Chess, My thoughts, Personal

Unschooling Diaries #11 : Today was a Great Day!

Today was a great day. From many days I was struggling to find people to practise chess with. But today we connected with over 30+ plus people who live near my house and are ready to meetup to play chess! So how did this miracle happen? How we go from 0 people from months to suddenly 3 dozen people. 

So we can say one thing led to another. Last week I had gone to a chess tournament, over there we met someone and told him about our problem. So. he added us to a WhatsApp Group where all the chess parents of Bengaluru are there. He said us to post regarding our problem over there and we will probably find someone. So over one week had gone we didn’t post anything, but today we finally decided to start the conversation. All we suggested was are chess players living around Koramangala interested to meetup and play few games. That is it and under one hour the whole group was on fire! Everybody was responding. By afternoon there were 6 different groups for 6 different areas and over 100+ people in total.

Apparently everybody was facing this issue of offline playing practise. We ourselves were struggling from such a long time. And it took just a 2 simple steps to resolve it. The saying is true ” The best solutions are often simple yet unexpected.” Look around you, is there anything you are struggling with right now? Maybe talking to your neighbor, friend, or somebody will help. This is one thing I have learnt in life, and is now firmly engraved in my mind with what happened today. Talking to people always helps.

shopping, Travelling

5 Must Visit Street Shopping Destinations in Bangalore

We all love street shopping. Street shopping is a great way to get an idea of the local market and the regional prices. Everybody should be in tune with their district market. 

I always make sure to see the marketplace of the city I am visiting. Obviously living in Bangalore for so many years, I know many fashion street destinations. Let me share them with you today:-

Jayanagar 5th Block

Located only 2 kms from the historical Lalbagh Garden, Jayanagar 5th block and 4th block  is a renowned shopping destination. One storeyed houses, and showrooms mark the neighborhood. 

One of the most interesting things about it is its diversity.  On the same road you can get jeans for 5000 rupees and another one for just 100 rupees.

 If you want to visit branded shops then 4th block has it all from H&M to Zinc London. But instead if you are in mood for some bargaining then Jayanagar Shopping Complex is a haven for everything from fake jewelry to casual clothing. 

Silk shops and jewelry stores are also a trademark of this place. 

Mahatma Gandhi Road 

Mahatma Gandhi Road; definitely one of the most developed areas in bangalore. It is a great destination for a day outing with your friends or family. Cafes, restaurants, pubs, cloth shops, vendors give this place its special appearance. If you are in Bangalore this is definitely a must visit.

Despite its posh appearance, MG road has many affordable clothes shops as well. The experienced shopper knows. Just take a left turn, into a small lane, sprinkled with pubs and female attire stores. Heads up; it’s only cheap if you are an expert at bargaining. 

So grab your best friend, dress up, and get down at MG road Metro Station, shop and take some cool photos!

Chickpete

Chickpete is basically a wholesale market of clothes and dress material, located near the city market. City market has other wholesale areas of utensils, electrical stuff, motor parts, etc. Though I recommend going there with an expert, since it requires a lot of bargaining. One should also be familiar with the shops. Though you can also go there to simply visit. It is a very interesting place. It also has junk jewelry and western wear shops. Plus many food stalls. 

Many of my friends go there at least once a month, to buy household stuff. Since it is available for really cheap there.

Jyoti Nivas College Market

Jyoti Nivas Is a girls degree and PU college in Koramangala. Outside it there are many Street style clothes shops, footwear shops, food stalls, etc. It is very centrally located. JNC is only 1km from Forum Mall. The entire area is very good to roam and walk. There are shops of all kinds, plus many cafes, pubs, and restaurants.

Commercial Street

Commercial Street is one of the oldest and busiest shopping destinations of bangalore. It is famous for clothes, footwear, food joints, and electronic items. Buy cosmetics, purses, bangles, dinner sets, household items, and much more at this place. Since it is very centrally located there are also many retail shops surrounding it. If you are tired of bargaining, you can always head over there for some rest and air conditioning. 

Some food items you can find there are Chaat, dosa, idli, sandwiches, etc. There is also an abundance of aesthetic and old cafes there. Some of them being 

MDP Coffee House

Lakeview Milkbar

Champaca

Cafe Azzure

There are many things to do there beside shopping also, like;

Cubbon Park

Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium

Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum

Mahatma Gandhi Road

So, these were some of the most famous and best shopping destinations in Bangalore. I have been to almost all of them. Though, I have to say since I have also seen the markets of Bombay, Delhi, and Ahmedabad, Bangalore doesn’t even compare with them. To name a few, Janpat, Sarojni Nagar, and Karol Bagh in Delhi, Rani no Hajiro, Law Garden, Ratan Pole In Ahmedabad, Hill Road, Causeway, Linking Road in Bombay.  

Street shopping is not only good for your budget but also your street smartness. Shopkeepers though not always but frequently do try to fool their customers. I have personally learned a lot from going to local markets. One should take their kids to markets like these because there is a lot to learn from there, plus it is also really fun!

Do you enjoy street shopping too? Tell me in the comment section below.

Uncategorized, Writing

How  to Optimize your Content in Such a Way it Tops Search Engines

4 expert verified SEO tips you have to try out now

Firstly, what is SEO? SEO or Search Engine Optimization is a tool that helps make our content easily navigable, i.e it is used to top engine searches. For example, you have a cake shop, if you want more customers to visit it you will put the shop where it is easily visible to them. You won’t go and build it somewhere underground will you? SEO is our means of achieving that. My own website was topping engine searches of its name within an hour of creation. Read on to find out how. 

A brief introduction to keywords. 

Keywords are everything, all your seo depends on the choice,  frequency, and the correct usage of them.  Keywords are what a person types in search engines to find websites related to what they are asking for. For example, if someone ( potential visitor) typed ‘online cake shop’ all the websites optimized for this search will come on top.  Thus,  SEO is all about predicting what someone will type when searching, then incorporating that information properly in your content.  

  1. More is the key

Use keywords as much as possible, but stop before you start sounding repetitive.  Adding keywords in the title or in the preview line isn’t enough. Try incorporating these magic words wherever needed: In paragraphs, subtitles,  image descriptions,  Et cetera.  

  1. Search for related topics also

People won’t always use the same words while searching for a topic. Thus we need to broaden our keyword research if we want to get noticed. Use your creativity, think about what relates closely to your topic. For example: for an online cake store you can use words like ‘Birthday cake available online’ ‘cakes for special occasions’ ‘online cake delivery’ etc. Try incorporating these words properly in your content 

  1. Be specific

Small businesses and new websites should use ‘long tailed keywords’ and try to be more specific. Mainly because the search engines show results based on 2 criteria 1. SEO, 2. Views. Keeping this in mind it is more likely that for generalized searches like ‘kitchenware’, ‘best fashion blogs’, well established and big business will be preferred by the software. So what are the things you can do to be more specific? Use long-tailed words like, ‘stainless steel cooking utensils’ ‘latest fashion outfits and ideas for college girls’, Etc. 

  1. Some small tricks you should know

My teacher taught me a few tricks that some professionals don’t even know after years of experience. They have benefited me a lot. I hope you like them and make use of them in your writing.

  1. Add keywords in the file name of your images
  2. Put backlinks in the content
  3. Incorporate keywords in headings and subheadings

In conclusion, 

So guys this was it: My keyword guide which I have practiced religiously. Do give it a try and please write your suggestions and comments in the comment section below.

Writing

How to Improve Your English Without Reading Books

Plus a really great excuse to watch more movies

Communication skills are crucial in the modern world. From casting a good impression to writing professional emails, language plays a big role in everybody’s lives. It is commonly believed that reading a lot is good for our semantic ability. But books often fail to be very impressionable. And one might have to read a lot or for years before he/she notices any significant changes. Books no doubt have their own advantages, from calming the mind to building a strong linguistic foundation. But if you want to improve your writing, understanding, and speaking skills fast then read on to discover 4 fun and interesting ways to do so. 

  1. Join a content writing course

A content writing course is one of the best ways to improve your English. In fact, there are so many advantages that a separate article can be written about it. Some of the main pointers are listed below. 

  1. Writing improves vocabulary and spoken English
  2. It also boosts confidence while speaking
  3. Grammatical errors are completely obliterated
  4. Boosts creativity and imagination
  5. Important things like ad copy writing, SEO, and blogging are taught.
  6. Content Writing is also a great life skill

2.  Watch Movies and Sitcoms

We all love streaming movies, tv shows, etc. But our favorite pastime may have a secret benefit. Watching English movies and channels improves our spoken English significantly and fast. Our brain grasps information faster when listening to other people talk. Watching on platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime is better and less time-consuming than watching on TV. Even Youtube is a great option when you don’t have either. But remember to turn on the subtitles initially and off them once you can understand fluently on your own. 

3. Read whatever you like

Reading doesn’t necessarily mean books, it can be anything from magazines to even sports reports. Another good example of offhand reading can be Online articles and adcopys. Online articles help to keep up with the latest phrases and changes in the language. Plus they are also informative. Adcopys too have very concise and crisp language used in them. Reading is more effective when it is done with interest and motivation. 

4. Use Online Tools

Online tools and websites make learning a lot of fun. They are also great for schools and will help the children connect with the lesson better. Some examples being:-

  1. ABCya!.com
  2. Vocabulary.com
  3. Duolingo
  4. Grammarly

In summary

These were some easy, proof-tested, and entertaining ways to refine your language. Do try them and share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Writing

How to Earn your First 1000$ from Blogging

:-Sitting at home and with minimal investment

Writing has always been a form of art. In ancient times it was used as a way of expression. But with the invention of the internet, it is not only great storytellers and poets that writing can support but also common people like you and me. Now there are many great options like ad copywriting, content writing, blogging, etc. to choose from. Today we are going to focus on blogging and how to earn from it. 

What is Blogging?

A blog is anything self-published on the internet by an individual. It can be anything like essays, photos, videos, etc. A text blog can be of many types like personal, professional, educational, etc. One can start his or her blog by first creating a website. The steps of starting a blog are listed below:-

  1. Create a website from tools like WordPress or blogger .com
  2. Design a beautiful layout, it might not be perfect at first but don’t worry.
  3. Choose a blog name, topic, and site tagline.
  4. Promote it on social media and social networks.
  5. Start writing: remember good content is the key. 

Now that we have cleared what is a blog and how you can start one let us move on to how you can earn from one.

How to earn from a blog?

  1. Increase viewership –

The most basic step to start getting paid is to increase traffic to your site. This is true because of the following 3 reasons:-

i) Get paid based on viewers on websites like medium.com

ii)Increases payment by advertisements

iii) Increase blog value

A few steps to increase viewership are 

i) Ace SEO

ii) Promote on social media 

iii) Write quality content

Once your viewers have increased, try the following step.

  1. Premium  posts 

So instead of publishing all the posts for free, one is publishing some posts in a hidden category. The viewer will have to pay a certain fee to unlock access to all posts.  This is a great way to increase revenue. 

  1. Advertising 

Advertising is the most paying option of all and the best part is it requires minimal effort. If used correctly, advertising can easily pay around 10,000$ per month.  But it also has some downsides like ads draw out the beauty and authenticity of your site. They are annoying and if one goes overboard he/she might irritate the readers resulting in loss of viewership. 

  1. Guest Blogging

   Guest blogging or guest posting is writing for another individual’s/company’s website.  The main aim is to a) get paid b) attract traffic back to our site. The average cost of an article is anything from 50-5000 dollars. But guest posting isn’t that easy it requires an insane amount of hard work. For example, sometimes only one out of 50 pitches you pitch get accepted. 

Bottom line 

Blogging is a slow and hard process. The money takes a lot of time to come in. But one thing is for sure: in the end, it is all worth it. The most important part is to just start. Learn from the mistakes and keep upgrading ourselves.