Why did you start blogging?

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Have you been trying to blog for a while? So have I. Turns out at you to think you start because you love sharing your thoughts and knowledge with people but at some point, it becomes about the traffic you are gathering. It becomes commercial. Makes you feel guilty and a cheat to yourself. I believe you should not feel guilty. It is completely natural to feel that way. Let me revise for you all the reasons why you started blogging. Revisit the zeal you had when you first decided to take this step. Believe in yourself again and continue this.

1.You love writing

You keep a diary. You write almost every day and love to put your thoughts out on the paper or for that matter anywhere. Putting forward your thoughts and making sense out of it is a trait that only a few possess. Don’t let it go waste. Keep the writing going. This will make you better at it and once your article makes more and more sense it’ll be gathering an audience on its own. Don’t rush it. Sincere request. I know I may have slipped into that trap a while back, but it hit me that I just love putting thoughts out there regardless of how many of you are reading it. I love all two of you.

2. You like sharing

Simply sharing your thoughts to people from far and away is not a problem with you. You want them to know, you want to know them. Get to know their thoughts. Explore, be adventurous with them, make a few friends on the go like I tried sharing my research internship experience. You are no shy category peeps. This is good. Get the explorer in you out via writing. It will help your mind grow thanks to perspectives from people around the world at one place.

3. New Venture

At some point, it had become too monotonous for you. Same routine, nothing exciting was coming your way for a long time now. That excitement that comes with something new and creative was up untill now a void in your life. You wanted to fill it with more creative stuff. You found your calling with blogging. By this time you might have read so many blogs and followed these influencers who were getting people participated in their work and share it with more and more people. Whoo! Sounds so exciting

4. Just trying it out

There were maybe a lot of people around you who got into blogging or youtube. Sharing their ideas or teaching others what they know best. It’s a good way to get the word out here You like how your blogger friends get to interact with people with cultural backgrounds, they love reading positives about their work. Feels really good when you are no the only one who once struggled with something and then you come to know about literally hundreds who went through the same. Feels good to be part of the community. Which brings me to the last point.

5. Build a community

Your uniqueness and your talent is shared by millions around the world. Get them togethere and build a community. To share ideas, learn new things and be a part of an extended family. It brings joy to see people grow and learn in front of you or from you. You would be amazed to see how much positivity is around you. It will get you hitched to this beautiful side of the interwebs.

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Fitbit calculating steps + calories while on the road?

FITBIT CALCULATING STEPS + CALORIES WHILE ON THE ROAD?
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August 2018 I got my Fitbit Versa. It took me a month to find the perfect fitness tracker for me. I wanted it to be stylish yet rugged. I swim, so water resistant was a big yes from my side.  After a lot of searching and scorching the internet to find the best fitness tracker/ Smart watch at a good price. Soon I realised that my demands weren’t going to be met by something very cheap but at a moderate cost for which I would have to empty my pockets a bit out of my comfort. 

I was adamant to buy the versa. It was the perfect match for all my needs. The day it came I legit skipped my morning class to update and set it up. Over the moon is an understatement.

Then the biggest rock hit me. The Fitbit Community awarded me loads of awards one day. I was shocked. How could I deserve something that I didn’t even achieve. I did not walk 10,000 steps.  I definitely was thousands of steps behind from reaching 20,000. My versa was counting steps while I was travelling by bus to my college. Without a doubt, I was the most upset fitness enthusiast at that time. It shattered me. I felt like I wasted my money. As a college student money is THE major factor for me. I couldn’t believe that I had spent my precious for something I can’t be proud to wear anymore.

Not only was it counting it all wrong but misbalancing my actual routine. I loved seeing the number at the steps I took at the gym. Now I had to subtract and math it all to actually find out. I did not sign up for the hassle.

That is too much of a rant. Let us get to the problem, solution and what others had to say about this.

The problem Specific :

Fitbit counts steps while in the car, bus etc. It misbalances the whole tracking of an Individual. It makes you wonder the worth of your money. Let us see some of the questions asked by many in the Fitbit Community. Later on we shall what Fitbit has to answer for this mishap.

Fitbit calculating steps + calories while on the road?
It seems this is a common problem
Fitbit calculating steps + calories while on the road?
Very common and frustrating


What is the Source of this Problem:

Well, someone was helpful enough to link the problem to WHERE THE PROBLEM ARISES FROM. This seems fair enough to first get to know the source of the problem and if we can manually Solve it. Here is the link and what it provides.

Fitbit devices use a 3-axis accelerometer to understand your motions. An accelerometer is a device that turns movement (acceleration) into digital measurements (data) when attached to the body. By analysing acceleration data, our devices provide detailed information about frequency, duration, intensity, and patterns of movement to determine your steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and sleep quality.

The devices have a finely tuned algorithm for step counting. Algorithm is designed to look for motion patterns that are most indicative of people walking. It determines whether a motion’s size is large enough by setting a threshold. If the motion and its subsequent acceleration measurement meet the threshold, the motion will be counted as a step. If the threshold is not met, the motion won’t be counted as a step.

Other factors can create enough acceleration to meet our threshold and cause some over counting of steps, such as riding on a bumpy road. Fitbit engineers have worked diligently on your tracker’s algorithms to make sure that it does not pick up false steps or activity recordings while in a car. Unless you are driving in a car with a stiff transmission or on back country roads, your tracker should not give you credit for any work that you don’t do. 

How Accurate are the FITBIT Device actually ?

This question naturally arises as the price of Fitbit devices are nowhere near the lower side in the market. They ask for a good amount of money for which you expect to get a decent product that is accurate and does its own work. Since this is not head on related to the solution you are looking for I will just provide the link to the article here.

Solutions on the Fitbit Community :

 1. STEPS DELETION         

The help article recommends to delete steps that the device counts while you are on the drive. 

Log in to your fitbit.com dashboard

Click log activity.

You can now delete the steps, floors and calories for the time you specify.

It does not seem right. I did not buy to do the work manually. All I wanted was a device that could do that for me. Anyway here is the article that teaches how to delete your steps. I personally did not like this solution.

Most of the people agreed that this was not at all a feasible solution to a problem so grave. People had different reactions.

Fitbit calculating steps + calories while on the road?
1.  Problem
Fitbit calculating steps + calories while on the road?
2. Problematic and frustrating
Fitbit calculating steps + calories while on the road?
Woah

2. DriveBit App

One of the Fitbit Community member suggested to download DriveBit App, this app takes the hassle our of keeping your steps count while driving accurate.

Once you get into the car simply tap ‘START’ , this begins the trip. Once over, click ‘STOP’ to automatically log the car drive to your Fitbit account. The app takes care of keeping track of the length of your drive and syncs it as a new activity to your Fitbit account in the background. The activity overrides any erroneously counted steps and keeps your step-count accurate.

This solution seems to be working for a lot of people. It is more user friendly to just tap on and off then to set a fixed time for the time you’ll be driving. This seems more accurate than the later.

3. Shift to Dominant Wrist

Shifting to dominant wrist makes the Fitbit less senstive to small movements. However this is not the case for everybody and is too subjective to be regarded as a proper solution.

Other Communities

My Fitness Pal 

Most of the solutions were the same. The solution on DriveBit App seems to be the most popular here as well.

Fitbit calculating steps + calories while on the road?

Conclusion

I am a Fitbit Versa owner. I love it. This problem is a big concern for me. I would like to request to the Fitbit makers to look into this and get rid of it. If I knew this would happen it would have affected my decision. I am FITBIT fan and this is more of a concern then a complaint from my side.

Check out my One week review of the FITBIT VERSA

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How to Start Blogging the right way | Step Zero

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How to start blogging

Have you seen bloggers building their own website, creating content, getting responses from people that love them. Making money through blogging has become second nature to the internet after Youtube. Even though blogging entered the market first. Youtube has been gaining a lot of attention. You need to start blogging or at least think about it.

But let’s be straight here and digest that fact that starting a youtube channel is not for everybody. It is either you are great in front of cameras or you have a talent that the world is waiting to see. Those are hard to find and you a simple person like me just needs a safe place in the internet.

Blogging is just the right stepping stone from you. It does not matter where you go from here. It is ok if you stay here for the longest time. You stay here only is fine by me. I will make this simpler for you by telling you exactly how you start. Just Start. 

Before I begin let me tell you what this blog is not about. It is not about the fact that you already have a blog and are looking for ways to promote it or where you went wrong when you started.

This is not about changing your niches because yours isn’t working. This blog is strictly about people who have had a just a teeny tiny thought of blogging and this in fact the first page they are reading.

Hello there!

Start thinking about Blogging :

1.You are doing the right thing

How to start blogging

This is a great step. Start Blogging : Blogging is a good thought. You want to write and here I present to you the best platform for it. It is a respectable and brave thing to do. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. It requires courage and a whole lot of confidence to put your thoughts out there. You might have heard this multiple times already. I know. 

Telling you this is so important that I don’t mind writing it once more even though I know you know. Most of the time people do want to start blogging but they shy away, their friends talk them out of it. They think it is a noob thing to do. People who have no other work do this. Untrue.

If you want to share your knowledge about anything. You have been working on it for so long that you now know the initial problems, steps to take and everything then it is a noble thought to spread it. AND that is what blogging is. It is in fact only for people who work. Through blogging what they are essentially doing is sharing their work. So that myth about workless people is going to the trash bin

2.  Write anything

How to start blogging

Anything at all. This is like the 9th grade friends party which you ruin by thinking about it too much and dreaming loads of it and then your parents don’t allow for it. Don’t think about it too much just get to it. Write whatever is on your mind. Just Start Blogging.

Think about the thing that you are best at. Or just write about something you learned. Internet maybe a scary place when it comes to making your own mark but the positive about it is that it accepts all the information. You never know what you might be thinking is useless information maybe helpful to a person living miles away from you.

Important thing here is to start and not worry. Atleast for the first few articles. You get ahead of thousands of people when you write your first article. Most of them don’t start it. Way to go blogger!

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3. Don’t be Afraid of the results

How to start blogging

Results must be the lease of your worries at this baby stage. They will start to matter when you are deep in your blogging journey and still haven’t heard any positives from anybody. At that time you might want to start thinking result oriented. 

At the beginning be Consistency orientated. Your prime focus is to keep up and keep writing and not give up. The one who masters consistency is already ahead of everybody. Not that this is a competition but is necessary for you to make your mark.

4. Be informative

How to start blogging

People love a good information filled article so that they do not have to go anywhere else. Fill your content with useful and most required information. This would come naturally if you have had hands on experience with the knowledge that you are sharing.

Don’t try to fool people by writing rubbish. People are smart and they will take no time in discarding you off the internet if you are using their interest to give them useless information.

Take time on your articles. Better them and publish only when you know you would want to read it. If you are not sure of it, other people will feel the same way about it. 

Start Blogging : Here is an example of a good and informative blog

5. Consistency

How to start blogging

Be thorough and consistent. Continue doing the thing. Intially you will have what 4-5 visitors but that’s okay and normal. Consistency is the mother tool for the whole of internet success.

Here I am linking a few articles about starting your blog that I read when I first started my blog. These people are professionals and have passed through the stage that we are struggling from. 

To Start blogging look at these for example :

Try to learn from them and do not copy. One thing that the internet hates are copy cats. Be original and natural. Let it flow. If it has to be it will be.

Good luck. Let me know how is the blogging going on.

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Working of Heart Rate Monitor explained | Today I learned

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Working of a heart rate monitor explained | Today I learned

Curious minds are the best minds. People who question everything are my favourite kind of people. Let us talk about curiosity questions behind heart rate monitor.

Owning a gadget  becomes more meaningful when you know each and everything about it. How do the elements work and what they do exactly on the device.

We all know about heart rate monitors on our smart devices. Be it phones, fitness bands, fitness watches, smart watches, heart rate monitor devices.

Here we won’t be talking abut professional heart rate monitors used by doctors but the everyday use heart rate monitors that give more meaning and stats to our workouts, jogs, runs, step counting etc.

Working of heart rate monitor explained | Today I learned

Components of a heart rate monitor

     

     1.Light Sensor

They can be of many types. Depends on the company. The type here is not necessary, almost all have similar principles.

     2.Light Source

The light source is typically a LED. Most companies use Green colour LED. Why the green colour you ask? Well, there is an explanation for that as well. Read on.

Principle of the heart rate monitor

It works on three principles of different domains. The machine principle, the body principle and the light principle.

  • The machine principle :

The heart rate monitor works on the principle of absorption and reflection of light. The sensor detects the amount of light reflected and based on that information we get to know our heart rate.

  • The body principle :

Our veins have capillaries which contain blood. The red colour of the blood is because they absorb all other colours and reflect red. This information is vital when I explain the working of the heart rate monitor.

  • The light principle :

Light has property to get reflected or absorbed. This property helps us see the colour we want to see. All colours are absorbed by black and similarly white reflects all the colours.

Working of the heart rate monitor

Working of heart rate monitor explained | Today I learnedWhat does the light source and the sensor do?

The light source sends green light through our skin into the blood. The blood being red absorbs the green light thrown at it. Photodetector sensor senses this absorption.

What does the sensor actually sense?

More the absorption of light lesser is the light reflected and vice versa. This reflection of less or more light is detected by the photodetector. The light reflected from the blood capillaries.

How does this absorption measure our heart rate?

Absorption is directly proportional to the blood present/blood density. More the blood more is the absorption i.e heart rate is higher. Density of blood varies and so does light absorption by the capillaries.

Less absorption means less blood capillaries to absorb light i.e heart rate is lower.

What happens if our heart rate decreases or increases?

When the heart rate monitor shows 73 it that means blood is being pumped into our veins at a rate of 73.  More blood being pumped will show higher heart rate. More blood means more capillaries and more capillaries means more absorption of the light.

That’s it. Optical heart rate monitors are that simple. They just use simple principle of light and voila!

Where can you find optical heart rate monitors?

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  • ECG or EKG machines used by hospitals detect most accurate heart rate. That method is too bulky and far from practical.
  • Professional athletes use strap on bands that have same electrodes found in ECG whereas normal consumer feels awkward and not practical with this method too.
  • Smart watches, fitness bands and smart phones use optical heart rate monitors thereby a close to accurate heart rate is available at no extra baggage or cost.

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Main drawbacks :

Inaccuracy constitutes the skin texture, less amount of light reflected, processing.

Skin texture

Tattoos or dark skin or others absorb a lot of light resulting in poor results.

Processing

Bones, muscles also reflect or absorb light which makes the processing difficult as not all light is from or to blood.

Reflected light

The light reflected to the sensor is very less. This poses a problem too.

 

Now you can tell this to your friends and family. You know what you are wearing and you now know how it works. That is the kind of confidence we all dream of don’t we?

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Short note on HUMAN LIBARY | Today I learned

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About HUMAN LIBRARY

 

What is the Human Library Concept?

 

In this Library the ‘Books’ are people who have experienced prejudice, social exclusion or stigma and they are borrowed by ‘Readers’ who can ask any question they like, to both learn about the other person and also challenge their own prejudices.

 

This came about spring of 2000 as a project for Roskilde Festival by Ronni Abergel and his brother Dany and colleagues Asma Mouna and Christoffer Erichsen.

 

“One good book is equal to hundred good friends but one good friend is equal to a library”. Late Former President APJ Abdul Kalam

 

This is a reading Session with no filters, no editing, no imagination and everything is real.

 

Why you should attend this event?

 

It helps build understanding for diversity by providing a framework for real conversations about important issues.

Open and honest conversations that can lead to greater acceptance, tolerance and social cohesion in the community.

 

How does this work?

 

You go into the Human Library and look at the listed ‘Books’ and choose what you want to know about.

Then the protagonist himself/herself tells you the story for  a period of 15-20 minutes.

People who have taken part in these events elsewhere have reported that they can be profound experience for all concerned.

 

The Human library organisation wrote on their page “ the policemen sitting there speaking with the graffiti writer, the politician in discussions with the youth activist and the football fan in a deep chat with the feminist.” This line is both exciting and ignites the curiosity of someone who enjoys listening to experiences from an entirely different background.

 

One american says “ I learned about a girl who came here from Nepal” and another says “ I am from religious catholic background and I am gay”. Everybody has a story to tell and hearing it first hand is no less than magic.

 

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Today I learned | Stop procrastination READ THIS

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stop procrastinationStop procrastination READ THIS | TIL

This week I learnt a lot about myself. Procrastination was the key point which I will subtly mention in the coming points. Stop procrastination now. That is the only thing you need to know. Read my week and learn what I learnt.

Day 1

I learnt a lot about my body today. It is about the intensity and not the quantity. Quality over Quantity always. Learnt that pushing my body to its limits will reap the best results. I felt good about my workout today because I was giving my 99.99% of what I can. Fact, learnt that running faster and increasing your heart rate makes us breathe more oxygen which in turn burns the fat. I learnt that being overweight is difficult and losing weight is difficult too, we just have to choose our difficult. The difficult we want to live with.

“Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. … Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.”

Day 2

I also learnt that learn everything that this world or your surroundings have to offer and learnt that I might have developed some good habits over the course of the last month. Learning is a process about which I’ll write here. I am writing to somebody.

I learnt that how important it is to seize the opportunity when it is right in front of you. Enjoy it while it is there. Squeeze everything that you can get out of it or you’ll end up regretting. Stop procrastination and regret will become a forgotten word. Regret is something that nobody is fond of. Be wise and work. Enjoy the opportunity not because everyone else doesn’t have it but because you have it.

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Day 3

Stop procrastination, rather reduce it. Stopping it completely is ambitious and I have learnt that at this stage I just can’t abruptly stop it. So it is my goal to finish certain work this week. I’ll focus my energy on finishing that rather than crying about it later. All the best to inner mental me.

Day 4

Today I learned that becoming better is such a beautiful process. Investing time in reading, learning new skills, becoming fit gives immense pleasure when you start seeing results. It accelerates the becoming better process. It is good to invest time in oneself, that is the major learning and realisation from today.

Day 5

Today I learned that getting work finished is something more important than waiting for it to be perfect. I have had tough two days in terms of health and hygiene but it all good now. I learnt that preparedness is always rewarded and is appreciated by all. Plus I am adding a quality to my personality. Honesty plus preparedness. Honesty is very broad. Honest to myself? Honesty at the cost of hurting someone? Honesty for better future? I will learn about honesty as I go along and will close its perimeter slowly but surely.

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Day 6

I learnt that extremist attitude upto a certain limit is required to achieve the extraordinary. This learning is very raw at this stage and will become better and socially accepted as I go into senescence. The bottom line of this page might have just hinted to the above learning.

I learnt that reading is a must. So I am going to try and read one book a week.

“The world is ready to give up its secrets if we only know how to knock, how to give it the necessary blow. the strength and force of the blow come through concentration.”

Day 7

Today I learnt that how easy it is to give in to your weakness. Now I know what they mean when they say ‘Will power is a limited source’. I have in to sweets today but will try and control it for the days to come. Learnt that you need a mentor to achieve the next level of your fitness goal. Realisation, I need somebody to tell me that results will take time and you just hang in there for a little while longer.

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Today I learned | Day 1

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Today I learned that writing daily is something I need to do more often.

I have tried to build up this habit for quite some time now but it never really lasts for more than 5 days. Reason being I am only answerable to myself for writing or not. I convince myself pretty good to not write and go to sleep. If I write this for an audience maybe I am responsible for somebodys day. This will get me going everyday.

This is a supplement to my main page because there are no keywords, no fancy taglines, nothing I want to rank. It is very unlikely this will end up on page 1 of google. I don’t care about that in this section.

This section is for venting and learning. I vent out what I learned through the day and hope that somebody somehwhere will benefit from it. That’s the motto, solely.

Today I learned that starting something new should come easy. Everybody deserves a chance to fail or succeed with their new ventures. I do not know how this section will end up on my website. Taking a leap of faith is all that mattets.

Take that plunge. Today I learned that Taking the plunge is sometimes all you need to do.

Go down that lane which scares you. Answer the question you are most afraid to answer. Th result of this plunge should only matter to you. If you fail it is on you and nobody has the right to blame you but you. If you succeed, it is you who is the master and nobody else has the right to take that away from you.

Independent Choices

Sometimes our choices that should only involve what we feel start considering others. By others I mean people who merely are there. Society, group of friends we never meet and many more. You need to change this. If you consider what they are going to feel or do when you make YOUR decision then I suggest you drop that idea altogether.

Today I learned that be Independent. Be so independent that you can switch to reading a book if you like than thinking about a person. You can go to the gym if you like rather than spending time with friends who matter less to you. Do this sometimes. Be that independent sometimes.

All you need is you sometimes and nobody else. Cherish that time.

Today I learned that starting this section is an Independent choice that I have made so that whenever I feel dependent of something I can come to this section and write about it. That’s what I have learned and it matters to nobody right now but me. I am happy and nobody knows about it.

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