Choose a Niche [Part 1]: Focused Approach

Small minds discuss people. Average minds discuss events. Great minds discuss ideas. 
-Eleanor Roosevelt

So you want to blog but wondering what it should be about! For some reason, many people start their blog as a kind of personal diary. They are posting about their personal life and daily stuff like morning walk, playing with their dog, outing for dinner, etc. This is one of the biggest categories of blogs and unfortunately this is also the category drawing least attention. People have their lives, their stuff, their chores to do and there is no reason why they should be interested in staying with and following such a blog unless it belongs to a celebrity, a social icon or a popular personality whose personal life interests a lot of people. If that's not the case with you, your blog adds to the noise and it goes entirely unnoticed.

Discover Blogging: Order your Free copy of my latest E-Book

Welcome to Discover Blogging!

"Looking forward to create a Website or learn how to start a Blog?"
"No worries, you have reached the right place."

"Did you ask me if I am serious or it's a marketing gimmick?" 
"Yes, I am dead serious and No, it's not a marketing gimmick of any kind. Go ahead and discover for yourself!"

"What's in store for me?"
As I am developing this space for beginners who seek out to start their own blogs or create a website, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you and benefit from my e-book “A Beginner’s Guide to Blogging and Creating Websites” and to keep growing with Free email updates which follow when you subscribe. Subscribe and let me send you a free copy of the e-book:


Google Keep Tips: How to use?


Let me start with a disclaimer: I am a happy Google Keep user so I don't make any claim not to be biased in this post. Just kidding:) but frankly, it's a wonderful app in my experience. Its web-version is equally useful and allows me to use my notes with other applications. I don't remember how I was living (or managing) without it. For the sake of completion, let me try to recall:) Before Keep, I was using hand-written notes, I had tried apps like Evernote, Google Calendar, Notepad, etc. but never became so habitual with any of them that they could become an essential part of my life.

Discover Blogging: How-to-blog series

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Updated on Oct 7, 2017. Discover blogging is how-to-blog series of posts in my Google+ Collection: eXperience Blogging. If you are a beginner interested in starting your blog, it's for you. For quite some time, I was thinking how can I make my Collection more useful than by just sharing links to blogging resources and then this idea striked me to create a step-wise-step guide for beginners. I started getting very good response from the first posts itself, so I am trying to put my best effort into it as time permits. Please find below the list of posts published so far with excerpts from the respective posts:

Discover Google



Google products allow you to organise yourself, improve your productivity, create, search, store and manage stuff online, experience the joy of blogging, connect to and share with people using Google+, implement many Creative ideas and so many things.

Google Help files

'Discover Google' is the title of the e-book I have designed to leverage the Google help files. Google help files come handy when you need to find more about a Google product you are using letting you learn life hacks that make productive use of your online time with Google products and services, for example, quick and effective search by using advanced options or getting started with Google Keep and using it effectively. Once you learn them, they are always there by your side drastically improving your performance and organising your life.

Introduction to Series: Top 5 Reasons to be on Google+

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Google+ was launched as Google's social media platform to help people discover, share and connect across Google ecosystem. Google+ is the place where people engage around their interests with the content and people inspiring them.

Since June, 2011, when Google+ started, there was lot of speculation whether it would survive. There were all kinds of stories floating around and questioning if you should really be using Google+. Now that Google+ is not only around but has the best features than any other social media  platform and the people and businesses are leveraging it to meet their ends, there is no doubt about its future. And, I am inspired to think about my reasons for being on Google+ and make others think to join the league ;)

9 Essential Google Photos Tips!

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Looking at the popularity of this amazing app, I devoted previous 2 posts to Google Photos covering the essential features first: storage and delete. I have included them in the list below for the benefit of first-timers and sake of completeness. This is the third and final instalment of the Google Photos series. I thought it will be more useful to list down the features as tips to use Photos effectively:

Google Photos: Don't delete them accidently!

Welcome back... to the second post on Google Photos! I hope yesterday's post 'Are your photos eating into limited storage of your Google account' helped in understanding how storage works and how Google Photos can be set-up for Free unlimited storage backing-up lifetime of photos. In this post, you can learn about the features around 'DELETE' functionality. I believe these features are among the most important due to the devastating effect of their consequences. They have evolved over a period of time and now they are safer than ever before.

Google Photos: Are your photos eating into limited storage of your Google account?


Google Picasa retired on 1st May, 2016. The background was set and it was the next logical step allowing Google to focus entirely on one photo service - Google Photos which was there for one year and saw widespread user adoption. Picasa was a desktop application allowing to edit and manage photos. You could upload photos to Picasa Web Albums to store and share them online. Google Photos, on the other hand, was completely online i.e. cloud-based with no offline desktop application like Picasa. With the world moving to cloud and mobile, it was a decision to keep up with the times.

Important Update: To stay in touch

Updated on July 30, 2017 - Hi Guys! Finally... back to my blog after a long hiatus with sincere apologies to everyone out there following this blog and the Google+ Business Page associated with it. You know, sometimes, life takes its toll but if you are back again with more resolve, there is nothing like that. After all, all is well that ends well. I am happy (and positively surprised) that the readership for this blog has been on an increase (against being lost in oblivion)  since I was out of touch (and that too for a long time).

And that further strengthens my conviction about one of the greatest advantages about online presence! You are there even when you are not (physically) there. I will talk about it (Personal blogging and Social media) in the upcoming posts.

Before I get started again, let me update you on 3 changes I have made which will affect your exploration of this blog. Here they go:

1- Domain name change

The blog's address 'erpites.blogspot.com' now redirects to www.mkbanu.com (named after... well... me). It was a long pending task to do and for ease of your use too so that you don't have to type a lengthy address. It wasn't a smooth change though and it came at a cost. All the comments on various articles disappeared because of this change and so much valuable interaction is lost :-( Having no choice, I need to bear with that.

2- Association with Google+

I dropped comments integration with my Google+ Business Page some time back to allow all (without a Google account or without a need to logging into one) to enter comments. If you are aware, you need to sign in with your Google account to comment on this blog. It's because my blog is hosted with Google Blogger, which is completely free of cost... no strings attached but it's part of a larger (Google) whole. I thought it would give flexibility and anybody without a Google account could comment. But I had to revert back my decision as there was lot of spam in comments and it was tough to moderate it all. So please login with your Google account to comment here. I believe almost all have a Google account (GMail, Google+, etc.)
One change though... I have dissociated from my Google+ Business Page in favor of my Google+ profile making it handy for me to manage it. So if you were following that page earlier, please switch over to my profile by following me or adding me to one of your circles:

3- Exciting New Addition 

Last but not the least, I have thought of expanding this blog to cover exciting areas like Personal Blogging and Google+. These are the topics near to my heart and I would love to share interesting things which can bring value to you. Ultimately, the purpose with which I started this very blog was your (and my) time spent here to be time well spent and helping you and adding value to your (and my) life in some way... and the current changes should extend further help in this endeavour!
Thanks for your interest so far and look forward to your continued support. Don't forget to leave your comments below:

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