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Dec 26, 2008


There is not much I would be writing in this post. The picture below says it all by itself. A very strong message for all the citizens of my nation. Every individual can interpret the wordings by his/her level of maturity and understanding but one can't ignore it. Hope it makes some difference... the rest will follow
(right click and select view image to get a better look)

Don't forget to drop in your views and comments. May this year be more peaceful, Happy New Year.

Dec 22, 2008

Flying Cars !! How Will it Work ?

Sitting amidst a sea of cars in bumper-to-bumper traffic on an endless expressway, have you ever daydreamed about your car taking off and flying over the road? Imagine if you could just flip a switch and unshackle yourself from the asphalt!

Traffic jams are the bane of any commuter. Many of us spend an hour or so stuck in traffic every week. The growing population is partly to blame for our congested roads, but the main problem is that we are not expanding our transportation systems fast enough to meet ever increasing demands.

One solution is to create a new type of transportation that doesn't rely on roads, which could one day make traffic jams a 20th century relic. To do this, we must look to the sky.


Glenn Curtiss, the Wrights' chief rival, was the first to design a flying car. The first flying car to actually fly was built by Waterman. Waterman became associated with Curtiss while Curtiss was pioneering naval aviation at North Island on San Diego Bay in the 1910s. However, it wasn't until March 21, 1937 that Waterman's Aerobile first took to the air.

The Aerobile was a development of Waterman's tailless aircraft, the Whatsit. It had a wingspan of 38 feet (11 m) and a length of 20 feet 6 inches (6.25 m). On the ground and in the air it was powered by a Studebaker engine. It could fly at 112 mph (180 km/h) and drive at 56 mph (90 km/h).

In 1926, Henry Ford displayed an experimental single-seat aeroplane that he called the "sky flivver". The project was abandoned two years later when a test flight crashed, killing the pilot.

There are nearly 80 patents on file at the United States Patent and Trademark Office for various kinds of flying cars. Some of these have actually flown. Most have not. And all have come up short of reaching the goal of the mass-produced flying car.


There is no lack of engineers taking on the challenge to design a new breed of flying cars. While sleeker, more advanced cars have been developed in the last decade, no one has come close to opening up a flying car dealership. Here are a few of the individuals attempting to deliver a flying car:

Paul Moller has spent 40 years and millions of dollars developing his Skycar. He is now very close to developing the first mass-marketed flying car. In 1965, he demonstrated his first attempt, the XM-2, which hovered off the ground but didn't go anywhere. In 1989, Moller unveiled the M200X, which has now flown 200 flights and can go as high as 50 feet (15.24 meters).

MACRO Industries in Huntsville, Ala., is developing a flying car that it's calling the SkyRider X2R. This aero car will be able to take off and land vertically. SkyRider incorporates the interior design of a 2-seat sports car with the mobility of a helicopter or airplane. The company said it is also developing 5 and 7-seat models of the SkyRider, and it should fit in most two-car garages. The navigation system will be controlled almost entirely by GPS satellites and cellular services.

In Israel, Dr. Rafi Yoeli of Urban Aeronautics is testing the CityHawk, a prototype of a fly-by-wire car. He's also working on a project centered around the X-Hawk, a rotorless Verticle-Take-Off and Landing vehicle (VTOL). Visit this Web site for more information.

In 1990, Kenneth Wernicke formed Sky Technologies to develop a small-winged flying car. His Aircar has flown at 200 to 400 mph (322 to 644 kph) and driven at 65 mph (105 kph). It's also small enough to fit into an average parking space.

Recently, Branko Sarh, a senior engineer at McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, has attempted to develop a flying car, called the Sokol A400, or Advanced Flying Automobile. Sarh designed a 4-passenger vehicle that would pop out telescoping wings at the push of a button.


Moller's latest design, the Skycar M400, is designed to take off and land vertically, like a Harrier Jet, in small spaces. It can reach speeds of 400 mph (644 kph), but will cruise at around 350 mph (563 kph), and it has a range of 900 miles (1449 km).

Gasoline, diesel, alcohol, kerosene and propane can be used to fuel the Skycar, and its fuel mileage will be comparable to that of a medium-sized car, getting 20 miles (32.2 km) to the gallon. The initial cost of a Skycar will be about $1 million, but once it begins to be mass produced that price could come down to as low as $60,000.

The four-seat Skycar is powered by eight rotary engines that are housed inside four metal housings, called nacelles, on the side of the vehicle. There are two engines in each nacelle so that if one of the engines in one of the nacelle fails, the other engine can sustain flight. The engines lift the craft with 720 horsepower, and then thrust the craft forward.


The mass availability of flying cars could be very exciting or very scary, depending on how you look at it. If proper safeguards are put in place, they could be the answer to our ever-worsening traffic jams. Flying cars that can travel at hundreds of miles per hour would not only cut that rush hour commute to a few minutes, but it would allow us to live hundreds of miles farther from work and still make it to the office faster than by road-bound cars today.

Source : How Stuff Works, Wikipedia

Dec 20, 2008

Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss

Daimler released today the complete details and image gallery of the Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss that will probably be the star of the show in Detroit in January.

As anticipated, the Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss packs a 478 kW/650 hp supercharged V8 engine under its bonnet that's able to take it from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds. The top speed of the Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss is 350 km/h (217 mph) and imagine this car will take you this fast with no wind screen in front of you.

The Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss price is 750,000 Euros and the company will only build 75 of them. The production of the Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss will begin in June 2009, but the deliveries start date has not been announced yet.

The Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss features what the company calls an AIRBRAKE which can be manually deployed during braking at speeds over 120 km/h (75 mph). The Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss has a carbon fiber body and features closed underbody and a rear diffuser for maximum downforce on the rear axle.

Dec 16, 2008

This is the BEST time to BUY a Car !

Car sales have plunged in India in the wake of the economic slowdown. In a bid to revive the auto sector, the government has cut the central value-added tax (Cenvat) by 4 per cent, making cars across the board much cheaper.

All car manufacturers -- Maruti, General Motors, Ford, Skoda, Hyundai, Tata Motors, Honda Siel, Toyota Kirloskar, Hindustan Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra and General Motors -- have cut prices from Rs 7,000 to Rs 60,000 on all models. Here is a list of prevailing discounts :


Maruti 800 will be cheaper now by Rs 6,593 to Rs 7,516. Maruti 800 (with AC) will cost Rs 2,39,000. The non-AC model will cost Rs 2,23,000.

Alto: Price cut by Rs 8,028-Rs 9,814. Dealers are offering a discount of Rs 12,000 on Alto. The Alto Lxi model is now available for Rs 3,07,000.

Zen Estilo: Cheaper by Rs 11,849 and Rs 12,747. Dealer discount on Zen Estillo is Rs 30,000. So Zen is now priced at Rs 3,55,000.

WagonR: Cheaper by Rs 11,167-Rs 12,793, besides this dealers are offering a Rs 30,000 to Rs 35,000 discount on WagonR. WagonR LX model is now priced at Rs 3,27,000. The LXi model will be available at Rs 3,88,000 and the VXi model will be available for Rs 3,82,000. (All are on road prices)

A-Star: Cheaper by Rs 12,156-Rs 14,392.

Swift will now be cheaper by Rs 12,458-Rs 17,868 across petrol and diesel variants. However, there is no dealer discount on Swift.

DZiRE prices will come down by by Rs 14,699-Rs 21,784 across petrol and diesel variants.

SX4 will see a price cut between Rs 19,752 and Rs 23,187.

Gypsy: Cheaper by Rs 16,326-Rs 16,989

Versa: Cheaper by Rs 11,605 and Rs 15,193


Indica Xeta will be now available at Rs 3,11,000 (on the road price)after a discount of Rs 30,000.

Indica DLX will be available at Rs 3,82,000 (on the road price) after a discount of Rs 25,000.

Safari will be cheaper by Rs 25,000.

Indigo prices will be cheaper by Rs 11,000 to 15,000 after the excise duty cut.

Light Commercial Vehicles: Cheaper by Rs 17,000 to Rs 23,000.

Sumo Grande will be cheaper by Rs 66,000.

Medium & Heavy Commercial Vehicles: Cheaper by Rs 30,000 to Rs 60,000


Hyundai Santro will be cheaper by Rs 8,834 and Rs 12,492. The Santro petrol GLS will now be available for Rs 3,36,543 and Rs 3,79,188 (on the road), Santro GLM is at Rs 3,40,178(and Rs 3,83,180(on the road).

The Getz would be cheaper by Rs 13,413-Rs 19,422 across different variants. The Getz GLS will cost Rs 4,71,728 5,28,703 (on the road). The Getz GLX will cost Rs 5,66,756 (on the road). The Getz GVS CRDi will cost Rs 6,34,543(on the road)

Accent: Cheaper by Rs 15,540. The Accent GLE price is at Rs 5,70,406.

i10 model: Cheaper by up to Rs 18,381. The i10 D-Lite (S) is now priced at Rs 3,84,914 (on the road). The i10 D-Lite (M) is priced at Rs 3,88,931(on the road). The i10 Era (S) is now available at Rs 4,24,587 (on the road).

Verna: Price cut between Rs 19,625 and Rs 26,174

Sonata: Cheaper between Rs 38,006 and Rs 44,792.

The price of sports utility vehicle Tucson will not be cut as it is imported as a completely built unit.

Dealers are offering a discount of Rs 13,000 on the Santro GLS model. Insurance will be free for one year on Santro and Getz models.

General Motors

Spark: Cheaper by Rs 8,000-Rs 10,200. The Spark is priced at Rs 3,10,000.

Aveo U-VA: Cheaper by Rs 12,000 and Rs 16,000. The Aveo U-VA is priced at Rs 4,55,000.

Aveo: Cheaper by Rs 16,700-Rs 21,000. The Aveo is priced at Rs 6,84,000.

Tavera would be cheaper by Rs 16,500

Mahindra Renault

Mahindra Renault will offer a discount of Rs 60,000 on Logan. The base variant of the car, 1.4 GL (petrol), currently priced at Rs 4.72 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai), will now be available at Rs 4.12 lakh.

Ford India

Fusion: Cheaper by Rs 18,500 and dealer discount on the petrol model is Rs 20,000. The Ford Fusion petrol model is now priced at Rs 6,83,000.

The Fusion plus is priced at Rs 7,30,362. The diesel model is priced at Rs 7,47,000 and Rs 7,93,000 after a discount of Rs 10,000.

Fiesta will be cheaper by Rs 21,000 and Rs 25,000. The dealer discount on Fiesta ranges from 20,000 to Rs 70,000 depending on the model.

The Fiesta FXI (petrol) is now priced at Rs Rs 6,98,000. The diesel variant is priced at Rs 8,06,000. The dealer offers a discount ranging from Rs 20,000-50,000.

The price cut on sports-utility vehicle Endeavour is between Rs 47,000-Rs 54,000.

Toyota Kirloskar

Toyota Kirloskar Motor's Innova would now be cheaper by Rs 23,980 to Rs 32,780, Altis by Rs 34,100 to Rs 40,750, Camry by Rs 70,430 to Rs 76,130 and Prado by Rs 1.21 lakh.

Honda Siel

Honda City (SMT) is now priced at Rs 9,54,000 and Honda City (SAT) is priced at Rs 10,46,000. This will be cheaper by Rs 19,000-21,000 after the duty cut.

The Honda Civic which is priced at Rs 14,15,000 will be cheaper by Rs 29,000-31,000.

The Accord (MT) which is priced at Rs 19,00,000 and Accord (AT) priced at Rs 20,00,000 will be cheaper between Rs 27,000 and Rs 28,000.

Honda CR-V's price remains the same as it a a fully imported unit.

Skoda India

Car maker Skoda India said it will cut prices of its products by up to Rs 51,500. The price cut after the duty cut will be between Rs 12,500 and Rs 51,500 across all models.

The Skoda Fabia models are priced at Rs 5,69,000 and Rs 6,83,000. Dealers are not offering a discount on this model.

However, there is a 50 per cent insurance cut and three year maintenance free of charge on all models. The company is currently working on the details of price cut on various models.

The dealers are offering a discount of Rs 2 lakh on the Superb variant. The price of the car ranges from Rs 22.5 lakh to Rs 25 lakh (Rs 2.25 million to Rs 2.5 million).

VE Commercial Vehicles

VE Commercial Vehicles has announced a price cut across all product ranges in Volvo Trucks as well as Eicher Trucks & Buses.

The price cut for Volvo Trucks regular models will range between Rs 1,25,000 and Rs 2,00,000.

The price reduction for Eicher Trucks & Buses will range between Rs 16,000 and Rs 37,000.

Hindustan Motors

Hindustan Motors will cut prices of its Ambassador car models by Rs 10,000 to 14,500.

Hindustan Motors has also reduced prices of all Mitsubishi models -- Lancer, Cedia, Pajero, Outlander and Montero.

Two-wheeler and three-wheelers will also be cheaper with Hero Honda and Bajaj cutting prices. This thus is the best time to buy a car or a bike. What's more exciting, this comes after petrol and diesel prices have been slashed. If you are confused with so many options and having problem in purchasing the right one, here are the Tips On Buying Your First Car.

Also if you are planning to take an auto loan, here's some good news, some of the PSU banks -- like Punjab National Bank and Canara Bank -- have already cut loan rates. Others banks are likely to offer lower rates soon.

Source : Rediff

Dec 15, 2008

StudioTorino Coupetorino: Mercedes SL coupe

A design created by Studiotorino and IAAD (Istituto d’Arte Applicata e Design) Coupetorino Mercedes SL is a coupe based on the Mercedes-Benz SL roadster. The object of the design was to create a coupe from the roadster, without compromising on the aesthetics of the roadster.

Designed for the 'Turin World Design Capital 2008' event in the "Bespoke Coachwork" class, this 1:4 scale model was created by Alfredo Stola at StudioTorino and Piotr Degler Jablonski at IAAD. The idea was to transform the Mercedes SL into an exclusive coupé with Italian flair.

The car was revealed at the Turin Gallery's premiere, will be on display as part of an exhibit entitled 'Bespoke Coachwork' from December 12 to December 23. To see more of StudioTorino's handiwork, check out the Maserati Cinqueporte concept, or the Porsche Cayman RK.

Dec 14, 2008

Veritas RS III Video

In the latest episode of Top Gear Richard Hammond drives the Veritas RS III. The incredible performance of the Veritas RS III comes not only from the massive power, but also from its low weight(just over 1,000 kg).

The Veritas RS III is powered by a 420 hp engine from a BMW M3 that has been tuned to output 480 PS. This translates into a top speed of 329 km/h and a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of 3.6 seconds.

To see where the car gets on the Top Gear watch the Veritas RS III review video yourself:


With a virtual disappearance from motor racing and automotive engineering for nearly 50 years, a small company known as Vermot AG plans on "resurrecting" the Veritas name on a planned model known as the RS III. Where did the company disappeared ?? .. interested in knowing the history of Veritas, click here to unveil the past.

Dec 13, 2008

January : Expect Price Raise

Car lovers and potential buyers celebrating the recent price cuts after the government slashed central value added tax 4% last week, may be in for a jolt.

Car makers said they are planning to raise prices 2 to 3 per cent in January, almost neutralizing the December cuts. The move is to improve margins and, in for cars with high import content, to cover the cost of a weakening rupee against the dollar.

Some analysts, however, suggest that car-makers threaten price rises every January in a bid to clear calendar year-end inventory.

Auto industry estimates price raise of at least 31 models -- from compact cars to premium sedans and sports utility vehicles from Maruti Suzuki, Toyota Kirloskar, Honda Siel Cars, General Motors India and Ford India -- will rise.

Chevrolet, the brand through which troubled US auto giant General Motors operates in India, said it will raise prices Rs 7,000 to Rs 57,000 across models. Honda Siel Cars India plans to raise prices of models like City, Civic, CR-V and Accord significantly. Up to 75 per cent of components for the Accord premium sedan and about 50 per cent for other models are imported.

The weaker rupee is also likely to see prices of Toyota models like the Corolla Altis, Innova, Camry and Prado go up between Rs 20,000 and Rs 30,000. Most car makers say their decisions are driven by the weaker rupee.

Lets see what the next year holds for the common man!

Dec 9, 2008

Veritas - The Story Behind

Veritas was a famous West German post World War II sports and race car company, located at Hausen am Andelsbach, near Sigmaringen, Baden-Württemberg, later at Meßkirch and Muggensturm and moved finally to the Nürburgring.

In 1946, after a failed plan by a British BMW licensee to continue production by bringing the brains of BMW to England, several employees left BMW to form their own company named "Veritas" - Latin for "truth."

Since Veritas was formed and headed by Ernst Loof, the chief of racing operations at BMW, it was a racing-oriented company. The first cars that were produced in 1947 were single-seat Formula 2 racers and competition sports cars. These cars were powered by modified 328 engines, scavenged from any place they could be found.

The first car was used in 1947 by its owner Karl Kling to win at Hockenheim and subsequently become the 1947 German 2-litre champion. After only a few cars were made, following an objection from BMW, the cars became simply known as Veritas.

The first Veritas to be made for normal road use was made in 1949 with the launch of the Komet coupé which was little more than a racing Veritas RS made street legal. It was followed by the more civilized 2+2 Saturn coupé and Scorpion cabriolet.

The company moved to larger premises in Muggensturm in 1949 but were badly under capitalized. New cars were designed using a 1998 cc engine. Over 200 orders were received for the new car but there was not enough money available to buy the components and production came to a halt in 1950 and the company continued in operation until 1952 by making new bodies for Panhard cars.

Ernst Loof moved to the Nürburgring in 1950 and set up a new company Automobilwerke Ernst Loof GmbH and started a new range of Veritas cars. But, money quickly ran out and the final bodies were fitted with Ford or Opel engines. The number of cars made at the Nürburgring is estimated as between 6 and 20.

Although it had several prosperous years of racing in the German Formula 2 races, the Veritas failed in international events when it could not catch newer Ferrari and Maserati racers with their 180-horsepower engines.

Dec 7, 2008

11 Tips To Increase Longevity Of Your Car

In view of the present market, soaring of fuel prices along with your dream car getting more expensive by the day, is nothing unusual. So, you may want to get the most out of your beloved car while keeping its running and repair costs to the minimum.

You don’t have to be an auto expert to achieve that milestone. Instead, you need to learn few useful tips. So, here are some tips to increase your car’s longevity for a smooth ride ahead.

Choose the best
Firstly, while buying car one must always choose a model of good make. You must not compromise on this and purchase the best you can afford(To know more about tips on buying new car, click here).

Gentle start
Start up your car properly and drive conservatively. Jackrabbit starts and hard braking do more than wear the obvious parts more quickly, leading to more repairs down the road.

Drive regularly
The second trick is to driving regularly and as much as you can. Not driving your car regularly can be as damaging as driving it too hard and recklessly. If not more, it may weaken the battery of your car.

Minimize clutch usage
Avoid using the clutch as far as possible because holding on the clutch for extended periods or touching the clutch pedal unnecessarily may weaken clutch springs and also wear it prematurely, which is not cheap to replace.

Tyre inflation
Make a habit of checking tyre pressures, whenever you are out on a ride. Under-inflated tyres increase rolling resistance and reduce fuel consumption by up to 10%, besides effecting stability during the drive. Excessive pressure, on the other hand, results in faster wear of treads, giving a hard and bumpy ride.

Keeping your tyres properly inflated, therefore, can increase fuel mileage and help reduce flats caused by uneven tyre wear.

Understand warning lights
Serious damage could also be caused if you don’t pay heed to the warning lights, such as the oil pressure light and charging light. These lights come up when you turn on the ignition and fade away after a few seconds of engine operation. You should sense a problem if either a light doesn’t come on during ignition or doesn’t go away even when the engine is started.

Tune engined
Keeping your engine tuned always helps. Also remove excessive items from the vehicle. Experts say an extra 100 pound in your car could reduce MPG by up to 2%, while piling a lot of luggage on the roof rack can reduce fuel economy by up to 5%.

Prolonged idling creates excess emissions and wastes fuel. According to a conservative estimate, fuel worth Rs 1,000 crore is wasted every year in Delhi alone by vehicles idling at its 600 traffic signals. Therefore, start the car and immediately drive away.

Regular maintenance
To top it all is regular maintenance, particularly changing the engine oil. Oil and air filters prevent dirt and harmful particles from damaging the engine and should be changed at least twice a year or every 3,000-5,000 km. Also, the engine should maintain the amount of oil it is programmed to receive. Negligence in this aspect will lead to a deteriorating engine performance, resulting in falling mileage.

Servicing on-time
Modern cars, in fact, are believed to be exceptionally well made. In the past decade alone, maintenance intervals for things such as spark plugs, emission and cooling systems have been stretched out to 100,000 miles. Still the need for periodic maintenance hasn’t changed.

Vehicle care
Vehicle maintenance is the most important aspects to its safety, longevity and value. Your owner’s manual lists specific time or mileage intervals between major and minor services. Make sure all these jobs are done in time.

Moreover, in a country such as India driving conditions are poor in rural and Sub-urban areas, which lead to a fast wear and tear of your vehicle. This can be prevented only by proper maintenance. A well maintained vehicle will not desert you when you need it most!

Dec 5, 2008

Honda exits F1 !!

Honda pulled out of Formula One on Friday, dealing a major blow to the sport and ending a dream for Japan's number two car maker.

Amid slumping car sales triggered by the global economic crisis Honda were no longer willing to invest in the Formula One team with an estimated annual budget of $500 million. Return of Honda to the sport could take time and that there are no plans to continue as an engine supplier.

The Japanese manufacturer CEO said that the 2008 season will be last one for Honda in Formula One. Honda has been racing in Formula One since 2000, initially collaborating with BAR for developing the race cars. In 2006 the company switched and started developing the race cars on its own and racing with a 100% Honda owned team. In the same year Honda managed to get a Grand Prix victory.

Honda also announced that it considers selling the Honda Racing F1 Team and its engine supplier, Honda Racing Development. The market depression is showing its colors all over the place. There are more surprises ahead, if the market fall continues.

Dec 4, 2008

Ford India Heavy Discount - Rs.91K On Fiesta!!!

Market has affected and changed every sector of economy. So, how come the car makers be left apart! In an attempt to boost sales in a depressed market, Ford India on Wednesday slashed prices of its Fiesta models by up to Rs 91,000.

The company said in a statement that the price of its Fiesta EXI petrol would go down by Rs.91,000 to Rs.529,000, while diesel variant would be cheaper by Rs 51,000 at Rs 659,000.

The discounted price is only for 10 days from Wednesday at select dealerships. So, what are you waiting for, make the most out of this time. Get Ford Fiesta and enjOy the discount. A great opportunity for those falling short of money, purchasing Honda City and SX4 and a second thought for those going for Swift and i10.

Fresh Lamborghini Gallardo Promo

Another promotional video on roll. This time Italian car manufacturer Lamborghini shows the latest version of its supercar - the LP560-4. The supercar is filmed on the streets of New York. The video is 4 minutes of black and white perfection.

The Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 was premiered at the Geneva Motor Show this year and its Spyder version has been unveiled last month. It is fitted with a 5.2 liter engine and outputs 540 Nm of torque and 412 kW.

Watch the new Lamborghini Gallardo promo video :

Dec 3, 2008

Rolling to Google PR3 : My Ride (Part II)

Hello friends,

I am back with the second part of my journey to Google PR3. For those who didn’t read the first part, here it is: Part-I.

This post would be longer than usual because I don't want to leave anything untouched. It consists of almost everything you need to do while you are in the initial 3 months of your blogging career. So, do read till the end or you may miss out on some!

As a newbie you need to learn a lot and work hard. These initial months won’t be returning anything to you. They are foundation for your blog. So let’s start and know what we need to do during these 3 months.

You may have heard it many a times – content is king. Unfortunately this is the fact. You can’t ignore the content of your blog. It has to be good and in accordance with your niche. Expressionless content are not read much and you loose on your bouncing visitors. So, try posting quality contents.

I am not surprised by the fact that Part-I of this post series received just a couple of comments. Almost 90% of the people avoid sharing and commenting on blogs. Visitors hesitate in commenting. My experience with commenting was so-so. I used to comment on 10 different blogs daily and received back just 1 or 2. Well, it’s not useless, rather I would advice commenting as it is the first step of socializing and drawing traffic. From now on whenever you read a post, drop a comment as per 'your thoughts' avoiding use of phrases like “nice post”, etc.

Blog post layout:
This is something related to your post structure. From the very beginning, try to maintain a definite structure of posting. For example whenever I post a blog I write in paragraphs and include the concerned car pictures. I break up my paragraphs on basis of the car’s specifications and features. The point I want to make is that maintaining a format for your blog posts makes it more readable and also give it a brand.

One more thing to remember is your frequency of posting. Keep it at least once in 3 days and not more than 2 in a single day. This will keep your blog active and also let your posts live for sometime on your blog.

Ping your post:
Whenever you publish a post, a ping is sent to all the directories and search engines to which you have registered. This is not always the case. To manually ping the directories and other social media, use the following web services:
Ping goat

Avoid ads
I am not against earning through blogging. But for the initial 3 months your earning would be negligible. I earned $0.9 in the first 3 months! So concentrate more on your blog and put aside earning for future when your blog is worth generating good revenue.

Review post before publishing:
Always review your blog before making it public. Errors are part of human tendency. So a preview of your blog would prevent those errors from getting public. Do the necessary changes and after satisfying yourself “as a reader” publish the post.

Making categories or applying labels to your blog posts is helpful for both the owner and the readers. Be genuine in creating categories according to your niche. Avoid including a single post in too many categories when you have less number of posts.

Add useful widgets to your blog:
You type “blog widgets” on Google and it populates you with numerous tools for your blog. All of these are not meant for your blog. Every blog must have the following widgets: popular posts, recent comments, top commenters and recent posts. You can find a list of useful widgets here: useful widgets.

Analyze blog stats:
In the initial 3 months they won’t be of much use as your blog will be drawing limited traffic. But they are of great help as your blog grows and gains the tempo. Some of the tools available for analyzing blog are:
Google webmaster
Google analyzer

Driving traffic:
There are many ways of drawing traffic to your blog. But for the initial 3 months, you need to get yourself registered all over the places. I have listed the places where you need to get your blog listed. Here it goes:

Register to blog directories: list of blog directories
Search engines indexing: Google, Yahoo and Msn.
Getting social: there are a lot many but registering to Blog Catalog and MyBlogLog is a must.
Other social media: entrecard and twitter.
Link exchange: add your blog to technorati, Qassia and add Blog Roll on your blog.
Commenting: comment on other blogs and reciprocate to those who comment on you.
Sponsor contests: another great way of drawing traffic and getting backlinks.

Build relation:
Blog is not all about getting registered and then writing and earning. Socializing plays a major role in making your blog famous and provides you that extra edge over others. Make good relations with other senior bloggers as well as helping and guiding the newbie. It will not only make a reputation for you but also flourish your growth. There are long range benefits of building sound online relations.

Have fun!
Don’t blog just to earn. Keep the blogging spirit alive and post what you like (under your niche). Don’t loose hope and keep up the hard work. The initial 3 months are crucial and you need to just go along regardless of the outcome. Have fun blogging.

Phoooo!!! … long one and a sigh of relief that I wrote down what all I knew. The initial months are as long as this post, but you need to read it all to get the desired! I won’t insist on commenting but if you have something to add or suggest you are most welcome.

Dec 2, 2008

VW Concept Coupe Video

Videos are gradually becoming a popular mode of advertisement with car manufacturers releasing exclusive videos or promos before the launch. After Nissan 370z promotional video and Audi R8 GT3, here comes another concept video. This time Volkswagen introducing - Volkswagen Concept Coupe Video.

The Volkswagen Concept Coupe is a design study which was presented at the Talento Design Volkswagen 2008 in Brazil. It is a 2+2 seater with a front engine that aims to combine sportivity and elegance with a touch of VW simplicity. From what we can see in the video it also draws inspiration from the front LED design of the Kia Kee concept.

Watch the Volkswagen Concept Coupe video:

Dec 1, 2008

GT3 spec Audi R8 LMS : First Video Release

The first video of the recently unveiled GT3 spec Audi R8 LMS has been released at the Essen Motor Show. It is powered by the same engine as the standard version, but it develops 500 hp. Because it has to be GT3 spec the Audi R8 LMS is rear-wheel-drive instead of four-wheel-drive as the production model and is equipped with a six-speed sequential transmission.

Watch the Audi R8 LMS video here :