Category: Writing

Persistence beautifies writing

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, hat and close-upTo the best of my recollection as a content writer, persistence beautifies your writing. More to say, it perfects your creative expressions. Long time back when I started to write, many things like SEO content writing, how to grammatize sentence, backlinks, hyperlinking texts in content, and charging money for per words of my craft were all Greek to me. It beyond my ken if writing could be commercialized and if yes, then in what manner? Anyway, rookie writers like me in those days followed ‘’conventional’’ wisdom of “swimming downstream”. Anyway times changed since then. Looking back to where I started, I get absolute picture of myself writing thousands of words for employers, oblivious to the exploitation I inadvertently allowed them on me. Of course being underpaid for mountainous works I did was nothing but being exploited at the hands of exploiters.

The bygone era afforded me several job opportunities. I worked as a content writer writing content for the websites of my employers. I also lent my hands in freelancing my writing but suffered heavy loss as few imposter clients ran away with the money I worked hard to earn. Regretting? No way! I seldom feel remorseful over the nasty deeds of immoral humans. That’s not my job to wonder. I leave it to God. In the meantime what was remarkable was my association with writing. Yes, it is hard to believe that I stuck with something demand of which is higher in the market albeit on meagre remuneration. I continued with writing even today. Most of the times I thought of giving up on it. Two years back from today, I was jobless for nearly nine months. No company gave me job. Rejection in many interviews was not related to my inability to perform well but the scornful attitude of the interviewers for treating my unemployment as their vile excuse for conceding to their demand. What was it? To work for them on salary embarrassingly and insultingly lower to what I was paid for in my past employment. Sad story. However, I stayed with writing.

Driven to depression due to insurmountable pressures of unemployment, I thought of quitting on writing in replacement for something better worth continuing to earn bread and butter. However, inner little me scolded me not to listen to the voice of subjugation. It said just because circumstances are not in favor doesn’t mean to submit yourself to it. Moreover, nothing stays permanently. Even this misery is fated to be gone. Just have patience. So, I kept on writing in time of great adversity. A friend of mine during those hard times advised me do something better for my livelihood but I humbly rejected his advice, asserting if what I do takes me to penury and die out of it, that’s fine. Let me stay with it.

I am sorry to have got carried away in my expressions. I know it’s contextually unacceptable behavior. When you write, you are supposed to be to the point, aren’t you? But then again, it’s not writing for driving traffic like we do in content marketing, which is purely professional. Anyway, the point is persistence has its own beauty.

I knew nothing about many things in writing like seo content writing, article, blog or even content for classified, bookmarking and other stuff. For a rookie writer like me, it was quite expected of me not to have much knowledge about various aspects of writing on various genre. But due to persistence in spite of adversity I faced during the course of my life as a writer, I continued with it. Today it’s been more than six years and if God permits, I will continue writing for more years to come.

Persistence sharpens your writing, if you are willing to learn. Docility matters in writing. I have seen many people who don’t want to upgrade their skill in writing. I have witnessed their fiasco and rejection job after job, as they lacked the skill consistent with the demands in modern days. Persistence doesn’t mean you should keep on writing without actually learning what you write about. I advise you during the initial stage, try to learn writing on various genre, but at least hone your skill in a particular genre. It will stand you in good stead.

Writing concludes Writing

I see a lot of people getting flustered as to what makes writing good.

Some even want to know what makes writing supremely great. Point is, people are really clueless as to what makes writing good or bad. Suppose if I read a piece of writing on LinkedIn or Mashable and loved the content much, naturally I would value it as a good piece of writing. Anything antithesis of it would be called by me a nugatory piece of writing. It also means to say that goodness or badness of any piece, in this connection, depends largely on your way of judging or rather say, your discretion. If something agrees with your discretion, you voice your pleasure about it or vice versa.

I have been writing for nearly seven years. Believe me, I don’t like reading my own stuff. If that means I don’t like what I write; well, that would be quite an effrontery to my creative expression. Of course I love my manuscript, but for some strange reasons, I don’t like reading all of what I write.

I get the feeling that me not reading my own manuscript is actually a way of avoiding being judgmental and critical on my craft. But I would lie if I say I am not critical on my writing. Fact to be told, I am perhaps the world’s bitterest critique on my manuscript. Thanks to my pedantic nature. There have been times I had disapprovingly rejected writing further, as few sentences that I wrote didn’t sound interesting to me, though some friends said it was worth reading content.

After these years of writing, I came to this new-fangled understanding that writing is what defines writing. There is nothing more to be added to this.

Writing concludes writing. That’s it.


I honestly believe that I wouldn’t have written even a few sentences worthwhile, had I not started to write, be it professionally or personally. The beauty of my career as a writer is its PERSISTENCE. Though most of the times I thought of quitting on writing due to perceptible reality of penury faced by most writers who sell their niche for commercial purpose on condescendingly lower price. I have never seen any content writer driving his/her own car (unless it’s bank-funded) or having a good home or even being able to live a lavish lifestyle. Oh, forget the ‘lavish’ pun, most writers can’t even manage to make a both ends meet due to meager income they draw from their employer or freelancing.

STILL, I have not given up on writing. It never occurred to my wildest dream that I should quite on it and find a lucrative replacement to make myself richer. Anyway, that kind of persistence helped me a lot. I’ve realised that anything that you do doesn’t reach to its perfection if you do it half-halfheartedly and un-continuously. I am not advocating that I am now a supremely great writer given my experience. It’s just that being with writing after so many years, I’ve earned this insight that I am at least better than yesterday and hopefully do a lot better in future if I keep on writing.


So here I am believing that nothing defines writing more than writing, without losing enthusiasm and confidence to get better and better in it, through persistence.

I learned SEO content writing and creative writing in these years, all by myself, through writing and writing. I believe that if you want to learn something new and you don’t know what’s better way than cramming up jargons or all those sentences, it’s better to write about it, other than teaching ‘bout’ it. YES, if that requires spinning content of other author, just do it. Because when you write based on the ideas of other writers, the brain cells wake up to a new task – exercising all the nerves to create substitute words for you so that you can easily avoid plagiarism and write a piece of your own (Don’t forget to credit the main source though). I knew nothing about VIRTUAL REALITY until I wrote few articles and blogs about it. My knowledge about ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and many things about SEO was ZERO, until I wrote about ém’.

When you write something new, naturally you search related information about the new subject. You then brainstorm ideas to create interesting lines or paragraphs so that the piece of writing sounds interesting and more people love to read it. Being informative becomes your motive, a great lesson writing teaches you, if you try to listen to it.

Writing is about persistence, which in another way of saying, is writing itself. Nothing defines writing better than writing. That’s what I tend to believe.

Virtual Reality – The Futuristic World

the matrix
The Matrix: Making VR self-explanatory

The movies like The Matrix are the best examples of virtual reality, in toto.If you’ve watched The Matrix, you can recollect how the characters like Neo, Trinity, Morpheus, and others dwell in a virtual space, semi-oblivious that they are part of an unreal world. The inhabitants experience tangibility of things all around, aware that whatever they come across; foods, clothes, people etc. are nothing but bits of data represented as (computer-generated) simulated reality!

Well, that’s the talk of movies. But can we say that we, the human, inhabit in virtual reality just like the movies?

Errrr…hard to say, huh?

Allan Ramsay, David Hume, 1711 - 1776. Historian and philosopher

David Humes, the famous Scottish philosopher believed that it’s perception, not reason that is the source of human knowledge. He emphatically favored the notion that desire governs human behavior over reason and therefore, it is the slave of the passion.

Interestingly, the human mind receives information through intangible means like taste, touch and smell, visual and then processes the information in a way what we know as a ‘perceived’ reality. Manifestation of intangible data into a perceived reality, to a larger extent, resembles with that of virtual reality, where an intangible world is just a perceived reality.

It is indeed debatable whether virtual reality is hallucination or illusion for someone who experiences it. But it can’t be gainsaid from the fact that virtual reality world is the amazing blend of natural world surroundings, so well simulated as to giving us the perception of a true reality.

How does virtual reality work?

virtual realityWhat comes in your field of vision when you hear of virtual reality? A technocrat wearing a bizarre helmet with a thick cable attached to a computer? Do you feel irked by the vision of virtually designed pterodactyls? Or does the name, VR bring your memory back to The Matrix? Well, the answer could be anything, apart from the asked questions. No wonder if you come across the term, virtual environment, for virtual reality, because that’s the twin part of VR world.

Virtual reality world is a computer-simulated 3D world allowing users interact and manipulate the immersive world without feeling that they are not part of a real-world. Sometimes, the virtually created world appears to be far real than the natural world. Perhaps, it is because of this reason that we witness increasing popularity of VR with its unavoidable necessity in movies, ad agencies, and other commercial fields.

vr world
The simulated reality of VR world

Immersion is one of the key parts that a VR world is identified with. An immersive world of VR means users can relate to it. He can meaningfully interact with the VR environment.

The immersion technology focuses on two key components: depth of information and breadth of information, both playing key roles to build up a perfect VR world.

Another VR world focuses on creating an environment, a digital environment in 3D setting.  This part of the virtual world has simulated sensory in accordance with the immersed environment. However, it doesn’t mean that the users inside the VR world can feel the reality of virtually created hurricane, neither can he feel the aroma of a flower in the world.

That’s the bit of data simulated as reality.

The virtual environment in absence of interaction is of no use. It is, therefore, this reason that creating VR environment involves maintaining a concentrated focus on introducing an element of interaction to it. Also, since you can’t step into this artificial world physically, you need to have a display device like HMDs that will allow you see the VR world to interact it.

VR systems also require input devices such as treadmills, datagloves, joysticks and controller wands etc.

Does Virtual Reality World Matter To Us?

This is a loaded question.

However, mankind is making a breakthrough in creating a VR world in every technological sense conceivable so as to present fellow mankind an utterly digitalized and immersive world that can genuinely SIMULATE emotive sense of human.

Whether a virtual reality world matters us or not largely depends on our inclination to it, as to how far can we go with this. However, we should not forget the naked fact that our existence in VR world is temporary, we have to back to the real world.

Means, we exist there in a simulation, not in a reality, however real it may seem so.

NoteThis blog was written in 2014, almost 3 years ago from today. Much transitions in the world of VR supervened since then. As a result, the information shared here should not be judged in the current context of the VR world.

A terse conversation with a writer friend

“Sir, can a write-up be as good as it supposed to be if I make it look good or readable?”

This question was asked by one of my teammates recently. He is also a content writer in a team which I head. I found the question interesting so I replied carefully.

I said – “If you present your article in a good way by keeping things in order, writing short sentences, and making your information lucid, it will surely increase its readability factor. However, that doesn’t make it an informative and quality piece at all.”

Confused by my explanation, as expected, I received another question from him.

He asked – “I didn’t quite follow you, sir? Are readability and quality two different aspects of writing?”

“Yes, they are!” was my answer. “If you make an article readable, people will likely to take a look at it.  They will feel interested to read it. They may stay on your write up a bit longer.”

“However, this sort of writing discipline doesn’t preclude your write up from catching enthusiastic response from your readers. I mean to say, they will read your content but not for longer if it doesn’t convey values.”

“The point is, readability is one thing and quality is quite another. To make your write up a compelling read for your readers, you have to write it keeping things in both ways.

For example, you need to make it readable and include some interesting facts so that it sounds a great reading. Unless readers feel they are being enlightened in a certain way by your manuscript, they will not stay on your write-up, regardless of how readable way.”

“What if quality content is not readable?”

“That will surely kill the spirit of reading. Suppose I have written a blog and have forgotten to make it readable, there is no use of it for my readers. Though quality-wise, some people may like to read it, but the write-up will fail to earn sizeable viewership count. And this viewership count is a vital touchstone for establishing credence of your craft.”

“If I think correctly, writing is not simply being quality, yes?”

“Absolutely. You have to ensure if your piece is really presentable in both ways – readability and quality wise. To make your write up readable, include points-wise narration of your facts in it. To make it quality, make sure those points are tenable and don’t mean simply a confabulation.

“What about grammar then?”

“See, I will never advise you to be a grammar Nazi. Respect it but not to the point of compromising it with your creativity. Keep singularity and plurality of your Verbs based on their corresponding Subject. Using proper grammar in sentences is an acquired taste; you will come to know of it eventually. Just practice hard.”

My standpoint on how to make your writing attention grabber


To my subjective comprehension as a writer, one must write to EXPRESS, not to IMPRESS.

Having said that, make your writing READABLE; not from the standpoint of what it is, but also from the perspective of how it can help the readers learn from it.

Here is my gentle persuasion for you in this context.

Avoid being besotted with ‘Attention seeking” individual. Also, do not get obsessed with ‘Excellence’, though you must try harder to improve the quality of your craft a notch higher. Thinking that you can make your piece of writing attention grabber is not gonna happen unless you make it readable and informative.

As long as you keep on writing good pieces of stuff that could enlighten others positively, you are always miles ahead in the race than others who write down things just to impress others.

I have also come to an understanding (I find this knowledge quite valuable) that if you have a sizeable stock of “interesting and action-provoking” words, your writing will always stand out from the rest. However, it doesn’t mean to boast of how verbose you are with the words.

Textual eloquence (the way you speak your mind through words) without a real substance falls apart to the discretion of readers, especially those like to read something of substantial value than your verbose write-up. Such write ups draw attention from readers, but just for a short while.

One of the most important reasons behind increasing bounce rates of a website is thin content or the content written for the purpose of impressing others. On the contrary, such writing tactic could pronounce a counterproductive means for your forte; say, for example, readers will turn down your manuscript condemning it a bombastic piece of your confabulation.

I have also learned from my experience, that you can’t impress everyone with your writing. This is not because there is something wrong in your creative expression; it might be like the kind of stuff you are sharing is not actually for EVERYONE.

For example, if you are sharing your expertise on CLOUD COMPUTING on Quora, your stuff will draw the attention of the readers genuinely interested in reading such stuff. Your writing will not entice the readers seeking something else, say, for example, information on why La La Land Oscar win is a disastrous turn of event for Hollywood.

It is good to have mastery of grammar and use this knowledge in in your writing, but you should avoid using it to an extent beyond which your writing looks like nothing but a piece of the robotically generated manuscript; tasteless, uninteresting, and boring.

I mean to say using grammar in your sentence promotes admissibility of your allegiance to grammar, but it also affords to make your write-up sound insipid. For the sake of maintaining taste and appeal, try to restrict grammatical involvement in your writing.

Great poets like Wordsworth, Tennyson loved their creative expressions and spoke their mind through words without thinking about grammar.

Common grammatical mistakes like SUBJECT+VERB+AGREEMENT must definitely be followed. Obsession with grammar kind of slows down creative expression or it makes you feel disoriented.

Content is king, and it is not a LIE


I have just read a headline of SEJ (SEARCH ENGINE JOURNAL) post, announcing that it is the biggest falsehood to pronounce that content is king.

I have not read the article at all, as the headline of it made me upset, wondering what the heck was the writer meant by that sort of (CLICK BAIT) headline.

I understand that SEO or search engine optimization has evolved distinctively from its erstwhile and unacceptable blackhat SEO tactic to its modernistic and a rather acceptable transition, in which nobody can refute significance of content. Today’s SEO understands what content could do to the status-quo of a website. Believe it or not, it is an integral part of SEO tactic.

My take is that content must be thanked for its great contribution to the success of a website or business of a brand. If that were not the case, and content, as impugned by so called reputable web sources, were not considered to be the prime factor for any brand involved in the digital marketing, we wouldn’t have witnessed the success of many websites today, including the Copyblogger and similar ones.

These sources are considered credible by their visitors, not because these sources are optimised from the perspective of their website’s layout, graphical beauty, linking tactics; and a host of algorithm-atic works called On-Page SEO.

They are popular today because of their high-quality content; the information which has helped their visitors learn something new, and has broadened their viewpoints or ideology positively or has compounded their perspective in a new way of observing things.

I have been writing content for the last 5 years. The era my profession as a writer belongs to was the era when witnessing meaningless textual contents on any subject that demanded your narrative to be quality and users-centric was the order of the day. I was told by my employers to stuff an article/blog with a set of keywords prioritised based on their relevance pertaining to increasing SERP stand of their websites in Google.

Probably, even the search engines were not advanced in those days, which was the reason why inundation of cheap content full of keywords and backlinks registered their (annoying) dominance on the Internet. Though writers were in demand and bulk contents were written to maintain a continual supply of content to the content mill or to those online platforms trading content for their clients.

However, even in those days, I sort of felt relaxed to see that content was still regarded as the mainstay for branding a product/service. If I recollect correctly, I used to receive many requests for short content to be written for small brands, and a guy told me once that without sufficient content, his website went into the pit of Google’s abysmal space. Well, not practically…..he meant to say the dearth of sufficient content had the ranking of his website collapsed in Google and he was then at the receiving end of losing a business of much, much money (he did not elaborate on that part).

Now there is nothing like that. Google and other search engines pulled up their socks. They became smarter. They started to whiplash the website owners promoting bad content. Google, of course, has gone far ahead compared to its counterparts. The point is, among all the launching of new and upgraded algorithms of Google, one thing that I have personally observed is that they are giving priority, I mean, serious priority to the CONTENT. If you don’t believe me, read Google’s PANDA update.

This algorithm is like Terence Fletcher, a jazz instructor in the movie, WHIPLASH. I hope you guys have watched the movie. Just as Terence was to Andrew Neiman, Panda is to the websites with THIN CONTENT.

Well, there’s just one difference, though. Panda, unlike Terence, will not tell you what to do if your tune (behaviour) doesn’t accord quite to its TEMPO 🙂

Anyway, my point is – content is really a king, and it is not a hoax. What matters essentially in this context, though, is that NOT ALL CONTENT CAN BE SAID, KING. The content that gives you some knowledge; and information that you were seeking, a perspective that you wanted to be changed positively and informatively can be said, KING.

Here, king stands for SIGNIFICANCE. The significance quotient of your content is what determines its VALUE, for your target readers, and for your target SE (search engine/s).

I don’t mean to discredit SEO at all. I believe a combination of quality SEO and quality Content could be the culmination of a powerful branding. The result of such unification is always substantial, in the manifestation of widespread visibility of your brand, better engagement, great retention ratio, and an increased chance for lead’s conversion.