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Am I a Blogger?

In blogging on March 12, 2010 at 8:47 am

a guy with lots of id tags

An Authentic Fraud

Are you a victim of the haunting question of “what do you do?” In our lives, in this country, we are often defined by the answer to this question. I don’t really blame us though. There is far too much coming at us all at once, too much stimuli, and we as humans need to categorize and become selective with the things we interact with.  So we use “what we do” as an easy way to define who we and others are in one quick question.

I’ve personally come to realize just how painful this question can be for people in this day and age. Many of our friends have lost their jobs, our economy is damaged, and we are in a period of transition. I am currently struggling with this question myself, and voila a blog post title was born.

I have dedicated my adventure into blogging with a couple of agreements with myself. I wanted to build a community that I could joyfully spend every day being part of, and I wanted to do it with an authenticity that I feel both me and my world needs. The community part is steadily becoming a reality, but the authenticity part is what I am struggling with. And, it all comes down to the question in the title of this blog…”Am I a blogger?”

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Paralysis by Analysis

In blogging, social media on March 5, 2010 at 11:21 am

A guy wrapped in cables looking scared

February ends, March Begins, and Marty Bhatia Learned Something

Have you ever started, stopped, restarted, stopped, rinsed, and repeated with the only outcome being the fact that you really haven’t gotten anything worthwhile done? This phenomenon is sometimes called “paralysis by analysis”. As I build my blogging career (yes, that is what I am doing) I have found that my constant desire to improve has yet again left me stuck.

If you remember, the end of January resulted in a Jan wrap up post. From there I was hoping to create a format for end of month summaries so that I could follow that format every time. The problem began when I realized that I can’t keep a format because I am doing so many new things.

The amount of stuff I’ve learned only leaves me with a feeling that I’ve just hit the tip of the iceberg. But, when I go and help someone I quickly realize just how much I’ve actually learned. So I’ve decided to keep it simple, and give you a list, and then the most import thing I’ve learned in February.

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Follow Friday (#FF) on Twitter

In blogging, social media on February 26, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Twitter Followers Lining up For Follow Friday

What the “Hashtag” (#) is this all about?

Do you use Twitter and see the #__________ (fill in the blank) all over the place and wonder , is that even useful? The short answer is sometimes. To get an idea of just how much there is to know about click this Hashtags. The signifigance of the #ff is that it is about people promoting other people on Twitter. The best part about it is that it is actually useful.

I have been working hard at “mastering” my use of Twitter. I’ve been figuring out different ways to follow, manage following/unfollowing, using my phone, and other twitter applications, but I’ve also been learning the art of engaging other people. The fact is that there is an active community on Twitter that is on Twitter to really share and connect. There are others just pouring in information, and many more just lurking trying to figure it all out.

The #FF is a great way to find active engaged communities on Twitter. I look forward to Friday for so many reasons, and now follow Friday is a new reason. I have found so many great people, with cool blogs, strong networks, and great businesses that are local, and this promotion also builds a bit of karma.

How often in our real lives (not Twitter lives) do we really give someone an appropriate call to attention? Do you ever walk into a work and say, “Hey I just like to mention Jerry over there is doing a great job, and you all should pay more attention to him.”, or something like that? I doubt it.

How I like to Use Follow Friday
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A Tired Bloggers Poem

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2010 at 1:54 am

No matter the bounds my spirit can ponder

No matter the distance my mind will wonder

I am just a man, and I can go no farther


A Blogger Changing Themes

In blogging on February 24, 2010 at 1:34 pm
Marty Bhatia changing themes of his blog

That's me...changing themes

Theme Changing to a Blogger is What Moving is to Homeowners

Have you ever wondered how a blogger picks his/her theme? Or, are you a blogger that has gone through this painstaking process that leaves you up at night? Well either way I’ve discovered just how much changing a theme can affect your psyche. For bloggers this is a nightmare with fears of losing followers, alienating people, and having functions that don’t work, and for readers it could be quite annoying similar to the morning I woke up and Facebook had changed.

This would be an appropriate point to insert a “WTF”.
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A Dogs Loyalty

In Dog Blog on February 20, 2010 at 1:02 pm

My dog Roscoe

Why Our Shoes Taste So Good

My dog Roscoe used to chew up mine and my wife’s shoes, but mostly her shoes. Besides the countless tears my wife dispensed over her favorite black strapped heels with the open toes, there was a message that Roscoe was trying to send us. The problem is that we don’t speak dog, and therefore we were desperate to figure out what the reason behind the guiltless destruction of our shoes.

The reality is that I was more desperate to figure it out, because I couldn’t take another session of tears and frustration from my wife. Now, don’t get me wrong my wife is not materialistic, but when I had four pairs of shoes lying next to my wife’s one pair of shoes, and the dog chose hers to chew, it amplified her frustration. I was determined to listen to the dog, and figure out what the deal was, and then try to convince him that shoes are not a good medium of communication.
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T.B.P. (the bloggers’ post) Sponsors a Meetup Group

In blogging on February 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm
the bloggers' post's new logo

What do you think?

And a New Logo Too!

Have you observed a group of people that you think you are like, and want to actually meet people in this community in person? If you answered yes, you’d be talking about www.Meetup.com. This is a brilliant site in my opinion, it’s simply facilitating interactions with people you’re interested in hanging around with in a much likelier chance than sheer luck. I think the idea of the “meet up” could help the economy grow simply by connecting our disconnects in business. But, I get ahead of myself sometimes, and this blog post is about my Meetup group.

It’s called “Chicago Blogs”, and the process of putting this together was easy. It was the commitment I was making that was more interesting to me. I discovered that I was actually putting into action much of what I hope to achieve with all my blogs. If you are like me, and you’re thinking “what‘s this blog’s theme?”, or “where this blog site is going?”, then you would be discovering that my underlying theme is building community. And, while we are at it will make it a really authentic community.

The Plan

Step 1: Start a blog about anything.  Just be really really honest when you write, and make it about things you like to talk about. So in the very least I have tried something new.

Step 2: Get inspired.
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To My Beautiful Wife

In Uncategorized on February 14, 2010 at 12:28 pm
a beautiful woman


Screaming from the Rooftops…or Laptops (Close Enough)

Is a blog an appropriate place to declare your love? Probably not, unless of course your wife is one of your subscribers, and may be checking email to find this subtle blog post from her husband that declares, to the part of the world reading, that she is absolutely adored by her husband. Then, perhaps, it would bring a smile to her face. I think that might be an appropriate use of a few kilobytes of space on the Internet.

I’ve been married for about 5 ½ years now, and like any couple life has its ebbs and flows. I’ve realized that this journey that we are on is just more fun when you have someone you really love being with. It sucks sometimes as I don’t get to play Xbox as often as I like, and after years of getting to know one another there are no more places to hide. I’m totally vulnerable to my lovely wife, which is actually an amazing thing if you think about. Read the rest of this entry »

A Confession of a Blogger

In blogging on February 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Getting Paralyzed by Positive Comments

I have a confession. I have recently been so passionate about blogging, and connecting in these new communities that I have been requesting lots of feedback. And, lots of feedback is exactly what I got. The good news is that most of it was positive, helpful, and caring. The bad news is that all this feedback has left me paralyzed.

I realized that I was stuck while trying to write the last 3 blog posts. This may sound stupid to most, but now I am paralyzed because of the positive feedback. Nothing is good enough. I keep starting over. I don’t want to let anyone down, or lose momentum because my blog writing skills have actually started to regress.

I thought by blogging about this fear I may overcome my fear, and hope that my readers understand. Some blogs may suck, and I just have to get over that. Besides, if I were this “always producing great material” type of writer, I would be negotiating book deals instead of blogging about being stuck. To be honest I don’t think everything written by even my favorite authors is always great. They must have poorly written things out there too. Don’t you think? Read the rest of this entry »