Thursday, February 22, 2007

Development of a Portal

I have been working on web-sites for more than 5 years now. I have developed several dynamic and static web sites hosted on the Internet and on intranets. I have always enjoyed the experience of delivering information to people in distant locations on the click of a mouse.

All the sites done so far were for clients - on order - where neither the nature of content nor its quality and quantity were in my control. But, leading the development of our own web-site - an intended portal in the long run - is a different experience altogether. There is so much that can be done with web-sites.

I think, I shall start a new blog to publish my experiences in this line of work.

Meanwhile, my team have started gearing up the site for the upcoming Cricket World Cup 2007 schedule to start in March 2007 in the West Indies. The list of teams and schedule is already up. We are waiting for the teams to be announced.

We hope to provide easy to access, rich, cross-linked reporting on the event.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Information Site for Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, India

I would like to alter the old adage "practise makes perfect" to "practise makes confident".

Well! It is certainly so. Thanks to this blog - It is here that I started all out on my writing spree.

Don't judge me by the amount of posting you see here. I agree it may not seem enough to many. I have done much more writing beyond this site. I am personally satisfied with the amount of writing work that I have already done and it is just the beginning.

Very little of my writing is on-line, some can be seen at...

Each page I write, my confidence is increasing.

Meanwhile, I have started work on one more web-site last fort-night. It is an Information Site for Bilaspur. Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh, India is where I live and this site is devoted at providing on-line information about the region. Presently the beta can be seen as a sub-domain of my official web-site.

We are targetting at providing a complete picture about the district covering all aspects including...

  • Administration
  • Commerce
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Tourism
  • et al

We are receiving good feedback from the local population and are sure to come up with an useful, informative site.

The site is fast taking shape and soon it will be ready to be transfered to its own domain.

Friday, February 2, 2007

I have completed my first paid writing job

Writing has always fascinated me. I have always been impressed by people whose work has been published. I have been regularly trying my hand at writing and have been published several times. All of the writing work that I have done so far has been for free.
Let me try to list out the different types of writting works that I have done so far. I have...
  • Done translation work for a local newspaper - translating articles and news from English to Hindi and vice-versa.
  • Written technical articles on the Internet.
  • Done ghost writing
  • Written and published my own book - titled "Community Based Rehabilitation - An Introduction" - in Hindi.
I have nurtured the love for writing for quite sometime now.
Last week was different. It was the first time I did freelance writing work for which the writing fees were negotiated and finalized before the work was started. Though the amount was not much - still it is important because it was the first time I had taken up an assignment for writing on a commercial basis.
The work was a small one page article for a local business who wanted copy a brochure that he wants to get printed. The work has been duly completed, submitted and submitted. I can attribute part of my confidence in taking up this assignment to this blog. It has given me an opportunity to write out to my heart's content and get over the mental block.
I now await the payment and hope I get it before the excitement for it subsides.
I am really excited and looking out for more such assignments.