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!

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

IndiBlogger Weekly Diary | Edition 8

Welcome one and all as we take you through the happenings on IndiBlogger for yet another week! A lot of things have happened this week including some development on the IndiBlogger website, the first IndiBlogger event of the year and the introduction of a new team member!

 

Will the real IndiName please stand up?

 

Ok, first thing’s first, how many of you tried to take “Batman” as your IndiName? :-D.

We decided to get out of “numbering” people and let people choose how they wanted their URL to be. We feel that this will help us drive more readers to your blog! It makes promoting and referencing of your blog easier too! However, I have always enjoyed anonymity of a number more than a name. Having said that, the new URLs do give our profiles on IndiBlogger a more polished look and better branding to individual bloggers. We would love to hear your theory behind choosing your IndiName; so comment away!

 

Another new feature is on the IndiBlogger home page where we can now see top posts from different categories. An update : I had previously mentioned top posts badges would be given to all categories but NO, the top posts will be given only for the popular blog posts of the day.

 

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IndiSpire

We received a very interesting tweet from Oreejit where he  gave the suggestion that IndiSpire should cater to all categories. I think that is a wonderful idea. I realize that blogging isn’t really about the number of visitors who flock to your site. It’s more about the varied content and topics that affect people’s life every day in every way. I also agree with Oreejit about most of the topics on IndiSpire being about love and such. These topics definitely have a large audience but do not interest all the audience. I find this feedback really important. Agree or disagree? We will know by the upcoming IndiSpire topics soon 😉 Or you could just share your opinion here.

 

IndiVine Contest

The Garnier campaign closed this week with 435 entries. (God bless those who will be judging these posts!) Not long ago, a Garnier campaign on IndiBlogger was won by Pallavi; who got the chance to meet Deepika Padukone as the prize! Here’s a pic of her with the actor:

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Here’s what Karthik imagined happened:

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The New Guy in the IndiTeam

 

A drum roll of a welcome for our new talented recruit, Jesuwin! He has spent most of his years in Dubai and a few in India when he was pursuing his Masters in Strategic Marketing; making him a great asset for IndiBlogger. His creative ideas and analytical skills are sure to contribute to our success in the years to come.  He can sing, play guitar, smash the bloody drums, paint and doodle! And NO, we don’t go out there looking for these types but hey, they seem to find us 😀

You can check out one of his tracks on sound cloud and you can even show him some love in the comments below..

 

And this is Vineet Rajan grooving to the song and Renie giving him a stink eye look that says, WTF??.

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Welcome to IndiBlogger!

With “being new” the theme for this week, we decided to list some of the interesting new bloggers to sign up this week!

http://www.lifetippr.com/ – A lifestyle blog with a collection of posts that have reasons to do something or the other.

https://itis420somewhere.wordpress.com/ – An interesting blog with a lot of unique photographs and radical beliefs.

https://muffinsonstyle.wordpress.com/page/2/ – A blog on men’s fashion. Comparatively fewer of this breed around.

http://blog.whatsupnewdelhi.com/ – A blog that talks about everything Delhi!

http://www.minalspiceworld.com/ – A blogger with a lot of posts on food!

http://www.childrights.in/ – A blogger who has dedicated his life towards fighting for the rights of children ** Respect**

https://tokillamimingbird.wordpress.com/ – a nice, personal blog with a tag line that I envy, “I speak to be free and I speak freely”.. Nice!

http://www.indiancurvychic.blogspot.in/ – An adorable blog from a curvy gal.

http://themaraudingmaverick.com/ – A lifestyle blog with the name “Dire Straits”! I mean who doesn’t like Dire Straits, right?

http://gioadventures.blogspot.in/ – An adventure blog with a lot of experiences. When I saw the cover photo, I was taken back to the year 2000 when I trekked through the Himalayas. A life altering experience.

http://indianbirds.thedynamicnature.com/ – This one is for the birds!

https://thestardustelephant.wordpress.com/ – A personal blog with poems and short stories. I love the tagline “The unknown lasts longer than we believe” .. Hmm .. Profound!

http://arowanaconsulting-group.blogspot.in/ – A consulting company that blogs .. hmm .. not the best content but I guess it’s a start.

www.mydailylifetips.com – A blog with some experience on finance among other things.

http://www.security.securethelock.com/ – A blog that talks about online security. I used to be in this field in my past life doing the pre sales for such solutions. Some good info on it in here.

https://meghanarawat.wordpress.com/ – I had to put this one up. The latest post was on Bob Marley :-)

After going through a lot of the new IndiBloggers, I realized that there is a LOT more talent out there and they are not on IndiBlogger. Not yet anyway :-)

So there you go, a list of some of the new IndiBloggers. It is an honor that you guys joined us! For a complete list of new sign ups every week, you can look here https://www.indiblogger.in/directory.php

 

An unforgettable event:

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The first event of the IndiBlogger year happened this weekend. It was like the old days. A full house with a relaxed bunch of bloggers! Some from the days of yore and many were new to IndiBlogger events. A great mix of people, lots of laughs and I don’t think anyone wanted to leave.

Jesuwin had a “Light Bulb” moment at the event. Here is what transpired when David Chu the product manager for Asus was addressing the crowd:

David Chu – Here is the new Asus phone (Shows a phone to the audience)

Jesuwin – Hey! That looks like my phone!

David Chu – This is the Zenfone

Jesuwin – Really? My phone is called the Zenfone? (Looks at the back of his phone)

David Chu – It runs on Android

Jesuwin – Really?? Android?? I thought my phone ran on WhatsApp!

After everyone rolled on the floor laughing, we decided to add a couple more items to his training agenda 😀

The bloggers also did skits promoting blogging. Some really great moments there. It’s amazing to see how people who don’t know anything about each other get together and really work their heart out. Their only common denominator is blogging. Heart warming stuff! You can see all of the photos here!

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Here  are the winners to last weeks question of the week!

 

Shruti Salman Urshita Shameem Arpita

 

 

Note:- We have shipped the pending prizes for last three weeks so keep a look out for them in your mail box :-)

This weeks question:

Tell us about your experience of meeting a blogger or bloggers. With an example or two, tell us specific instances of what made meeting a blogger so special and you can win exclusive Blog Now Live Forever magnets!

Until next time, keep blogging!

The IndiBlogger Weekly Diary Edition 7

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of the IndiBlogger weekly diary! As the IndiBlogger Event season is upon us, we will be doing a cover story on our events, its origins, its jaw dropping statistics and some of our favorite moments! We will also reveal the winners of last weeks question and that’s going to take up all the space on our blog this week! :-)

Organized over 100 IndiBlogger Blogger Meets, met over 10,000 bloggers, spent butt loads of money, collectively consumed 3200 cups of coffee,  ravished 2000 liters of “fancy” beverages and then there’s Karthik. Well, why do we do it? Read on..
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The first Meet of its Kind!

The Bangalore IndiBlogger Meet

Saturday February 16, 2008 – 4:00 PM onwards

This was the event that started it all. The success of this event would define IndiBlogger’s offline activities for the years to come!

Here is the first post that we have ever received for an Indiblogger event. It may not seem like much but it certainly got the word out there.

In 2008, events for blogging were virtually non existent. we used to meet bloggers at “Bar camps” the real one and the literal bar :-). There was a “Blog Camp” series as well which I didn’t find anyone taking responsibility for and there was nothing to specifically recognize bloggers as a group or a community on a nationwide scale. The first event helped me understand, what blogging meant to people. It was an electric affair and we trashed the MS Bangalore office as well :-).  The community team at MS let us to do whatever we wanted (and in their office!). No one knew what to expect and neither did we. A lot of the bloggers told us that they had never felt so involved in any other event, not quite like this anyway.

At some point during our first few events we had a “Movement” called “The Jig”, that Renie conjured up one day. I have no words to describe it but everyone seemed to enjoy it :-)

After a few more meets we landed up in Bangalore again and this time we wanted to break the confines of a corporate environment and so on the eve of the first Iron maiden concert in Bangalore, we decided to go out and rent the pub “Stones” for a night and bring the roof down.

The comments on our meet page sums up the event. Stones     allowed us get behind the counter, play our favorite music, take requests and basically own the bar for the night. They must have loved it too until someone spilled beer on the counter :-) That didn’t stop anything though, we continued to run wild.

And interestingly enough, Vineet Rajan was at this event as a blogger! And as usual, asking everyone to do stuff for him. We should have killed him when we had the chance.

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Some pictures from the event:

After 15 odd meets we reached a point where things had to change and the press was also showing a lot of interest when 150 bloggers decided to show up for this event in Hyderabad. One major aspect of our events was not to judge a blogger by “influence” and “quality of writing” or any other bull shit. We allowed bloggers who had just been blogging for a month to others who were blogging for many years. This accomplished a lot for us as more and more people started getting inspired to write. As long as they were registered members, we found that the people who had just started blogging were equally enthusiastic in promoting the IndiBlogger community and getting others to blog with them as well. A lot of them turned out to be great writers as well!


IndiStat: 10,867 bloggers have attended IndiBlogger Meets to date!

 

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The Independence Day Blogger meet in Mumbai!

Sunday August 15, 2010 – 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM

This meet was a turning point in many ways for IndiBlogger. It was one of our first events with “obscene” budgets. We attracted some of the top bloggers in Mumbai at that time. Even Gul Panag decided to walk in, see what the fuss was about and moderate a forum session as well. A lot of the bloggers who attended this event are taking blogging seriously at the moment. Magali Vaz who came with her mom at the time, is one such blogger. Looking at her regular tweets and posts, I can see her loving what she is doing at the moment.

Press: http://anubha-bhat.blogspot.in/2010/08/indiblogger-bloggers-meet.html
Some Event posts:
https://manavdhiman.wordpress.com/2010/08/17/indiblogger-mumbai-meet-indimum/
http://saurabh-shah.com/en/2010/08/24/indibloggers-five-star-meet-in-mumbai-2/
http://www.finelychopped.net/2010/08/we-dont-need-no-chutney-sandwiches.html

I don’t think we’ve ever been able to recreate the unique magic of this meet. I tried to preserve it with a bizarro video. It was good fun going around and asking everyone what was wrong with the event as opposed to asking them if they enjoyed it!  When I see it now, it reminds me why I should stop drinking, for the duration of the IndiBlogger meets at least :-D.

The  uncensored, backstage pass, all inclusive Vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G9JwMfHGmo


 

IndiStat: The number of meets and the average participants in each city.

 

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The IndiMeet with Spice:

 

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Sunday June 10, 2012 – 3:30 PM to 8:00 PM

This event was also ground breaking for us, as for the first time we allowed a celeb take on a complete segment. It was great to see Rajiv Makhni in his elements! I don’t think he has been able to match the excitement that he had on any of the other IndiMeets that he did later. It was also the day that the mantra (For lack of a better word), “Hurr Hurr” was first done. It was done to introduce Rajiv as a one time thing, but the deafening sound of over 300 bloggers chanting “Hurr Hurr Hurr..” as Rajiv walked in at The park in Delhi, meant that it wouldn’t be soon forgotten. It was an arena in there!

This was also the day when Prateek Shah decided to run amok among the crowd of bloggers with arms flailing and yelling at the top of his lungs. He runs a happiness workshop and I think we pushed him over the edge of happiness :-) Here is his post!

The “Hurr Hurr” made an appearance at the Vodafone IndiBlogger meet in Mumbai where Lewis Hamilton granted IndiBlogger an interview with IndiBloggers, and within the first 20 seconds of this video, you can hear Lewis Hamilton say and I quote, “This is the best welcome that I have ever had”. Groovy! :-)


 

IndiStat: The Big Ones!

 

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The commercial awareness for digital marketing is limited in many other cities and towns. If you have any ideas on how to get a meet organised in your city/town, do let us know! We have an option for you to create your own meets be it in your house or a coffee shop. At the moment these meets are not for commercial purposes, however if you guys want to meet up and try some book reading or invite people for some activities like treks and photo walks or just plain ol’ chit chat (My favorite!), you can create your own event here.

There are many more memorable moments including the IndiBand playing its first gig in Mumbai and the networking events like Kotak Jifi where we connected 3 cities via big screens. That was a fun experiment as well.

There are always some regulars at IndiBlogger meets, and they really know how to utilize them. They also give us a lot of feedback and keep us real honest. Usually around 30% of the bloggers who attend our events are veterans. This means that with the rest of the 70%, there are plenty of networking opportunities at every IndiBlogger event.


 

IndiStat: The ones that come no matter what!

* All Stats in this post are as of December 2014, courtesy our stats engineer Sainath Krishnan.

 

Blogger ID Name City Meets Attended
36497 janaki nagaraj Mumbai 15
42993 Blogwati Gee Mumbai 14
20435 vasudha rao mumbai 12
41202 Aditi Pathak Mumbai 12
7218 Rinzu New Delhi 11
9473 Jaideep Khanduja New Delhi 11
19126 Ekta Khetan Mumbai 11
26772 Vinay “Leo” R Bangalore 11
37245 Sumit Gupta Mumbai 11
50794 keerthika singaravel mumbai 11
51165 Shwetabh Mathur Faridabad 13
18831 Hitesh Rawat Noida, Bengaluru, delhi 10
22171 Raghava Bangalore 10
31246 Fatima Mumbai 10
35117 ankit jain Mumbai,indore 10
37732 Manjulika Pramod New Delhi, Faridabad 10
41813 Tushar kulkarni Mumbai 10
41922 Nikhil Shedbale Mumbai 10
46611 Aziz Ampanwala Pune/Mumbai 10
48122 yash shah Mumbai 10
49348 Nandini Deka Bombay 10
51726 Akash Bagaria Mumbai 10
51842 Pawan New Delhi 10
52935 Aditya Nath Jha New Delhi 10

 


So, in a nut shell, we do events because we love it. there is no other reason for it. We profit much more from our online campaigns, and because of the setup costs and time involved in executing an event, we couldn’t have done so much if we didn’t absolutely love it! Events are the only offering that demands the time of the entire team. At the end of the day, its all worth it.

 

The winners of last weeks questions!

Before I announce the winners, I would like to point out that the sending of the IndiBlogger merchandize will be delayed by another week. This is because our logistics and creative editor (Swati) of our weekly diary decided to go galavanting on a bike for a couple of weeks. She is on her fourth breakdown. Two more to go.

 

Jigish Shah

Parwatisingari

Abhishek Agrawal

Rachna

Dr. Paritosh Trivedi


This weeks question and the IndiMugs are back!

Comment on your favorite blog post of all time with the link and why you think it’s dear to you! That’s all you gotta do for a chance to win The IndiBlogger “Blog Now, Live Forever” IndiMugs. Yes they are back!

 

The IndiBlogger Event season has started and that means, lets make noise, like, for real! See you soon.