online working is mainly considered by many employers to get their work done at a very low-cost. Whereas many employees look for part-time jobs online mainly because they can work and earn during their free time at the comfort of their own home or office.
I have read some people describing that working online is their only source of income and their full-time job.
Some of them who work part-time are women and some do it as a hobby and make use of their talent.
Living in the modern world  where everything is almost a click away and communicating with people made easier with the  rapid use of Internet, laptops and mobile phones it’s never a hurdle to answer and keep in touch with whoever you want.
Communication is the key to success no matter if it’s your job, a relationship or friendship.
Communicating very often helps us build a very strong bond and trust amongst one another, which is mainly important while working online.
Employers trust the person who is willing to work for them in return the employee trusts the person whom he/she works for and completes the tasks he or she is assigned with confidence.
It is every employer’s duty to pay as he or she promised once the job is completed. It is also every employee’s responsibility to take jobs that he or she is capable of completing as promised.
Fake promises and low quality work not only gives you a bad reputation it also spoils the entire community where you live.
Here are some points to consider while working online for employees and employers which should be followed in order to build a long-lasting relationship and trust.

Do’s

  1. Always keep up to your word.
  2. Be punctual (if you agree to complete a task within a certain time period do complete before the said date and time) some appreciate your punctuality and pay bonus.
  3. Always commit yourself 100% to whatever work.
  4. Reply to any messages immediately and promptly (if you’re working online maximum reply within 24 hours) Remember employers appreciate quick responders and it’s also more important for an employer to respond regarding the job posting ASAP
  5. Always provide quality work with original content.
  6. If you are working for a client who has a good ranking in whatever site they are, do not request for an advance payment.
    • Showing people how much you trust them will make them keep the trust (this apply to all relationships)
  7. If you’re an employer remember  always update your posting, some employers post jobs and cancel by simply providing a reason after many days, in that way you’re wasting both parties time.
  8. Employers – always make sure to change the status of the job as selected a candidate if you already got someone from another source (there are  many who just post the job and don’t even bother the number of contractors who applied, nor feel any responsibility and never turn up).
  9. Before applying for a job online check the client’s profile.
  10. If you’re an employer always pay as you promised never ever run away with a completed task.

Don’ts

  1. Never promise something you are not capable of doing and unable to complete on time.
  2. Never request for an unreasonable amount when working online (remember you’re doing this to earn a part-time income and the clients also does have a particular budget for the job) most employers give priority for a reasonable fee or low-budget.
  3. Never plagiarise any content of any form (that’s really a cheap way to work). Technology has developed and there are many ways of testing contents for their originality.
  • It doesn’t matter whether you know the person who is working for you or if he is a first timer, building trust is very difficult and breaking a trust is very easy. Trust is like a mirror once you put it down and the glasses are shattered you can never paste it together, even if you try you’ll never look good in front of that mirror.  As some people say beauty is not in the appearance it all lays in character.  Being a trust worthy person is the most important character you should have as a person working online. The person at the other end cannot see you but they can understand you through your words. This applies to all sorts of relationship.

TRUST CANNOT BE EARNED BUT MONEY CAN.

I really enjoyed writing this article although this is my first time writing an article on this particular topic about the do’s and don’ts of freelancing it was really easy to compile this post. The main reason was I had a great deal of experience and knowledge regarding this topic which I discovered only after reading this weeks writing challenge.

I am an online writer who believes that trust is more important than money. what do you think?

All details in this article are my very own.