Neeraj Agnihotri is an internationally published Fine Arts and Fashion Photographer in India. This blog is about his life behind the camera. From photography to ukulele strumming, and from cinematography to writing, and various other topics; this blog has everything. In Short, The Life Of An Artist.

Three Habits I Quit Last Year

3 Habits That I Quit Last Year That Lead To Psychological Freedom

 

My notes are flooded with so many random thought, concepts, chord progression, to-do list, and poetry. Yes, I do write lines now and then. I read somewhere, “Bless me with the verse.” And it left a huge impact on me.

Not everything that I have written on my notes makes sense. Averagely, I write 3-4 notes every day. Writing notes had been my secret pleasure. But the procrastinator in me just lets it stay there for ages.

I have zillions of notes. And I have no words to express what sort of a mess it is to go back and relive old memories – checking them. But I made it happen yesterday, I decided to do it. Took a head torch, and a ski pole and then slid across the horrendous mountains that were ice-capped with words.

There was one note that grabbed my attention. It was a list of things that I had quit in 2017. It was incomplete but fortunately, I was about to figure out the rest that I actually had quit.

So here is the list of things that I succeeded in quitting in 2017 and that, directly or indirectly affected my mental freedom.

 

1) Procrastination – The Real Enemy

“Procrastination is the thief of time: Year after year it steals, till all are fled, and to the mercies of a moment leaves the vast concerns of an eternal scene.”
By Edward Young

Pretty aware of one thing, the only person who I have considered as my enemy is the procrastinator me. Procrastination is one infection that you will not be able to find out unless it is too late. I know people who have a desire to succeed but they would rather grab a beer with their friends than to actually take a pen and make a list of things that need to be done.
The only way I could leave procrastination behind was with sheer discipline and following steps like rituals. Like why would I write this blog when there is a youtube video of a Dog drooling over a burger. Oh God, why would I do this!

15 minutes later.

Years of procrastination leads to professional procrastination. And that, my friend, leads to relapse. Constantly focusing on your goals do work, but as said, requires discipline. The Internet is a fun place for cats and dogs. Like the funny video of a dog who doesn’t want to take a shower. God damn!

  1.1 Excuses – The Better Half of Procrastination

In a conversation with the social worker and Director, Dheeraj Sharma once told me: ” The lies you tell yourself are the worst.”
Sometimes, it’s the excuses that stop you from doing anything you want.

As life is short why shouldn’t I watch the video of a dog Dancing to Hey Ya – Outkast.

The weather is just too pleasant today to actually get out and get my new startup registered.

One thing, that I learned the hard way was that everything can be done if you just don’t make excuse for it.

 

2- Quit Sugar – Lost 10 Kg Weight

“Bro, sugar is like cocaine. You shouldn’t take it. It’s highly addictive and kills a lot of people every year. ” – Someone, I guess.

Gary Tubes, author of the book – “The Case Against Sugar” said that sugar leads to diabetes and obesity, and it’s responsible for more deaths than tobacco. So when I quit sugar and mixed my lifestyle with intermittent fasting and workout, I noticed that I easily was able to shed a few extra kilograms that I had been carrying. To be honest, it was not as hard as I thought it would be. The Sugar that I am talking about is refined sugar. That white powder that looks like crystal meth.

I know some people are thinking that you can even lose weight when you limit your sugar!

In 2014, I shed a few pounds, but I didn’t quit sugar. In 2016, I was back to the square one. The same weight. My body was smart and got back to exactly where  I started.

But when I did this without sugar, I never gained my weight back. Also, I forgot to mention other benefits like alertness, being more productive and not being pointlessly sleepy. It was not as hard as I thought it would be. It also includes making healthy food choices, making my own food, and limiting refined carbohydrates.

 

3) Smoking – The Filthy Habit

“Every time you light up a cigaretteyou are saying that your life isn’t worth living.”

Anonymous.

 

In my life, I never came across a single person who smoked and loved it. Deep inside they all hate it. Except for teenagers, kids and the Thai monkey who smokes all day (Relapse trigger! You know what I am saying?)

There was a time when I smoked more than 50 cigarettes a day. Yes, and trust me when I say this, I have never been this wrong in my life. Cigarettes are the more useless things that can come in your life. They are expensive, if you count your yearly consumption, and don’t have a single benefit.  To say in Warren Buffet’s words, “It’s a bad investment in oneself!”

Instead of giving confidence it leaves you dizzy. Instead of relieving stress, it gives you stress if you don’t have one.

I can’t find a single reason why cigarettes are good.  I quit smoking in a bang, I know most people won’t believe it, but nicotine addiction is a hell of an illusion and nothing else. “An Easy Way To Quit Smoking by Alan Carr”. This is one book that I recommend to everyone who is struggling with nicotine addiction.

Please do share your suggestions, or share a story of anything that you quit. If you want you can also send an email. Approaching my directly in public also sounds convenient.

 

Thank you for reading!

Neeraj Agnihotri

 

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Googlebot can not access your site. your site’s overall robots.txt error rate is 100.0% (Resolved)

robots.txt problem solved
robots.txt problem solved

Over the last 24 hours, Googlebot encountered 11 errors while attempting to access your robots.txt. To ensure that we didn’t crawl any pages listed in that file, we postponed our crawl. Your site’s overall robots.txt error rate is 100.0%.

Recommended action

If the site error rate is 100%:

  • Using a web browser, attempt to access http://neerajagnihotri.com/robots.txt. If you are able to access it from your browser, then your site may be configured to deny access to googlebot. Check the configuration of your firewall and site to ensure that you are not denying access to googlebot.
  • If your robots.txt is a static page, verify that your web service has proper permissions to access the file.
  • If your robots.txt is dynamically generated, verify that the scripts that generate the robots.txt are properly configured and have permission to run. Check the logs for your website to see if your scripts are failing, and if so attempt to diagnose the cause of the failure.

If the site error rate is less than 100%:

  • Using Webmaster Tools, find a day with a high error rate and examine the logs for your web server for that day. Look for errors accessing robots.txt in the logs for that day and fix the causes of those errors.
  • The most likely explanation is that your site is overloaded. Contact your hosting provider and discuss reconfiguring your web server or adding more resources to your website.
  • If your site redirects to another hostname, another possible explanation is that a URL on your site is redirecting to a hostname whose serving of its robots.txt file is exhibiting one or more of these issues.”
robots.txt problem solved
robots.txt problem solved

This message actually made me worried a bit, and I searched for it all over the net. And what I found in the end was that this is something very common, and it will be resolved by itself. I took a deep breath of relaxation after reading that.

Firstly, I thought that this could be because my website was showing a lot of 404 Errors as I recently deleted some pages, and shifted one part of my website to another domain. But this can never be a problem, as change in a website and missing pages are very common on internet, as internet is always changing and upgrading. I have seen more 404s on Google than on my website. 

Several days passed, I again received the same message from Google, that “Googlebot can’t access your sit”. I again took it lightly, as I thought that it will be resolved automatically after some time.

After a day, I saw that the traffic of my website has started to decrease. The reason why the catastrophic result  disappointed me a lot was that it took me so much time to learn about Search Engine Optimisation and then to apply everything to my website. Next day, I noticed that Google completely eliminated my website from the Google Search. 

Now, I realised that this is the time to start working. I read several articles about what could be the cause of it. After many days of research, I was able to point out some of the reasons that could be possible for this. 

1) Google Analytics Code might be wrong – Sometimes it blocks Google bot to crawl the website. So, without wasting much of my time, I checked it. Fortunately, nothing was wrong there. Though, I still changed and re-pasted the code on the older code. It doesn’t make sense though, but it satisfied me as I really didn’t want to be here again, knowing, that I might have missed some points when I checked it earlier. Everything was fine there.

2) Check your Robots.txt page in your browser as recommended by Google. So I checked, I opened http://neerajagnihotri.com/robots.txt

And it didn’t show any problem at all. It was easily accessible. Now, that increased my trouble more, as it was actually working for all the other search engines but not for Google. I also checked on Bing’s Webmaster tool and on Yandex’s Webmaster tool, and I was shocked to see that my website was working really fine there. Tthey didn’t have any problem with my robots.txt. To reconfirm it, I checked my Robots.Txt with several online robots.txt checker, and it was working all alright.  This certainly became a big puzzle for me at this point of time. 

3) Problem with the Server, website’s firewall is blocking Google bot from crawling the website.  I didn’t have any control over this. These kinds of things are usually in control of Website Hosting’s company. 

I checked my DNS by website based on DNS monitoring, or DNS checker. And there it was, my website was showing me error of two missing name servers. I opened the DNS tool and corrected it. As I was told by some SEO professionals that reflecting these changes may take up-to 15 days. In the mean time, I also kept on checking my Hosting as they said that they are trying their best to resolve it.  They said that they are in touch with Google regarding this, trying best to resolve the issue from their end. 

I started having this problem on  24- July – 2015 and it was resolved on 15-Sep-2015. It was the problem with the hosting DNS that was blocking Google Bot.

robots.txt problem solved
Working fine now

If you are having this problem, check all these points and I am sure it will work.  And be patient, it took me 54 days to resolve this problem. If you are having the same problem and anyone of the mentioned points helped you to solve the issue, please share it in the comments box. 

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How to Heal a Person Through the Power of Listening?

Let us start with one experience that changed my life, and I am quite sure that same can change yours, or maybe, you can help in changing someone else’s life with it. Change in a way to pluck someone out of a self-pitied world they have been living in, with the power of LISTENING!

In a world where nearly everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone has a person who is willing to listen to them, without relating it to their own story, or interrupting with a completely different thing.

In my past one year of meeting people who were suffering from anxiety, depression and other mental health problems, I have realized that listening to them is one of the best gifts you can give to the person whom you think is suffering. The unconditional way of listening someone makes them feel about himself or herself. 

 A few days back, after I had a long chat with my old friend, mostly based on listening to her, where she told me that she had more than 12,000 followers on twitter and no one to talk to when she was alone. I let her vent out everything she had been storing inside her; it was a long session of just listening to her.  

Later she convinced me that she was feeling better than before. I tried the same thing with several others and I was really pleased with the results. The process of listening to someone without interrupting and without throwing any judgment can be like the medicines of happiness for them.

Plato, a classical Greek Philosopher, and Mathematician, once said, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. ”  Sometimes it becomes easier for our mind to judge others based on their current status. People say weird things; most of the things won’t even make sense, and a lot more won’t be scientifically true. Keep in mind that beliefs are never more important than the person who is special to you.

Here is the list you should follow in order to heal a person through listening with an undivided attention: –

  1. Have a one-to-one conversation
  2. Do not judge
  3. If you get angry easily, meditate before listening.
  4. No, please don’t tell about how you felt when the same thing happened to you.
  5. No! It’s not in their mind. (You will make it worse by saying it.)
  6. Be extremely polite
  7. Ask questions related to them.
  8. Appreciate them.
  9. Tell them how special they are.
  10. No, it’s not their fault.

It really makes me sad when people say that they don’t have anyone to talk to. I don’t want anyone to feel that. I don’t know you, but I care for you, and I am always available to talk to you.

Please feel free to email me at info(a)neerajagnihotri.com, I will get back to you as soon as I can.  

With this upcoming blog I have decided to stay very active on my blog here, nonetheless, I will try to post at least 4 times a month. 

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