An Ultimate guide for New WordPress Bloggers – Part 1

If you are a new blogger on the wordpress site , then this post is for you. When I joined an year back , I have found this platform to be the best , easy to understand even if you are not computer literate . The community is very supportive.  There are many bloggers who helped me to grow and understand the basics of blogging. I am not an expert as I am still on the way of learning as learning is an never ending process.


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Today I am going to share the few things which I feel every new blogger on the wordpress must know at the beginning stage.

WordPress blog setup, a guide to new bloggers

Once you have created an account on Word Press , the next step is make your blog reader friendly and easy to navigate. Here are few steps you should take to attract readers and to present your blog to the world.

About page:

This is an important page that you should write first  for your readers to give an idea about yourself and your blog. You may include your picture with a little bio too.
It gives a clear picture to the reader about what they are going to get on your blog. Take a look at my About Page

Menu:

This is a point from where readers are going to see a broad idea about the categories for which you are writing. It helps the  reader to navigate where and what they want to read.

It should be easy and clear e.g. I am writing short stories , my feelings and quotes.  When the reader clicks on Menu , it is up to the reader what they want to read. You can add categories like book reviews , affiliates , food recipes and many more.

More details here

https://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/how-to-add-navigation-menu-in-wordpress-beginners-guide/

Widgets :

There is a space on your website where you can add widgets. In the very beginning you may find it difficult to understand what these widgets are all about and why is there a need to add and where to add. You can add these widgets to sidebar i.e. on the side of the website page or at bottom of the page , depending on the the theme. This includes

  • Text widget – for adding text.
  • Search widget – for adding Search bar
  • My community- showing the blogs you follow
  • Recent post- for showing the recent post
  • Twitter timeline – for showing latest tweets
  • And many more ( check Customisation )

For more details , check out this link

https://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/how-to-add-and-use-widgets-in-wordpress/

Social Media Profiles :

This helps your follower to get connected with you on other social media platforms. You have to connect the social icons of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram to your accounts. This is because your reader may know you better from your other accounts as you must be posting something different on  other accounts e.g. I post food recipes , my travel pics on my Insta Page and Facebook page.

More details here –

https://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-add-social-media-icons-to-wordpress-menus/

Help and support Feature –

This feature has been proven a great help for me. If you have any problem at any time , do leave your question or problem there. The help team will contact you and will give you a proper solution.
You have to be little patient as it takes 12 to 24 hours for reply. But I assure you the team is really wonderful and supportive.

Ways of content appreciation :

New bloggers must know how to appreciate the blog content in a proper way. In the early months of bloggers , I found one of my follower copied my content ( Complete post ) and published under his name. I felt so bad . There are many ways to appreciate the blog content . So new bloggers must know how to appreciate the blog content . Read my related post HERE

To be continued…….

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When you need something more than words

A gentle warm touch of mother can make the world of a child safer and secured…

A gentle warm touch of your friend can immediately give you an assurance….

A gentle warm touch of your beloved can lift up your mood…

A gentle warm touch is a need of person specially when words are not enough to express your feeling. It act as psychological boost for the body and help a person to combat with the difficult situations of life.

It can be felt as the emotions flow from your brain to the other person. In other words , we can say the unseen positive  energy flowing through our body can be felt when you touch someone.

There are some therapies too that follow this concept like Reiki or Therapeutic therapy. These are based on some of the powers mentioned in ancient scriptures and been followed by ancient people. Though there are not proper scientific evidences for it , yet it has its own importance.

Unfortunately we have forgot this aspect of the touch in our lives. The touch,  now a days , has taken another shape. This is something need to be pious ,pure , healer, caring and supportive .

We must too understand when does a person need a touch and of what kind ? Is the next person ready to accept it ? Will you be able to convey your thoughts , your concern , your love or your support through your touch ?

Think about the touch you have received in your difficult times through your friend as a hug….

Think about the touch when you were in high fever and some one sat near you and put a caring hand on your forehead…

There are many instances in our life when we look for it and there are many moments when we received such feelings through a gentle touch…!!!!

Not only human beings animals to understand the language of touch. They are not able to speak your language yet they express their feelings through touching you.

Give this happiness to someone today and see the magic of your touch.

Hold the hand of the one who is looking for a promise from you.

Give a big hug to the one whom you have hurt to say sorry without words…

Give a gentle pat at the back of the one who has put a lot of effort and hardwork to achieve his goal…..

I am sending you the virtual hugs if you too in need of it… Hope it makes you better and joyful.

A virtual hug , need a gentle warm touch , journey of life continues

With lots of love and wishes for this festival season.

Ms Arora💕💕

Do you  remember any such touch which helped you ? Must be many! Do share any one !

Mystery Blogger Award

This comes to me as a surprise after a long time. It was an year back when I wrote a post for my first award on my blog. I was quite excited and so is this time. Thank you Manas Mukul for taking me back to the memory lane .

These awards not only give us an opportunity to  connect with other bloggers but also help us to build a strong blogging community. Few months back I also started a series called FRIDAY FEATURE POST  where I introduced some of the bloggers on my blog and it was fun doing that.

Mystery blogger award , journey of life continues

Time to know about Mystery Blogger Award🏆🏆

Okota Enigma started this award with the underlying theme being, “It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”

Here are the answers to the questions asked for this Award : 

Tell three 3 things about yourself
(The most difficult part for me to write.)

🌻People say I have a beautiful smile.( see my Avataar)

🌻I love to watch English Sci – fi movies.

🌻I can dance but can’t sing…!!!

What’s your superpower?

In the world of today where people have no time to listen the other person I can understand the emotinal need of a person and listen him/her until he starts feeling relaxed. My patience , stoicism are my super natural power.

What do you want to be engraved on your tombstone?

‘Mystery continues……! ‘

What’s that one advice you give to everyone?

Life is given once… Believe me there is nothing in this world that you can’t achieve but what not is possible is ‘Inner peace’. The moment you get it…Keep that mantra with you always and live happily forever.

What’s your take on soul mate ?

One who knows your flaws yet accept you as you are and understand the language of love

Weird one – What do you love more – Cockroach or lizard?

Ewww….Lizard as it don’t fly like cockroach does sometimes. Two antennas…give me a strange itchy feelings. Even now when I am writing.

Now the Rules for this award 

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Here is link to not the best post but a post with which all bloggers can relate too – blogging- as a hobby to passion and then to  profession ?

Best in terms of stats and views is Have a date with my coffee love  

Now is the time for nominees and here are the names of  bloggers and their blog. 

🏆 Siddhartha dua
https://www.obsoletereality.com

🏆Anjali. https://anjalisk96.wordpress.com

🏆Bhavna https://alifelessordinarywithsaurabhavna.com

🏆Misha bagga
https://theglitteratiaffair.wordpress.com

🏆Doni
https://quotesofdoniw.wordpress.com

🏆Gunjan
http://tuggunmommy.com/

🏆Jaya
https://heartinprintbyjaya.wordpress.com/

🏆Meenal Sonal

https://www.auraofthoughts.com/?m=1

🏆Mann

http://orientalafterglow.com/

My questions to the nominees are:

  1. When did you laughed heartily last time ?
  2. What Inspires you to blog ?
  3. One perfect day in your life ?
  4. Given a choice , whom will you to accompany to a lonely island –  your pet and your girl friend or boyfriend ? Why ? ( weird one )
  5. What is on the top of your bucket list ?

I am eager to read your posts. It is not a compulsion but let’s know more about each other and have fun.

Ms Arora💕💕

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The hidden truth behind the truth

Recently I have come to know many wonderful bloggers through the My Friend Alexa campaign run by the Blogchatter.  Manas Mukul who runs a blog The Contemplation of Joker is one of them. His writings are wonderful. Recently he has written a beautiful story – When I tell the truth. A short fictional story.  This story is the inspiration behind my this poem. Do read the story so that you could relate this poem.

Poem , A hidden truth , love poem

Deep inside was a heart
That was filled with guilt and grief.
She masked her feelings
Which were hidden in the deep

She wanted to express
How happy she is to know this
But she buried her emotions 
As she can never be his

Their worlds were different
And so does their words
Did not understand each other
Oh ! Moved sadly ,Poor love birds

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Joker…..! Didn’t understand
The joke of this miserable life
She was his and he was hers
But this moment was not right.

Ms Arora💕💕

Do read my other poem – A reply to runaway bride inspired by my another blogger friend.

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Diwali shopping – Why should you begin early ?

You must be thinking that this girl is crazy as there is a lot more time to Diwali and she has  already started working upon her list. Isn’t it  too early OR she is a shopping freak ?

No  Guys ! I am not a shopping freak but there are few reasons because of which I have started with it and suggest you to do the same . Here are the fews reasons listed below

Why should you plan Diwali well before ?

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It avoids last-minute confusion.

Diwali is the festival when we get connected with our family , friends and relatives.  There are lots of things to do starting from cooking to decorations. So, it is better to start now. Keep your to do list ready. Include all the tasks from changing curtains to cleaning cupboards or buying some jewellery.

You get enough time to search the products.

During Diwali , markets get flooded with lots of products. It would be difficult for you to search the proper product you want to buy and hence you will end up with wrong choice. Now , it is a right time to search about the things you want to buy and actually to find out your real need. ( sometimes we buy things which we do not need afterwards )

You get better quality

As shopkeepers take out their old stock during Diwali and we run short of time , we don’t get a good quality product .  Last year I remember how I got fooled during the festive season. I bought a wooden table a week before Diwali and later on found it was infested with termites .

It will get you the things more cheaper.

Diwali is day when people are ready to spend and the market is ready to get maximum benefit from you. The price get doubled and you get trapped in the lust of free products or  buy one get one and end up with paying more . The early you buy , the more you can save.

There is a lot of good varieties  to choose from.

If you planning to buy some electronic item or mobile , now is a time to do good research. The wise choice is that you decide with product, compare with others and save it in your shopping list.  Now , you are safe as you will buy the best product of the market that too with best Diwali offer.

You can get the gifts customised

Plan for the gifts you want to give and try to give a personal touch to it. There are lots of options available online and offline both. It can be a customised diary , a calender or Diwali gift baskets.

It gives you a mental relaxation.

You are ready with all your to do lists , things you want to buy , all research work and comparisons , decided with the gifts. You will find your peace of mind and can enjoy the festival in real essence.

You can give more time to your family , friends and relatives.

All done ! So visit your friends , family and relatives. Spend the best time with them and have fun. That is what the festivals are meant for.

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Relive those moments of life with me !

Moments of life, journey of life continues, quotes

Yes ! You read it right !!

There are some moments of life which everyone wants to live once more in his or her life.

Those moments bring joy , happiness and the adrenaline starts rushing in our body. Practically it is not possible yet , in our sub conscious mind those days of our life remain fresh and alive.

The moment you close your eyes , you can feel them , relive them , feel them….ahhhh ! Those beautiful days.
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It is true , once the past moments are gone , means gone and will never come back but we can cherish them whenever we want to.

Past can never be our present but it can fill our present with the sweet fragrance coming out from the garden of memories . 

Has it ever happened with you ? Have you ever thought to relive any moment of your life ?

Given a chance what would be your choice ???

You want to relive your childhood having no worries. Playing with other kids without knowing about day or night ? Or the day you met with your first crush ? Your day with your family when you went out or when your parents gave you a surprise on your birthday  ? Bunking the class first time or putting a chewing gum on your teacher’s chair ? When you experienced parenthood or when you hear your name from your child ? First day in school ? First job ??? Your first movie??

That past is good enough to bring a smile on my face. Isn’t it ? What do you say ???

Sorry ! I didn’t hear. Can you just stop by and share. May be someone want to hear that from you !

 “No one cares about that !”

Hello ! I do . I want to relive those moments with you. Tell me, I want to hear. I am eagerly waiting.

Your secret friend ( shhhh…tell me only😉😉👍👍)

Ms Arora 💕💕

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Forest Bath Therapy- A discovery of your innerself

Forest Bath Therapy

Nature has always been a great healer. Being with nature always boosts your mind and makes you feel energetic and relaxed. There are many naturopathies used by therapists  and doctors which proves the fact that importance of nature in our lifestyle  can not be denied.

Forest bath therapy

Forest bath therapy is also known as Forest Therapy or Forest Bathing . This has been taken from a Japanese term SHINRIN YOKU which means – taking in the forest atmosphere. This therapy has been originated in Japan in early 1980s. It is a form of nature therapy.

How is it different from other natural  therapies ?

Forest Bathing

It does not including trekking through a difficult path or doing a forceful excercising or doing a long hours meditation without your wish. It includes simply walking through the forest in a calm and relaxed way connecting all our senses with  the environmentfully.

It is not like having a spa in an open area  surrounded with lots of trees with some soothing music for your mind. Rather you have to make your senses active to hear the sounds in nature like moving wind , chirping of birds, noise of all those small insects and watching them siliently as silent spectator.

Science behind the scene

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Many scientific studies have been conducted in the past decades which prove the positive and healing effects of nature. Research by Dr Yoshifumi Miyazaki of Chiba University has proved that stress level decrease significantly by just  walking 40 minutes in forest. There are some chemicals and oils which boosts our immune system . They also increase the number of disease fighting cells thus decreases the chances of chances of falling sick. The D- limonene found in some forests reduces the lung inflammation , helping in breathing problems like lungs.

You can experience the impact of nature in your life. Just seeing the trees or watching the small insects moving in a garden gives you a different kind of happiness which you can never get in four walls  of your room.

Benefits of Forest bathing

Forest bath therapy benefits

There are end number of benefits of forest bathing if done in a proper way. These can help you to discover your innerself  leading to self healing.

  • It boosts your mood and make you feel happy.
  • It decrease the depression level.
  • It reduces your stress level.
  • It increases the capacity of the levels.
  • It improves the working of cell mechanisms.
  • It improves your sleep.
  • It decreases the inflammation .
  • It connects you with the nature.
  • It makes you feel more energetic .
  • It develops the positive outlook towards life.

How to get maximum benefit of it ?

There are some good practices that you can follow to get the maximum benefits of this therapy.

  • Try to simply observe what is happening around.
  • Take a walk barefoot. ( Make sure road is safe to walk like this)
  • Take a nap whenever you feel without exhausting much.
  • Strictly no electric gadgets.
  • Keep a smile on your face.

Are you interested in Forest bath Therapy ?

Here is complete guide to it where you can explore it through  Forest Therapy starter kit that includes FREE 10 invitations alongwith  ,printable PDF guide and other resources. You can also become a CERTIFIED FOREST THERAPY GUIDE   and their various programmes.

JOIN THE CLUB :

You can join the club here to find out more people who are already done it or planning to do it. You can also find few Forest Guides through this locator.

You can find the 5 best places for forest bathing here. So pack your bag and get ready for a new adventure of your life.

As a parent ,with daily job and family responsibities if you can not go for it , atleast you can enjoy few of the benefits by going for a walk or spending sometime in the garden near by. You can create even a small garden in your house. Seeing them while walking or doing your household work gives you an immense pleasure and relaxation .

How do you feel when you are with nature ? Do share your views in comment section .

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My Friend Alexa – A challenge to take your blog to next level.

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My next Challenge for the month of September

Why am I announcing this challenge in the last week of August ? Because I am quite excited for my new challenge My Friend Alexa conceptualized by famous website Blogchatter. They also had an A to Z writing challenge recently .

If you are an Indian blogger and following my blog from the past few months  you must be knowing about the other challenges like Super blogger challenge 2018 where I have won the title of Most Inspiring Blogger of the year !
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The another one was Godrej Food Trends Blogging Contest where I learnt about the latest food trends followed by people in India. It was really interesting as I came to now many new terms related to food diets while doing research on the topic.

Why these challenges are important for the bloggers ?

  • These challenges give you energy for blogging.
  • You come to know  about other fellow bloggers. 
  • There is always a scope of learning new strategies and techniques to get more views and followers. 
  • It improves you blog rankings i.e. alexa rank and moz rank.
  • It builds a strong community around your blog.
  • It increases your page views.
  • It keeps your blog alive.

This is first time I am participating in My Friend Alexa contest. Till now what I have understood that we are going to write and read the blogs. I hope it will make the alexa rank for my blog better.

Why is Alexa rank important ?

Alexa rank is important because you come to where does your blog stands. I mean what is the rank of your blog in the world and in your country . It also provides you an idea about you keywords, from where you are getting the traffic , how much time people are spending on your blog and what is the bounce rate of your blog. All these means a lot for a blogger.

I don’t how far I will be able to achieve through this challenge. One thing is sure that I will try to put my best effort to achieve my goal.

Ms Arora 💕💕

P.S. – Kindly mention my hashtag #msarorablog while posting or reposting my blog post on various social media. This is my writing hashtag. My reading hashtag would be #msarorasays .

Why should we ignore few things in life ?

Sometimes you have to ignore few things in your life to keep your life going on smoothly and make yourself happy.
As a river can’t stop flowing taking all the big rocks and small pebbles into consideration while moving in its own way …..Same is the rule for life. 
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“Ignorance is bliss” is a phrase coined by Thomas Gray , a famous poet and historian in his poem – Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College

He writes in the last lines of the poem –

   To each his sufferings: all are men,
Condemn’d alike to groan—
The tender for another’s pain,
Th’ unfeeling for his own.
Yet, ah! why should they know their fate,
Since sorrow never comes too late,
And happiness too swiftly flies?
Thought would destroy their Paradise.
No more;—where ignorance is bliss,
‘Tis folly to be wise.

Ignorance to me is sometimes bliss !!!

Yes , Ignorance is bliss sometimes.

Ignore those people who doesn’t believe in you , in your capabities and always doubt about your achievements.
They want to divert your attention from your work.

Ignore those who laugh on you because they are jealous of you. They want to be like you , but they can’t.  They are frustrated as they have not achieved anything in their lives.
Ignore whose say you to stop. They can’t walk a mile so they don’t want you to a take a step forward.

World always give importance to those who do not get tired even after they follow the same routine. Time doesn’t stop ! Sun never get tired !

Ignore the outer world to awaken you inner world. Live for yourself.

Ignore everthing that can block your mind and make you incompetent to reach to your goal.

Recently I have found a very good video taking about the same. Do watch it !

Take what is important , consider what is helpful , believe what brings positivity and you will be on the top of the world , standing happily enjoying the fruit of your labour.

From there look down on all those whom you ignored once on your path. They are still there , with no sense of satisfaction. They are still there with no aim in life. They may not be seeing you because they are still busy laughing on others. But you can see them from the top because you know how to move forward in life.

Imagine if you would have considered them , you would too have been a part of that mob. Now feel proud on yourself as you took a right decision to ignore them….!!!

Ms Arora 💕💕

How , When , Where love can happen ???

Poem about love , journey of life continues

❤Love can happen anywhere 
Love can happen anytime
Love is above all the boundaries
Love can cross all the borders

❤It can live in words that makes stories
It can live in stones that make buildings
It never believes in future
It lives in  present keeping the world aside

❤It flows with flow of river
It shines with the shine of stars
It smells with smell of rose
It moves with movement of wind

❤Love does not look at the colour of skin
Love does not look at the money in pocket
Love does not  look at the status in society
Love does not look at the caste or religion

❤It sees the purity of your heart
It sees the depth of your feelings
It sees the beauty of your heart
It sees the acceptance of flaws

❤Love has its own language
Which only eyes can understand
Love has its own world
Where all are welcomed
 holding hand in hand

Do you know there are different languages of love ? Read here to know your love language. 

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