Monday, June 30, 2008

Add p4poetry poems on orkut


For those of you who don't know, orkut is a social networking website by google and its very popular among Indians. I'm going to tell you about adding p4poetry poems to your orkut profile. Whenever you post a poem at p4poetry, it will automatically show at your profile.

Now, you can add ONLY your poems or ONLY someone elses poems or ONLY hindi poetry or ALL recent poems. For this you need to know the feed link for desired section.

Here is how the feed links are assigned:

For ALL poems: http://p4poetry.com/feed

For any author: http://p4poetry.com/author/author-ID/feed
Note: In author ID, spaces should be replaced by '-'.

Example: My user ID is admin. So, My feed link will be: http://p4poetry.com/author/admin/feed. Similarly, Renu's Id is 'Renu Rakheja'. So, her feed will be: http://p4poetry.com/author/renu-rakheja/feed (Note the - presence instead of space)

For any category: http://p4poetry.com/category/category-name/feed
Example: For 'Hindi Poetry' feed will be: http://p4poetry.com/category/hindi-poetry/feed (Again notice that the space is replaced by - ) Similarly, for podcasts, feed will be: http://p4poetry.com/category/podcast/feed


So, select your desired feed link.

  • Now, Login to orkut.
  • Click on Edit Aps. See the 1st pic.
  • You will see two tabs: 'My Applications' and 'MY feeds'
  • Click on 'My feeds'
  • Add the URL and then click Add.

  • Now blogger will ask you to type some distorted text to confirm you are a human. :) Type it correctly and you are done.
  • The p4poetry poems will show in your profile now. Under Apps section.


You can also add http://p4poetry.com/author/your-p4poetyrID as your homepage. People will directly come to your author page. (And don't forget to replace the space,if any, by the '-' ).

You may also like to add p4poetry poems in gmail. Read this link for details: http://blog.p4poetry.com/2008/04/p4poetry-poems-in-your-gmail.html

Let the passion spread.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Website Abuse

We have been noticing inappropriate online behaviour on P4poetry.
- Duplicate registered id's from the same IP address which are doing a rating abuse
- Duplicate registered id's from the same IP address increasing comments and ratings only on selected poet's work which happens to be the registered poet from that same IP address

We strongly urge all our members to strictly adhere to website protocols and immediately delete the duplicate id's .

If it still continues we will not have any option but to ban these IP addresses

Monday, June 23, 2008

recording mp3 files using Audacity

There are several web tutorial already available. So, I will not waste time in writing those things again. Instead, I'll give you a links which will help you in learning the audio editing using audacity.

And here is an Youtube video:

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Subscribe to followup comments Now

When you comment on a poem then you always want to know if someone commented on your comment. But, if you comment on 10 poems a day then it becomes very difficult to keep track of all the comments on a poem, if you are not the poem author. So, now I came up with a solution. You can subscribe to all followup comments.

You just need to check the option below the comment box. (In red rectangle). Let me know any feedback about this feature by commenting on this post.

Monday, June 16, 2008

We were featured on CNN IBN Lokmat



Our last Poetry Meeting held in Mumbai on 7th June, 2008 was recorded by CNN IBN's Marathi channel IBN Lokmat by their cute and bubbly reporter Priyanka Desai. Watch the video here. Don't forget to leave your comments! :D

Translation-

If you’re a poet and you don’t have an audience, then you need no worry cause there is a new website on the internet known as www.p4poetry.com

@Sanket: You should always dream

@Vijay Anand ji: My poems are dear to me, but they’re a headache for others.
My poems are dear to me, but they’re a headache for others.
Despite of knowing it, this man still fails to understand the same.

@Priyanaka Desai (reporter): No matter how your poem is, there is no dearth of an audience here, for this is p4poetry means ‘passion for poetry’ which was started by ‘P’ for Preeti and ‘R’ for Renu.

@Preeti Datar: First I shared my poems with friends. They said ‘why do you write poems, it’s so boring’. We guys listen to Britney Spears and you sit there with a notebook and write poems. Then on, instead of telling them to read my poems, I posted them on an American Poetry website.

@Priyanaka Desai (reporter): That’s where she met Renu who used to live in New Delhi.

@Renu: Slowly, slowly, she (preeti) started commenting on my poems and I on hers. We became each others’ fans.

@Preeti: Then we started a community on orkut known as ‘Mumbai Poetry..nah…Poetree’ to see how many members were actually interested in poetry.

@Priyanaka Desai (reporter): Now the stakes have got bigger and this small group has started a poetry website with the name p4poetry.com!

You can read thousands of poems here and if an original idea is in your mind, then it’s easy. Just login, click on post a poem icon and you can post your poem. You can also get a poetry meeting hosted in your own city via this website. For the moment this poetry crazy bunch has made ‘Pause’ a wine lounge in Bandra as their hang-out.

@Preeti: Completely, there are grandfathers, pediatricians, marketing people, someone who has just given 10th board, accountants, businessmen etc and we have a lot of diverse members. It’s nice cause everyone posts their own unique poem.

@Priyanaka Desai (reporter): Poems bring poets in the mood and sometimes these poets make songs out of their own poems.

With cameraman Omprakash, this is Priyanka Desai for IBN Lokmat from Mumbai.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Requirements for podcast

Podcasting is a form of audio broadcasting using the Internet. For a poet, it can be a nice way to recite their poem in his/her own voice and share it with people around the globe.

Podcasting takes its name from a combination of “iPod” and broadcasting. iPod is the immensely popular digital audio player by Apple computer, but podcasting does not actually require the use of an iPod.

For podcasting, you need not be a tech expert. A normal person who knows how to browse web can easily learn podcasting in few minutes.

Podcasting involves three steps:
  • Recording your poem. (Or whatever)
  • Uploading it on web.
  • Distributing it via feed or embeding it in a webpage.
All the steps are easy, which we will discuss later. First, lets list out the requirements for podcasting.
  • Hardware Requirement: A computer with a microphone. (If you don't have a microphone, you can buy a headphone+microphone in about 200 Rs.)
  • Software Requirement:You will need a software to record your voice. Although, there is a 'sound recorder' already present in windows (at start->All Programs ->Accessories -> Entertainment -> Sound recorder), I'll recommend a better software with more editing capability.

    Audacity is the best free recording software I've seen so far. So, My recommendation for you is to download audacity. It can be downloaded by clicking here. Install audacity by clicking on the downloaded file and following instructions.

    In order to save your recorded file as mp3, you will also need a special file called lame_enc.dll. Download the zip file here. (The LAME encoder plugin will be a zip file. You will need to use a utility like winzip or other unzip program to uncompress the LAME files to a folder on your hard drive. It's best to save these files in the same directory that you stored the Audacity files.)

    Install the LAME MP3 encoder plugin - In order to save your audio files in MP3 format, Audacity needs to know where the LAME MP3 plugin is. Follow the steps below:
    • Open Audacity
    • Select Edit-->Preferences from the menu bar
    • Select the File Formats tab
    • In the MP3 Export Setup box select the Find Library button. This will ask you if you want to locate the LAME encoder. Select the Yes button.
    • In the dialogue box navigate to the folder where you stored the unzipped LAME files. You will need to locate and select the lame-enc.dll file.
    • Select the OK button to complete the process.

  • Web Requirement: After you record your poem (I'll tell you in detail how. Right now I'm just making sure if you have all the requirements), you will need some space on web to upload your recorded file. Although there are several free/paid web hosts available, our esteemed p4poetry users should not worry about it. We have enough space on our server to host all poetry podcasts for our users. So, you pass this requirement if you have a p4poetry user ID. We provide this service for free.
Hope you all are ready with everything. Next time, I'll tell you about recording podcasts using audacity. :)

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

You Have Been Crowned !



If you see a 'Crown" next to a poem ,it simply means that the poem has been crowned as the "Poem Of the Day" by P4poetry.
The Poem of the Day is chosen by P4poetry team depending on the number of visits on the poem,comments and ratings on the poem and its originality,language,rythm/meter and the flow of ideas.

Write poems and Comment in 8 Indian Languages

Now You can write in 8 different Indian languages right from our 'Post a poem' linkto 'post a comment' link.

Look at the picture below. This is the improved version of our editor. It includes an option to select languages. If you are facing any problem in typing then you can always click on 'अ?' button and consult the corresponding keyboard :)


Same is true for comments also. You can select any language. Coming back to English (default language) is as easy. Just press F12 key.


So, start posting your poems and comments in your own language and in your own script. Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu - Lets rock together! ;)

Drop a comment here to tell me how much u like or dislike the feature!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

P4Poetry June Meet- A Celebration !



The Gods seemed to be blessing our meet.
Mumbai was deluged with rains 3 days ahead of its schedule from Saturday morning.
We were getting calls from nervous members if the poetry meet was still on and we assured them that even if we get one member attending,we would still go ahead with the meet.

And despite the heavy rains,we got an audience of 17 !
The featured poet of the month/May contest Winner -VishVnand ,came all the way from Pune to attend the meeting and reached 1/2 hr before time.

We started off with a short brief about the past month and with the announcement that we were now a proud family of 500 poets !!!!


Everybody briefly introduced themselves and then the mike was passed on to the featured poet for a 30 minute poetry reading.He kept us enthralled with his awesome poetry/geets and everybody was stunned that he had all his poems by his heart....


Most of the members who had come for the 1st poetry meet could not make it either bcoz of rain or being out of town except Sonesh,Dolesh and Ravi.We had a new member-Sanket who writes in 7 languages including French ! Apporv,winner of the April contest was luckily in town and could join us. Apart from that we also had aparna and ritesh, two very new members joining us!

Everybody read out a poem each.The prize for the most enthusiastic member went to Dolesh who could not suppress his suggestions and excitement.He is incidentally our youngest member also :)

We were very happy the way the meeting went.The 1st one had been a bit unstructured and our intros itself had taken 45 mins.This time I had taken the baton to be "The Firm One" :) and made sure that we kept to our agenda.

CNN IBN Lokmat recorded the whole meet and will be airing it in the coming week . Will keep everybody posted on the date/time.For those who couldnt make it...this will be the chance to catch it !

Friday, June 6, 2008

FEATURE : Getting around (June 2008)

How do I update my profile?
1. Login to your account
2. Click on edit profile and begin updating it.

How do I view all my poems/all poems by a particular poet?
1. Login to your account
2. Click on all poets and click on your username to view all your poems
3. Or, click on the username of the person whose poem you wish to read

How do I post a poem?
1. Login to your account
2. Click on Post a poem
3. Type the poem title/Text/Choose a label/add tags
4. Click on publish
5. To save the poem and edit it(without publishing it), click save

I’ve posted a poem but it hasn’t showed up yet, why so?
While posting the poem you may have hit the save button instead of publish, and hence your poem isn’t showing up.

How do I edit a poem?
1. Login to your account
2. Go to Edit/delete a poem
3. Find your poem and click on it
4. At the edit page hit publish

How do I type in Hindi?
1. Login to your account
2. Go to Post a poem/comment upon a poem
3. Refer to the keyboard by clicking 'show keyboard' and start typing!

You can also find the previous tutorial here

How to post a pod cast?
Find the tutorial here

How do I register for Poetry Meet?
Go here to register for Poetry Meet

I want to conduct a poetry meet in my city. Help!
Go to Poetry Meet page for the details to conduct a meeting in your city

What is the eligibility for the contest?
1. You must be a registered member of p4poetry.com
2. You can submit a Hindi/English poem
3. The poem must be as per the contest theme
4. Only one poem per user is permitted
5. Go here to submit the poem.
6. Rules may vary from contest to contest.

I want to contribute to p4poetry.com. What can I do?
You can contribute to p4poetry by-
1. Posting your poems/pod casts (audio poems)
2. Commenting and rating on poems posted by other members
3. Taking part in contests
4. Interacting with members on the forum
5. Sending in your comment and suggestions
6. Inviting more people to p4poetry
7. Attending poetry meets
8. Contributing poems/articles/thoughts for the newsletter
9. Arranging Poetry Meeting in your city
10. And lastly, by sticking to the net etiquette

How do I get to know the fellow members?
As you begin posting poems and commenting, fellow members will start to recognize your id. You can get to know them better via forum/comments/poetry meets.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Website and Forum Updates

One fine morning you log in on www.p4poetry.com with the usual poems and comments to catch up with, but you’re pleasantly surprised. The things suddenly have heated up…what can it be?! For starters, our admin, Vikash is back from his vacation, and he’s back with a bang! As for the other exciting changes that you’re seeing around, read on-

WEBSITE

The website sidebar now has three new additions-

1. Edit profile link –

Many of your users were facing trouble in updating their profile. It’s easy now.
Just login and click on the edit profile link on the side-bar.
You can update your profile information, password, e-mail id, website url, gmail/jabber url, display picture etc.

2. All poet’s list –

Just login to your account and click on ‘all poets’ to see complete list of registered poets on p4poetry.com.
You will the display names of all the registered members and number of poems posted by them. Clicking on the members name you can view all the poems posted by a particular poet.
If you wish to read poems by a particular poet, you can subscribe to his/her poetry feed in any feed reader that you use that clicking on an icon beside the member name.
The members who have not posted any poems have been excluded from this all poets list.

3. Donate button-

P4poetry.com is a poetry website by poetry lovers and for poetry lovers. As you can see, our membership is free and our website if also ad-free. Thus, at the moment we do not have any source of income.
But if you’re reading this (we assume you’re a poetry lover) and you’re feeling blessed, you can further this poetry revolution by clicking on the yellow button that reads ‘donate’.
Once there, you can donate generously and be rest assured that even your one contribution will be a giant leap for poem kind!

4. Format issues resolved

Minor changes were made to the website layout especially the side-bar, the top bar and the bottom bar so that the website looks neater!

FORUM

The forum is not just active; it’s also got new features-

1. Private Messaging (PM)

You can send a private message to any member on the forum.
Locate the ‘PM this user’ link under the members name and get private talking.
Do ensure that you maintain net etiquette while sending a private message even though you and the message receiver will be the only one’s reading it.
To access your private messages click on ‘you have __ PM’ (top of the forum) located on each thread on the forum.

2. Avatar
Express yourself by uploading you forum avatar. A forum avatar is nothing but a small image (still or animated) which will show up with every post of your in the forum.
Simply click on your user id when on the forum, find a tab called ‘avatar’, browse your computer for the avatar you wish to upload and click upload avatar.
Voila! You now have a face on the forum.

3. Signature

Express yourself through words/hyperlinks via forum signature.
You can click on your user id when on the forum, find the ‘edit’ tab and type/add a hyperlink under the signature space.
Your signature will also accompany every forum post of yours. Consider it a body!
So if you have an avatar and a signature updated, you have a head and a body to depict yourself!!

4. Polls

Include polls with your forum topics so that members with crunch time on the forum can also express their opinion on threads simply by voting!
Anyone can add a poll and not just the thread starter.
Get asking…cause this is the best way to ensure maximum members reply get involved in your discussion!

Monday, June 2, 2008

You can't forget category now

I was looking at the poem listing and then I realized that people often forget to select a category for their poems. At this point of time, we have 444 poems categorized as 'english poetry' and 225 poems as 'Hindi poetry'. And a total of 221 poems are uncategorized. It made me wonder if people actually remember to categorize their poems while posting them.

Categorizing is important because it helps other people find your poems. But we all are humans. We forget. So, I added something new to our website. Now, when you click 'Publish' button after typing out your poem, you will get a reminder to add a category if you haven't already done that.

Happy categorizing...!!! :)