Bukowski on “you want to be a writer?”

so you want to be a writer?


if it doesn't come bursting out of you 
in spite of everything, 
don't do it. 
unless it comes unasked out of your 
heart and your mind and your mouth 
and your gut, 
don't do it. 
if you have to sit for hours 
staring at your computer screen 
or hunched over your 
searching for words, 
don't do it. 
if you're doing it for money or 
don't do it. 
if you're doing it because you want 
women in your bed, 
don't do it. 
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again, 
don't do it. 
if it's hard work just thinking about doing it,
don't do it. 
if you're trying to write like somebody 
forget about it.

if you have to wait for it to roar out of 
then wait patiently. 
if it never does roar out of you, 
do something else. 
if you first have to read it to your wife 
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend 
or your parents or to anybody at all, 
you're not ready.

don't be like so many writers, 
don't be like so many thousands of 
people who call themselves writers, 
don't be dull and boring and 
pretentious, don't be consumed with self- 
the libraries of the world have 
yawned themselves to 
over your kind. 
don't add to that. 
don't do it. 
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket, 
unless being still would 
drive you to madness or 
suicide or murder, 
don't do it.
unless the sun inside you is 
burning your gut, 
don't do it.

when it is truly time, 
and if you have been chosen, 
it will do it by 
itself and it will keep on doing it 
until you die or it dies in 

there is no other way.

and there never was.

Charles Bukowski

Explain the fuctionality behind Klout users with no Topics associated with them?

My answer to online influence scores

Answer by Gautam Ghosh:

Do you really think Klout (or EmpireAvenue or Linkedin's new Skill Endorsements) reflects your real influence?
Far from it.

If you are influential about a certain topic, you will have people coming to you for advice on that topic. I am listed (by +Ks given) to be influential in certain topics on Klout, but not once have people come to me asking for advice/consulting because they saw it it Klout,

It is mostly because they heard of me referred by someone they knew and trusted or because they read my blog and decided they saw enough evidence to reach out to me.

Stop thinking of Klout and EmpireAvenue as the ends in themselves.

Here is an article by Dr. Michael Wu of Lithium on why they are fundamentally flawed as influence metrics too

The Problem With Measuring Digital Influence | TechCrunch

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How do I improve my social media presence?

Robert Scoble on how to increase your social media presence – Some great ideas there!

Answer by Robert Scoble:

Some ideas:

Improve your inbound. I spent a LOT of time organizing my friends and adding new people who are bringing me interesting stuff over the past year. Now my feeds are much more interesting. If you don't have interesting inbound it'll be hard for you to have interesting stuff to say.

You can increase your inbound easily by adding some lists, by the way. I've created several here on Facebook:

Get rid of feeds and people. Last year I deleted 11,000 people here on Quora and my feed got dramatically more interesting (I cut down the numbers of topics I was subscribed to too). Same on Instagram. Same on Facebook (you should also put EVERYONE onto a list, whether it be your close friends list or your acquaintance list. That will make your notifications better too.

Make more original content. Most social media people aren't making original content. For instance, I'm making content on:
YouTube (video): http://youtube.com/scobleizer
Soundcloud (audio): http://soundcloud.com/scobleizer
Flickr (photo): http://flickr.com/scobleizer
Blog (text): http://scobleizer.com
This is in addition to social media stuff I do on Google+ (at http://google.com/+Scobleizer or http://facebook.com/RobertScoble )

Curate other people's content. I continually am clicking "like" or "sharing" or "retweeting" other people's content. That usually shows up on their notifications so they know I'm reading them, but also gives my readers a stream of awesome content.

Throw a party. Invite people who are good social media folks to it. These people will get to know who you are, be more likely to link to, share, retweet, republish, your content. Extra points if it's a Google+ video hangout that you broadcast and push to YouTube.

Be original. You won't get noticed if you just do what everyone else is doing. Can you do something no one else can? Show it off! Or, tell us a story in a unique way? I remember one guy got us all to pay attention by doing a puppet show on YouTube.

Answer Quora questions. They get pushed to social media and if you do a great job people will post those in Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn/Google+.

Start a fight. I once asked Mike Arrington (founder of Techcrunch) if he was a blogger or a journalist. He answered "neither, I'm an entertainer." He often picked on people and started fights. Fights aggregate attention. We learned that in high school. A fight always got the entire school to run and see what was going on.

Do something worth commenting on. Or sharing. Or liking. What is that? It could be playing a song, if you are talented. It could be printing something on a 3D printer. It could be a new robot. A new startup. A new project.

Get some insight no one else will be able to get. For me I kept interviewing startups over the past few years and saw that many of them were talking about context. So now I'm writing a book about that. What insights are you able to see that the rest of us aren't?

Make sure your details are public AND up to date. Over on Facebook lots of people have locked down their accounts. That makes it hard to search for you. Also, make sure your details are up to date on all your social media (including that bio, your location, and your company details). Any way you can increase the chances people will find you in searches is good in my book.

Get off of social media. It's so boring to talk with people who do nothing but social media all day long. So, get off and go surfing. Or to a library and read a book. Or have a conversation with someone interesting (I've had two today and a famous photographer is coming over for sunset, where we'll go for a walk making photos).

Just some ideas. I'm looking for more!

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Powerful blog post by Nilanjana Roy on the women in the Mahabharata and Ramayan. Must read.

nilanjana roy

(Published in the Business Standard, 8th January 2013) 

In times of trouble, turning to the great epics is always useful: their ancient bloodstained lines are reminders that we do not have a premium on violence, rape and corpses.

Over the centuries, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata have become India’s default epics, eclipsing the Rajatarangini, the Cilapatikkaram and other equally powerful legends in the mainstream imagination. While this is a loss, both epics offer an insight into the way rape works in India.

Five stories of rape and sexual assault from the epics are particularly useful. The Ramayana has the abduction of Sita by Ravana, and running parallel to it, the disfiguring of Surpanakha by Rama and Lakshmana—two atrocities, not one, that trigger a war. The Mahabharata has the public assault on Draupadi at its heart, the abduction and revenge of Amba, and and the sanctioned rapes of Ambika and…

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How to become a Famous blogger