How often should one blog?

When it comes to blogging, “How often should I blog?” is the most frequently asked question. There is no as such answer to this question because most of the bloggers prefer to maintain their own blogging schedule depending upon their busy routines. It varies person to person.

Its all about content & when it comes to right, useful content, there will be audience to read it. Some of the blogging schedules which can be implemented are as follows:

  • Multiple posts per day 
  • Daily posts 
  • 2-3 posts per week (Most preferred frequency)
  • 1 post per week (Most preferred frequency)
  • 1-2 posts per month

Is it necessary to blog frequently?
Well, yes! Search engines, especially Google loves fresh, unique content. So those blogs which are updated frequently with new content/ posts are likely to be crawled by Google seamlessly & quickly. Most importantly the blog will stay listed for longer period of time.

Updating at least once a week is sufficient to begin with. If you go less than that, it would be hard to maintain your reader’s interest. Frequent blogging eventually will build your position/goodwill among the readers & you will see an increase in the volume of social sharing & the traffic as time progresses.

In today’s world where everyone is busy with their own routines, it becomes tough to update the blog regularly. But if one is serious about blogging, not updating the blog at all will be a wrong move. If you post anything good, you will get traffic/social shares even if you don’t update very often because quality matters than the quantity.

A thrilling “Mission A7000″ movie experience

Mission A7000

I am a movie buff & love to watch movies a lot. That day I received a call from “Mission A7000″ team & invited me for the special private screening of the movie “Mission A7000″ in Mumbai which includes Johnny Deep & Scarlet Handsfree as main lead & directed by George Clooless. I was been told that its one of those movies which thrilling plot is interesting.

Mission A7000

To my surprise, the story begins with a white hacker & silicon valley millionaire, Louis Santiago who has kept his double life as a secret…during a mission in Istanbul he meets a French lady who invites him to the hotel. While on the way, he realizes that it was a trap & ends up in a warehouse where he is locked down. How he tries to manage to escape from the trap with the help of his electronic gadget is the plot of the movie.

Mission A7000

To know what happens next, click here to watch the trailer & receive your preview screening invite. They are giving a few lucky people from selected cities a chance to be part of a special screening.

GOQii fitness band review: Beginning of the fitness trend

Today there are various fitness bands available in the market and the quantity is increasing and why not, but very few of them actually contribute to the community by giving something more. It was February 28, 2015 where in I got introduced to “GOQii” fitness band by Vishal Gondal, the Founder & CEO of GOQii himself at the #BeSummerReady meetup.#BeSummerReady is a initiative by GOQii to spread the awareness of staying fit during the summers.

GOQii Fitness Band 1

Celebrity trainer, Satyajit Chaurasiya, Head Nutrionist & Master Coach, Luke Coutinho & Vishal Gondal at GOQii Blogger’s Meet

It was a pleasure to meet him in person at the bloggers event along with the celebrity trainer, Satyajit Chaurasiya & Head Nutrionist and Master Coach, Luke Coutinho. It was really a delightful experience where in these three gentlemen took us through the whole concept behind the GOQii band and the initiative.

GOQii Fitness Band 2

My GOQii Fitness Band

From that day my journey with GOQii actually started. Within few mins my GOQii band was all set to track my daily data. During the registration its best to fill in the extensive form which collects the vital information about goals, daily routine, daily activities, age, weight, height and so on. The good thing about it is that its so easy to setup. The band is synced with their official app which stores the whole data under one ecosystem. Now many people will say that all the fitness bands provide the same feature. All they do is track. Well, the advantage of GOQii is that it comes with a assigned virtual coach which keeps a track of the data & guides accordingly based on your goals. The band shows the information about current day’s activity, steps taken, calories burnt, distance travelled, karma points (This is an interesting initiative where in every 390 steps taken, the user earns 1 karma point which later on can be used to donate to the charity via GOQii) and active time. It also acts as a watch. A daily summary of the activity will be stored for upto 30 days on the GOQii platform. The battery standby is max 3 days.

GOQii Fitness Band

My GOQii fitness band is ready to track my daily data

The GOQii band comes in various subscription plans: Rs. 3,999/- (3 months), Rs. 6,999/- (6 months) & Rs. 11,999/- (12 months) in various color options such as Red & Black, Red, Black, Blue, Pink & Transparent. GOQii is not just a fitness band, its a community which gathers together frequently to workout together and motivate each other.

Its now almost 3 weeks since I have started to use it and I must say the journey towards being fit is progressing. In this 3 weeks, I had my first introduction call with my virtual coach to share my routine along with the goals I am looking to achieve. The coach has been timely sending valuable & helpful information in the app and also keeping me motivated via phone. Since this is the very first initial review, will keep you all updated with a detailed feedback in the next post soon.

Oscar 2015 winners and nominees

Here’s the list of the winners & the nominees of the 87th Academy Awards.

Oscar 2015 winners and nominees

  • Best Picture
    American Sniper
    Birdman – Winner
    Boyhood
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    The Imitation Game
    Selma
    The Theory of Everything
    Whiplash
  • Best Director
    Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
    Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman) – Winner
    Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
    Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)
    Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)
  • Best Actress
    Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
    Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
    Julianne Moore (Still Alice) – Winner
    Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
    Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
  • Best Actor
    Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
    Bradley Cooper( American Sniper)
    Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
    Michael Keaton (Birdman)
    Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) – Winner
  • Best Supporting Actress
    Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) – Winner 
    Laura Dern (Wild)
    Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
    Emma Stone (Birdman)
    Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)
  • Best Supporting Actor
    Robert Duvall (The Judge)
    Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
    Edward Norton (Birdman)
    Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
    J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) – Winner
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
    Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice)
    Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)
    Jason Hall (American Sniper)
    Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything)
    Graham Moore (The Imitation Game) – Winner
  • Best Original Screenplay
    Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
    Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye (Foxcatcher)
    Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler)
    Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo (Birdman) – Winner
    Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  • Best Foreign Language Film
    Leviathan
    Ida – Winner
    Tangerines
    Timbuktu
    Wild Tales
  • Best Documentary Feature
    CitizenFour – Winner
    Finding Vivian Maier
    Last Days in Vietnam
    The Salt in the Earth
    Virunga
  • Best Animated Feature
    Big Hero 6 – Winner
    The Boxtrolls
    How to Train Your Dragon 2
    Song of the Sea
    The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
  • Film Editing
    Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach (American Sniper)
    Sandra Adair (Boyhood)
    Barney Pilling (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
    William Goldenberg (The Imitation Game)
    Tom Cross (Whiplash) – Winner
  • Best Song
    Everything Is Awesome (The Lego Movie)
    Glory (Selma) – Winner
    Grateful (Beyond the Lights)
    I’m Not Gonna Miss You (Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me)
    Lost Stars (Begin Again)
  • Best Original Score
    Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel) – Winner
    Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game)
    Johann Johannsson (The Theory of Everything)
    Gary Yershon (Mr. Turner)
    Hans Zimmer (Interstellar)
  • Best Cinematography
    Roger Deakins (Unbroken)
    Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman) – Winner
    Dick Pope (Mr. Turner)
    Robert Yeoman (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
    Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski (Ida)
  • Best Costume Design
    Milena Canonero (The Grand Budapest Hotel) – Winner
    Mark Bridges (Inherent Vice)
    Colleen Atwood (Into the Woods)
    Anna B. Sheppard (Maleficent)
    Jacqueline Durran (Mr. Turner)
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling
    Bill Corso & Dennis Liddiard (Foxcatcher)
    Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier (The Grand Budapest Hotel) – Winner
    Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White (Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Best Production Design
    Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock (The Grand Budapest Hotel) – Winner
    Maria Djurkovic & Tatiana Macdonald (The Imitation Game)
    Nathan Crowley & Gary Fettis (Interstellar)
    Dennis Gassner & Anna Pinnock (Into the Woods)
    Suzie Davies & Charlotte Watts (Mr. Turner)
  • Best Sound Editing
    Alan Robert Murray & Bub Asman (American Sniper) – Winner
    Martin Hernández & Aaron Glascock (Birdman)
    Brent Burge & Jason Canovas (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies)
    Richard King (Interstellar)
    Becky Sullivan & Andrew DeCristofaro (Unbroken)
  • Best Sound Mixing
    John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff & Walt Martin (American Sniper)
    Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño & Thomas Varga (Birdman)
    Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker & Mark Weingarten (Interstellar)
    Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño & David Lee (Unbroken)
    Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins & Thomas Curley (Whiplash) – Winner
  • Best Visual Effects
    Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill & Dan Sudick (Captain America)
    Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett & Erik Winquist (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)
    Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner & Paul Corbould (Guardians of the Galaxy)
    Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter & Scott Fisher (Interstellar) – Winner
    Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie & Cameron Waldbauer (X-Men: Days of Future Past)
  • Best Short Film, Live Action
    Oded Binnun & Mihal Brezis (Aya)
    Michael Lennox & Ronan Blaney (Boogaloo and Graham)
    Hu Wei & Julien Féret (Butter Lamp)
    Talkhon Hamzavi & Stefan Eichenberger (Parvaneh)
    Mat Kirkby & James Lucas (The Phone Call) – Winner
  • Best Short Film, Animated
    Daisy Jacobs & Christopher Hees (The Bigger Picture)
    Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi (The Dam Keeper)
    Patrick Osborne & Kristina Reed (Feast) – Winner
    Torill Kove (Me and My Moulton)
    Joris Oprins (A Single Life)
  • Best Documentary, Short Subject
    Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry (Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1) – Winner
    Aneta Kopacz (Joanna)
    Tomasz Śliwiński and Maciej Ślesicki (Our Curse)
    Gabriel Serra Arguello (The Reaper)
    J. Christian Jensen (White Earth)

Badlapur Movie Review: A well made slow paced dark thriller

Badlapur” is an Indian crime slow paced dark thriller directed by Sriram Raghavan. Yes, Sriram Raghavan who directed movies like Ek Hasina ThiJohnny Gaddaar & Agent Vinod. The plot of the movie is based on the revenge saga of Raghu (Varun Dhawan), who’s wife (Yami Gautam) and son has been killed by Liak (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) during the bank robbery in Pune, in presence of his partner Harman (Vinay Pathak).

Badlapur Movie Review

No wonder Sriram Raghavan has directed this flick brilliantly. The cinematography feels natural and nothing jazzy which in a way gives a natural touch to the movie. Surprisingly Varun Dhawan who has acted in the movies like Student of the Year, Main Tera Hero, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania which were of romantic genre, has proved his acting skills in this movie which is complete opposite of the genres he has performed before and the character progresses as the story moves ahead. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, no doubt is a brilliant actor who has delivered fine performances in many movies like Kick, The Lunchbox, Talaash and many more & has given complete justice to his role in this movie too. Other characters like Jhimli (Huma Qureshi), Koko (Radhika Apte) & Shoba (Divya Dutta) also stands out with their performances in the movie even though their role was short.

The first half looks crisp edited but later in the second half it feels a bit dragged. The music & the background score goes with the story and tracks like Jee Karda, Jeena Jeena are good on ears. What to look out for is the climax (Obviously I wont reveal it). Out & out, Badlapur is a good one time watch. Varun Dhawan & Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s performances, you cannot miss.

Director: Sriram Raghavan

Cast: Varun Dhawan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Yami Gautam, Vinay Pathak, Huma Qureshi, Radhika Apte, Divya Dutta

Rating: 4/5

Have a secret? Share it anonymously with this new Twitter tool

While surfing the web other day, I came across this Twitter tool “Tweet Your Secrets” which allows one to post their secrets anonymously on Twitter without revealing the source handle of the tweet. Interesting? Earlier we had seen the app “Secret” which was also related to the Secrets genre. The app managed to generate so called hype but the concept didn’t actually sustained on Twitter.

Have a secret? Share it anonymously with this new Twitter tool

When I checked “Tweet Your Secrets” Twitter profile, I found out that only 60 tweets were posted and had around 15.7K followers (as on Feb 22, 2015). It seems its a pretty new tool and trying to mark their presence. As per their website, it says “We review all of your secrets and approve them to be posted manually. We will not post any secrets which contain harmful or explicit content & are committed to safeguarding and preserving the privacy of our visitors..”

To test the tool, I did managed to post 2 secrets but I did not see them on their Twitter profile & found out that they post only 2-3 secrets a day based on their tweet posting behavior. Strange. Hope they pick up the pace. Lets see how this tool tries to build the mark on the social media.

Have you added Call-to-Action Button on your Facebook page?

When was the last time you had a neat glance of your Facebook page? Noticed a “Create Call-to-Action” button on the cover page?

Have you added Call-to-Action Button on Your Facebook Page?

The call-to-action feature was announced by Facebook few weeks back in order to help pages drive more business objectives. Facebook started to roll out this feature slowly. Page admins can select from a group of call-to-action buttons — like:

  • Book Now
  • Contact Us
  • Use App
  • Play Game
  • Shop Now
  • Sign Up &
  • Watch Video

You can add a call-to-action to your page at no cost. Keep in mind that not everyone has this feature yet.

To add a call-to-action button to your Page:

  • Go to your Page’s cover photo and click Create Call-to-Action
  • Choose your call to action options (and the destination URL that you want to link to)
  • Click Create

Many brands have started to implement this feature, have you implemented it?