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.

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 :-D

 

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

thewritejourney.in/why-you-wouldnt-catch-me-arguing-over-pk/


 

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 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.

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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

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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!

State of the Indian Blogosphere

For some, blogging is a job like any other. But for many, it is a way of life. And their personalities are reflected in their content. Like-minded readers find the bloggers that share the same interests by searching for them. For instance, a person looking for a week- end of adventure will find such con- tent from a person with similar inter- ests.

Most content that finds its way to the Internet owes its origins to a blog- ger. Blogs are one of the oldest forms of social communication online, hav- ing made their advent in the late 90s. Blogs are distinguished by their fre- quent posts, written in a casual man- ner, and by the way they reflect their author’s persona. The degree of inter- action between the bloggers and the readers is high, making a blog a topic- specific network.

The growth of blogging as a medi- um has encouraged many businesses to integrate blogging into their mar- keting models. Bloggers are brands in themselves. Most  have  some  core expertise that people relate to. Some feature short stories or poems while others write about domains that a large number of people are interested in,  like travel, food  or  technology. There  are  many  who  write  about their real life experiences as well. The topics range from the best home rem- edy for a common cold to more seri- ous topics such as dealing with can- cer and domestic issues among oth- ers. Some bloggers like to spread the word on new things all the time and keep their blogs updated with the lat- est trends – and this is useful to brands. For example, on a good blog, a new restaurant would benefit from a blogger’s  experience of the  food. Any hungry soul looking for food on a weekend has a good chance of find- ing this restaurant through an Internet  search based on his cuisine choice and location. This holds good for any experience like buying mobile phones to housing developments.

Evolution of blogging in India

In 2009, IndiBlogger, a blog promo- tion  and  networking  platform  that hosts   the   largest  community   of Indian  bloggers, surveyed the state of the  blogosphere in the  country, and  found  a  nascent  but  growing medium.  Since that first survey, the blogosphere has come a long way in India,  evidenced by the  growth  in registered  bloggers on  IndiBlogger itself, where membership  has seen an  increase by 450 per  cent  since 2009. In India, blogs have been the fast- est-growing medium across the web with an increase of 11.6 million read- ers (a 48I per cent increase) between March 2012 and March 2013 (com- Score), taking the total blog viewer- ship to 35.9 million readers.

Global versus Indian

Even though the world wide web is global and common to all, the blog- ging scene in each part of the world is unique.  This is because most blog- gers write about their own eco sys- tem. Blogs in different languages all over the  world cater  to  a different audience. In India  blogging in lan- guages like Hindi  is  very popular. There are some areas where bloggers compete on a global stage — technol- ogy, travel and  news in  general to name  a few. One  unique  aspect of India is the diversity, which is well reflected in all its blogs considering the languages and culture.

Comparing  presentation   styles, 79 per cent of all Indian bloggers use text compared to 74 per cent world- wide; but only 6 per cent Indian blog- gers use photography compared to 44 per cent worldwide (source: Technorati 2013 Digital Influence Report, Page 20). Couple of major differences was on the use of social networks and monetization.  Twitter is  more  popular  with  bloggers in India, while Facebook leads world- wide. 86  per  cent  Indian  bloggers compared to worldwide average of 64 per cent have tried to monetize their blogs in  some  form  or  the  other. Indian  blogs also scored higher  in driving  buying decisions at  56 per cent of readers compared to 31.1 per cent of the worldwide average. (Source: Technorati 2013 Digital Influence Report, Pages 16, 25)

The Indian Blogosphere

In a joint survey with BW Businessworld undertaken in January

2014, IndiBlogger set out to find the latest in blogging trends.   We found that it is gaining importance with more experiences and opinions being sought out every day as people look for answers to many questions that affect their  lives. With  social net- works providing a very good foil for bloggers to  promote  their  writing, their numbers are growing.

When we contrasted the findings from our 2009 survey with the 2014 results, we found that the gender ratio of bloggers had improved from 22 per cent to 25 per cent; and Bangalore still leads with the most number of blog- gers, but Mumbai has now become the second largest, beating Chennai which held the second spot in 2009. We’ve also seen a healthy growth in Indic blogs  (Blogs in  Indian  languages). From 8 per cent of the overall share then, it is now at 12 per cent. The share of Hindi in the category of Indic blogs has fallen to 43 per cent compared to 52 per cent then which has been driven by Tamil, Marathi and Telugu.

Here  are key findings from  the 2014 survey, juxtaposed  with  findings from IndiBlogger’s own surveys conducted in 2012 and 2009.

Demographics

In our survey, we found that close to 75 per cent of all bloggers were male.

This could be explained because of the skewed ratio of women using the internet in the country, which stands at  39 per  cent,  according  to  com- Score data. English continues to dominate  as the language of choice although there has been a healthy growth  of 12 per  cent  of regional Indian  languages from 2012. Hindi still forms the major chunk with 43 per cent of all Indian  blogs (5 per cent of all blogs) followed by Tamil at 23 per cent which forms 2.7 per cent of all blogs.

Indian blogs by language, regional langua blog

Blogs by language

The majority of bloggers fall in the  25-  to  35-year-old  age group followed by  18-  to  25-year  olds. This is in line with the overall inter- net subscriber age group representation, where 25- to 34-year-olds makes up for the biggest chunk at 39 per cent.

Indian bloggers by age

Bloggers by age

Going by the number of bloggers from a particular geographical location,  Bangalore leads  amongst  the cities, thanks  to a huge number  of technology  bloggers,  followed  by Mumbai which mostly attributes  to lifestyle, fashion, beauty and  enter- tainment  blogs. Amongst non-met- ros, Ahmedabad leads the pack with most registered blogs.

Indian bloggers city-wise

Bloggers by city

What are bloggers talking about?

The most blogged-about subject cat-egory has been Food and Drink fol-lowed by Travel, for the period 2008 to 2013. Technology, Personal Care, Books and  Fashion have also been seeing a steady flow of posts from the bloggers, driven primarily by the strong marketing and PR spends by various brands.

 

Most blogged about topics by Indian bloggers

Most blogged about topics by Indian bloggers

Compared  to  2012, the  fastest- growing categories have been Health, which grew at 90 per cent, Elections at 83 per cent, owing to the general elections and the run up to it involv- ing major parties and Prime Ministerial candidates. For the first time, campaigning was heavily sup- ported  on  social  media  including official blogs followed by Gadgets at a close third at 81 per cent growth over the previous year.    Family and Parenting  saw a healthy growth  of over 50 per cent, which was driven by the  growth  of  bloggers in  the  age group of 35 years and above.

Increase in blogging by category

Increase in blogging by category

 

Device used to blog by Indian bloggers

Device used to blog

 

Use of social networks

A steadily increasing number of blog- gers are using social networks to pro- mote their blog’s content, improving their networking quotient. It comes as no surprise that a whopping 44 per cent of Indian bloggers use Twitter to promote their blogs. The reason why Twitter is higher than Facebook could be because it allows bloggers to track and measure effectiveness. Secondly, Facebook is  a  closed network,  but Twitter is not which is why it gains preference, being more search-friend-ly. Facebook followed second with 28 per cent which was driven by bloggers using Fan Pages to reach their read- ers. However with the introduction of embeddable posts from Facebook, there has been an increase of 59 per cent from 2012 for Facebook which allows them  to  cross post  to  their respective blogs.

Use of social networks by Indian bloggers

Use of social networks by Indian bloggers

Change in social networks used by Indian bloggers

Change in social networks used by Indian bloggers

Adoption of Pinterest still remains low at 8 per cent, but it saw the high- est  growth  amongst  all social net- works from 2012 at a fantastic 118 per cent. Pinterest has gained immense popularity because the use of images drives home  the  content posted by many Food, Lifestyle, Travel and Fashion bloggers. The use of LinkedIn is still low at 6.4 per cent because business networking via blogs has not caught on in a major way yet.

Monetisation and revenue from blogs

  • 86 per cent bloggers monetize in some way or the other. 76 per cent blogs use some form of an ad network in an effort to gen- erate revenue. The major share still belongs to Google Ad Sense at 95 per cent because of ease of setup on  Google hosted  blogs which hold the majority market share on
  • 56 per cent  of  all  bloggers strongly believe that their blogs influence buying decisions which also means that a major- ity of bloggers blog about brands, products and services.
  • 22 per cent of the bloggers write about their professions.
  • 45 per cent approached by brands or agencies mainly because blogging is increasingly been seen as mainstream media platforms.
  • Amazon.com/amazon.in  leads the affiliate program with a 64 per   cent   share   followed  by Flipkart  at  31 per  cent  share. Only 8 per cent of all blogs use an affiliate marketing program. But we expect this to go up con- siderably with  the  increase of e-commerce and growth in reach.
Monetization of blogs in India

Monetization of blogs

Platforms, analytics and the ecosystem

Although  the  majority  of  bloggers use a desktop; the advent of smart- phones clearly made a mark with 24 per cent of the bloggers using a smartphone to publish content. Interestingly, only 3 per cent blogged from a tablet but we expect that to increase.

Chrome is the browser of choice for most bloggers with a 50 per cent of them using it. Google’s blogspot. com holds around 63 per cent Indian blogs.

Ad networks used by Indian bloggers

Ad networks used

Google Analytics continues to be the most popular tool bloggers use to study and  understand  their  readers with a share of 68 per cent. This is driven by the strong ecosystem Google has built  for  bloggers with Chrome, BlogSpot and Google Analytics.

Blogging platforms used by Indian bloggers

Blogging platforms used

 

Blogging habits, style, management and presentation The majority of bloggers continue to blog articles, but 44 per cent indicat- ed that they have used videos in their blogs.  One fifth of all bloggers use poetry, short  stories and  photos  to present their content. This could be attributed to increase in creative writ- ing  and  more  bloggers aspiring  to become  published  authors.  35  per cent have published guest blog posts on their own blog which shows how bloggers have also been actively net- working with each other. 43 per cent link to other relevant blogs from their own site to share readership.

Blog Traffic Sources by Indian bloggers

Blog Traffic Sources

60 per  cent of the  traffic to  all blogs comes from either search engines or from immediate followers. This can be attributed to the growing search traffic which grew at 28 percent over the past year at 67.5 million making India the 4th  largest in search volumes, according to comScore data.

Most blogs continue to be man- aged individually although we have been seeing a growth in multi-author blogs (MABs). We see this number going up because more bloggers are entering  the  professional  blogging space which needs higher number of contributors to present up-to-date news and information.

A quarter  of the bloggers enjoy the  anonymity  that  blogs have  to offer that  comes from only sharing non-personal information. Indian bloggers are an active lot with  59 per  cent  blogging at  least once in a month.   One third of the blogs received high  interaction  on their blogs with over 5 or more comments from readers.

State of the Blogosphere is a joint survey done by BW | Businessworld and blog promotion  and  networking  platform  IndiBlogger.in. The survey was conducted between December 2013 and  January 2014. The data has been col- lected from a sample of 35,464 human-verified blogs from the IndiBlogger.in database. 1059 bloggers on the IndiBlogger network also responded to a questionnaire of 12 queries which helped in the understanding of specific behavioral characteristics. The study also includes 318,059 blog posts submitted on IndiVine™ since 2008 to understand blogging behavior, categories, topics and writing styles.

Blogging to build your personal brand

 

 

Blogging to build your personal brand

This article appeared in Life 365, 13th March 2013.

Write now

Hindustan Times, Mumbai, January 13, 2013

Get Published - HT Cafe, Mumbai, 13th Jan, Page 8

Be it through candid blog posts or publishing houses, the one thing every writer dreams of is to see their work being read by the rest of the world. And now, to aid this dream, HarperCollins India and blogging forum IndiBlogger are coming together, to launch a unique initiative that will give Indian bloggers a chance at getting their work published. The bloggers on the IndiBlogger.in network are being invited to share their experiences under the theme of real love stories, and the best that are shortlisted will be published by HarperCollins later this year.

Read the rest of this article here, and check out GetPublished now!

Delay in moderation

Those of you who registered with us over the past four days may face a delay before your blog gets listed in the directory. We are all out of office as Anoop (the guy who demonstrates the jig at the IndiBlogger meets) got married yesterday. Rest assured, things will be back on track by Thursday.

As for Anoop – a hearty congratulations goes out to him and Diana from the IndiBlogger team!