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My induction in the design world was not the smoothest. It all started with designing my personal website before I officially labelled myself as a website designer. In the past few years I have worked on writing content for web pages, played around with WordPress (the most awesome open source tool for website design) and closely followed up on discussions pertaining to design. But being knowledgeable is one thing and being experienced is another.

When I sat to create myname.com, I followed the simplest formula possible to design a website — find a host, find a WP theme, write the content and press PUBLISH. Really. It was as simple as it sounds. Of course, it took me some time to figure out the simplest process too but I have to say I did feel confident after I published my first site on the web. …


Because senior researchers don’t grow on trees.

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Few days ago I was following a discussion on a LinkedIn thread which opened a much-needed discussion on giving opportunities to junior researchers. In no time it picked up traction clearly reflecting the frustration of fellow researchers who are either getting started or transitioning into a research role for various reasons. The UX ecosystem is complex to enter especially if your sole focus is research. At the surface level, it may seem that it is considered as an independent skill but often designers are expected to conduct research activities alongside design.

In the past, research has also been an expensive affair and hence found it difficult to find it’s placed on the table, especially in mid-size organizations. Though the buy-in for research has gone up as research gets more and more automated, there are not enough junior positions which would be the ideal and essential path for individuals to grow as researchers. …


Five Point Checklist to finding your niche

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I spend my time reading a lot of writing advice on the internet. Many of them encourage aspiring writers to finding their niche. Being an aspiring writer myself, I have come to realize that having a niche is one of the building blocks of a writing practice. It could help me in streamlining my thought process, give a direction to my brainstorming activities and keep me focused. If I have a niche, it would naturally add more weight to my words and eventually make me a Subject Matter Expert. Having a niche means that the writer has gone in-depth within the subject, there is enough research done and the focus is on quality. …


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I recently created a personal website to launch my research and writing services on the web. As I shared the link to my new home on the internet with my social network, there was one comment that surfaced more than often.

I have been wanting to create my own website but no clue where to start. I need help!

This was me about a month ago. I created my first ever WordPress blog in 2012 but procrastinated about creating my own website for a really long time.

Many of us fear the technical terminologies surrounding the topic and create a mental block even before doing a simple search. …


As a researcher and journal writer, I find many similarities between journaling and diary studies. In fact, my journal is my personal diary study. In this article, I have explained a self-devised method of journaling that draws inspiration from diary studies methods in user research.

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My experiments with goal based journaling began last year but it is only this year that I have deep dived into it. One of the main reasons I got hooked to it is because it controls the whirlpool of thoughts inside my head and allows me to arrange them periodically. It makes me reflect on what all I have achieved during the day. Am I just fooling myself into thin air or am I really getting the work done? …


It has been more than two months now that I am quarantined. I was suffering from unusual mental blocks affecting my creative expressions and mundane tasks alike. Every thought and every action sapped way more energy than it normally does. Overwhelmed with manuals and quick guides available on the internet establishing the ground rules of new normal, I wasn’t able to absorb much information. The new work from home structure seemed confusing for many of us; I was perpetually experiencing FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and thus, upgrading my skills. I tried the 21-days habit challenge and barely kept up with it for 21 days. …


Someone published a book on content strategy and the book is red, so that means EMERGENCY and STOP, so it must be very important! — An excerpt from the book

I wasn’t aware of this book on content strategy until recently when a good friend of mine gave it to me sensing my excitement for content. Since then I have come across many articles, e-lessons and posts mentioning one or the other insight from this book.

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Book level — beginners/intermediate

My favorite part of this book is the content quad which mentions the role and significance of each and every person in the organization who has some influence over content. …


(No, they are not the same!)

The world of content is rather complex. There is a lot of thought that goes behind stringing words together in a sophisticated way. There are elaborate and ongoing roles within organizations wholly dedicated to content solutions.

If you are a writer who writes copy for social media posts, publishes blogs for a website or produces plain language technical documents, you are definitely part of the ecosystem. But what exactly does the content ecosystem look like? Is it about generating ideas for content or executing them? Is it about creating ownership or pushing content one after the other? …


Though I have been practicing yoga since a long time, I immersed myself in this ancient and traditional science of yoga in the spring of 2016. I completed my first ever formal training in yoga teaching living in an ashram in Kerala, India. This gave me a full immersive and lived experience of a yogic lifestyle. I learnt not only about the Asana (pose) practice but also about the life philosophy that it is based on. …


My love for tea dates back to a time that I can’t particularly recall but I do remember that it was in the spring of 2010 that I had first ever witnessed the visceral tea gardens in Munnar. I began to value my cuppa chai even more when a tea farmer took us to a 150 year old tea factory and we saw a chain of events from plucking to packaging. It blew my mind.

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Image source: tea allure blog

A few years later I came across a book called ‘Hot Tea Across India’ which talked about the various cultural intricacies associated with chai. …

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