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!
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.
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:
— Anupama/P&B (@divallista) March 13, 2015
— Jay (@iamjayneog) March 12, 2015
— Pragati (@KamalKitchen) March 15, 2015
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.
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.
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.
This is another topic on a selfless request by Aditya Dey to urge IndiBlogger members to review each other’s blogs and encourage them.
There is a lot of encouragement for newbie bloggers as Aersh Danish points out in this topic that helps break the ice.
The young ones have their own club with this topic; Young bloggers, I mean Teen, early twenty bloggers.. out here? by Jaynth Busi
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!
Hey and whatdayaknow!! The IndiBlogger Weekly Diary has a topic too! created by Tanishq
Ritu, on the other hand, with an army of smileys, just decides to go to the “Content and Inspiration” section and talk about DDLJ!
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.
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:
A post on Indian women and their leaders by Tomichan Matheikal
A post by Desh Kapoor with an analysis on the banned video:
A post on why rape jokes are not funny by Swati:
A post in Hindi on India’s daughter by Ashu from Kolkata
Is Gmail and Yahoo also going to be axed next?
An interesting analysis on Beef and its perception by Ramani
Roohi points out the Stairway to heaven in this post
Are you tired of BANS??? then you gotta read this by Chamatkar India
The mutinous Indian has an open letter:
Is the ban justified? A blogger uses her fashion blog to air her view.
A reaction to an age old prejudice with another open letter:
Another open letter :
Another post on BeefGate
Monsoon Breeze tries to understand the latest ban on beef
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:
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:
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!