When I entered the field of blogging, I had no idea how it worked. I learned with time that you can really drive more traffic to your site by commenting on other blogs. Looking for some traffic, I started commenting on a few blogs.
However soon I realized that there was a spirit of camaraderie that went beyond just the transactional exchange of traffic( I comment on your blog and you comment on mine). It was like making new friends with whom you share your experience, thought processes and knowledge. Not only you give but also gain from the wisdom shared on these blogs.
These bloggers whom I had a chance to interact with shared their enormous experience also become friends just like in real world. Who says distances matter? I, sitting in India, have many blogger friends in faraway countries. The only way we interact is online and which is absolutely terrific.
These friends not only respond to you, they also talk about you. I have had countless mentions by all my blogger friends on their blogs. This alone increased reach of my blog manifold. They also introduce friends to each other. I am now a part of community that is thriving and vibrant.
I got my sunshine
Last week, I was awarded the “You are my Sunshine” award by my dear friend Carolyn Nicander Mohr from The Wonder Of Tech. Carolyn has been a great friend since we met online. I remember Carolyn putting her faith in me when she went and purchased my first kindle book almost immediately after I had announced the publication. It was a great boost to my self-image as I was just a newbie in book writing . Since I have known her, I have only been enriched by her thoughts and her professional experience. When I write something on my blog, she is always there to buttress it with examples from her own life. We share a lot of tips on emails with each other on improving our websites. She is truly my brand ambassador. I am really glad to have a friend like you, Carolyn.
Okay so here is my sunshine list.
There are so many people whom I have met and whom I feel that have added to my blogging journey that it is impossible to fit them in just ten. But then I will try to do it. Here is the list strictly in alphabetical order only
Aswani Srivastava : I stumbled upon his blog accidently but I am happy I did that. He was the first one ever to comment on my new little blog( in those days). Since then we have developed a great friendship, which extend beyond blogging and right into matters even personal. We chat almost daily about the things we care and worry about them as if we can change them just by worrying. He is my guru on SEO related stuff as well. He has a unique stand point on various topics on web which he clearly articulates on his blog “One stop blog”. Connect with him if you want a friend forever and guide.
Bryce Christiansen : Bryce has been a great friend all along. He is very knowledgeable,smart and experienced. He has a phenomenal blog at Balanced Work Life where he writes on topics such as career, life and work. He has huge business knowledge and shares it all with us. Like a great friend, he drops in your house(or blog) frequently to see if you are doing okay. He encourages others by responding thoughtfully to their ideas and sharing them with others.
Chrysta Bairre : If I have to go an get any suggestion on how to lead a fulfilling life, I would approach Chrysta. Her blog “Live Love Work” is so simple yet amazing. I like the way she conveys a message in simple bulleted list. These message go in your head like tasteful dessert goes into stomach. She is a great friend who will always respond kindly to your comments and share your thoughts too.
Daria Steigman : If you want to get a weekly digest of awesome business tips, subscribe to Daria’s blog , independent thinking blog. She has been one of my biggest inspirations in business. Her thoughts echo with me all the time. She has a lot of practical advice that any business would love to apply. She is a great conversationalist too. We often chat on twitter( can you imagine that ? ) . Apart from that she will make sure that she shares her knowledge and success with you .
Nicola Deiana : Nicola is not only an awesome friend but also my “brother” on Facebook. Imagine a world like that where people placed so far away can be brothers. Nicola is one of the most funniest and also most intelligent person I have ever met. He runs an awesome blog called as the3dtechnologies where he gives suggestions on how to make money using internet. The best part is that he shares so many funny things on Facebook that it really brightens your day.
Rohit Batra : Rohit is a young, highly successful tech blogger. He writes about technology especially related to Apple’s Mac and iPods at his blog “Interesting Facts About Ipod Touch 4G” . He is also a very active member of many tech groups on Facebook and has legions of fan who live by his suggestions( see the likes on his FB page >7000). He is a great friend, who can teach you a lot when it comes to blogging and technology. He shares your ideas and encourage others to apply them.
Robert Pinto Fernandes : I have been friend with Robert for a long time now. He runs a great blog at The Biz Blogger where he shares with us his experiences in running a blog and other businesses. He is very friendly and is always there when you need him. With his knowledge, I am sure that anyone who follows his blog can learn a lot from him.
Sonia Winland : If you want a friend who makes your day and talk to you sweetly all the time, Sonia is the one. She is an awesome blogger too (logallot.com). She write about topics that every blogger / entrepreneur need to know. She makes amazing app discoveries and then posts them online for all of us to see and enjoy. She will also fill you with her awesome business experience whenever you need it. So if you need experienced advice from a trusted friend, go to her blog and connect with her.
Suresh Kumar Gondi : He is the kung fu Panda of tech blogging ( sorry for this , Suresh). He is dynamic, witty, helpful, intelligent and knowledgeable. You can see him posting his thoughts on Facebook about living a dynamic, motivated life. I am sure one day he is going to become a big businessman and also that he is going to help many achieve their life goals on his way. Read his awesome blog at Software Buzzer.
Swami Ji Balendu : If you are interested in some soul searching, Swami Ji has it all. On his blog he puts some of his most practical advises from his personal experience. He blogs at Jaisiyaram.com. You may follow any religion or no religion, he has something for you. He is also a great mentor supporting you with his kind suggestions whenever he is asked to provide them. His blog is a source of information about how you can enrich your life and let go of things that bind you to petty things.
Woooooh…. Doesn’t this looks like blockbusters list?
Okay , here are my answers to part 2 of the sunshine award. Now to the questions…
Favorite Color – Blue: I love this shade. It is a shade of choice for business clothing too.
Favorite Animal – I do not have a pet animal. But my favourite is Tiger. It is the most magnificent of them all. I once had a chance to pat a real wild tiger. But I am glad, I refrained from doing so.
Favorite Number – No preference here.
Favorite Drink – My favourite drink is sweet Lassi which is made out of yoghurt. It is pronounced as L-u-ssi (Lu like luck). On a hot day, this is the most natural thing to cool yourself down. Here is the link to Lassi. However more interesting is Bhang Lassi ( read about it on the page)
Facebook or Twitter – Both serve their own purpose but I am more of a Facebook person because it has more interaction points ( likes, comments, shares).
Your Passion – My music. I am a completely crazy fan of classical rock. Infact I wash my car two times if someone plays pop while I driving( I am kidding, I do it only once).
Giving or getting presents – Both
Favorite Day –Saturday because one is least bothered by Monday( which has a mighty Sunday before it) and one can party without care.
Favourite flowers: Ones that my wife likes. I have not been able to pinpoint the name but then she always tells me that she wants only those . I think they are Lily
Here is what people who are in the list need to do
- Thank the person who gave this award and write a post about it.
- Answer the questions below.
- Pass on the award to 10 fabulous bloggers, link their blogs, and let them know you awarded them.