Starting a blog (Another Guest Post)


I’ve a good news for all the followers out there.

Another guest post.Yaay! The winning moment. I know it’s not too much, but it is something you celebrate more than getting paid.

When I created my blog Epife, I didn’t know that there is so much in this blogging world. Here’s the post I’ve created for all the newbie bloggers. These steps will ensure that a lot of work is required even before you start a blog.

Starting a blog is simple, but if you follow these 7 important steps then it will be lot easier to enter into the blogging world.

Happy blogging!

New adventure – Epife (my new blog)


There is a different attraction toward the blogging world. Whether it’s a small blog about your pet or an expanded photography blog, the owner always feel proud.

WordPress always admires the newbies, just like it welcomed all of us on the amazing platform. My connection with blogging has been increased with the passage of time and I want to learn each day a new chapter.

Here, I want to introduce EPIFE to my friendly little wordpress family.

Please go through and visit epife.com and let me know your thoughts on it.

I’ve thought to comeup with a lifestyle blog that covers everything. I opted for this blog and now, my journey to become a better blogger and a writer has been started.

As I have always been a learner and a beginner, I started writing simple posts that are based on information for the readers.

It’s completely a new blog and I’ve to manage it alone.

I would love to hear what should I add to the blog. Any recommendation or any guidance would be highly appreciated.

Will the blog flourish? What do you say friends?

I am a writer – Day 1 #my500words


Going back to my school days, I loved to write but it wasn’t to transform my thoughts into words. In fact, it was all about the daily assignments, home works, and scheduled test.

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I am a writer

What inspired me to write this specific post? It was Jeff’s email and I was completely intrigued by his amazingly well-written words.

Here I say, “I am a writer”. I am not a wannabe, I am already one such writer.

Wow. It feels so good to say with such enthusiasm.

That’s so true, I wanted to be a communicator or someone who wishes to convince others by dialogues. Then, why not a writer?

When I write, I attempt to make it as simple as I can. Obviously, I desire to be better with my writing skills but I don’t want to discontinue for this unjustified reason.

You would be astonished to know that I used to write in a sluggish slow speed. I hated that! It was so challenging to shape my thoughts into propelling words that are meaningful enough to convince the paper checker.

When I was giving the paper of online journalism at my University, I had got millions of words in my mind, but I was damn slow in writing. Somehow, I filled the paper but it was disappointing. However, I got average marks but I was never meant to get average marks.

Something in mind was driving me crazy, “Girl, you need practice, a lot!”.

Maybe I am such writer, who prefers to write a good stuff rather than filler content. That’s why I think a lot before I write or the lack or practice is the prominent reason.

But, this short blog helped me to experiment multiple writing techniques and short writing challenges. It always helped me.

I firmly believe in the idea of practicing and I must say If you are a writer or wannabe you must have to practice.

Forgot to mention, earlier days of freelancing also supported me to become a better writer. Importantly, it focuses on the powerful word ‘practice’.

These words by Jeff inspired me completely, “I used to be like that, you know, used to call myself a “wannabe” writer, because I was too scared to claim the title. I found ways to procrastinate the work I was born to do all because of fear. I sabotaged myself before I began”.

No doubt, I also faced such times when I was scared to write. I tried to overcome the fear of poor writing but with time and abundant practice I became more confident.

Final words

I am a writer! And I have to write. When and how to write is again a different discussion, but one thing I know is I have to constantly write.

I would love to hear what are your thoughts about the idea of practicing and how can I do that with an ease?

The Old Woman in the Wood (Rewritten)


On a pretty sunset, a girl planned to travel to the nearest town with her family. The girl belonged to a poor family, dependent on little resources. Unluckily, the family got attacked by a group of robbers. The girl tried to escape and eventually, succeeded. The fortunate girl hurriedly ran toward the forest and hid behind a tall tree.

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The forest was packed with giant trees, scary enough to dodge a stranger. Different kinds of birds were humming around the trees to greet a new strange bird, who flew from the neighboring city. The dense forest scared the kind-hearted girl, but she found solace in a peaceful, quiet tree.

As the girl was resting behind the tree, a beautiful dove came and brought a golden key. The girl was stunned to look at the calm small bird who was holding a golden key in its beak. She was astonished as the bird pointed her to unlock the tree. She quickly unlocked the tree with the help of golden key and felt overjoyed as she made an instant glance at the food.

As the sky turned dark and night arrived, the bird came again. This time, it brought the girl to another adjacent tree with a bed. She exclaimed with a thanking gratitude and started living in the forest for a couple of days. Every day, the bird came and helped her in many ways to survive.

One day the dove asked the girl to do a favor, to which she agreed willingly. The bird told her that she had to go to a wooden house of an old woman in search of a plain ring. The house will have an inner room, filled with splendid rings but she had to find a plain ring. But, it advised strictly to the girl that she should not interact with the woman.

The girl with a sincere heart followed all the instructions and was hopeful to bring the ring for the dove.

She entered the wooden house and welcomed by the old woman but the girl did not respond. Despite old woman’s anger, she stepped further toward the inner room and looked for the ring. The girl got bewildered as there was no plain ring at all.

The wicked old woman put effort to carry off the bird cage overlooking the girl’s sight. The brave girl snatched the cage and ran toward the forest. She felt contented as she got the bird cage because it had a bird with a plain ring in its beak.

The girl was excited to meet the dove and hand over the plain ring. She thought to take rest against the tree and wait for the bird. As she was waiting anxiously, the tree turned into a handsome man and turned his arms around the pretty girl and kissed her.

The girl was surprised as the handsome man revealed that old woman is a witch who had turned him into a tree from the last year. But, he was lucky that he had the chance to become a bird for two hours a day. The dove who helped the girl and asked for a favor was also the same young man. He was thankful that the girl accomplished and saved him from the curse of the witch.

The other young fellows and attendants of the man also turned into humans and thanked with gratitude to the young girl.

The handsome hunk was not a common man, he was a Prince and belonged to the King’s Kingdom. The Prince and his companions headed toward the Kingdom to reunite with the family.

Everyone at the Kingdom praised the girl and acknowledged her fearlessness to trick the wicked old lady.

Finally, the Prince found the heroic girl as the Princess and they got happily married.

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I got this fiction challenge from thewritepractice.com where Jeff Elkin posted this writing practice with Grimm Fairy Tales.

Hope you all enjoyed my rewritten story =)

Happy blogging !

Top notch benefits of blogging


If I imagine an online presence on the internet world without a blog, it would be a big NO NO! Whether you are an entrepreneur, a digital marketer, a social media expert or an individual you will need to have a blog to survive in the online world.

Blogging

Blog is the pathway to raise your opinions and gain interaction (Image:Google)

 

Nowadays it is impossible to flourish a business without a persuasive blog that delivers to its readers. A high-quality content that sells and brings traffic to the site is the essential requirement for a start-up or a large company.

Generally, what are the benefits of creating a blog?

I consider blogging is the other word for ‘expressions’. Under the term blog, you are allowed to exhibit your thoughts, ideas, content, and everything that pop up in your mind without any restriction.

Employment chances are higher: Oh yes! You have a strong inspirational blog, chances are high that you’ll get a job. Employers give preference to those candidates who have a compelling online presence.

Enhances interaction: Blog is an online forum that allows you to interact with plenty of individuals around the globe. It speeds up your communication skills and an easy way to know people.

Get influence: Who doesn’t want to enjoy the power of people? Forget about the famous Celebs, be a promising blogger.

Freedom of voice: No one gets a better platform than blogging in view to share thoughts about anything. A blogger is free to write what he thinks.

Brings traffic to your website: A blog post that is written accurately according to the SEO requirements can bring an impressive amount of client to your business. More traffic, more deals.

You can be a writer: Blogging helps you to become a better writer day by day. It improves your writing skills and arouse your interest to learn more about it.

Become knowledgeable: A blogger is a person who always have a handful of information to share with the readers. It helps you to become an expert in the field of study.

Receive instant feedback: Gone are those times when business owners or individuals had to wait for the responses. Now, the time is about immediate results and instant feedback. You can be praised within no time or you can also have the poor feedback of your products. Everything is quick!

The above-discussed benefits are just a few, however if I keep on writing the amazing benefits of blogging it’s strenuous to stop typing. But, I will definitely write more!

Sunset on the silky satin


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It isn’t what are you thinking?

The eccentric scenery is the wavy, unsteady portrait, I captured, the day before when I viewed Karachi’s beach known as the Arabian Sea. If you keep your eyes on the picture for a minute, you will capture the sight of drowning sun, few fishing boats and the purplish satin fabric scattered on the sea.

Sometimes, the calm portraits of sunsets give you enough motivation and the hope of awakening moon strengthens your tomorrow’s vision.

In Run For Advice – Why?


Do you find a friendly suggestion really helpful? Have you actually considered someone’s words or you garbage it?

This is one of the confused questions I often ask myself. Well, I think listening to other thoughts and opinions is never harmful, whether you contemplate or not.

Life kicks you out several times. Agree?

How do we act generally when we get trapped in certain situations? Where do we go mostly?

You just wish to end all the connections, whether it be your land line or your super smartphone. No interruptions; No exchange of words.

The point is, you are not the only one who is on the sinking boat. I, he, she and they are all together dreaming for a fantasy life, which never sees any unfortunate event, although it’s impossible! A drowning boat sets the vision that the person undergoes wretched, miserable phase.

Heartbreaking moments badly hit our happy, fateful lives and often get us in unbearable positions. It occurs, when you face a tremendous financial loss and you wonder how will I buy credit for my phone or even how would I refill my petrol tank, however you are contended that your loving relative, a kind friend or family will at least make you not suffer from food 😉 Our lives need MUCH MORE than just food.

It also happens when you broke off with a close relation. It can be your soul mate whom you had made promises of not leaving till the last breath and you will definitely take her/him to explore Paris, London, New York and Pakistan(Northern Areas have attractive views – Read The Inspiring Pakistan Through Brandon Stanton’s Camera Eye ) See, you just cut off a relationship which you never hoped for. And you are feeling free 🙂 But, that’s is not the case of every couple.

My point of concentration is, life can play with us anytime so there is none to be blamed. Maybe the unlucky time. As we caught ourselves with losses, break-ups, depression, diseases, mental disorders, family problems, insufficient resources, bad gatherings, cruel habits and much more. We need a good mentor, a person who understands you or even bothers to listen to your worries. What’s a big deal in listening to his/her words?

A teacher, friend, neighbor, relative, stranger, classmate, colleague, professor or even a gardener can give you good suggestions. Do not leave children behind! They also attempt to give us cute and sweet messages by their little acts, filled with innocence and charm.

Great advice can uplift one’s career, relation and attitude. Parents always make efforts to give advises to their children, few of them get succeed and many fails. I believe, an acceptable combination of inner emotions, advice, experience and the positive attitude can solve several unsettled questions.

The Inspiring Pakistan Through Brandon Stanton’s Camera Eye


Human Of New York visit to Pakistan

Human Of New York visit to Pakistan

The popular name of Brandon Stanton has attractively earned huge respect from Pakistan and their loving people. While People of Pakistan are still warming Brandon with marvelous comments for capturing unique stories of Pakistanis on Humans Of New York (HONY) Facebook page, Just like others I have also seen few disturbing, quite rude comments about my country.

But I prefer to ignore such discomforting reactions as there were impressive and huge warming sweet comments on the page, in favor of Pakistan, which wonderfully maintained the highlights of the trip to Pakistan.

Striving efforts of Brandon to perceive the reality of Pakistan through his camera eye is incredible. His trip to Hunza Valley is too influential. How ?

If you are familiar with HONY, you must know this is a photography blog which is well updated by perfect camera shots of people, belonging to different countries with motivational stories. Hunza Valley of Pakistan is one of my favorite destination(prior to my desiring world tour). The pleasing sight of valleys, eye-catchy meadows and mountains is enough to refresh you for a long time. Brandon clicked multiple shots through his camera lens that bring fascinating stories of simple-living people. You will definitely plan a trip to Pakistan, after seeing those awesome images.

Responsible brother with his cute sister - Happiness

Responsible brother with his cute sister – Happiness

A fine trip will also let you amazed by beauty among people of Pakistan and it’s land. The warm nature of residents to greet with every fellow being or a foreigner is bellyful and bounteous to overlook the negative image, portrayed by several anti-Pakistan groups. I hope, many of my followers would agree!

Though Pakistan and it’s people are greatly thankful to Brandon Stanton for driving many people attention toward Pakistan awesome stories and obviously, the heavenly views. To get in your knowledge, Humans Of Pakistan Facebook page also bring encouraging stories to viewers from all over Pakistan.

A piece of paper said it all.


Cute Proposal!

Due to hustle and bustle of daily routine lifestyle, Sara planned to join at lunch with Ali, her colleague at office. Both, the individuals were craving for a delicious taste of Chinese food and rest their feet at the newly opened restaurant. The smoke, from the platter, was filled with savory aroma and glasses of juice were placed on each corner of the exquisite table. The environment was pleasant and charming.

Sara’s phone started ringing, She picked up a call and excused Ali for a minute. In the meantime, Ali took out a paper and a Parker pen. With his untidy writing, he managed to write something in hurry, folded the paper like a napkin and place it under Sara’s mats.

Sara, with overjoyed expression, came back and informed Ali, She has a surprise to tell him. Ali was in state of confusion thinking, What does Sara has to say and a surprise!

In the meantime, Sara took that paper(folded as a napkin) and with a surprising look, started reading it politely, which actually brings a ecstatic smile on her face. The letter said, “I have no understanding, What I have to say But I need to confess, when you say Yes to any statement, I just assume it to be the answer of my question!”

Sara, with mixed emotions, asked Ali, “And what is your question?”

Ali replied with a hand written note, which said, “Do you want me to be with you every time, every day and every morning?”. The boy again mumbled a statement saying, “I always assumed a YES from her”.

Sara did not want to drop this cute moment, forgetting about the surprise of her admission in Fashion designing University, She took a paper and wrote the word, YES, which triggers a delightful beginning of a new story.