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How do I manage watching an hour-long interview/podcast

Are you one of the types who like to invest over long-hour podcasts and videos but struggling with the time management? This article is for you.

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One of the worst things about the modern world is, it is lost in a mountain of content. There is so much content out there that we have become a Mario hopping from one content to another, one information to another just to end up remembering nothing. From a 20-minute attention span, we have fallen to few seconds that we barely have interest in long reads or hour-long videos. However, most of the useful information and knowledge, stories and perspectives are wrapped in those long reads and videos, and not in headlines and tweets or few-seconds video clips, which means many of us are missing actual information and stories while rushing through headlines and Tweets and 2-min videos. Thus, people today may have heard of everyone and everything but they barely know about the person or thing. People may know about Elon Musk but they barely know about what he thinks or how he became whatever he is now. People may have heard about the Taliban but they barely know about their actual self, how it all started, and many things related to the Taliban, because for that one must have to spend hours reading about them or watching hour-long videos. Thanks to my work. I don’t have the luxury to be the Mario, because as a content creator I have to read a lot and watch a lot on my topic of interest. So how do I manage to defy the curse of modern humans?

If I have to record my life on a camera, I would probably beat all the nerds out there. Hours and hours I seem like endlessly staring on my laptop screen; takes a break in between, grabs food, and sits back to continue the staring. When too bored, lies on a bed with a book. Most of the day times, I am all alone in my apartment. If there was CCTV footage, I would look like a hacker living in a bunker. It’s only at times when someone visits me, I seem like having a life. Basically what happens in those nerdy moments is the act of studying and learning. My laptop is like a window to me from which I observe the world, try to make sense of past and present. My philosophy is the internet has enough information and stories already there that I don’t have to wander around on Earth to collect the same story and information. Like for example, I don’t have to meet Gagan Thapa to learn about him. I can check all the interviews and write-ups, read between the lines, watch between the conversation, pay attention to details and everything that I want to know which is already there. Somebody has already done the job of setting the meeting, spending hours talking to him, record and put it on the Internet or document in a written format. Likewise, there are enough knowledge and views on the Internet that I don’t have to drive all the way to TU to meet a professor to learn about the same thing. So that is what I do on the Internet – I read and watch the contents that should matter to me. This is how I know so much about media personalities and celebrities in depth and details, without ever meeting them in person. Sometimes, I surprise them when I happened to meet them accidentally. Oh! you know so much about me. It often helps me to leave a good impression and paves a path to trust and intimacy needed for strong interpersonal relationships. This was not me always though.

Just like everybody else, I too was a Mario hopping from headline to headline, scanning article to article, fast-forwarding videos, and waste time over few-second long viral videos and clips but live with an illusion of knowing. My problem, just like that of everybody else, was “short attention span,” and my undiagnosed ADD making it worse. But with time, I realized I must take myself away from this pattern of content consumption and take an approach of a researcher, where I don’t consume content to know the gist but to understand and learn. Challenge was I always have something or other to do that I could barely allocate a good hour over one specific topic or person. That would make it near impossible for me to stick to one long video or podcast without feeling guilty for failing to do other things in priorities. I tried strict time management, tried living by routines, tried allocating a certain day over a week; tried everything but nothing worked and the reason being I am simply a butterfly in a human’s body.

So this was my situation – I needed to stick my arse over a long video to genuinely know and understand the topic or person of my interest and simultaneously I always have something to do and no time for hours to spend over a video or podcast. I tried playing them in the background while working on other things but didn’t work because I would zone out in between. I tried allocating certain hours for the activity but didn’t work either. I needed a better approach that’s when I discovered a perfect solution. The solution being Bluetooth headphone/earphone.

Whatsoever, there is always a moment where I have spare times that I spend over my personal activities, like pooping or cooking or washing dishes, which combinely takes couple of hours of my day and Bluetooth earphone is just the right thing to shove inside my ear like a bug that I can listen hour-long podcast or videos while engaging over personal activities that don’t demand my utmost focus and attention. Likewise, while driving or riding around, they work as a radio to play me the lecture or interview video or talks from Ted or Standford. Even while working on mundane tasks, I hook my ears to those podcasts and interviews.

The thing with the podcasts or interviews or lecture videos is that I don’t need to watch them. It’s about what being said and listening will just be enough. Since I discovered the solution, Bluetooth earphones have become an integral part of my life that you can always find it hanging over my collar ready to bug inside my ears as soon as I find a time to listen to my interest of topic or lecture or person. Now I am able to manage listening couple of interviews or podcasts or lecture videos without ever being restless. It’s like a tiny radio inside my ears that accomadtes me while am pooping, cooking or washing or roaming around the city. That way, I manage to miss no interview, no lecture, no talk or podcasts that matters to me.

As said above, in this timeless fashion of content creation and distribution, endless scrolling and refreshing, what we all are missing is the time for ourselves to invest over worthwhile videos and talks, that has so much to offer but many are choosing to be a Mario rushing for quick hits and highs and amusements ending up becoming less informed or misinformed and worst of all, living with an illusion of being known. To those who were looking for a solution, give a try to what I found as a solution. Thank me later. It works.

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KMAG App: Frequently Asked Questions

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What is KMAG App?

KMAG, aka Knowledge Magazine, is a subscription-based digital content distribution platform, which distributes informative and educational content, along with entertaining and recreational content, to its users according to their need and interest.  

Is it a free app?

No.  It is a subscription-based content platform that users have to buy subscription to access the content.  

Is it ad-free?

Yes.  

How is KMAG different from social media or other user-generated content platforms?

KMAG functions like a traditional media with its own editor-board, which works as a gatekeeper between content creators and KMAG users, that every content that goes to KMAG users will be first reviewed, fact-checked, and all the needful checks to ensure that KMAG users are not misinformed or misguided.  Also, since we are not an advertisement platform, we don’t push ads nor trade users’ data with advertisers. Simply put, we are a media-like content platform with no ads, that sustains over subscription revenue.

Who are the content creators for KMAG?

Our content creators are educators, intellects, experts and experienced individuals with a passion of sharing their knowledge and information or perspectives to others. 

What types of content are available on KMAG?

For now, we cover, readable content (Read), video content (Watch), graphical content (Scroll), along with a discussion forum (Discuss).  

How does KMAG know its users’ interests and preferences?

While signing up, users choose their field of interest from all the available interests options we have set.  Once the user gets inside the app, they will get to tailor their own taste and preferences to narrow down the options further.  This way, users will eventually be seeing only what should matter to them.

What is Referral Code?

Every user has a unique ID that can be viewed in their profile under the “Referral Code.”  Users can ask their friends to use the code while signing up to KMAG, so the user can earn a reward point from KMAG.  Our plan is to turn the function into a virtual currency that can be used for various transactions and activities within our app.

Why is there no “Free Trial” for a first-time user?

KMAG is a very new product, and it’s obvious that people would want to know what it offers before they buy the subscription.  We have our own reason to force a subscription.  It has to do with our business model and business logic.

We have divided our users into 3 types:

  1. Believers:  Who believe KMAG and/or content creator/team associated with the KMAG, who don’t care what’s inside.  They just want to get in as an act of support by taking the leap of faith.
  2. Prosumers:  Who wants to see what’s inside KMAG App, and after exploring, would want to decide whether to buy or not.
  3. Consumers:  Who have heard a lot about KMAG and also want to get in.

Believers include fans and followers, friends and family, and early adopters.  Prosumers and consumers are strangers and skeptics.

For now, we have launched the product for believers.  The content business has “chicken and egg” problem.  Until there is no good content, there won’t be an audience.  Until there is no audience, you can’t produce good content.  So to begin with, in first phase, we want to onboard believers who don’t come for content but for regards to the idea and cause.  We plan to get around 1000 believers, through whom we will be raising 20 lakhs Nepalese rupees that we will be investing in the content.  

Once we have good enough content, we will be working towards onboarding prosumers.  This second phase will come with the trial.  The actual test will happen here.  Once we pass the test, we believe consumers will be naturally onboarded.

So, you can call it the “bootstrapping” approach we are taking in this first phase of launch focusing on believers.  If you are not the believer, you can wait for some time.  Once we are ready for the prosumer level, you will be notified and you can try out “trial” and see what we have to offer.  

What are the benefits of becoming “Believer?”

The following are the benefits:

  1. Believers get to witness evolution of this app and business model, which will be a great learning for those interested to see how an idea evolves into a giant company. 
  2. Believers will be the first one to test and try every new feature and concept that we would be incorporating in the app.
  3. Believers will be recognised as the most-valued users and will be given the privileged status.
  4. Believers will be rewarded in the future as we grow.
  5. Believers will be our preferred individuals in our team and partnership building as we grow. 

Is there way users can earn money through KMAG?

Yes.

We believe in “share your gains to grow,” as per which we have a monetization policy for our users to earn money through us.  For now, users can earn money in following ways:

  1. Referral:  All the users have their own referral code that can be viewed in the profile section.  By asking friends and circles to download the app using the referral code will earn the user money.  For now, we are rewarding 20% of the subscription amount to the user, which means for every Rs. 300 we earn, we giving back Rs. 60 to the user through whom we earned the new subscriber.  
  2. Content:  Users can contribute their original content and we will pay a justifiable amount in return.  Content can be article, video, photographs, graphical content, or even quality comments.

Note:  For now, the monetisation offer is available only for resident of Nepal.  

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KMAG App: What it is and who it is for

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KMAG App is now available on the Playstore for android users.  Hope in a week’s time, it will be available for iOS users as well.  It’s an ad-free paid app that users can buy monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, or annually subscription to avail the service.

In the age of Internet and social media and other content platform flooded with free content, the obvious question everyone may wonder “who will pay for content in this world with free content everywhere?”  Money Heist isn’t free content, lots of movies and arts are not free content, many research papers and writings are not free content, and lots of sounds and images are not free content.  So, the truth is, internet world is divided between, free content and paid content.  We chose to walk the road to paid content.  We are strongly against ad-based content platforms and nor fond of unchecked user-generated content platforms. The reason is explained HERE. (https://www.kmagz.com/kmag-app-a-solution-to-a-modern-problem/)

Back to the question – who will pay for the content?

There is this guy named Surjay Gurung, currently working in Dubai.  He has his wife and son back in Nepal and retired parents.  He spent his early life in India as his parents used to work there.  I don’t know much about his life but I can tell he is a man who wants to level up his life, for himself and for his child.  Somehow he landed up in Dubai like many working-class heroes.  With his honesty and the right attitude, he did well and started earning decent money.  His aspiration to have a better life got him on the road to self-educating on investment, life, values, and so on.  He is a great admirer of KMAG and takes things, we say, seriously.  The KMAG audience fascinates him – the educated urban youth. He never got the chance to live that life. Maybe he wants that life for his child. He sometimes call me to take advice on investment and other parts of his life.  He likes to call me his mentor.

My wife, she spends most of her time on insta videos and tiktok in her spare time.  I sometimes tell her, “instead of all these useless things, it would be better if you watch something that actually helps you in your personal and professional growth.”  She often responds with “tell me then what to watch.”  She wants to be recommended books and articles and videos to watch.  Like her, I have met dozens of people, who are interested to spend their spare time on useful content but they themselves don’t know what is useful and what is not in the ocean of the internet.

The other day, a young mother was complaining about her child wasting his time on his mobile.  It’s not that she has a problem with him using his mobile.  She has a problem with him wasting his time over useless content.  Her saying was “at least could make use of the internet for his own study and growth…wish there were as such platform.”

In the time like the MCC debate, we get lots of messages from people asking us to write an explanatory article on the issue.  We also get lots of messages from people asking about what to do with their personal issues, sometimes regarding relationships, sometimes regarding education/career.

Those are just few examples of reality outside the internet world.  There are thousands and thousands of people who have the internet at home, mobile in hand but because of lack of motivation or lack of timing or clues, often get lost over mountains of content. KMAG App is for such people.

KMAG, which we call a digital knowledge magazine, is a content distribution platform for its users according to their interests.  People like Surjay can get to read, watch, view, or discuss on things like investment through KMAG App.  People like my wife can read, watch, view, or discuss over things that would help her to learn or understand things of her interest through KMAG App.  People like the young mother can enroll her child to learn only good things through KMAG App.  In a time like MCC, people get to understand the issue as it is instating of researching on their own.  Those people who would message us seeking for advice and answer don’t have to reach out to our inbox because KMAG App is here to regularly feed them what they need to know.  

The question comes – will they pay?

Honest answer, we don’t know.  But we know, people didn’t pay for internet either, people didn’t pay for education either, people didn’t pay for water either.  But over the time, they started paying because they started realizing the importance of or they started to feel “better to pay and get things at ease than struggle for.”  So any new idea starts from a handful of people who would understand the essence and significance of such service or from the people, who pay because they can.   You don’t have to pay 300 rupees for momo but some do anyway because they can.  You don’t have to pay for bottled water but still some do, because they can.  You don’t need to subscribe to Netflix when can borrow from a friend, but some do because they can.

So basically, for now, we are not for everybody and it’s okay with us, coz Netflix neither came to serve everyone.  They started as a DVD delivery company for those who can.  They were not for people who could walk into a store and buy/rent DVD.

What we know is, our success lies on our ability to help people grow personally and professionally through us; help people learn and understand things that they otherwise would not know; ease people’s life in getting right information and knowledge through us.  That will be our focus for now trying out within the people who trust us, who believe us, and who can pay the subscription fee for our attempt to help them get informed, get smart, get connected with like-minded all KMAG App.  If we prove ourselves to be the solution that the modern world is desperately looking for, I am sure we will become a household name.

Our journey has just begun after years of experimenting and exploring and learning from Facebook page with believers and supporters by our side.  Wish us all the best.

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The story behind KMAG Cover Pic section

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It’s been a month now that KMAG Cover section has been featuring different individuals with no caption telling anything about them but simply a picture of the person, and I can see page followers wondering who are those people, why we doing it.  So, who are they? In one word, they are BLESSINGS.

Running KMAG for so long, I have walked a long road to the unknown. In this journey, if I have learned anything then that is – the world is full of people with their own stories, preferences, tastes, and beliefs; their own challenges and struggles; their own flaws and weaknesses.  No one is an absolute hero and no one is totally useless.  We just have our own shares of gains and losses, success and failures and everything is relative.  

The cover picture section is like the head of the page.  The Head is the part of the body that belongs to either crown or God or cause we can fight for.  The section thus should belong to someone who we can look up to, we admire and adore, we respect and value; cause we lead or movement we believe in. One day, I was just contemplating everything I did, I went through, I wrote about, I sang for – people and places – life I lived and people I met, and I deeply felt that end of the day, my true blessings are no one but KMAG followers, who are always up there to lend me support when I am in need; feel proud of me and my work when something published; rejoice my presence when we meet.  In tough days and down moods, I just have to write something and these guys, without any obligation to do so, write back and cheer me up; are always there to drop words of motivation and remind us our purpose of starting this whole journey in the first place.  These people are the reason whoever we have become, whatever we have become, without whom we would be simply screaming in an open field with no one to listen miles and miles away.

In all that thinking and moment of contemplation, I realized my heroes, my inspirations, my motivators, my blessings are right there under the skin of ordinary human beings.  So we came up with the idea of dedicating the cover pic space for the page followers as a gesture of honoring and appreciating them equalizing to the crown and cause, for being supporters of what we do, being loyal to us, and being a true admirer of us.  The unconditional love and support are the blessings that I must count on.  I must wall mount these faces that sliding through I remind myself of the people I should not be forgetting.  

That’s the story behind the KMAG cover picture where every week we feature a person that we count as a blessing – the least we could do for the beautiful soul.  So any face you see while sliding through, now you know who are they to us, and why they are featured.  They meant a world to us, crown to us, blessings to us and cover feature is our way of decorating them.

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