Writing Again on WAQASALI.me

Remember that I used to write, sometime quite frequently. But it hasn’t been happening for some time now.

Part of that is because I am really busy at Hometown. Part of that is I have been lazy about, and was finding it difficult writing at personal level. Also (believe it or not) part of that is because I no longer like this platform as much. Everytime I or someone landed on my website. It would show you some really silly and unrelated Ads on my page. So I was looking into a new place for my writing.

So my blog is moving to SVBTLE. It is a new kind of magazine platform and they are trying to make it easier for people to share and discover new ideas. Part of that includes helping writers (like me) with copy editing and fast-checking. I think I am gonna use them to improve my writing skills.

Good thing is that my blog address will still be waqasali.me and you can also subcribe via email. So let’s see how it goes and thank you for sticking and riding along.

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Set for Shipping

Just now when I was coming out of my washroom, I saw an ant moving on the sink. At first it did not look like an ant at all. I thought it is anyother comparatively bigger insect. But when I got closer, it was an ant holding a piece of food bigger then itself. I think we become what we carry.

We can carry anything, a camera, a hope, some anger, business idea, a flower, thoughts of revenge, a regret or anything out there. Some time you can even carry an idea which could connect 850 million people. In short, everyone of us is set to ship something.

I often whisper: “A lot gets changed, and it’ll be changed more by time.”

Lately I have been in lot of changes, mostly positives.

Now on this blog I want to talk about what I am doing, rather than what I or you should be trying becoming.

As some of you know, I am trying building a startup. A real business where I have to convince people to buy my product (mostly shoes). In fact I am learning how to make physical products from scratch. And how to ship when it is hard.

Now I am realising this more than ever that why someone like ‘Sheeda Dabay Wala’ (Sheeda box maker) is smarter than guys with an MBA from a leading business school.

Entrepreneurship is fun, but at the same time, probably the most sensitive fun one could ever have. For example, yesterday someone stole my motor bike from the parking. This bike was gifted by my brother to help me in my business. And now it is with me no more, but then no matter what, let’s keep shipping.

Let’s keep shipping for what we set overselves.

In coming days and months, I shall write how I am building the business and what is important which I am learning, relearning or unlearning.

My focus will be more on the business and workable side of the world rather than just preaching how to be a better human. Better human is important, but one can help more people if you have the idea of getting something physical out of that.

In short I am all set now. The site name is changed from ‘Waqas A Day’ in to Waqas Ali.

And yes, now we have a tagline/message:  “Set for Shipping.”

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What Not To Do in 2012

2011 is to over.

Exactly a year back when I was finishing 2010, I had many goals, and challenges set for me. One of them was ‘writing daily‘ which I couldn’t fulfill. I have published 117 posts on this blog, including this one.

To tell you the inside story, I couldn’t do most of what I planned.

I had a to-do list for 2011, which is ending with less accomplishments but thankfully more learning than ever. My purpose was to do few things regularly which would make me a better person for 2011. Gladly, I’m a better person today than what I was a year back.

This time, things are changed. Instead of thinking for what to do in 2012, I have been thinking what not to do.

I want to make it clear to myself, to stop doing few things. Which haven’t been very helping to me. The idea of Not To-Do List was introduced to my by my friend Ivana Sendecka, you can read her post about here.

This is what I’m not doing in 2012. I shall try my best to stand with them all.

I’ll not

  • speak (and write) unless I have something truly important to state
  • be fooled again by so-called experts
  • hesitate to tell the gurus/experts that they are scammers and talkers
  • join any majority
  • take junk food more than 5 times a month
  • make promise, unless I have strong will, time and energy to deliver it
  • have too many minds
  • say ‘I don’t have money’
  • wait it to be prepared enough to ship
  • put people in my wait
  • work for free
  • let the stress take over me

Instead of adding many new actions, focus on changing some currents can help me get better for 2012. This is the idea.

Starting this blog on Jan 01, 2011 was one of the best actions I took this year. Thank you so much of you for knowing and reading me.

I am very much ready to be a improved person and better writer. This blog should result into something big, I think. What you say?

Friends, also tell me what is at your end? What is your Not-To-Do in 2012? I believe you should have one too. Let’s communicate more this year, I would love your comments.

Happy New Year!!! Health, Peace and Money.

Your committed,

Waqas

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Important Note – Tell Me About Yourself

This blog is referred as Waqas’s blog, but it is equally yours. I believe knowing and communicating with you people is one of the basic reasons to start this blog.

So here we go, please answer these simple questions, to let us all know about yourself. I shall like it very much, and it’ll also help me know you better.

  1. What is your name?
  2. Where were you born?
  3. Where do you live now?
  4. What do you do? (your profession/hobbies or anything)
  5. What does excite you? (you love to do _____?)
  6. What is your website? (blog / profile etc)
  7. What did you take in your last meal? (if you’re not fasting since years)
  8. How did you get know this blog? (i.e WaqasADay)
  9. Do you like something here? What?
  10. What do you think of Pakistan?

Please share your answer here in comments, and I’ll post them on About You page.

I really can not wait to meet you. Thank you for being with all the time.

Warmly! Waqas

Hire Me – Why Don’t You

Hey friends,

Just added a new page ‘Hire Me‘ in the blog, check it out and let me know what you think. Suggestions would be warmly appreciated.

Also now you know what I do. 😉 So if you or any of your friend needs help and I can be of help. Get in touch with me.

From tomorrow we’ll be back at regular posts. For now, just hire me!

Thank you.

How to Add a Tweet Button With Your Twitter Username into WordPress.com

UPDATE (April29, 2012): Though WordPress.com now lets you add your own twitter username when using the Tweet Button. For this you need to set up Publicize feature for Twitter. (Official message from WordPress.com here.)

NOTE: When I enabled this feature, it didn’t work at first. So I disabled and enabled again, and it worked fine for a day or two. IT HAS STOPPED WORKING AGAIN NOW.

But don’t worry.

To create your own tweet button, please go through these steps.

This button’s function include:

  • adds my twitter handle / username after the Post Title and URL
  • suggests non-followers to follow me on Twitter
  • shows the main website link after RT

But this will not show the tweets count.

You can test it by using the tweet button below. 😉

Jump to Tweet + Like to learn How to Add Such Tweet Button for Your WP.com Site.

You Can Write A Great Blog Post If You

10- regularly make a draft of your learning, in your note pad, a word file or even use your mobile’s draft folder to write down the ideas / story.

9- share any interesting thing, which happened to you and can deliver learning  to others.

8- watch a movie, and then tell us what made the hero ‘A Hero‘ or/and why the movie was interesting.

7- go through your old notebooks, if there is something (I believe there are many) which can still be applied, publish them for us.

6- go through your two years old email in your sent folder.

5- take four days offline and spend time with yourself and few people who really matters.

4- watch a TED Talk.

3- get fail at something.

2- read, read, and read.

1- want.

Also remember You Can Not Write a Great Blog Post Everyday, you don’t need to. But it never means you shouldn’t write.

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