Category Archives: Bloggers

Shardul Pandey Talks To Gaurav, Shreyas & Atul (Team Techtraverse)

I welcome you all at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself.

We are 3 friends who are running this website, Techtraverse.com. I am answering on behalf of all 3 of us. Our names, as mentioned on the About Us page of website are, Shreyas Kumbhojkar, Atul Baikar and myself. These 2 guys are new to the field of blogging or content management. But I suggest, don’t judge them by their experience, judge them by their work. These guys are brilliant for someone who have recently started blogging.

Shardul Pandey Talks To Gaurav, Shreyas & Atul (Team Techtraverse)

Now answer to your question. I started writing for different websites as a freelancer 4 years back. I was getting to know how things works. Then I started my own team of writers. We used to work on different website projects where I came across TheGeeksClub.com. The owner of website, Nitin Agarwal, was very helpful person who actually introduced me first to WordPress. After working for a year there, I decided to start a website of my own. Fortunately, Shreyas and Atul, being new to writing, were ready to contribute. Later it turned out that they both are actually pretty good with this stuff. Shreyas takes care of social network sharing and other management stuff. Atul is more about writing and managing financial side of website. I focus more on suggesting topics and assigning them to writers. All three of us contribute to website via writing as the time permits.

What is the story behind your domain name and the name of your website?

When you are trying to promote a website, it’s the name that actually tells reader about what is actually website about. And therefore we decided that our first choice will be a name with word “tech” in it. We went through many different combinations but some of them were either not available were not catchy enough. Then the word “explore” came up and to make it sound somewhat different we decided to stick with word “traverse” , which stands for navigate. So we help you explore and navigate through world of technologies.

What is your business philosophy?

We all know that blogging has become one of the sources these days to earn money. We started with the mindset of earning money and having something of our own. But, now we are more focused on providing something different and qualitative content to users that is not available on usual tech blogs. Our posts like “10 Kickstarter projects that were cool but couldn’t survive” or “DuckDuckGo” proves my point. Also, we were one of the first few websites to talk about Smartshoe designed by an Indian techie. We were in it for money but now our focus is qualitative content.

What efforts you do for driving traffic and building your readership?

First two months are always the hardest. You have to index your websites, select a theme, make it readable. As most of the blogs, we are relied on social networking sites and blog directories.

What makes your endeavors unique on Internet?

Our promise to provide content that is not “usual”. If you go through our website, you will find that we are not concentrating on gadget or app reviews but informational content.

Is there any more projects you are currently working?

We are having consistent page view count and which is in good figures. Thus, we know we have a reader base now. We are planning to start a forum where users can interact with each other.

Tell us something about your city and your favorite hangout spots there?

We all are from Kalyan-Dombivli region in Maharashtra. We are located 50 kms from Mumbai. I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Computer Science from Umass Dartmouth and thus staying in US.

What is your ultimate message for netizens?

My message for netizens is based on one mantra – ‘stay update’. Technology is a field where daily something new is getting invented. Fortunately, we have means of Internet that help us gain information from various sources. We are trying to be one of those source. I am not stating that completely rely on us for updates but make sure you have something that will help you do. Because these days Information is everything. Technology has become integral part of our professional as well as personal lives. Not only technology enthusiasts but even non-tech people benefit from technology. S just ‘stay update’ and you will be fine.

Shardul Pandey Talks To Tarun Preet

120919-154006I welcome you Tarun at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself.

I am Tarun Preet, co-owner of Indian Weight Loss Blog. I am an MBA grad by qualification and a Consultant by profession. I have spent the majority of my life studying and perhaps ignoring my health. In my quest to lose weight, I have tried all possible weight loss measures those exist.

Diet, massages, gym, yoga, aerobics, supplements, hyped weight loss shortcuts – I have done it all ! In this struggle to become fit, I have spent lesser money on some helpful measures and wasted a lot, on useless marketing gimmicks.

When I finished my MBA and was struggling for job, stress took a toll on me and I was diagnosed with Thyroid. My weight shot up every day despite working out in the gym. I was frustrated with my weight and delay in getting a deserving job. Since I had all the free time, I started blogging about weight loss on Indian Weight Loss Blog. The intention is to help people save their hard earned money so that they don’t suffer like I did and at the same time, monetize technology for earning.

Your blog’s name is ‘Indian Weight Loss Blog’? Why you have chosen this name. Likewise Internet is one across all countries, its global and people on Internet are netizens not Indian or American.

So what made you choose this name and what it means? Are you targeting only Indian people or it simply means that the blog is managed by Indian bloggers? or your posts are specially written for Indian people?

There are a few reasons for naming the blog as Indian Weight Loss Blog. Firstly, there is not even one weight loss blog from India. Ironically, you would find a lot of Indian Food Blogs. We enjoy food to the core. But we forget that we are moving ahead towards an overweight/obese population. Secondly, our eating habits are highly influenced by our culture. Since our eating habits are different from the people in other part of the world, our weight issues have to be tackled differently. The weight loss posts are applicable to all the people who are health and fitness conscious. But the recipe posts may suit Asian people only due to our Indian style of cooking. Indian Weight Loss Blog is our first step to spread awareness about weight, across the world.

Whether you blog alone or you got people associated for working together?

We have a team of writers at Indian Weight Loss Blog. These are people who have learnt about weight loss, the hard way. Our writers are dancers, fitness freaks, runners, yoga practitioners, good cooks who believe abs are made in kitchen. Every writer has a weight loss or a fitness story to inspire people.

What philosophy drives you doing this? What is your business philosophy?

We started this blog to make people aware so that they don’t fall prey to dirty marketing gimmicks in nutrition industry.

There is only one business philosophy – Be honest to readers and the rest will follow.

How much time you spend working on your website? What efforts you make for driving traffic and building your readership?

On an average, IWB team spends works for about 6-8 hours daily. We make sure that the content is of high quality. I spend 2-3 hours every day working on creating content and working on social media and digital marketing strategy for IWB.

What makes your endeavours unique on Internet?

Internet is an endless pool of knowledge. Unlike websites that share knowledge, we share real life experiences.

What’s the best way for someone to motivate himself to get fit?

People have role models whom they follow. I feel it’s a temporary way to be motivated. Nothing supersedes self motivation. Let me be blunt. If you need self motivation, stand in front of a full sized mirror, naked !

Do you believe that living your best life means being fit?

I believe living one’s best, means living healthy and happy. Health and Fitness go hand in hand.

What three easy fat burning exercises would you suggest to our readers here?

1. Walk – You need ten thousand steps a day to start losing weight. Forget lifts and elevators, use the staircase

2. HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training is the best way to burn fat in less than 30 minutes a day.

3. Weights – Lift weights to burn fat. Monotonous and long cardio sessions do no good.

Do you think women have a completely different attitude to eating healthy and calorie counting to men?

Yes, women have a completely different mindset when it comes to food. No women (at least in India) would like to waste food, instead she would prefer to dump it in her tummy. How unfair is that ?

Most of the women believe that eating healthy means eating low calorie, oil free and tasteless food, not true though! Men, on the other hand don’t like to count calories in their food.

What’s been the best advantage to losing weight?

Healthy life and Happiness are the best advantages to losing weight followed by change in people’s attitude. By losing weight, you can spend your post retirement funds on travel and leisure rather than medical bills :)

What goals have you set yourself going forward? Is there any more projects you are currently working?

80% of working Indian women are overweight. In US, one third population is Obese. Similar trend persists all over the world. I wish to reach every woman in the world who is struggling with her weight and health. I am planning a few projects. One of them is a Health Blog so that I can cover entire health arena and not only weight loss. This venture would need a few months to launch.

What would be your words of advice for others who are looking to follow in your footsteps?

Losing weight is tough and Blogging is tougher. Doing both together is the toughest! Consistency and honesty are the only mantras for weight loss and blogging both.

Now tell me something about your city, your favourite hang out spots there? What do you like to do for fun and entertainment?

I am a Delhiite , currently based out of Bangalore. My favourite hangout spots are bluO, Phoenix, UB City. I like to watch movies, meet friends, read books, listen to music as much as possible. You would find me in multiplexes watching movies and shopping in the malls. I am a foodie, so I try different cuisines and explore restaurants, lounges and other eating joints.

Whenever I see an opportunity to take a small break, I look forward to travel and vacation.

How would you like to be remembered?

A maniac, a day dreamer who lived every moment of the journey called Life.

What is your ultimate message for netizens?

Stay healthy, fit and be happy!

Shardul Pandey Talks To Subin, A PHP Programmer & WordPress Developer

Shardul Pandey Talks To Subin, A PHP Programmer & WordPress DeveloperI welcome you Subin at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself.

My name is Subin. I am a programmer, blogger and a web enthusiast. I blog about programming related subjects, code solutions and the latest tech news. PHP is my favourite language and is a big fan of jQuery JavaScript library. WordPress is my favourite CMS and MySQL is my favourite Database. I create projects, play with code and blog about the problems and solutions I faced in creating projects whether it’s a bug or something else.

At what age what actually brought you up to programming and consequently programming WordPress? Why do you enjoy it?

I started programming when I was 11 years old. I only got into WordPress in 2013 and I created and published my first plugin “Blogger 2 WordPress” in 2014. I enjoy programming, because it relaxes my mind. When I code, I enter into a new world. A world where I forget all my problems in life and focus on the task in hand. Coding makes errors and I try and try to find solutions to those errors. When I find the solution, it is stuck on my mind and I’ll never forget it. Programming is a lot like Maths. You won’t like it first, but when you get around it you will find it enjoyable.

Tell us about the plugins and apps you have created so far?

By far, I have created 2 WordPress Plugins – Blogger 2 WordPress & Code Blocks. Blogger 2 WordPress makes it easy to set redirections from old blogger posts to new WP posts (and pages) after you moved your blog to WP. I have created a lot of web apps. Some of them are online and some of them in localhost. My first online app was Subins which I made it online in 2012. It was just a test app of mine. Nothing serious. I didn’t know much about hacking & cracking when I created it. So, it was vulnerable to Cracking. Soon after 1 year, my friend (Facebook) cracked it. I deleted the data on Subins just a day after it was cracked. Now I’m working on my blog (subinsb.com) and an open source social network called Open (open.subinsb.com). I’m also working on a new project which I can’t say about it now.

Suppose if you were reviewing any new plugin then what are the most important things you look for that indicate a well-designed program?

The most important thing is that the plugin shouldn’t contain any errors. A simple semicolon (;) can make a big error in plugins. Syntax Errors is the main error, plugin developers must notice. Also, plugin developers must make sure the plugin work on almost every versions of the language and server. A well designed plugin will work flawlessly at great speed. If you are running the plugin even on low memory CPUs, it should work well. So there are 3 main factors (maybe more) in a well designed executed plugin :

  1. No Errors
  2. Compatibility
  3. Environment

Your website shows a project section with links to Open & Demos? Tell us about them?

Open is an Open Source Social Network. Anyone can edit the source code of the site. There are no ads, no tracking stuff and anything else on Open. It’s clean, simple and have the ability to post to Facebook & Twitter at one place. Demos is the sub site of my blog. This site contains the demos of the tutorials, code or projects seen on the blog.

You have no Advertisements on your blog? Do you have any plans to go pro in blogging and earn money?

When I started blogging, all I could think about was money ! I placed ads at first. But when I went through the blogging, programming and contributing to Open Source Softwares, I understood that Ads are a distraction to the users. Ads make the site slow too. No one likes ads. So Why put it in a info blog ? Information should be passed free of charge. So, I removed the ads and put on the “Donate” button (subinsb.com/donate). If people really like my content, they will donate. Also, the revenue from ads are low. Google Adsense rejected my application when I had 2 $. That made me angry and it’s also a reason why I’m not putting ads anymore.

How much time you spend working on your domain and writing programs? What philosophy drives you doing this?

When I return home from school and after I finish all the home works and stuff, I turn on the computer and start coding. I make up ideas of posts and projects on the free periods of my school and write it down. Then I do it when I reach home. On holidays, I use the computer from morning to noon (about 2 PM) and from evening (6.30 PM) to night (11.30 or more if I got an error). WP plugins help users to do big tasks with just a plugin. Open Source minded programmers always help people. I’m an open source minded person. WP philosophy “Code Is Poetry” and StackOverflow (http://goo.gl/kCKBGs) helped me into doing this.

How about your parents? Is either of them involved in programming fields?

My parents are normal Kerala persons. My dad is the “Assistant Secretary” of Ayiloor Panchayat, Palakkad, Kerala and my mom is an house wife. She worked as a computer teacher before teaching Windows 98 and stuff. I’m sure that the coding & computer stuff came from my mom. My dad always supported in coding and always made me walk through the right path. He scolds me when I say “I hacked someone / website”. Hacking is wrong and he made me understand about it.

What are you working on today? Any new plugin?

I’m now working on a project like WordPress, but not entirely like it. I can’t say more about it now. When I release my new project, I will certainly invite you. I created about 5-6 plugins. 2 of them WP and others jQuery & PHP. It’s hard to maintain all of them. I’m very very busy in maintaining blog, plugins and school stuff. I will improve my existing plugins and when I get a new idea, I will make another plugin.

Tell us something about your city and your favorite hangout spots there?

I’m from Kerala , a state in India. I’m living in Kunnamkulam, a town (muncipality). Nothing big here. I don’t go out much. But my favourite places are the paddy fields and the streets where I could walk or ride a bicycle peacefully.

What is your ultimate message for netizens?

Never stop working hard. If you work hard, you will certainly accomplish your task. Never copy content from others. Always make your own stuff. Don’t hack / harass any person on the Internet. Always be a good netizen and speak up when you find something illegal or bad behaviour. Never fear. There are millions of nice people in this world who can help you. Don’t hesitate to ask for answers on disucssion forums and Q & A sites (stackexchange.com). Stay safe and simple.

Shardul Pandey Talks To Vishesh Kachheda

[quote cite=”Shardul Pandey” url=”http://system.sangkrit.net”]When with some of your unique idea about enhancing utility of Internet you create a website on your domain and stay focused on it, I become more than willing for interviewing you as a freedom fighter whether you think so or not but you certainly become one for establishing Internet world order.

That’s why I appeal you to bring most of things at your domain under GPL as it is the very nature of Internet that must be left open, free, fluid and live for the rest of humanity

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Shardul Pandey Talks To Vishesh KachhedaI welcome you Vishesh at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself.

First of all, Thanks for having me here, Shardul. I am Vishesh Kachheda, 15 year old Part-time Blogger, a 10th grade student and a Music freak from India, currently blogging on TechBin (http://techbin.org). I love Computers, Networking, Software, Photoshop and now, Blogging. I was always curious about Technology stuff and shown keen interest in my Computer when I got one :D
After 4 years of using Internet, I had created and deleted many free Blogs on which I never produced even a single Content. I just used to create free blogs, write a ‘Hello-Hi’ page and disappear. One day, there was an Article in a local newspaper about the great
‘Google AdSense’. After reading that, I quickly created a blog on Blogger about Wallpapers (It was the first blog, I worked on, a bit).
After adding some wallpapers to it, I applied for AdSense from my Blogger dashboard and got approved to get a Hosted AdSense account.

With that blog, I earned $4-$5 in my AdSense. After few days, I realised that wallpapers were not my thing and deleted that blog also. After that, I read some blogs on blogging and bought a Domain and Hosting (when I started blogging, It was just to Make Money). That domain was TechBin.org and I wrote some articles on it and my interest in bloggise rose up. It’s been a year now and am still working on TechBin and have got some real moments of joy with it. The funny thing is that although I only started blogging after reading about AdSense, I’ve got approved for only Blogger and YouTube and can’t use it on custom domain (Hosted account). I’ve applied for AdSense many times (for TechBin) but never got approved :P

What is the story behind the domain name? Why you chosen this name?

Well, there’s no good story behind it. When I decided to create a new blog, I quickly started to check the Domain name availability on GoDaddy. No surprise, most of them were already registered. After 2 hours of researching and thinking a lot, I ended up registering TechBin.org and I am happy with it.

How many people got associated for working together on this domain?

I work completely alone. I am like a One man army :D Be it Writing, Promoting, Advertising, Managing all the work on TechBin is done only by me. I have no one working for me on it.

What philosophy drives you doing this?

I just had passion in Blogging (and to earn), I created it. It’s the thing I am the best at, Technology.

How much time you spend working on your website?

Currently, because I am also a student and I have my boards sitting on my head, I am able to spend just 2-3 hours per day working on my blog.

What efforts you make for driving web traffic towards your domain?

To drive Traffic, there are so many things that I do regularly. My favorite among them is building relationships with other Bloggers. It’s the best thing one can do. If you have a good relationship with other Bloggers, you can frankly ask him/her any help that you need and believe me, there are many situations where you really need.

Other methods include Blog Commenting, Guest Posting, Social Media dominance and doing SEO for my website which helps me in getting good traffic from Google and other search engines. You can read about all the strategies in detail here – Best ways to get Targeted Traffic to your Blog. In case of building Readership, just try to write better and simply you will end up increasing your blog’s readership automatically.

How much money you make working on your domain?

Although I am not having passive income with my website till now but I think I, on an average, earn $80-$150 per month online which helps me in my personal expenses.

Is there any more projects you are currently working?

Currently, I have many ideas and plans in my mind but I am not really working on those as of now.

Which country you are from? Tell us something about your city and your favorite hangout spots there?

I am from India and in there, I live in Meerut city. I don’t have any particular favorite hangout spot but I just love to discover more of those with my friends.

What is your ultimate message for netizens?

I would just like to say that everyone should do what he likes to do.

If you have interest in Blogging or creating Websites, just go for it. You many fail with your starting websites but after you’ll keep learning, one day you’ll have enough knowledge that you’ll be easily able to survive Online.

It’s been a year now since I am doing all this but still I learn everyday and try to spot my mistakes in the past. For an example, 1 year ago, my Writing was just a piece of crap. But now, I am quite good at it (at least I think so :D )

Shardul Pandey Talks To Amit Kumar

[quote cite=”Shardul Pandey” url=”http://system.sangkrit.net”]When with some of your unique idea about enhancing utility of Internet you create a website on your domain and stay focused on it, I become more than willing for interviewing you as a freedom fighter whether you think so or not but you certainly become one for establishing Internet world order.

That’s why I appeal you to bring most of things at your domain under GPL as it is the very nature of Internet that must be left open, free, fluid and live for the rest of humanity

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I welcome you Amit at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself.

Hi Shardul, first of all thanks for having me on your program, and it’s a pleasure to be here. I’m Amit Kumar from Ranchi, jharkhand. I’m an Engineering student (Electronics and telecommunication) and part-time blogger. I started my blog in 2013 with fun and now for the past 6 months it has become a passion. Now i am blogging aggressively and spending rest of time on my blog after study.

How exactly your idea sparked to register howtouncle.com?

Actually I am living with my four senior mates who all are Computer Science Graduates and doing job in Software Companies. Regular discussion with them on various technology topics and problems gave me an idea to share technology tips with people, thus i started to write tech tips and tricks on blog for the regular use of people.

At the beginning I blogged in blogspot blog (Howcanstart.blogspot.com) for one month and after seeing the readers appreciations, lovely comments I redirected my Blogspot Blog by a Custom Domain name which is now Howtouncle.com. All this was possible due to the motivation of Sourav sharma (the founder of IndiaMapia and full-form.in), who supported me in every step and he is like my big brother.

What is the story behind your domain name? Why you chosen this name?

Usually in college we always use this type of sentence like “what’s going on uncle” or “what’s an idea uncle” to tease our friends. One day when i was talking with Sourav sharma about selecting a domain name, he involuntarily said Howtouncle is also a nice name, you can choose it. I also realised, yehh this is quite familiar name and thus i selected this name for my blog.

How many people got associated for working together on this domain?

Currently I am working alone on my blog but very soon i am going to hire talented and expert bloggers to attract a great deal of readers from all around the world by providing them a complete tech support.

What philosophy drives you doing this?

Simply i would like to say – this is a thought of mine, I want to share complete and valuable tech information for the people of all across the world. I am focusing and i will focus to provide all tech support such as technology tips and tricks, Windows tips, computer tricks, mobile tips, android tips, latest updates on my blog.

How much time you spend working on your domain? What efforts you make for driving traffic towards your domain?

I spend 2 to 4 hours daily on my blog. I am concentrating on writing quality articles and promoting them on popular social media platforms like Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc.

What makes your endeavours unique on Internet?

Every blog are experimenting with their readers by sharing various zigzags materials. But i am not doing any experiment, i am just trying to provide solutions for those tech problems which people encounter in their daily life while using computer/laptop, smartphone, online services, online accounts and all other technology stuffs. I always write my article in very simple English along with step-wise Screenshots.

Is there any more projects you are currently working?

No, currently I am not working on any other project. I am just busy with my study and my blog.

What is your ultimate message for netizens?

“Work Hard, Success will Follow You”