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23. World No-Tobacco Day – 31st May


Tobacco Day Content Marketing Opportunities

This day aims to raise awareness of the deadly use of tobacco and exposure to second-hand smoke.

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: Alternatives to smoking that could actually work
  • Infographic idea: Signs that someone is a secret smoker
  • Video idea: What happens to your body when you quit smoking?
  • Podcast idea: How have movies romanticized the idea of smoking over the decades?

Brand campaign that worked:

This simple video from WHO explains through a child’s explanation why tobacco taxes should be raised.

Random Acts of Kindness


  1. Incorporate acts of kindness into your family meals, classrooms, and workplaces. Perhaps spend 5 minutes each day sharing your kindness ideas or the acts you shared during the day. Make kindness a daily habit in all your environments
  2. Support a small, local business as a customer
  3. Leave have a nice day stickers at a front desk

22. International Day of UN Peacekeepers – 29th May


22. International Day of UN Peacekeepers – 29th May

UN Peacemakers Content Marketing Opportunities

This day is celebrated to pay tribute to the uniformed and civilian personnel of the UN and to honor the 3800 peacekeepers who have lost their lives while serving the UN.

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: How can you work at the UN?
  • Infographic idea: X Most dangerous places UN peacekeepers work in
  • Video idea: How do UN peacekeepers stay safe in conflict-ridden zones?
  • Podcast idea: How effective are UN peacekeepers at actually preserving the peace?

Brand campaign that worked:

This video by UN peacekeepers describes how women can lead peace processes around the world, and the relation between violence against women and outbreaks of conflict.

Inspiration


“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” – Anonymous, Holy Bible: The New King James Version

Inspiration


“I keep thinking about a tale my nurse used to read to me about a bird whose wings are pinned to the ground. In the end, when he finally frees himself, he flies so high he becomes a star. My nurse said the story was about how we all have something that keeps us down.” – Shannon Hale, Princess Academy

My Liebster Award


Few days ago, I was nominated for the Liebster Award.

My Nominees

  1. Padmaja Ramesh
  2.  P V Cann
  3. SusieOpinions
  4. ShortProse
  5. Riverside Peace
  6. Bharath Upendra
  7. Administrador

I was lethargic due to Lockdown1.0 to 4.0 in the most vulnerable category of 65+, Baby boomer, Cardiac and Diabetic issues with occasional bouts of cough. I was confined to home.

When I started blog all I had in mind was learning. Learning to write a blog, make a website, be a web publisher, become a blogger and an author.

At the core was a feeling, I must share what I learn with the needy – with no monetary expectation – as a give back to society.   It would create more space in my mind, to learn more and fill my never quenching thirst for knowledge.

For years, it remained inactive, then I would reshape it, make another themes, give it a new name, register a new domain – the learning continued albeit at my own SELF Pace and that is the Key Word of my mentoring.

I wish the Mentee, Mentoree, Protege’ to learn at self-pace.

Absorb, understand, assimilate, internalise knowledge and become able to impart it to the world’s knowledge needy – FREE.

A Breakpoint – rather revival point came on 13th May 2018 and I became regular. With a vengeance to achieve my first milestone of 100,000 views from 4000 odd in 6 years I became regular blogger. Happy to say with my esteemed readers, viewers, commentators this blog will soon touch 400000 views and 1600+ followers while another with just 4 followers is touching about 300000 on its own steam – it is my  1st Blogspot blog.

WordPress team guided me along the way and I even took their Business Plan but I did not wish to monetise – No, I wanted the content. to be free.  Uncopyrighted.  Well… mostly..  Only a few parts I put the © mark as my copyright and that’s letss than 1% of my content.

I want to thank Alosius5  for nominating me for this award. so check out his website and leave him a comment, I am sure he will appreciate it!

The Rules:
Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you
Share 11 facts about yourself & mention 3 blog articles
Answer the 11 questions the blogger(s) asked you
Nominate 11 bloggers and make them happy!
Make up 11 questions to ask your nominees
Notify your 11 nominees

11 Facts About Myself

1) I am an open book and believe that I transparent- read about me on or Google please. MyAbout me page

2) I like to relax in a five-star hotel, First a Triple Sunday Ice-Cream instead of Bed-Tea and then having a long relaxing massage, a vegetarian buffet meal at the live counters eating Chef’s best recommended dishes,  best restaurant, and not having to get up the next morning until very late.

But, I am an early riser.  I like to wake up at 2 am, 3 am, 4 am or latest by 5 am.  My body clock takes care of it, no need for alarm clock.

3) I love French Champagne (the real stuff), I also like Indian Wine Red and White both and strawberries.  And I became a Teetotaller, stopped eating Non-vegetarian food since 2005 by choice.

4) I try to buy the best car I can afford but still haven’t managed to get a BMW.  I drive the Maruti Suzuku Alto800 which my wife n daughter bought couple of years ago,

5) Going away to a cold climate like a hillstation in India  when it is summer here (in India). I can not bear very high humidity and sweat profusely, leading to dehydration related issues so I try n stay away from Seashores.

6) One day I will get to travel around my own country. (With COVID 19, this might happen later rather than sooner with the ban on overseas travel)

7) I would love to  write bestselling non-fiction books for entrepreneurs, (I have written 7 and a poetry collection) , but selling just one gives me a chill.

8) I love all in/outdoor sports and games and represented in most as Captain or player upto University level. Cricket, Hockey, Football, Table tennis and Badminton apart from Chess are my favorites.

9) My favorite pastime is attending the Video conference calls arranged by my Granddaughter (7) on an impromptu basis.  I love these.

10) I had huge collection – few thousand books collected over each trip as sales person 99% and some gifts and donated  all of it to schools, colleges or needy.  We love to donate to the blind school here in Bangalore.

Recently, I gifted over 3000 amateur paintings I painted in water color from 2014 till March 2020 to an Eyecare charitble NGO I advise.

11) I was very fond of beer, Old Monk brand rum and later Bacardi White Rum/ Vodka. Whiskey gave me huge hangover and Single Malt was unaffordable.

Selected Blog Articles

1) I have several segments in my blog as it is mostly on shared contents like Word of the day, Quote of the Day, Did you know,  Inspirational Quote of the day, Funny quote of the day, Quotes of the Week, Seasoned PNUTS quotables from PNUTs. etc.

2) I also share RANDOM – Phrases, Acts of Kindness, Phrase of the Day, Quotes from Gita and Bible.

3) I subscribe to many Newsletters and TED, TEDX shows and share their links or article links I like.

4) I write HAIKU, Poems, Quick Poetry and pubish rather irregularly.

4) I share news items, commentaries on geopolitical, political, strategic and business management topics.

Answers to Debbie Winter’s Questions

1) What is in your opinion the best SEO software currently on the market? I do not understand this. I read Neil Patel’s newsletter and try but I know I do not know the basics. So, not being blessed like million others like me, I’m happy to remain in obscurity.

2) If you could eat as much food as you wanted without ever getting full or fat, which food would you choose? What is your favourite restaurant?

I would eat lots of sprouted beans, Raw vegetables, semi boiled vegetables. All preparations of Eggs, /cheese, and Indian curries which I make or my wife makes. She has made over 1000 different dishes for me over past 40 years of marriage. She loves Pasta, and I like Pizza, and we would share a glass of wine.

3) If your pet could talk, what would it say to you?

I had a wonderful Dog. A street Puppy whom I trained with Police dogs and he could perform circus acts. He had 40 friends and me and my friends when we would go walking (all kids under 10)  over 100 dogs and kids would be making noise and waking up the whole neighborhood at 4 am.  I lost him in an accident.

If ever he could talk – he would simply say, I love you and wish to be back with you.

4) What is the weirdest thing you have ever seen someone do?

Oh there are many. Can’t remember one.  But I do have two question segments dealing with exactly this.

5) If you had enough money that you never needed to work again, what would you do with your time?

Surf, watch TV, Network, Socialise virtually and spend more time with family.

6) Name three of your favorite songs?

I can name singers – 1. Neil Diamond 2. Kishori Amonkar, 3. Dr. Prabha Atre, 4. Sh. Bhimsen Joshi.

7) Name three of your favorite books?

Again I shall name authors, Books names are on my Goodreads page and I have a blog segment called Books to read.

Arthur Hailey, Harold Robins, Harvey Mackay, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, Norman Vincent Peale.  MunshiPrem Chand, Many in HIndi, Marathi.

8) Would you lie to your friend or spouse for a large sum of money? How much?

No.

9) If you had $10.000 to spend on whatever you like, what would you do with the money?

Hmmm… invest in a Desktop Mac with  home theatre, Very large screen TV and all the favorite music collection, films collections from the old.

10) If you would be granted one wish of any kind, what would you wish for?

Give, Give the more you Give – God replenishes hence I will ask God, Give me, Give me more so that I can give more in service of Humanity.

11) Who has been the biggest example in your life? Why?

Many.  Many mentors who appeared when I was ready as Pupil and shaped me.  My mother mostly,  As a single parent her determination, hard work, resilience were the best learnings..

My Questions

1) What do you do for work, and what would you rather be doing, if you were given the opportunity?

2) Do you read constantly or sporadically, and what is your favorite genre

3) Boring, I know, but what is your favorite television show, and why?

4) If you could be anywhere in the world rather than where you are, where would that be and why?

5) What is the most annoying thing about people you dislike?

6) How many people can you count on as ‘real’ friends, if your situation turned to the worst-case scenario?

7) If you are young, where would you like to be in, say, 30 years time, and if you are older, what is one thing you would have done differently?

8) Do you prefer to travel by car, bus, train, or airplane, and why?

9) If you could retire tomorrow, where would that be, and why?

10) Is having wealth or health more important to you?

11) and the doozie for the last question, if you have a current partner, do you think this is the ‘one’ or do you think the ‘one’ might still be out there?

(You do not need to answer this, but in my case, I have found the ‘one’ and we’ve been together nearly 45 years.)

 

Dancing with tools – Seth Godin Newsletter


Dancing with tools

How good are you at Google Sheets?

Can you write a query? A filter? Do you know how to install add-on tools to trim extra cells or create a mail merge? If you wanted to learn those things, do you know how to find out how?

It’s an interesting litmus test.

Sheets is free. It’s not particularly difficult to use. You can explore it in private, with no fear of screwing up. And it’s widely applicable to just about any career or community work you might choose to do.

The teenager across the street is far better off teaching herself Sheets than she is doing whatever busywork they’re handing her during the day.

If you get good at a type of technology, you’ll find yourself using it often. On the other hand, if you decide that you’re somehow untalented at it (which is nonsense) or don’t take the time, then you’ll have sacrificed leverage and confidence that were offered to you.

Of course, it’s not just Sheets, or the web, or even computers. It’s a posture of possibility when it comes to the tools we’re able to use.

We can ignore the tools that we have access to. We can fear them. We can understand them.

(And, after we understand them, we’re able to hire someone else to use them on our behalf.)

We can even master them.

25. Fun days


25. Fun days

Star Wars Content Marketing Opportunities

Star Wars Day – 4th May

International No-Diet Day – 6th May

Chocolate Chip Day – 15th May

World Whiskey Day – 16th May

Sunscreen Protection Day – 27th May

International Hamburger Day – 28th May

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: X Easy snacks to make at home for a movie marathon
  • Infographic idea: Star Wars movies ranked in order of popularity
  • Video idea: How is whiskey made?
  • Podcast idea: How can you lose weight without following a strict diet?

Wisdom Quotes


If shadows are all you see in front of you turn around to face the light.

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. (Helen Keller)

No matter how slow you progress, as long as you keep going you’ll get there eventually.
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. (Confucius)

25. Fun days


25. Fun days

Star Wars Content Marketing Opportunities

Star Wars Day – 4th May

International No-Diet Day – 6th May

Chocolate Chip Day – 15th May

World Whiskey Day – 16th May

Sunscreen Protection Day – 27th May

International Hamburger Day – 28th May

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: X Easy snacks to make at home for a movie marathon
  • Infographic idea: Star Wars movies ranked in order of popularity
  • Video idea: How is whiskey made?
  • Podcast idea: How can you lose weight without following a strict diet?

26. Festivals


26. Festivals

Eid Content Marketing Opportunities

Buddha Purnima – 7th May

Rabindra Jayanti – 7th May

Eid-ul-Fitr – 23rd May

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: X Works of Buddhist literature you must read
  • Infographic idea: X Reasons why you must visit Shantiniketan in West Bengal
  • Video idea: Best Ramadan desserts to whip up in a jiffy
  • Podcast idea: The importance of intermittent fasting and its life-changing benefits

21. International Day to End Obstetric Fistula – 23rd May


21. International Day to End Obstetric Fistula – 23rd May

Obstetric Fistula Concept

This day aims to shed light on obstetric fistula, a condition that pregnant women could develop due to prolonged, obstructed labor without treatment.

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: X Things you need to know about obstetric fistula
  • Infographic idea: X Ways to make any pregnant woman more comfortable
  • Video idea: Why is obstetric fistula so prevalent in rural women?
  • Podcast idea: How can we improve women’s experiences during childbirth?

20. World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialog and Development – 21st May


20. World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialog and Development – 21st May

Cultural Diversity Content Marketing Opportunities

This day is celebrated to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to advance the four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: X Ways talking can resolve conflict
  • Infographic idea: X Most recognizable elements of Indian culture
  • Video idea: How can art promote the understanding of different cultures?
  • Podcast idea: How can you stay connected to your culture if you live abroad?

Brand campaign that worked:

This video celebrates the cultural diversity of New South Wales in Australia and provides a montage of different cultural activities happening within the state.

19. International Tea Day – 21st May


19. International Tea Day – 21st May

Tea Day

This day is celebrated to foster collective action to implement activities in favor of sustainable production and consumption of tea.

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: X Additions to elevate your tea
  • Infographic idea: X Delicacies you can make with matcha
  • Video idea: What are the different ways to brew tea?
  • Podcast idea: Why are we so fixated on chai?

Brand campaign that worked:

Have you been making tea wrong your entire life? This video from the BBC offers tips on how to brew the perfect cup of tea.

18. World Bee Day – 20th May


18. World Bee Day – 20th May

Bee Day Content Marketing Opportunities

This day is celebrated to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face, and their contribution to sustainable development.

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: X Ways in which bees enrich our lives
  • Infographic idea: Cartoons/movies about bees your kids can watch
  • Video idea: What would happen in a world with no bees?
  • Podcast idea: Is honey vegan or not?

Brand campaign that worked:

This informative video from national geographic explores the different jobs that bees do – from the queen to the nurses and workers – and the role they play in the functioning of a beehive.

17. International Museum Day – 18th May


17. International Museum Day – 18th May

Museum Content Marketing Opportunities

The International Council of Museums organizes this day every year to emphasize museums and art galleries as an intrinsic value of culture in the society.

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: X Best exhibits in museums around the world
  • Infographic idea: The most bizarre museums around the world
  • Video idea: Why is the Met Gala so famous?
  • Podcast idea: How can museums become ‘cool’ again?

Brand campaign that worked:

This video provides a virtual walking tour of the Louvre, one of the most famous museums in France.

15. World Hypertension Day – 17th May


15. World Hypertension Day – 17th May

Hypertension Content Marketing Opportunities

This day brings to light the issue of high blood pressure in populations across the globe.

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: X Sure-fire ways to keep your blood pressure in check at all times
  • Infographic idea: What are the warning signs of hypertension?
  • Video idea: X Exercises that can keep your body weight in check
  • Podcast idea: How should you change your lifestyle if you have hypertension?

Brand campaign that worked:

This video from Novartis talks about the risks of hypertension and provides statistics on how many people it affects through the year.

14. World Telecommunication and Information Society Day – 17th May


14. World Telecommunication and Information Society Day – 17th May

Telecom Day Content Marketing Opportunities

This day aims to raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of internet and other communication technologies can bring to societies.

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: X Ways the internet has made our lives easier
  • Infographic idea: A look at how we consume information has changed over the decades
  • Video idea: From 2G to 5G: The evolution of the internet
  • Podcast idea: What would happen if we had to live without the internet for a day?

Brand campaign that worked:

This video from ICASA describes the formation of the day and why it is celebrated.

3. International Day of Light – 16th May


3. International Day of Light – 16th May

Day of Light Content Marketing Opportunities

This day celebrates light as an element of science and how important a role it plays in art, culture, and sustainable architecture.

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: X Light arrangements perfect for a dinner party
  • Infographic idea: X Famous works of art that play on light and darkness
  • Video idea: How is light perceived by the human eye?
  • Podcast idea: Answering the age-old question: Is light a particle or a wave?

Brand campaign that worked:

This quirky video by German animation studio Kurzgesagt describes complex concepts about light in a simple manner and how it affects everything we see and perceive.

25. Fun days


25. Fun days

Star Wars Content Marketing Opportunities

Star Wars Day – 4th May

International No-Diet Day – 6th May

Chocolate Chip Day – 15th May

World Whiskey Day – 16th May

Sunscreen Protection Day – 27th May

International Hamburger Day – 28th May

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Listicle idea: X Easy snacks to make at home for a movie marathon
  • Infographic idea: Star Wars movies ranked in order of popularity
  • Video idea: How is whiskey made?
  • Podcast idea: How can you lose weight without following a strict diet?