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Why I am leaving Facebook

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I am the founder of Kaagmandu Magazine, a Facebook page that is known for succeeding to bring educated minds from Nepal in one place and churn a discussion on various topics and issues.  Nonetheless, it’s coming to an end.  September 1st will be marked in my life as the day I left Facebook as a content creator.  Here, “I” is not a regular person wanting to share his/her baby pics with her friends on Facebook.  Here, “I” meant to a content creator.  I am a content creator and I had been creating contents and publishing through Facebook for last 5 years.  From this date onward, I am stopping doing that.  Reasons being the following:

Business

It all started as a hobby, so I didn’t care much about revenue or making living out of my content creation.  I used to create memes, graphics, write articles, create interactive contents and publish directly on Facebook, as a status or image.  Since it’s on Facebook itself and not a link sharing, I used to get better reach (in an average, 5 lakhs reach a week).  However, I would not earn a single penny for that.  I was fine until my hobby turned into a business idea.  Whatever Facebook is today is because of user-generated contents but it never felt to reward its users.  To make things worse, it started demanding money from users to boost their contents.  Post a link and it would make things much harder.  So, I decided to leave the Facebook once and forever and focus on my own website and rather work on growing audience here.  No matter how much audience I grow there on Facebook, I don’t own anything there nor can  earn directly anything as such.  So why build a tower in someone’s property?!

Identity

Anyone can have Facebook page, and everyone has been doing what I have been doing.  When you do what anyone can do, people tend to perceive you as everyone else.  In the context of Nepal, most pages are troll and meme pages, run by young guys in their early 20s, known for passing opinions and influencing crowd without holding needed knowledge on the topic.  And in many instances I have felt I am being perceived as one of them.  I used to smile and ignore but then, as more time passed by, I realized that I am actually creating my identity as “Facebook guy,” and that’s not how I want to identify myself.  So, I decided to leave the Facebook right away and work on identifying myself in true sense as I want it to be, as I am.

Laziness

Facebook makes you lazy.  Just write few lines and it becomes a content.  Just crop a screenshot and it becomes a content.  Just write “how are you” and it becomes a content.  Basically, post anything of any size or length on Facebook and it becomes a content.  More funny thing is, such contents can reach to thousands and lakhs of people just like that.  People can engage, discuss, and debate over just like that.  And that was turning me lazy.   I mean why would you spend hours and hours in creating  a content, when a 5-minute work can give your brand the same exposure.  Thus, from a content creator who used to believe in creativity, in-depth projection, facts and illustration rich contents, I was turning into a “poo content creator,” who would create contents on mobile and post them while in toilet or in a tea break.  I needed to save myself from turning into a microblogger.  So, I decided to leave the Facebook and shift to website.  I can’t have same attitude and luxury here if I want to succeed.

Meaningless

As we were working on our upcoming book and curating old contents, we realized that whatever we post on Facebook is momentary.  No matter how popular your posts had gone, or how informative or useful they have been, they all gonna dump down in the database of Facebook, that neither Google cares to index nor is easy for anyone to come back and find out with ease.  Which basically means posting something on Facebook is as useless as writing down on a tissue paper while waiting for your food in a restaurant, unlike website or blog or content management system.  I don’t want my hard work and efforts being so meaningless and momentary.  So, I decided to leave the Facebook and build my content management system, that will be more like a library for all, and when I am gone, they be still around, as useful and fun.

Too Free To Value

When you come to a website, you came by desire.  You put an effort to get there.  But on Facebook, everything is spoonfed through newsfeed.  Facebook has turned writers, content creators, photographers, videographers, and even journalists and researchers into a cheap and desperate soul – unwanted, unworthy individuals – whose works and contributions are subject to mood and attitude of Facebook users.  Enough.  Don’t want to be part of this water-to-chase-thirsty game.  So, I decided to leave the Facebook and build this digital world, where those in need of knowledge and information, thoughts and discussions come searching for.  When they come by choice and not force feed, that will create a healthy and beautiful world where there is value and respect, and constructive components.

Organised chaos

This is the saddest reality about Facebook I hated the most.  You are judged for your opinion.  You are labelled for your disagreement.  One moment you are a hero and another moment you are  a crap.  Everyone is righteous and everyone is desperate to prove themselves correct.  I lived the Gotham life and I had enough.  That’s not the kind of world I want to deal with as a content creator.  I look for healthy and decent world where people know to agree to disagree, people know to argue with reference; no bigotry, no intolerance.  That does not happen on Facebook, because it is designed for organised chaos.  Like said above, contents are pushed to users without them searching for or wanting for.  A religious fanatic can get atheist view point on his/her newsfeed just like that and guess what happens.  So, I decided to leave the Facebook for peace of my mind and inner self.

By saying all that, I didn’t mean I am deactivating Facebook or unpublishing Kaagmandu Magazine page.  I still love and adore Facebook for it’s power to connect people.  I just don’t want anymore to use Facebook to publish my contents directly on Facebook like how I used to.  I will just limit myself to connecting with friends, fans and followers.  I will also use the Facebook for researching and observing people and trend, seeing answers and solving doubts.  Apart from that, I have decided not to use Facebook for momentary brain orgasm.  If I feel like throwing my opinion on any issue, I will do it through this website and not Facebook status anymore.  Instead of wasting my time scrolling newsfeed every now and then, I will use those time and energy in creating contents through in-depth research and study on the topic.   I miss my movies and documentaries time and I miss those long hours reading books and papers.  There are so many things I want to do now and I already can feel the freedom, feel the relief, feel the peace and serenity.

Nepal and many countries like Nepal are in real need of one-stop solution for genuine information and knowledge and rational thinking and discussions in this information polluted digital era.  I am leaving Facebook to build one.

I am glad you are around.  Thank you for reading.  Drop your comments below and will catch you up there.

Just like one of you who happened to be a founder of Kaagmandu Magazine

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What’s Special Today: November 10

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Chhath:

Historically native to the Indian states of Bihar, eastern Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand and the southern part of Nepal, Chhath is one of those festivals that transcends the caste system that exists in the society. According to the Hindu calendar, it is celebrated on the sixth day of the lunar month of Kartik. The Chhath Puja is a 4-day long ritual specially offered to the solar deity, Surya, to show thankfulness for good health, good life and to request the granting of some certain wishes.

Day 1: On the first day, the devotees after bathing clean their house and eat the food that is offered to the god to protect the mind from the vengeful tendency.

Day 2: On the second day, the devotees are not allowed to drink even a single drop of water but, in the evening, they eat kheer made up of jaggery, fruits.

Day 3: The evening of the third day which is also known as sandhya ‘arghya’ day where a bamboo basket is decorated with various puja materials, fruits, thekuwa, and laddus which are offered as an ‘argya’ to the Sun. Also, the Chhathi Maiya is worshipped.

Day 4: On the last day of Chhath puja again an arghya is offered to the Sun God but this time in the morning. The devotees go to the riverbank to offer arghya to the rising sun and break their fast and conclude their four-day long worship.

Happy Chhath to everyone! Don’t forget to enjoy some thekuwas!!

World Keratoconus Day:

Every year on November 10, World Keratoconus Day is celebrated to focus global attention on keratoconus and ectatic corneal disorders. The day was first celebrated by National Keratoconus Foundation.

Keratoconus is a disease that causes the cornea to become weak, leading to the thinning and stretching of the cornea, which may result in the loss of vision. Keratoconus is degeneration of the structure of the cornea. The shape of the cornea slowly changes from the normal round shape to a cone shape which affects the vision. The keratoconus mainly develops in teenagers and young adults and the disease keeps on growing, if not diagnosed in time.  

The disease has no prevention and no treatment. With early diagnosis, the disease can be managed and further damage can be protected. In Nepal, the prevalence of Keratoconus is 1 in 2000 according to the recent journal. So, this world keratoconus day, make a commitment to visit an eye doctor once a year for the early diagnosis of keratoconus as well as other eye diseases.

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KMAG Online Writing Workshop reading materials

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Day 1

Covers communication and types of writing. Please check the following articles.

  1. What is communication and how to communicate effectively?
  2. Types of Writing

Also, check out: How miscommunication happens (and how to avoid it)

Day 2

Covers content management system/WordPress, and how to introduce yourself. Please check the following articles.

  1. What is WordPress and How to work in WordPress
  2. How to introduce yourself.

Day 3-5

Covers the basics of expository writing and CV writing.

Day 6

Covers persuasive writing.Please check the following articles.

  1. HOW TO WRITE AN OP-ED: A STEP BY STEP GUIDE
  2. Handout of video class.

Day 7-9

Covers how to write research-based opinion writing.

  1. How to frame an argument
  2. How to write an opinion piece

Day 10

Personal journal writing (my diary)

Day 11-13

Figure of speech and rhetoric.

Day 14-16

How to frame questions.

  1. Art of questioning

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Types of Figure of Speech with examples (Part 1)

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Accumulation

Accumulation is a figure of speech, in which the points made previously are presented again in a compact, forceful manner. It often employs the use of climax in the summation of a speech.

Examples:

  1. We learned communication, we learned types of writing, we learned rhetoric, we learned figure of speech. In all this, we made new friends, we spent hours together.
  2. He founded Nepal; fought for unification, fought for diversity. Leaving wife and child home, he set to occupy the land of people, land of flowers and trees. And he built a country that we call Nepal.
  3. Your organization, your vigilance, your devotion to duty, your zeal for the cause must be raised to the highest intensity.” Winston Churchill, Speech, 14 July 1941. (This sentence comes after a lengthy passage in which Churchill warns the public that their courage and effort are still needed to defeat the enemy).

Adomination

A figure of speech that refers to the repetition of words with the same root word.

Examples:

  1. I will be somewhere, someday, settled with somebody in some place.
  2. I am nobody, reaching no where in this no man’s land.
  3. In the vastness of universe, I am vastly clueless.

Alliteration

A literary stylistic device, where a series of words in a row have the same first consonant sound.

Examples:

  1. Nepalese never nag about Nepal not nationalising.
  2. Looks like lion likes licking lizard.
  3. Come count my comb.

Adynaton

A figure of speech in the form of hyperbole taken to such extreme lengths as to insinuate a complete impossibility.

Examples:

  1. I will meet you when sun rises from west.
  2. Before I finish the work, I will grow a horn.
  3. Stone will talk but she won’t.

Anacoluthon

Derives from the Greek word anakolouthon, literally means “lacking sequence”, is a figure of speech which consists in the abrupt disruption in syntax. Opens in new window resulting from two non-parallel grammatical constructions.

Examples:

  1. I am hungry – have you never played football?
  2. I miss the burgher at – did you see my daughter?
  3. Never in my life – what’s in your mind?

Anadiplosis

The repetition of the last word of a preceding clause. The word is used at the end of a sentence and then used again at the beginning of the next sentence..

Examples:

  1. It’s midnight. Midnight with stars. Stars with the moon. Moon looking at my window. Window hiding me.
  2. “Fear leads to angerAnger leads to hateHate leads to suffering.”
  3. “Your beliefs become your thoughtsyour thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.”

Anaphora

A rhetorical device that consists of repeating a sequence of words at the beginnings of neighboring clauses, thereby lending them emphasis.

Examples:

  1. When you felt like giving up, when you felt like crying, when you felt like hitting the wall, just do it.
  2. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way
  3. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’ I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state, sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

Anastrophe

A figure of speech in which the normal word order of the subject, the verb, and the object is changed.

Examples:

  1. Instead of I like Nepal, “Nepal I like.”
  2. World I want to change.
  3. I, her will keep loving till the end

Anti-Climax

It is when a specific point, expectations are raised, everything is built-up and then suddenly something boring or disappointing happens.

Examples:

  1. He killed the king, freed the people, and took the sword and killed himself.
  2. People, pets, batteries, … all are dead.
  3. He loved her so much …he killed her.

Anthimeria

is the usage of a word in a new grammatical form, most often the usage of a noun as a verb.

Examples:

  1. Can you please google to find out the meaning of “anthimeria”? (google is actually noun)
  2. The thunder would not peace at my bidding.
  3. Let’s do some eating. (verb being used as noun)

Antimetabole

the repetition of words in successive clauses, but in transposed order.

Examples:

  1. Eat to live, not live to eat
  2. All crime is vulgar, just as all vulgarity is crime.
  3. Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.

Antistrophe

The repetition of the same word or words at the end of successive phrases, clauses or sentences.

Examples:

  1. There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem.
  2. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
  3. Nepal is beautiful. Nepalese are beautiful. Her style is beautiful. Her heart is beautiful.

Antithesis

is used in writing or speech either as a proposition that contrasts with or reverses some previously mentioned proposition, or when two opposites are introduced together for contrasting effect.

Examples:

  1. I am rich man who longs for a poverty.
  2. When in war, we long for peace; when in peace, we long for war.
  3. Let’s play with the fire to feel the rain.

Aphorismus

It often appears in the form of a rhetorical question which is meant to imply a difference between the present thing being discussed and the general notion of the subject. Statement that calls into question the definition of a word.

Examples:

  1. You eat meat and you call yourself animal lover?.
  2. How can you call this country a peaceful country when everywhere is chaos?.
  3. How am I even a writer with this kind of writing?

Aposiopesis

A figure of speech wherein a sentence is deliberately broken off and left unfinished, the ending to be supplied by the imagination, giving an impression of unwillingness or inability to continue.

Examples:

  1. Please leave my home or else – !.
  2. I want to go home now. If not.
  3. And she left with. I don’t even want to share.

Apposition

Apposition is a grammatical construction in which two elements, normally noun phrases, are placed side by side and so one element identifies the other in a different way.

Examples:

  1. Nepal, my home, is where I want to die.
  2. My brother, Mr. Suresh, is joining me.
  3. Mr. Oli, a famous politician, is giving a speech.

Assonance

Repetition of vowel sounds

Examples:

  1. Reave, please leave.
  2. Hire and fire.
  3. Write so bright that it will frighten right.

ASTEISMUS (not needed but know it anyway)

he rhetorical term for achieving polite or soft mockery whereby the replier catches a sensitive word and redirects it back to the interlocutor with an unexpected twist. Example:

  • Judge: You’re charged with vagrancy. Are you guilty or not guilty?
    Ollie: Not guilty, Your Highness.
    Judge: On what grounds?
    Stan: We weren’t on the grounds. We were sleeping on the park bench.

Asyndeton

A literary scheme in which one or several conjunctions are deliberately omitted from a series of related clauses.

Examples:

  1. He ran, he climbed, he conquered .
  2. I wanted to participate, i made it.
  3. Government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.

Cataphora

Co-reference of one expression with another expression which follows it, in which the latter defines the first. 

Examples:

  1. If you want to eat something, there is pizza in the freeze.
  2. If you want her, she is Ms. Lisa.
  3. He is an idiot. He is a douche. He is lazy. He is my friend, Nishant.

Climax

a figure of speech in which words, phrases, or clauses are arranged in order of increasing importance. Or say, a figure of speech in which successive words, phrases, clauses, or sentences are arranged in ascending order of importance, as in “Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!”

Examples:

  1. When there is job, when there is peace, and when there is love, happiness occurs.
  2. We want freedom, liberty and democracy.
  3. Men and women are equal, but above, it’s the responsibility.

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