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 6

Welcome to another episode of our weekly diary! This week we take a look at a movie that perked a bit of interest on IndiVine, We visit the first IndiBlogger campaigns of the year, Our winners for the all new IndiBlogger fridge magnets are revealed and more!

First things first! Happy Makar Sankranti/Pongal and this festival probably marks the last of the mandatory leaves that we will get for a while :-). I couldn’t find too many posts on the subject. So this may be a festival that people are actually celebrating instead of sitting at home and talking about it. I could be wrong but below are a few.

http://aartirathodartandmore.blogspot.in/2015/01/makar-sankranti-pongal-lohri-bhogi-and.html – A write up with the seasons greetings!

http://www.assamjournal.com/2012/01/makar-sankranti-festival-in-assam.html – A post from a few years ago on the festival in assam.

http://sangaminvestments.blogspot.in/2015/01/financial-lessons-from-makar-sankranti.html – A interesting analogy of finance with an age old tradition. I want what this bloggers been having while this post was written 😀

 

Dirty Charades:

The IndiBlogger team also decided to meet up during this time and take a break. It was fun meeting everyone after a long while and as we live and work from different locations across India, we always get crazy during these meetings. For example, we decided to play dumb charades but someone wanted to introduce a twist, where you could change or add one word to the existing movie/show and act it out. I expected mild changes with words like “bread”, “Happy” etc, but people just decided to be obscene. Some of the stuff that were thrown in were, “How I met your Mother Fu**er”,  “Men Who Stare At Goats Testicles”, at this point Nanny (AKA Nandita Thomas)  who heads our finance, was finding things rather embarrassing and to her undying horror she realized that Renie was acting out “Ace Ventura: Pet Molester” , that’s when she started yelling and I quote, “Please don’t do anything to that dog , please don’t!!” :-D. So its back to work again for us, with pay cuts.

Below is a Gif of Nihal doing a movie. A few of you who can give us an interesting movie that Nihal could be depicting, will be sent an IndiBlogger merchandize. Remember, you can add or change one word and you don’t have to guess the actual one as even I don’t remember what he was doing, so you can get creative :-)

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Into The Sunset:

Vineet and Swati are taking undertaking a 2500 Km bike ride starting with this weekend. We wish them only 5 or 6 breakdowns through their journey and I am pretty sure they cant pack enough underwear on their bike to cover all the ten days, so we expect that they will change every two days if we are lucky.

 

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PK goes Bang Bang Boom!

The movie PK seems to have created a bit of a wave inside IndiBlogger. I could find many posts on the subject upon browsing through IndiVine. On our Weekly edition #3, we asked a question on the solution to world peace and most of the answers seemed to say that religion played a major role in standing in the way of this progress. This movie seemed to try and make a case towards misdirections that people employ to use religion to their benefit. Some liked it and others had other ideas.

For better or for worse, here are some links of blogposts talking about the movie!


www.lifestalker.com/2014/12/5-reason-why-you-should-watch-pk.html

http://www.rohanbhardwaj.com/2015/01/relationship-with-god-case-study-of-pk.html

http://satyendrakikavita.blogspot.in/2014/12/pk-of-amir-khan-hurts-hindu-sentiments.html

http://filmreading.blogspot.in/2015/01/pk-in-search-of-god.html

http://itjusthappenandthen.blogspot.de/2014/12/my-view-on-pk.html

www.lifestalker.com/2014/12/5-reason-why-you-should-watch-pk.html

http://unsuni.blogspot.in/2014/12/pk-review-heres-why-i-wont-see-it-again.html

https://vbothransh.wordpress.com/2014/12/21/pk-its-for-better-world/

http://somebodysaidit.com/bollywood/does-pk-really-hurt-hindu-sentiments/

http://reflectionsvvk.blogspot.in/2015/01/pk-movie-one-of-best.html

https://amritafoundation.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/pk-is-ok/

http://beeafteryou.com/pk-hai-kya.html

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A prediction comes true!

So my prediction of the first happy hour being an E-commerce site came true!  Quikr came and in 4 minutes, left with around a 100 posts. That is so awesome. I had just gone to microwave some coffee and by the time I got back the posts were in the queue! Also dabur is back extending their campaign with a 100 more vouchers. So, that’s sweet. Ganga Bharani recently tweeted that she made around 10,500 through Happy Hour Vouchers. I have sent her my bank details in case she feels generous. How much have you made?

 

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I am also making another prediction this week.  I see an event on Horizon. I am getting pretty good at this you know.

Garnier has also launched their second campaign with IndiBlogger talking about pimples and its solution for it. Three Nexus 6 phones up for grabs! among other things. I actually started getting pimples when an idiot messed up a face scrub at a spa. It burnt my face and its never been the same again since! hmph!

A Blogger, A YouTube Channel and An Advertisement!

I was pleasantly surprised this week when I saw an Ad of Scherezade Shroff on a random YouTube video that I was watching. No, I wasn’t watching fashion or make up tips :-), I believe I was catching up on some music lists for 2014. When the Ad came on,  I kept staring at it and realized that it was Sherry! She has been quite active on IndiBlogger winning a drive with Lewis Hamilton at the vodafone IndiBlogger Speedfest event and she also gave a talk at our IndiBlogger – Big Rock conference last year! Nicely done girl! Super impressed! You will also notice that i didn’t “Skip Ad” :-D.

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The winners of last weeks magnets are here!

It was interesting to read the comments on how people were effecting lives by blogging. I also had people like Renie who gave me the low down on blogging when created my first blog on Blogger and then on WordPress. I don’t think I could have started blogging without that initial know how and help. I may not have even thought about it!

So there you go, The winners!

Madhu,

Anita,

Shivam,

Sagarika Naik,

Maniparna Sengupta,

Haimanti Dutta Ray

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This Week On IndiSpire:

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Any topic that provokes a morbid fantasy thought is probably one of my favorite topics to trip on :-D. I love the occult! I remember my grandfather’s collection of Occult books from his days of being a book merchant. I would read them over and over again, look at the details in the pictures and ponder over what could be. I also had  decent know how on certain theories of Numerology, star signs etc. I am excited to read up on the entries on the topic during the course of this week. You can submit your entries here!

The Question Of the Week:

With FaceBook taking the initiative of bringing free internet to the masses, they have successfully launched their dream in Columbia for now. We expect more to follow. The  Internet condition in India right now is not that great according to us. All the popular ISP’s seem to offer decent download speeds but dont seem to care about uploads. We feel that this hampers a lot of creative endeavors that people undertake online.

So the questions are: Are you happy with the present offerings of the popular ISP’s in India? Do you think curbing uploads is hampering our creative progress and How do you think a country such as India can benefit from FREE Internet! Tell us and you could get your self “Blog Now, Live Forever” Fridge magnets!

Thats it for another edition of the IndiBlogger Weekly Diary! We thank you for staying with us and giving us your support. Until next time, may you find what you are blogging for. Good night!

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IndiBlogger Weekly Diary | Edition 5

Our first entry for the new year is up and we are so excited! At least I am, with my fourth cup of coffee in the last hour :-)

The year gone by has been a great phase for blogging in India! The launch of our three new products – IndiHappyHours, Indispire and IndiOne – changed the dynamics of everything on IndiBlogger! Over 5000 new bloggers signed up on IndiBlogger in the last 12 months and did you know that IndiVine received over 1 lakh posts for the 2nd year running in 2014? Now that’s quite a number!

In the first post for this year, we rummage through some interesting forum topics, we introduce our new “Blog Now, Live Forever” IndiBlogger merchandise and an Indispire topic that gate-crashes a mean stereotype that has plagued women since forever!


To start off, the weekly diary just got itself an exclusive access to the new, post card sized IndiBlogger Blog Now, Live Forever fridge magnet! It’s not necessarily just for the fridges though 😉 So this being the first week of the new year and all that jazz, we are giving these out to more than a few bloggers from amongst those who comment on this post and not just the question-of-the-week winners.

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Blog Now Live Forever IndiBlogger Magnet

 

Know Any Good Girls?

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When I saw this topic on IndiSpire, I felt a bit left out. There are good guys too, you know!  Although when I saw Amrita’s post on the ‘DO NOTs’ for being a good girl, I was happy that those points applied only to women ;-D . To make matters worse, I read the ‘DOs’ all the way from A to H. I understand that with present stereotypes, life is hard for women; especially when someone tells you to stop gossiping!

I just saw an episode of Marvel’s Agent Carter and it portrayed the struggle of a 60’s woman; trying to make it big in the so-called man’s world, where no one takes her seriously but she can kick some ass though!

Karthik says that a good girl is the one who always obeys him. If you disagree with him you could win yourself something from us! You can see more opinions on ‘Good Girls’ right here on IndiSpire and if the date is not up yet, you can contribute as well!

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The Personality of Blogging!

Talking about personal life experiences on a blog is the primary reason why blogging came into existence in the first place. A lot of people used their blog to write, rant and share experiences that they felt they needed to talk about. They never expected anything in return for their writing and thus they became the the pioneers of an amazing form of expression. What makes personal blogging close to our heart is that it is timeless. Gadgets and technology, among other things, come and go; but life’s experiences are always invaluable to most of us!

We looked through IndiBlogger to find some bloggers who still continued the tradition of writing articles that reflected their emotions and their way of life!

Saru Singhal:

Saru has always been writing stories and poems on things that affect her life. Here is one of her popular poems on IndiBlogger. We were looking forward to meeting her in New York when we hosted a blogger meet at Vikas Khanna’s flagship restaurant, Junoon, but sadly we missed her there! There’s always next time though! :-)

http://www.sarusinghal.com/2013/04/shaken-stirred.html


Debajyoti Ghosh:

Debajyoti blogs about experiences of adulthood and going by some of the comments on his posts, we see that many draw inspiration from his work. Below is one of his many inspiring posts:

http://factsandnonsense.com/flying-through-the-purple-sun/


Jahid Akhtar:

A writer very open about his feelings and emotions with a very lucid style of writing! Did you know that he has his debut novel on the way? It’s called  Story of Tublu – An amazing journey called life. The tagline suggests why he is on this list! :-). Have a look at one of his posts below:

http://jahidakhtar.blogspot.com/2013/08/gentleman-do-you-know-hindi.html


My Say:

For want of a real name, we shall just call this gentleman My Say. He takes everyday things and makes them humorous and palatable to people who read his blog. The post that we have selected is ‘Man With Long Hair’. At one point I had long hair and man was it a pain to maintain! And not to forget, I would always get weird looks wherever I went! I dont know how Nihal from indiBlogger, who swears by his long hair, pulls it off. Or maybe he doesn’t! :-) But there you go, the woes of a man with Rapunzel hair:

http://mysay.in/2013/06/27/man-with-long-hair/


Sreedev Soman:

Another gentleman true to the art of putting up life experiences in the form of short stories, poetries and sonnets! Below is one of his wonderful posts:

http://kookydom.blogspot.in/2013/07/on-rainy-evening.html#.VK9tXqYYtR0


Nabanita:

In her ‘About Me’ section, she says, and I quote, “I write when I am happy; when I am sad or when an issue touches my heart. I find inspiration to write in every aspect of life.” This is the sort of thing most people look for in an article! Here is an example of one of her posts:

http://nabanita-blacknwhite.blogspot.in/2013/07/knots-of-chain.html


Arumugam Easwar:

Another blogger who digs deep into his personal experiences to bring out some fantastic posts on life! Below is a blog post on one of his more sombre experiences. A great read!

http://www.miraarvind.blogspot.in/2013_07_09_archive.html


Farida Rizwan:

I have met Farida countless times at IndiBlogger meets in Bangalore. She is a true warrior and her story on being a cancer survivor is a testament to the amazing, strong woman that she is. Her honest writing and her way of dealing with her problems are an inspiration to many who seek to understand ‘normal life’ after being stricken by cancer. She has been at it tirelessly and I can see over 35 posts on the subject.

http://www.chaptersfrommylife.com/p/the-cancer-touch.html


Sangeeta:

Her blog, Life Is A Vacation, is a treat to read! Her travel tales mixed in with her emotions and comparisons to her other experiences are delightful. Thats exactly how I want my life to be.. a vacation! :-)

https://lifeisavacation.wordpress.com/


Vinitha:

A blog that revolves around her life and her daughter. She writes on varied experiences of her life and more importantly, she talks about family! :-)

http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/category/family-room/


There are MANY MANY more. I always feel I don’t have enough space on a blog to write just one post on such subjects like these. I limit the number of words per post to around 1200.

The Question of The Week Winners: 

Is the blogger’s language more important or the experience shared on the blog was the hot debate. A lot of people had similar answers which correlated writing styles, language, the actual experience and emotions involved. However, I still do feel that there are a lot of people out there who swear by good language. For many, a quality of post is directly proportional to the quality of language. If I had asked my mom this question , she would say, “If you don’t know how to write, don’t!”

We had a great time going through the responses and here are the winners of the IndiMug (If you want the fridge magnet instead, send us a tweet;)

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On the Forum This week!

HappyHour

The next Happy Hour prediction! My inside information dragged out of our sales guys educated guess is that the next campaign is not a tech campaign but an e-commerce one 😉

For the Love of Gadgets!

On the forum, Arvind Passey asked people their wish list for gadgets. I believe most people have stopped experimenting too much and have chosen a few brands that they want and prefer. You can head over to the forum and comment on it to share your views!

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I am still with Apple on this one though. I want the Apple 5K monitor. I am also looking forward to the iWatch. I have had a digital smart watch from the Italian company i’mWatch ever since its launch (it’s nothing great but I had a good time fiddling with it.)

The Question of the Week:

Our question of the week is in line with our cover story. Do you feel blogging about your life personally effected lives and/or have you been influenced by someone’s personal experiences (cite examples of blog posts or bloggers if you can)?. Do tell us how that worked out for you and you could you could find a brand new Blog Now, Live Forever magnet at a fridge near you!

We wish you a happy new year and until next time or forever, keep writing your personal experiences on your blog. We believe they help many!

IndiBlogger Weekly Diary | Edition 4

Greetings of the season and welcome to the last edition of IndiBlogger Weekly Diary for 2014! This week we look at the spirit of Christmas through the posts from our fellow bloggers, how the last week’s question on world peace opens a can of whoop ass, the mystery of the Hitler video and the Top 12 IndiBlogger posts for the year 2014 (one for every month)!

We were browsing for posts related to Xmas on IndiBlogger and I was pleasantly surprised to find quite a few on the subject from different perspectives. There were posts on Christmas fashion, travel, history, its tradition, et all. There were also some photo-posts on Christmas trees along with delicious sweets and savories of the season. Here’s a list of a few posts that you can check out!

Krishn & Christ– An interesting theory of sorts!

Merry Christmas – Some pics of a manger and a church decorated with Xmas lights.

What will Santa gift me this Christmas? – A bit about the relationship between gifts and Santa claus

A picture is worth a thousand words – (23) – It’s Christmas time!  – Some pics on decorations on an Xmas tree

Christmas – Childhood memories – A personal experience on memories of Xmas past!

Santa Wrapped My Year In A Travel Kit  – An interesting post on Xmas and travel

Holiday Cheer – A fashion statement!

When Santa disappeared from earth! – A story that give a bit of the ol’ reality check!

What joys will your Christmas bring? – An Xmas tree made entirely books? wot? :-)

Christmas Nail Art – You can make your nails feel the Xmas too!

Christmas tree alternatives – Some great decorative ideas

Christmas Special: Make snow fall on your blog! – An interesting way to make your blog feel the Xmas spirit as well!

A Letter to Santa – A neat piece of creative writing!

Christmas Recipes – Xmas Food!

DIY – Christmas Crib – A crib is something very few people have the time to make, but if you want to heres how you can get one done!

The Christmas Angel – Another creative piece on Xmas

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year – Bow barracks during Xmas

Dear Santa, thank you so much! – A personal experience on last years Xmas

There are many many many more .. and I am afraid this blog post is not big enough to cover them all but go ahead to browse and feel the excitement of an age-old tradition with a modern spin to it.

 

What’s up on Christmas?

Last week we asked what everybody really wanted to do this Christmas and here are the winners of a brand new IndiMug for that!

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The Big Question Last Week!

Ok, so we asked everyone what they thought of world peace! For a few, the response was, “WTF is world peace?!?”, some offered solutions such as inner peace, personal responsibility, breaking stereotypes and barriers; a majority seemed to think using religious principles was not an effective method for governance of a country. I agree to all of that!

Here’s what I think: I believe the capitalistic world that we live in is playing a major part in the slow progress that we are making towards peace. There are many people who don’t have the basic necessities in life. Money seems to be the only commodity that drives things on earth at the moment. You may have the worst personality known to man, but if you have cash, living on earth is rather easy. What if you don’t have any means and were born to a family that could not provide for you and you had to do it all on your own? You probably are susceptible to people using you for their own needs. I feel terrorism is no different, it preys on the vulnerability of a human soul, that dreams of a happy life and that one meal a day needed to survive. Religion sometimes preys on this very same need. “Come to my church/temple/mosque and I will give you rice and maybe a gun or a vest bomb if you are worthy”.

Most of the people who should be reading the thoughts that we write about on the internet don’t seem to have internet! I kinda like the Mark Zuckerberg principle of free internet for all. Freedom of being informed maybe our only hope of bridging the great divide that seems to be consuming everything in its path at the moment.

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….moving on to this week’s winners of the IndiMug!

 

 

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The mystery of the person in the purdah at the IndiBlogger Meet in Hyderabad!

OK! So a few people made guesses. Poonam made a couple. All wrong! :-). Heres the story: so the night before the IndiMeet, we got a bit sugar happy and decided that someone should be in a purdah at the event pretending to be Hitler in disguise. Before we knew it, Vineet Rajan was on his bullet, roaming the streets of Hyderabad, trying to find a purdah. The funny thing was, at the event, while he was running away when ‘spotted’, he rammed into a wall, cartoon style, because he couldn’t see through the veil! :-).

Err.. so no IndiMug on this for anyone :-(

Top posts on IndiBlogger for every month in 2014!

To compile this list, we took into consideration the popularity of the posts and the impression it made on readers.

Note: The time the post is submitted into IndiBlogger is taken into consideration and not the actual date of the post.

January 2014:

Biswas and her internal tussle with understanding where her blogging stands makes it to our top post in January. I have thought of unplugging and have done it before!

February 2014:

Saru Singhal and her intellectual post on the relationship between intelligence and knowledge takes the top spot in February.

March 2014:

Arti Shah and her ‘The Story of A Girl’ post for the British Airways contest on IndiBlogger makes it to the best post of March this year!

April 2014:

Joshi Daniel and his picture taken in the UAE is the first of two of his photo-posts that make it to this years list and it is indeed our top pick for April!

May 2014:

Bhavya Kaushik and his dark rendition of lovers is our best post for May 2014!

June 2014:

Anita and her dissection of virginity mixed in with Indian pop culture references is our top post for June this year.

July 2014:

Damayanti’s blog post recapping an experience at a writers conference is our pick for the top post in July!

August 2014:

Chaitali’s analysis on the core ideology behind writing and blogging is our best post for August this year!

September 2014:

Joshi Daniel’s powerful imagery and his ability to communicate intense feelings through a picture and a short description is an art form in itself. This one of a samosa seller seems to tell the story of a vendor anxious to sell his snack while its still hot!

October 2014:

Jahid Akhtar and his ‘See All, Tell All’ trip to Gangtok makes it to the best post of October.

November 2014:

Debajyoti Ghosh’s hysterical evaluation of the present commercialization of the Indian blogging scene makes it the best post of November.

December 2014:

Shweta Dave and her post on young love seduces its way to the top post this December

So those were what we think are the best posts for this year. I feel I wrote some good posts too but they didn’t bother to pick any! grrr…

 

The Question of the Week and the last question for the year 2014!

A lot of times I hear people say that the language is the most important thing when writing a post. There are others who say the experience or information that the post talks about matters more than the quality of the language. Let’s say a 10 year old writes a blog post on his experience in the school. We cant really expect Wren & Martin type English when they decide to pour out their feelings on their blog!

So, the question is, what matters more to you – the language or the experience? …and why? Talk to us! And you can win “Blog Now, Live Forever” IndiMugs. These mugs cannot be bought or won at any contest. You can only get them right here on our comments section! So shoot! :-)

The End is the Beginning is the End:

The title of the song from Smashing Pumpkins seems apt as life flows from one year into the other. I hope, for the most part, this year has been kind to you and your blog!

#FunFact: In the year 2014, the number of posts submitted to IndiBlogger is 1,12,109 so far! It has been an honor serving you.

We leave you with a video from the IndiVault taken at the Milaap IndiBlogger Meet last Christmas where the bloggers who attended sang The Twelve Days of Christmas. We hope you enjoy it. Until next year, keep the comments coming!

IndiBlogger Weekly Diary | Edition 3

Hello everyone! Welcome to another edition of the IndiBlogger Weekly Diary! This week we talk about IndiBlogger going dark, our view on “Is Blogging Dead?”, a kid on the IndiBlock making a big splash and a tribute to an IndiBlogger team member on his birthday.

Homepage

 

Considering that the human race just stooped to a new low this week, we decided to black out the banners on the home page and focus on the issue at hand. There were tweets from bloggers referencing posts on our twitter as well.

You can read all the blog-posts about #PeshawarAttack on IndiBlogger here.

Personally, I’d like to go at least one week without something messed up happening. Well, third week running and things around the world have gotten progressively worse!

From The IndiVault:

As for our hatred towards tyrants, I dug into the IndiBlogger vault and found an old video that we edited to be a parody of Hitler wanting to get into an IndiBlogger meet, twice! :-)  Watch the first video carefully and if you NAME THE PERSON in the ‘purdah’ at the end of the film, you can win yourself a mug!

 

 

 

 

 

Rising Like A Spire!

I was really happy to see what transpired on IndiSpire this week! No it wasn’t the topic, though it gave way to many interesting blog-posts. Shahen, who posted this topic, is under 14 yrs old if I am not wrong and I believe some of us may have met him at the BigRock IndiBlogger Meet in Mumbai. Well, he beat all you oldies and Ranjit’s “Weave a story on, rubbish” ploy! :-)

 

Shahen

IndiSpire

 

It simply reminded me of the power of being a blogger! Well done Shehan! :-)

You can support him  by writing for the topic. Relive your favorite movies and submit it to IndiSpire!

For me, my go to movie is Pulp Fiction! I just love the random dynamics of that movie, the engaging dialogues like ‘With sugar on top” , “Honey Bunny”, “Say that again M*** F***R!, I dare you, I double dare you!”… heh good fun! :-)

Here are some blog posts from this week’s IndiSpire:

Relive Moments Bollywood Ishtyle.

It’s All About That Friday..!!

First Day First Show

1000 Weeks Of Falling In Love

My 10 Anytime Watch list

Death Is Only The Beginning!

To answer last week’s ‘question of the week’, we wanted to understand the state of the blogosphere from some bloggers on IndiBlogger! Here are some excerpts of their conversation with us sometime back.

Tara Sharma, who has her very own show (http://tarasharmashow.com/) in its third season had this to say: “To be honest, in my case, my blog is very much alive and the start point of my show, which is based on my blog diary!.

Heck! I guess you can do anything with a blog these days! :-)

We asked Purba Ray and she had this to say – “Like any other relationship, your blog demands your attention and love. You either chicken out or give it your all. It takes a talented, motivated individual to maintain a successful blog”.

It’s like raising a chicken!

We asked Anshul Tiwari who writes at YouthKiAwaaz.com“Social networking and blogs play two very different roles. While social networks allow us to express ourselves to our friends and followers, a blog gives you the joy of being self-published and yet connect with friends and followers. For a writer, photographer or a filmmaker, a blog is the home base and social networks are the outposts where you promote the base and your identity.

I agree to this, profusely! :-)

Anuradha Goyal, who blogs at anuradhagoyal.com and has authored the book, The Mouse Charmers, points out a more philosophical truth, “Blogging is content and it will remain there for time to come. Over a period of time, blogs will become the chronicles of our times.

For everyone who has chronicled major events of their life in blog posts, this is time for goose bumps!

Having said all this, I feel what drives most bloggers to be loyal to blogging is the fact that it is the ultimate symbol of freedom of speech. As a blogger, you are the master, you are not bound by the terms and conditions of another website/service – you make your own rules! It is undoubtedly the greatest freedom you can have on the internet.

I do understand why some may think blogging is dead or on the verge of it. Blogging can sometimes be a thankless art. One looks for a lot of information on the internet these days and most don’t stop to thank the author. The fact is that blogging is alive and makes up a huge portion of the user generated content on the internet. Well you can also make a good living out of it!

Here are the winners of this weeks mugs!

Thank you for all your comments. There are many comments that should be getting mugs but alas, not enough mugs!

Vidya Sury: “As bloggers, we have the privilege of making our voices heard to a huge audience. We have the power to support a cause and bring significant changes in peoples’ lives. (INDICHANGE?) And while we’re at it, we have so much fun, making friends, connecting with people and heck, even making money! Blogging is the best of all worlds!”

Arti: “The reason why people say this is because most blogs start lacking any vision or purpose thereby attracting miserable readership forcing them to close down something that they once apparently loved. Question is: can we then conclude blogging is dead? Of course not! It just means blogging is not easy. The efforts, hard work, quality and dedication pumped in by the blogger is what makes a blog truly alive and kicking.”

Aseem Rastogi: “News outlets quote bloggers on various topics. Bloggers are called for movie launches, book launches, food tasting sessions, social causes, mobile launches, car launches and I can go on and on till the cows come home.

It just shows that the kind of importance bloggers are gaining with their thoughts and the written word. And this is where, they have the opportunity to shape the thinking of their audience and the world in general.”

Hrishi: “I think now, more than ever, bloggers are forming communities. Bloggers gravitate towards those whose thoughts and words they can relate to, across boundaries of geography and age. THe thoughts of one can influence so many others like a chain reaction or ripple effect, and it is this connection that is being used to share and spread awareness for the greater good.”

Holidays!

Holidays are here again! What is everyone up to for Xmas and New Years Eve this time around? I know most of us would probably have something lame planned, like going to church 😉 That aside, tell us what you really want to do this festive season – like a movie night, a club party, time with an annoying bunch of friends or alone time with some porn and biscuits or like Karthik who wants to dress up in drag; post your comments and you could win ‘Blog Now Live Forever mugs!

Karthik

But wait.. That’s not the question of the week!

The Wedding Singer!

Alright, so another one of the boys fell victim to a birthday. This time it was Nihal. I dug into the IndiVault and found a video taken a while ago on Nihal doing a face melting solo performance at a mutual friend’s wedding. Happy birthday Nihal! you are a very decent person apart from your pathetic online RTS gaming skills.

I enjoyed the live performance very much. The singing came second only to the sexy tone on my Fender acoustic guitar!

Question of the Week:

The ‘Question of the Week’ is where you can win IndiBlogger merchandise for your most intellectual thoughts!

This may sound like something you would hear in a Miss World Pageant, but in light of the events around us, the question is, “As a blogger, what is your solution for world peace?”. You can respond in the comments or if you prefer, through a blog post and post the link in the comments!

Thanks to everyone for reading! Until next week, at least, let’s try not to kill anyone.

IndiBlogger Weekly Diary | Edition 2

Welcome to another edition of our weekly diary! Well, this week everything was going hunky-dory on IndiBlogger and then this happened on IndiTalk.

IndiTalk

Like some chats have a ‘Buzz’ or a ‘Nudge’ that give the recipient’s computer a jolt, who knew ‘earthworms’ could serve the purpose just as well! If you haven’t sent one over to another blogger yet, you are doing it totally wrong! Head over to IndiTalk and do the deed while you talk about everything under the sun with other bloggers!

IndiSpire

 

Now that’s an apt topic on IndiSpire this week in light of the year ending. The topic was posted by Julekha Khatun. It was fun reading all the new year dump lists and by the end of it  I borrowed a few ‘things-to-dump’ from some of the blog posts and made a 5-pointer list of my own:

  • 2014 DUMPlings –  Stop procrastinating (I have already made progress on this one and hence this edition of the weekly diary has come well in time!)
  • Just Dump Them – Short temper (I don’t know if I can though .. I enjoy it too much..)
  • 10 Things I Will Dump This Year – Being Hyper (This I won’t even try .. my whole livelihood depends on me speaking before I think)
  • Dumping Decisions – The Closing-My-Home-to-Visitors Dump (I know that the IndiBlogger team really likes to do this, but don’t do it often enough. So I will give this one a shot ..everyone reading this blog is invited to my house :-) )
  • My To-Dump List – Blog design layout (This one is a big challenge for me but I guess it’s nice to change the appearance once in a while.. a fresh perspective, if you will!)

For more posts on this subject, head over to IndiSpire!

Alright! So there is an opportunity to visit Melbourne again on IndiBlogger. I saw an ad on yatra.com about their Melbourne package which cost about Rs 1,00,000 per person. That is a pretty significant investment so it might be a very worthy trip for someone.

Karthik on a plane

Oh well!

The last time folks from IndiBlogger went to Melbourne, it was Mohana and Arti who made the cut and going by their blog posts, they seemed to have had a pretty good time.

That reminds me to tell you that Arti’s blog recently celebrated its 5 year anniversary!  Big congratulations to her! Those of us who have completed 5 years or more of blogging, do give us a shout out in the comments. I guess for any endeavour, completing the first 5 years is a major landmark. At this point you are either very sure that you want to continue doing it or you would think of hanging up your boots already. The 10th year is a bigger test because so many things change in that much time. You may have the same passion for things that you did 10 years ago, but hey, you find that you are not 20 or 30 anymore! That can be a challenge at times but for those who continue to blog with perpetual passion, we salute you!

Moving on to a big discussion point of this week! I sometimes feel that we are getting too careless as a country and that the value of human lives is simply not our priority.

Here are some bloggers taking up the sword for what, at times, feels like an inevitable odd.

Delhi Retains Its Special Honour As The Rape Capital

Who is to be Blamed for Rapes in India?

Courage: Every Girl’s Hidden Power

Another Rape In The Capital City

Top 5 Cities in India with Highest Rape Crime Rate

Rape in Delhi By A Taxi Driver

Did We Learn Any Lesson From Badaun?

How Closing Down Uber Doesn’t Stop Rapes

Uber Needs to Own Up To Its Mistakes

Yet Again We Failed Nirbhaya

Uber Case – Rape Is Not A Mistake

Do add your point of view on the comments section of these blog posts. This will also encourage more people to really make something happen.

Talking about other things that bloggers did in the past week, something on Twitter recently got me into a state of an insatiable hunger and anguish.

@foodietweeter

Before this I didn’t know Biryani had layers. And this wasn’t one or two layers, it was 6 friggin of them. I tried mixing two different types of biryanis to get a semblance of peace but nothing seemed to come close to the idea that I had formed in my head of a six layered biryani. And so I write on… feeling more unsatisfied than ever.

Also, thanks everyone for saying so many nice things on the forum and Twitter about the IndiBlogger Weekly Diary. We are always keen to know your reaction to everything we do! Tweets, comments, blog posts, 6-layered biryani – you can show us your love anyway you want!

 

Now for the special edition mug winners and this week’s question!

Ok so last week we asked the readers to comment on this question.

“From your experience, do you think writing aggressive blog posts help in resolving and creating awareness on the situation or do the perpetrators usually profit from the bad publicity?”

One of my biggest learnings (not implemented yet) has been to state facts without the emotional wreck part. The challenge for me is to control myself from calling the perpetrator a F$##%^ and a D$^^#$ S%^$&^ publicly :-). Some comments say that blog posts that tell the factual story behind the experience are crucial to others not falling for the same fate.

Also Jaideep decided that he would go ahead and write a blog post on the topic (The clever young man that he is!). A novel idea. It becomes harder for me to reference each comment but in his case I can just add the link to his post on the subject.

All righty then, it’s time to announce the recipients of the ‘special edition’ IndiBlogger mugs!

 

  1. Vishal V Kale“focus on provable facts; or clearly write the words ‘opinion based on personal experience, justify with examples wherever possible

 

  1. Parichita Singh“So, I do believe that we should write our (honest) opinions, whether in favor or not, it really doesn’t matter.

 

  1. Jaideep Khanduja“There is a downside to this also. There are certain instances when such insulting posts are intentional with some wrong motives. But such posts do not get much attention and go to their natural early death

 

  1. Saket – “But take for example a few blog-posts containing negative reviews of a holiday-sharing company or an on-line retailer. It sure will drive away potential customers away.

 

  1. Shruti Fatehpuria – She was the first to comment as well. – “As long as we can put the facts straight and stay calm, we will be doing justice to the readers.

Congratulations :) Each of you has won a 2015 special edition IndiBlogger mug

 

 

 

The question for this week:

People ask us time and time again if ‘blogging is dead’. (I have no idea what rock they live under to think of something like this). So, the question is, “Is blogging alive and kicking today? What purpose do you think we, as bloggers, serve for ourselves and/or for the greater good?” Put your discussion down on the comments and we would love to hear your thoughts! And of course, more mugs up for grabs next week as well.

Thank you for reading through our weekly diary. We had a lot of fun going through your blog posts. If there is a blog post that you want us to see, submit it to IndiVine and tweet it! Until next time, it’s over to you!