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!
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.
….moving on to this week’s winners of the IndiMug!
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.
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!
Saru Singhal and her intellectual post on the relationship between intelligence and knowledge takes the top spot in February.
Anita and her dissection of virginity mixed in with Indian pop culture references is our top post for June this year.
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!
Debajyoti Ghosh’s hysterical evaluation of the present commercialization of the Indian blogging scene makes it the best post of November.
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!