The People’s President is no more, yet he lives on

As I write this, I am at a loss for words. Not just because it is an attempt to encapsulate a man who was so many things wrapped in one—a former head of state, a scientist, an author, a poet and, above all, a teacher—but also because I cannot seem to find an adjective to define a person who has inspired so many people, cutting across all barriers of age, class and caste. This was a man who lived by his words till his very last moment—to be doing what he loved most, teaching young people, and keeping the final goodbye very short.

I just keyed in more than a 100 words and have not yet mentioned a name. Still, I am confident that we could probably go through this entire article knowing fully well that it’s Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam that we are talking about.

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It would be an understatement to say that there has been an outpouring of emotion from every corner of the nation, and the world, since news of Dr. Kalam’s death in Shillong, Meghalaya, on July 27 started trickling in. People have taken different paths to express their grief—some have lit candles, while others, like our bloggers, whose vent are their words, have taken to their space in the virtual world to pay rich tribute to the ‘People’s President’.

Blogger Cifar Shayar  (www.blogthepoint.blogspot.in), for instance, confers the title ‘Chacha’, otherwise known to address India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, on him. “He was the only one after him (Nehru) who loved and cared for children. Mr. Kalam was as inspirational in life as in death,” reads one of the several lines penned with obvious emotion.

“Few called him Vivekananda of the present times,” reads another blog post on www.creofire.com whose title is ‘A Man, A Magnet, A Mission: APJ Abdul Kalam’. “He made us dream about making the nation a super power. He worked on the field…He lived, is living and will live in our thoughts”.

Saying Dr. Kalam was an inspirational figure would be a repetition. His books have pushed many to dream higher, to have a vision of a better future for the country as a whole and then work towards it. He was, after all, a doer and maintained a grueling schedule until his last moment at the age of 83.

Blogger V. Srinivasa Rao (www.knoweb-india.blogspot.in) says, “Though I have not interacted with him directly, I have been inspired by his words, both verbal and written. I have read five of his books, and three are lying on my desk to be read.”

A number of bloggers have also channeled their feelings of loss towards poetry, penning beautiful lines for the man who has been called many things, ‘Bharat Ratna’ and ‘Missile Man’ to name just two titles conferred upon him.

‘We would always in lifetime need such a special hand/to enlighten us with his magic wand/A teary goodbye to a humble soul/pledge to meet your set goals,’ read some lines on www.auraofthoughts.com

But some of the most beautiful lines that are encouraging, inspiring and yet simple have been Dr. Kalam’s himself—in the form of quotes which have been compiled and circulated everywhere including the social media and blogs.

One such quote (and a personal favourite) is, ‘Dream is not that which you see while sleeping, it is something that does not let you sleep’.

An entire nation has been awakened by your words and although your mortal self has moved on, that disarming smile, the warm persona and those inspiring quotes will always keep you alive in the hearts of a billion Indians, Sir. The People’s President will, after all, live on.

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Itching for a vacation? Listen to what the travel bloggers have to say!

You are exhausted from the back-breaking schedule of daily life and desperately need a ‘break’. A touristy place which attracts a lot of crowd is a big no-no. How about a few days in the lap of nature, in a forest rest house in Karnataka? Or some other quaint little place in the hills, away from the crowd? The internet with its barrage of information could give you clues, but not all of it may be reliable. So how do you plan your trip? Coming to the rescue are travel bloggers whose honest, first-hand feedback you can count on to plan just the kind of vacation you need, and probably more.

The biggest USP of a travel blogger’s post is that it’s written by someone who has a passion for travelling. So a tiny cafe that serves some great food or authentic cuisine but is not advertised on travel brochures nor has a web presence, will make it to the blogger’s post. Or a scenic and interesting place that is known to locals but not to tourists will probably have been mentioned in the blog. The result? You could have travelled to a well known destination and come back experiencing much more than others. Or explored a destination that many would have not even heard of.

Blogger N. Prasad of www.desitraveler.com for instance says that he likes to write on lesser known aspects of a place, along with other useful information like how to reach a place, where to stay, and the likes. “I like to list unique experiences that a tourist would otherwise miss. Also, since my focus is travel with family, I write about places that can be enjoyed by everyone,” Prasad says.

http://desitraveler.com/

http://desitraveler.com/

With 440 blog posts till date, some of Prasad’s popular posts have been on forest rest houses in Karnataka and one on Hyderabad to Nagarjuna Sagar dam. “For very remote places I try to put as much information as possible, like where to eat and where to stay. Sometimes I even suggest locations to take photographs from, like that of the evening aarti in Varanasi which can get crowded”.

Readers, on their part, lap up all the ‘reliable’ information they can get, knowing fully well it has been based on first-hand experience. Some even seek help in planning their itinerary!

“Recently, blogger Saru Singhal approached me to help her plan a Melbourne trip and told me that my posts on the Melbourne series (http://www.myyatradiary.com/2015/06/planning-melbourne-itinerary-72-hours.html) had helped her a lot,” says Arti Shah of www.myyatradiary.com.

http://www.myyatradiary.com/

http://www.myyatradiary.com/

“Over the years, many people have kept contacting me via email with queries about planning their trip. Just a few days back I got one enquiring about a place to stay while visiting ISKCON, Varanasi”.

Sherwin Robello of www.TheLandOutThere.com has similar experience of happy readers. “One of our long term travellers had planned a solo backpacking trip to the temple town of Gokarna in Karnataka for five days. He called back to tell us that our information about Gokarna and the neighbouring beaches was spot on,” Sherwin said.

http://thelandoutthere.com/

http://thelandoutthere.com/

Some like Paramvir Singh of www.theuntourists.com say that they take the effort to even share phone numbers of places to stay or visit over private email exchanges as and when a reader requests for it. “We had someone write to us about Todgarh (near Ajmer, Rajasthan), a little known place, after we blogged about it. So in a separate email we gave more information about the place and phone numbers—something we cannot share in a public forum without permission—and helped them plan their trip,” Paramvir says.

http://www.theuntourists.com/

http://www.theuntourists.com/

Improvising based on readers’ feedback is crucial to a successful blog. It keeps the platform interactive, like it should be, as well as throws up interesting ideas to make the blog more informative and popular. “We improvise based on our readers’ feedback. In fact we will soon be adding videos to our articles so that travellers get a preview of the place,” Sherwin says.

So next time you feel the itch of the travel bug, let the travel bloggers help take care of it. They have, after all, ‘been there, done that’.

Confessions of a failed blogger (and how you can do it write…right)

Twice. Twice tried and twice failed. You know, for us writers and journalists, not very often does a story come along that offers the potential to identify our own faults (yes, we are only humans, not demi-gods as some may portray!) and rectify it, so to say. For me, this is such a story.

You see, I am a failed blogger. For all my ranting on passion about writing, I just couldn’t keep my blog alive. It offered me all the guilt-free pleasure—a space to speak my mind, to write on things I wanted to—with no extra charge, and yet I couldn’t keep up the momentum of posting regularly. I don’t even remember the domain name of my first attempt!

Anyway, the good thing is that I am not alone (remember the relief on discovering you weren’t the only one getting punished for not doing your homework in class?). A number of people I know, including some of my friends, are on the same boat. They have chosen subjects close to their hearts and yet could not go beyond the first two or three blog posts.

So where are we going wrong? Who, but passionate bloggers who do it all so (seemingly) effortlessly, can answer that? BlogwatiG (http://blogwatig.com/), for instance, confesses of slip ups but says that the power her words wield—to make someone laugh or cry or ponder—keeps her going.

BlogwatiG

“My blog is my playground, so it’s my game and my rules. You are welcome to watch,” the feisty blogger whose real name is Vinita and refers to her online avatar as her alter ego, says.

Her words resonate with other bloggers who profess similar passion. But is that all?

Blogger Arvind Passey (www.passey.info) who has 850 posts on his blog emphasizes on dedication. “I need to keep practicing writing well or I slip back into mundane expressions. So I do it regularly…almost daily. I have a target to write at least a thousand words which can go up to 5,000 on lucky days. There are days when I am not able to write but they are rare,” he says.

Passey

Blogging is also therapeutic for many. It is, after all, writing, and words have their way to carve around like a channel, acting like a vent to all your hidden feelings.

Mommy blogger Rachna Parmar (www.rachnaparmar.com) for instance relates the time when her son had an injury and she was feeling guilty about it. “At that time I found great support from fellow parents (through the blog). It was a moral boost in a time of deep personal stress,” she says.

Rachna

Others like Aditi Mathur Kumar (http://www.aditimathurkumar.com/) say that their blog helped others discover the ‘real’ person in them. “My husband says he fell in love with me even more after he discovered my blog (we had met only twice until then),” Aditi laughs.

Blogging also helped her realize her long cherished dream of writing a book. “My book dream was as old as I am but it was my blog that gave me the confidence to start writing (it).”

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Money follows where the crowd does, and so blogs which are very popular and have a lot of hits are also a favored destination of advertisers to market their products. But bloggers advise caution.

“Brands wanting to associate with your blog is always a good thing and is a big motivation to write more, but I try and pick brands and causes that I connect to and that fit well with my blog. Plugging in products that do not make sense to you or to your reader is something every blogger should be wary of,” Aditi says.

And finally for some dead-serious list of tips for fledgling bloggers (that was the whole point, remember?).

BlogwatiG has six points. “Write what you connect with; know your strengths and weaknesses; follow  bloggers you idolize and you’ll know what not to do; put effort in your post heading; always reply to comments; never be in a hurry.”

But the most important point? Just write, they say. Right.

About the author:

A development journalist who writes mostly on health, women, and children related issues, Azera started her career a decade ago with the India Today group. Seeking greater flexibility (she needed it in ample amounts thanks to her husband’s job—he’s in the defence forces—and now an active one-year-old bundle of joy); she switched to freelancing, and now writes for multiple publications like TOI, Hindu, IANS, WFS, Third Pole; does some editing for publishing houses like Penguin; and also works as a consultant for UNICEF.

She has also been awarded two national media awards and a fellowship in the past. “So if you ask me what I like to do in my ‘free time’—as in, the time I get after tending to my toddler, in between packing boxes during the frequent transfers, and, oh, scraping through deadlines in all my professional commitments—I can only ask, ‘what’s that?’”

Mommy (bloggers) knows best!

A development journalist who writes mostly on health, women, and children related issues, Azera started her career a decade ago with the India Today group. Seeking greater flexibility (she needed it in ample amounts thanks to her husband’s job—he’s in the defence forces—and now an active one-year-old bundle of joy); she switched to freelancing, and now writes for multiple publications like TOI, Hindu, IANS, WFS, Third Pole; does some editing for publishing houses like Penguin; and also works as a consultant for UNICEF.

She has also been awarded two national media awards and a fellowship in the past. “So if you ask me what I like to do in my ‘free time’—as in, the time I get after tending to my toddler, in between packing boxes during the frequent transfers, and, oh, scraping through deadlines in all my professional commitments—I can only ask, ‘what’s that?’”

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Is there a home remedy for cough and cold for a baby? Are there any simple recipes that will pack both nutrients and taste for a toddler who’s also a picky eater? When should one start toilet training? How can a mom juggle her parenting life and professional work?

Parenting. Probably no other word can pack in so many meanings within itself as this. You may have witnessed it closely, thanks to a sibling or close friend, and may have read reams of pages on all the do’s and don’ts of parenthood. Yet, when it comes to stepping into those shoes yourself, the barrage of doubts and questions on every little thing seem overwhelming. Not to mention the roller coaster of emotions through every phase. Probably this is why our club of mommy bloggers is so sought after—no one can understand what you are going through and wipe away your doubts through their own tales as effectively as a fellow parent.

Sample this. Deepika, a young mother who religiously follows blogger Sangeetha Menon’s posts on www.bumpsnbaby.com, posted her gratitude to the writer for helping her battle through the doubts of going back to work after having her baby. “When I was having 3 months baby and was thinking about my career, your blogs helped me to take up my job again. Your writings are inspiring and I try to follow most of the things you have given. I tried multi- tasking as well (sic),” she wrote.

www.bumpsnbaby.com

www.bumpsnbaby.com

An electronics engineer who had worked as a business technologist with Infosys earlier, 28- year-old Sangeetha decided to start blogging about her experiences of motherhood after her daughter was born, and continued doing so while working full-time.

“But soon I decided to quit my corporate career in order to pursue my passion for blogging,” Sangeetha, whose daughter Anshika is nearly three, says.

Encouraged with the response of her readers, she helped her other baby, the blog, grow with regular articles on recipes, toddler-baby-mom care, pregnancy issues and, very interestingly, home remedies to common ailments. With the joint family structure giving way to nuclear families, some of these remedies which the past generations had sworn by have long been forgotten and Sangeetha has tried to revive these through her posts. For example, she lists neem paste as an effective medicine to skin rash, and Ajwain oil massage for cold and cough in babies.

Home remedies are also part of the wide array of topics that Priya Sachan of Shishuworld (http://shishuworld.com/), another blog on parenthood, writes on. An ex-techie, Priya says that the main reason she started blogging on the subject was to offer a hand-holding experience to parents through the tricky journey of parenthood, the Indian way.

shishuworld.com

shishuworld.com

“ShishuWorld was born as an idea to have a go-to place for Indian parents and parents-to-be who are away from their families, either in India or abroad. I write articles that touch upon age-old traditions and modern advice which is relevant for current times,” she says.

The ‘traditions’ sub-head, for instance, lists the various ceremonies that are associated with childhood and explains in detail the way they are conducted as well as their significance. For example, Haathe Khodi, which literally translates to ‘chalk in hand’, is a Bengali traditional ceremony in which a child writes his first letter and symbolises the beginning of his literary journey.

For a couple living away from their family, descriptions such as this and of other traditions like tonsuring ceremony, naming ceremony, and feeding of the first grain can help understand traditional beliefs and observe them without feeling lost in the absence of their elders.

Having said that, parenting is hardly all about challenges and doubts—the joys that come along with the little bundle of life are endless! And no matter how closely you have seen it before, when you become a parent yourself, the feelings can be so overwhelming that there are times when you just have to share it with someone.

Mommy blogger Rachna Parmar is quite familiar with that ‘urge’, having raised two boys herself, now eight and 13. “Back in 2008 I was struggling to do something meaningful while raising my two boys. That is when I started blogging (www.rachnaparmar.com), in order to share the intriguing world of parenting,” she says.

rachnaparmar.com

rachnaparmar.com

As she began writing on her experiences—sharing the joys and sorrows, and challenges— keeping a young parent in mind, Parmar confesses that it had a therapeutic effect on her. “I remember when my elder son had an injury and I was feeling very guilty, I found immense support from other parent bloggers. It was a great moral boost to me at a time of deep personal stress”.

“I also learnt from the experience of other bloggers about raising teenagers and the importance of communication between parents and children. I have noticed that mommy bloggers openly share their personal experiences, thereby, enriching the interaction,” she says.

One of the most common woes that a parent of a toddler, or a teenager for that matter, faces is getting them to eat their food. Dining tables turn into battle fields as mothers who have slaved over a meal try everything—cajole, threat, scold—in order to get their kids to finish their meal. Mommy blogger Prachi Grover has a simple solution to this—get your child to cook with you!

She knows what she’s talking about. Orange Kitchens (http://orangekitchens.blogspot.in/) the virtual world created by Prachi and her six-year-old daughter Sara, who she refers to as the ‘little chefling’, is all about recipes that the two have tried in their kitchen and experiences while trying our new dishes from different corners of the world. Sara’s vocabulary now constitutes words like cinnamon, star anise and clove!

orangekitchens.blogspot.in

orangekitchens.blogspot.in

“I firmly believe that children who are more involved in preparing food are more likely to try out new flavours, respect their food and respect where the food they eat comes from. So through the blog I like to share my journey, the trials and tribulations, the highs and the lows and most importantly inspire children to fall in love with cooking and real food, and give them a life skill,” Prachi, who quit her corporate career to pursue her passion for cooking, says.

So if you are a parent, or on the way to becoming one, or know someone else on this journey, try going through what our bandwagon of mommy bloggers have to say. As they say, mom knows the best!

Mommy (bloggers) knows best! Jun19

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IndiBlogger Weekly Diary | Edition 10

Welcome and welcome! The IndiBlogger Weekly Diary celebrates its 10th post with this special edition! The IndiTroll makes his first appearance on the forum with the intention of causing pain; we read some posts on other pains in the royal a$$, including BeefGate, LawyerGate, DocumentaryGate and I don’t think this covers the half of it! For our cover story this week we take a deeper look at the forum and understand how it has become a hub of learning for Indian bloggers.

As this is an extra special edition we are giving away a set of IndiMug and IndiMagnet for the winners of this week’s comments! Yes you can own both with a single comment on any thoughts you have on this week’s post; including the question of the week!

MEME WARS!

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The IndiTroll made its first appearance on the IndiBlogger forum. No one has any idea how it managed to create an account without a blog! The Sorcerer is currently taking the MEME WAR fight to the creature. I hear there is a bit of history between the Sorcerer and the IndiTroll on FB of a legendary meme war that has been waged for many moons. Then some brainiac decided to take it  up on IndiBlogger. I suggest that you head over there and join the apocalypse.

 

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Talking about memes, we have a contest in memes! We don’t run too many contests on twitter because we stick to blogging for the most part , but this was harder to resist! This is one of the few times we have separate prizes for Facebook, Twitter and blog posts! So head on over and take your pick!

Here are a few examples as posted by bloggers:

 

 

 

The Real Brains Behind IndiBlogger:

For our cover story this week, we look at the IndiBlogger forum; or IndiForum as some like to call it. When we first launched the forum a few years ago, we were met with much skepticism. Most of our partners thought it was very web 1.0 and it wasn’t going to be a very useful solution. We launched it anyway. We just wanted a place where members could discuss everything about blogging.

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An IndiForum for your thoughts?

On the IndiForum, there are over 5000 topics that cover every aspect of blogging including questions for beginners, customization and monetisation of blogs, among other things. It is a treasure trove on everything blogging :-)

The below table shows the number of topics under each category.

 

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Take these topics for for example:

Complete Guide to Improve your Blog’s Traffic & Value by Debajyoti Das.  This post was created six years ago but still finds its concepts relevant today.

https://www.indiblogger.in/forum/topic.php?id=33

This is another topic on a selfless request by Aditya Dey  to urge IndiBlogger members to review each other’s blogs and encourage them.

https://www.indiblogger.in/forum/topic.php?id=15447

There is a lot of encouragement for newbie bloggers as Aersh Danish  points out in this topic that helps break the ice.

https://www.indiblogger.in/forum/topic.php?id=16721

The young ones have their own club with this topic; Young bloggers, I mean Teen, early twenty bloggers.. out here?  by Jaynth Busi  

https://www.indiblogger.in/forum/topic.php?id=17248

Some topics are simple yet inspiring for many. Let us introduce ourselves to the Indiblogger community is one such topic. If you haven’t said hello on the forum yet, this is a nice place to start!

https://www.indiblogger.in/forum/topic.php?id=325

Hey and whatdayaknow!! The IndiBlogger Weekly Diary has a topic too! created by Tanishq 

https://www.indiblogger.in/forum/topic.php?id=20379

Ritu,  on the other hand, with an army of smileys,  just decides to go to the “Content and Inspiration” section and talk about DDLJ!

https://www.indiblogger.in/forum/topic.php?id=16414

The popular topics on the IndiForum!

One of the key things for us was to make a clean forum and, to do that, we had to keep an eye on everything. However, things changed when people were commenting in the forum by the thousands  and then the infamous IndiPolice was created. If this was an episode of Homeland, I would like to think of these guys as the CIA working to keep IndiBlogger free of spammers and shameless people looking to harm the community in some way. DS, Animesh (hey, your domain name has expired dude) and Karthik are the top 3 bounty hunters! :-). These guys have a lot of knowledge on the rules that govern the forum, however, if a thread is locked for some reason and you feel it was legitimate, there is nothing to worry about, just raise a ticket and we will do the needful.

 

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The proverbial $h1t hits the fan!

The BBC documentary that was banned in India was amusing. I remember some of the IndiBlogger guys were in Delhi at the time. One of the neighbors in our guest house walked in and asked us to download the documentary because he didn’t have a fast internet connection! We didn’t because we were in the middle of some work. It seemed like his whole family had made popcorn and decided to watch it as a “dinner and a movie” concept. The funny thing is that it’s a documentary! With most Indians watching Ye Hai Mohabbatein and Comedy Nights with Kapil and sports and regional movies; I don’t think many would have given too much thought towards a documentary, whatever the content.

If the government had banned the video to increase awareness about the documentary and increase piracy in India, then it is an awesome move by them. Heck! Now people who haven’t heard of the internet will be like “Oh! You can download movies on the internet?? for free???” Strange times!

As if things couldn’t get any worse, Maharashtra decided to go and ban beef. Beef is a source of protein for many across the world. My problem with such laws is that it shows that we are not united in our diversity and our text books were wrong to tell us that “India is a democratic and secular country”. As a layman in this whole charade, I don’t see anything democratic or secular about this law. What’s your take on this show? May be you can express it in a meme 😉

Here are some posts on the various issues highlighted over the past few days!

Nabanita decided to go ahead and talk about those things that were irking her in this post:

http://www.nabanitadhar.in/2015/03/makeithappen-for-indias-daughters.html#.VQKhfUa5ZBw

A post on Indian women and their leaders by Tomichan Matheikal

http://matheikal.blogspot.in/2015/03/indian-women-and-their-leaders.html

A post by Desh Kapoor  with an analysis on the banned video:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/2015/03/indias-daughter-unethical-journalism-breaching-voyeuristic-limits-to-shame-a-nation/

A post on why rape jokes are not funny by Swati:

http://www.coleswa.com/just-how-funny-are-rape-jokes/

A post in Hindi on India’s daughter by Ashu from Kolkata 

http://chaupal-ashu.blogspot.in/2015/03/indias-daughter.html

Is Gmail and Yahoo also going to be axed next?

http://kemquillity.blogspot.in/2015/03/gmail-and-yahoo-should-be-banned-in.html

An interesting analysis on Beef and its perception by Ramani

https://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/ambedkar-untouchability-meat-beef-eating/

Roohi points out the Stairway to heaven in this post

http://www.roohibhatnagar.com/2015/03/she-needs-closure-to-rest-in-peace.html

Are you tired of BANS??? then you gotta read this by Chamatkar India

http://chamatkarindia.blogspot.in/2015/03/we-are-tired-of-bans-open-letter-to.html

The mutinous Indian has an open letter:

http://www.mutinousindian.in/2015/03/indias-daughter-be-very-afraid-to-be-one/

Is the ban justified? A blogger uses her fashion blog to air her view.

http://beautyandindulgence.blogspot.in/2015/03/indiasdaughter-is-ban-justified.html

A reaction to an age old prejudice with another open letter:

http://choirsofaheart.blogspot.in/2015/03/dear-sister.html

Another open letter :

http://www.abhisheksharmaspeaks.com/rajnath-singh-rapists-interview-by-bbc/

Another post on BeefGate

http://sanjaythampy.blogspot.in/2015/03/i-have-beef-against-beefban.html

Monsoon Breeze tries to understand the latest ban on beef

http://monsoonbreeze123.com/2015/03/04/the-land-of-holy-cows/

The budget analyses  was another topic with a number of bloggers submitting posts towards it.

Here are some posts to help you understand the INs and OUTs: 

https://anandkumarrs.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/sir-a-plus-budget/
http://www.health2-wealth.com/union-general-budget-2015-16-income-tax-rates/
http://voicefromtherooftop.com/1682/india/budget-2015/
http://www.emptyengine.com/2015/03/impact-of-union-budget-2015-on-middle.html
http://www.emptyengine.com/2015/02/top-10-questions-related-to-union.html
http://www.sandipsabharwal.com/?p=1141
http://www.reviewstoday.in/2015/02/review-railway-budget-2015-by-modi.html
http://bhavikkshah.blogspot.in/2015/03/union-budget-2015-16-highlights.html
http://reflectionsvvk.blogspot.in/2015/03/the-union-budget-2015-2016.html

Winners of Edition 9:

We received tons of response for last week’s question on Twitter/micro-blogging vs blogging. Here are some of the answers that we picked:

 

http://changethestylenow.blogspot.in/

http://changethestylenow.blogspot.in/

http://blogwatig.com/

http://blogwatig.com/

http://kaapitimes.wordpress.com/

http://kaapitimes.wordpress.com/

http://www.roohibhatnagar.com/

http://www.roohibhatnagar.com/

 

Wrapping up with Question of The Week:

With all the strange things happening to bloggers who speak their mind across the world, do you feel that you could be prosecuted for airing your views on your blog if your wrote against certain policies by entities related to the governments? YES or NO and why?

So until next time,  here’s to special days ahead for you on IndiBlogger!

 

 

IndiBlogger Weekly Diary | Edition 9

Hello everyone! This week on the IndiBlogger Weekly Diary, we scratch the surface trying to understand IndiVine and gain some surprising insights into the type of content that you are blogging about; among other things! We support the amazing #1000Speak campaign and we take an interesting look at the last 10 days on IndiBlogger through tweets! And then, of course, there’s Question of the Week and winners for the last week who take home a shiny new IndiMug!

 

#1000Speak for Compassion

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Rachna Parmar sent us an email asking us to see if we could support this and we thought we should! We put this up sometime on Friday and by evening there were around 25 posts! It’s heart-warming to see bloggers unite for compassion and it’s great that we, the community, want to write and read about it!

Here are some of the posts. If you want to submit or read all the posts, check here.

http://www.nabanitadhar.in/2015/02/why-no-one-talks-about-compassion.html

http://www.rachnaparmar.com/2015/02/compassion-on-social-media.html

http://www.godyears.net/2015/02/the-world-is-not-bad-place-1000speak.html

http://www.roohibhatnagar.com/2015/02/i-belong-to-you-you-to-me.html

http://www.theearthwoman.com/2015/02/so-what-is-compassion.html

http://cybernag.in/2015/02/20/of-mice-and-a-boy/

http://thepoetrywagon.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/1000speak-compassion.html

http://blogwatig.com/2015/02/raise-voice-1000speak/

http://mymaidenattempt.blogspot.in/2015/02/being-sensitive-towards-others-1000speak.html

http://arpitazthoughts.blogspot.se/2015/02/yes-i-have-dream.html

http://passey.info/2015/02/passion-for-compassion/

 

This week in IndiTweets!

 

It’s cricket fever all over!

Blogging these days is a key digital marketing strategy for brands.  This was one of our primary business objectives when we set out and now that it’s a reality, we are happy to see a lot of brands put in oodles of creative effort into IndiBlogger campaigns and this one is no exception!

 

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Tourism Victoria sent in a nice little pen drive to all the participants of the Melbourne campaign on IndiBlogger. With the World Cup in full swing in Australia, and most of the matches at the MCG, a Melbourne pen drive could be a great collector’s item. BTW, How many of you guys were supporting Pakistan last Sunday? 😀

 

Have you got your IndiMug and IndiMagnet yet?

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The “Blog Now Live forever” series of IndiBlogger merchandizes is definitely my favorite in the long list of different stuff that we have given out, including the most popular item; the T-shirts! Have you noticed something nifty about the design on the mug (except of course that you can get it ONLY on the Weekly Diary)?

Here’s the thing, only the one who’s holding the cup can see INDIBLOGGER written on it; the others will only see Blog Now Live Forever caption. I thought that was a nifty bit of designing by Renie.

 

The First Supper!

@AndPicturesIN sent over ‘The Lunchbox’ to the loved ones of a few bloggers to promote the TV premier of the movie “The Lunchbox” on Valentines Day. It even had a personalized note! Words cant really go wrong… unless.. 😉

 

 

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Plagiarism and other woes!

 

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Plagiarism is one of the worst things that can happen to a blogger. This effectively means that someone else is going to take credit for what you have blogged. You may have pondered over the subject for years and completed a post equipped with all facets of your research and in a blink it’s some one else’s bread and butter! The same goes for other intellectual properties like technology, business models, etc. In fact I think we should have a “Report A Crime on Blogging” feature on IndiBlogger so that we can join the fight against all kinds of wrong doings effectively. At the moment, a few cases are reported from time to time but we need more information and specifics so that we can build rules and a system of governance. For now, you can raise a ticket on any of these serious issues. Also please do your own thorough research on your claim before submitting to avoid any mishaps. Do let us know your views on plagiarism in the comment section below.

 

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Yea! Us too! Maybe people who read the IndiBlogger Weekly Diary should meet up once in a while as well! What say? We can do some book reading or find someone whom we dont like and create some online mayhem :-)  Anything goes! Comment on this if you have something to say

 

Content marketing on IndiBlogger

This week, our stats engineer, Sai, gave me quite a bit of data to study details on content being submitted into IndiBlogger everyday. Although it is impossible for me to go over all the data in a single blog post, I have taken some interesting ones and shared in this post. Am sure you will enjoy these insights! If they surprise or amuse you, do share your views with us. I say that because I was quite intrigued to see some of these facts and figures.

As for all the stats on IndiBlogger, we use our IndiRank measure to figure out the odds and ends of activities on IndiBlogger! IndiVine has 9 main categories and 73 sub categories. Would you believe it I told you that the sub category “poetry” is the most blogged about subject on IndiBlogger with 33,307 posts submitted so far? If this subset of data on the Indian blogging scene is anything to go by, we have a lot of laddies and lassies who reckon themselves to be poets! Bring on the rain! :-)

 

IndiVine has an inventory of 4,34,508 posts in its directory as of today!

 

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Below are the sub categories that have the highest number of submissions.

 

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It is humbling to know that a lot of people quietly carry on their everyday affairs on IndiBlogger like posting their newest links, networking and participating to help their business grow among other things. We hope you are fully utilizing IndiBlogger to your benefit as well.

There was, however, a smidgen of a difference between what people blogged about and what people liked more on IndiBlogger. For example, social causes do not have too many posts but have a lot of likes. The number of endorsements or likes by other bloggers for all IndiBlogger posts are staggering as well with 57,87,719 recorded so far at an average of 13 endorsements per post! Photography posts seemed to be the most popular; judging by the number of likes alone with 6,51,504 of them! Poetry was next with 5,23,467 likes. What I also noted was that the interest level seems to drop quite a bit after that with the next few most popular categories being Movies, Blogging and Social Causes with around one and a half likes each.

 

 

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All about Blogging!

Here are some facts about posts on ‘blogging’ on IndiBlogger. This data is for a minimum of 130 posts per blogger.

# of Posts – 14,892
# of Likes – 1,50,645

  • Harshavardhan M P with 267 posts has the most number of blogposts on ‘blogging’!
  • Vinay Prajapati has the most number of likes in this category with 2788 on 131 submissions

Here is a table with the top ten contributors on blogging.

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Here are some other curiosities as well:

    • Praveen Kumar from Chennai has the most number of post submissions with 2606 posts for a single category
    • Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai have over 80 Bloggers each in the top ten contributors list of every category in IndiBlogger.
    • Magic Eye from Mumbai has the most number of likes for all his blog posts submitted with 94,330 from 1607 blog posts!
    • The science category has the lowest number of submissions with 4849 posts
    • The Offbeat/personal category and the Lifestyle category has 1,27,33 and 1,25,735 posts respectively making them the most prolific categories on IndiBlogger.
    • The Most number of short stories submitted is by Vikram Karve (731 posts)
    • Sanjay Gulati has submitted 286 of the 598 posts on Mathematics!
    • Firoze Shakir has submitted 2752 posts for two categories namely Photography and poetry. He also has the most submissions in these two categories.
    • Madhu Nair has submitted the most number of posts in the Travel category (650 posts)
    • Sangeetha Menon has submitted the most number of posts in the parenting category (178 posts)

 

If there are any specific stats that you would like, do ask away in the comments!

 

Here are the winners of last weeks question:

Abhsiehk Agarwal Alok Vats Sreesha Divakaran

 

For this weeks question!

This weeks question is based on Deckle_Edge’s tweet to IndiBlogger this week on a statement made by Renie in an interview earlier.

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So! The question is:

What is Micro-Blogging according to you? and should the term “Micro-Blogging” be associated with blogging?

Well plenty to think about this week and we look forward to seeing you again! Soon!