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Writing for the Vigyaa Lifestyle Section

We are constantly looking for contributors and if you have great ideas, we want to see your articles on our platform.

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Vigyaa is an open platform for mesmerizing, inspiring, bright, compelling, unusual and somewhat crazy thoughts and ideas. Anyone can submit a story, but only the best make the front page. Those also receive n extra promotional boost. It’s a platform set up to promote thought leaders, or those wishing to become thought leaders.

In any article you submit, you can link back to your business and other websites through what we call a “tag.” When people hover over a tag, a pop-up window appears where you input text to describe the link. Self-promotion, on Vigyaa, isn’t seen as blasphemous, but smart, and it should be relevant. Your link should lead readers to your site because they’re so in awe of the thoughts you presented in the article.

Having “soft” launched in November 2018 (about four weeks ago as we’re writing this), we’ve already started to see incredible content and steadily growing traffic; reaching 10k views per week (editor's note: this has already increased by approx. another 10k per week as of January 9). We expect that number to more or less double week by week as we start marketing the platform properly.

In other words, publishing content on Vigyaa that links back to your site is clever SEO. Writing an article so good it ends up on our front page, is great marketing. We will promote it for you.

We also hand out prizes to contributors who have the most viewed post of the month. If you have some great ideas and a brilliant headline, that could be you.

The Mentorship Program

We offer a mentorship program for aspiring writers. The program runs for six month at a time, where each mentee receives various perks, as well as coaching form the Vigyaa team. You can read more about it here.

Contributor Guidelines

Vigyaa is a platform that was created to highlight ideas that make us think. We are looking for articles that solve problems, rather than get caught in the problems. We seek inspirational stories that give people hope. We want thought-provoking ideas that will turn us into better humans. We want fun and playful and crazy entertaining too, but we want it all to make us think. Think thoughts that actually move us forward as a human race.

Brand Guidelines:

  • inspirational
  • thought-provoking
  • looking for solutions
  • backed by facts/science/studies when relevant

Tone of Voice:

  • casual
  • inspirational
  • funny (if you feel like it)

Guidelines for Submitting a Post:

All posts must be at least 200 words, but we prefer longer posts (around 1,000 words).

You can import posts from other sites that YOU own the copyright to. I.e. you can repurpose your old content. However, we prefer new content and that’s, most likely, what will end up on our front page and get promoted by us.

Use relevant, high-quality, images for your posts — you need to own the copyright to the images, or use copyright free images (images in the public domain). You can find free images on sites like www.pexels.com. Please state the photographer’s name where possible.

You can import videos from a URL when relevant.

You may use outbound links that improve the overall experience of our community. No more than 3 do-follow links should point back to any particular domain. While lots of internal links make sense on your site, on ours they can come across as being spammy. Articles with more than three links to one domain risk being deleted.

Don't make claims that can't be backed up; focus on facts, and not opinions. Opinion pieces that don’t make claims are, on the other hand, welcome.

Always cite your sources at the bottom of the article, numbering them within the article (use AP style).

You may not copy someone else’s article and pass it off as your own. We use Copyscape to check articles and any articles we find that use plagiarism will be deleted from the platform.

“Spinning” another person’s work is strictly prohibited.

While not required, it’s recommended you write in short sentences, break up large blocks of text with bold headings and bullet your major points.

We adhere to AP (associated press) style editing. That’s not to say we are the grammar, or editing, police (really, we’re not), but for a chance of getting featured on the front page, use spellcheck and Grammarly to check your post before submitting it. While we may contact you with an offer to edit your article if we are interested in featuring it on the front page, chances are that poor spelling and grammar will ensure your article does not end up on the front page.

Your headline is important. Make sure it’s interesting and check it in TitleCaseConverter to ensure it adheres to AP guidelines. WE DO NOT WANT TO SEE ALL CAPS HEADLINES, nor all lower case headlines.

You may not post content that is hateful, or pornographic, nor link to sites that are hateful or pornographic in nature.

You may not post content that is illegal in nature, nor link to illegal sites.

If you want to be featured on the front page, bear in mind our brand guidelines — we are seeking inspirational and thought-provoking posts. Good luck!

Resources:

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/subject_specific_writing/journalism_and_journalistic_writing/ap_style.html

https://www.lssc.edu/faculty/heather_j_elmatti/Shared%20Documents/MMC%202100/AP%20Style%20Guide.pdf

https://store.stylebooks.com/apstylechecking.html

https://www.grammarly.com

https://titlecaseconverter.com

www.pexels.com

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On one hand, the shifting to a new home makes you excited. On the other hand, moving to an unknown location sends butterflies in your stomach. Packing during your move is not restrained to your clothes. You have to take a step-by-step procedure in your packing when you are shifting your base. All the household items placed in every room need to pack and load in the moving truck. You make sure not a single thing is left out at your present residence. Although packing the entire house seems to be troublesome for everyone, there are certain steps you can follow when packing your rooms.

Are you thinking from which room you should start your packing? Here is the way out. Start from the decorative room, that is, the living room or sitting room. Talking about the living room, this is the place where most of your pricey objects are being placed for years together. Majority of your electronic items and delicate showpieces can be seen in the living room. Getting your living room packed is not a child's play. You need to have proper planning and careful consideration on each thing you are about to pack. From a cigarette ashtray to a TV set and stereos, all the items in the living room have to be packed in an effective manner. By use of the right approach, you can make the packing of your living room interesting. Do remember to fill your change of address request, the process is time taking but you can do it online also here is a step by step guide to filing us postal service change address online free, it is detailed with the image of each step. Have an overview of the article to know eight steps to pack the entire living room.

1) Dump Unwanted Stuffs:

Make a list of items which are of no use. Having observed carefully, you will come across several items which will be unworthy to you. Collect the unwanted stuffs and pike them up at one place. Sorting out the unwanted items of your living room will give you an idea about the necessary items you have to pack in the boxes.

2) Organize:

Do not rush into packing all the items at once. Keep all the glass wares and fragile items at once. Then, look for the items which are smaller in size and do not take much space. Keep a pile of books, small photo frames, files and small decorative art pieces in separate boxes. Organizing the items will make your packing work easy. Hence, it is recommended not to pack the household objects in the living room without any proper planning. Make your unpacking easier by labeling the boxes after you pack. Ensure to bubble wrap your breakable objects.

3) Pack The Large And Small Picture Frames:

The valuable paintings which you once bought from a store cannot be allowed to mishandle by strangers and outsiders. The beautiful painting gifted to you by your near ones on a special occasion holds precious memories and cannot be thrown in a trash bin. Any art work has a sentimental touch and it requires a lot of attention during the time of packing. The fine artistic work and the intricate designs on the frame have its own unique importance. Hence, you should be very careful when you remove the picture frames and mirrors from the walls. Always place the picture frame and mirrors on a large sheet or newspaper by facing it downwards and bubble wrap the object to prevent any cracks. Each frame, small or large, should be wrapped and kept separately. If needed, seek professional help from packers to get the most delicate glass-based items rightly packed.

4) Lamps And Chandeliers:

After you remove the chandeliers or lamps from the affixed point, you should be very careful while placing on to the floor. Make use of large, plain white paper to place the objects. Get a large size packing box and slowly unhook all the minute screws that are attached with the box and wrap the item with the help of the packing tape. Do not stack any other items above the box. Always, label it with colorful and bold alphabets.

5) Basic Furniture Objects:

Remove all the drawers and wrap them with papers. Keep aside the cushions, pillows and other accessories you use to deck up the look of your furniture items. Take large plastic covers, which are easily available from any movers, and wrap the chairs, sofas, coffee table, dining table and other furniture objects at your place. For additional protection, you can use moving blankets to safeguard the objects from any potential damage and scratches. Make sure, you remove glass doors, drawers and cabinets before wrapping up the furniture.

6) Decorative Pieces:

If you have large decorative pieces such as flower vase, antique clock, wall art pieces, a classy pen set, candle stand, brass statues, clay-based statues, sculptures and so on in your sitting room, you should get the boxes of appropriate size for the safety of your priceless goods. Keep in mind to choose the boxes which are a bit larger in size, so that your decorative pieces do not get tightly fitted in the box. Cover all the corners of the boxes with newspapers or clothes and place your items flat inside the box.

7) Curtains And Drapes:

Who does not use curtains and drapes in the living room? The curtains enhance the appearance of the room. Unhook the screws of the curtain rods and place the rods one by one inside the box. During the transportation process, chances are the drapes and curtains can get crumpled. Hence, pack curtains and drapes in the wardrobe box which is accessible from any moving store. The wardrobe box will shield the curtains and drapes from getting wrinkled. Put the minute screws and rails either in a plastic or in a Ziploc bag. Alongside, put the large window pieces at the bottom of the wardrobe box. In case you fail to get a wardrobe box, you can fold the curtains in a careful manner and put them in a bureau drawer.

8) Electronic Items:

Any electronic items consist of delicate parts which need to be taken care of, especially at the time of handling the products. As you know that mishandling electronic goods can ruin the pricey electronics in no time. Therefore, you need to be very cautious when you pack the electronics. Before you start placing the electronic objects in the packing boxes, you should keep the manual book along with you. A manual book will provide you with necessary instructions you should follow while removing the parts of your electronic device. It is best to place your desired electronic product in the original packing box which was provided at the time of purchasing the device. If not, then you can use the packing boxes supplied to you by your packer and mover. As for large electronic items, it is advised to seek an expert help from a proficient mover. For other basic packing in regards to other electronic objects, have a quick glance over the points mentioned below.

a) Television and Music System:

Ask for assistance, if required during the packing the vital electronic items such as television and music system. Unplug the wires and place it in the individual box. Get hold of boxes which are tailor-made for large and heavy sized-items from your mover to pack the heavy television set. You can also use padding for extra protection. Depending on the type of music system, pack the electronic device part by part to stave off from any damage. Bear in mind to roll and pack the remotes and the reader’s manual book of both devices into the box.

b) Speakers:

Make use of padding to wrap the speakers of any electronic device. Take small speakers at first and wrap each speaker by using the method of anti-static bubble wrap. Place each of the wrapped material in the dish pack. Now, take large speakers and wrap each speaker once again by way of anti-static bubble wrap. Apply padding on the top of the wrapped material for safety purpose.

c) CDs and DVDs:

Pack CDs and DVDs with cardboard. Put them at the edge of a cushion box.

You do not have to worry about packing your living room any more. As the living room contains a maximum number of items compared with the items in other rooms, the packing task may seem to be lengthy and daunting. But, the right process of packing can save your time and energy. The aforementioned right steps will help you pack the stuffs of your living room with ease.

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