Blog for the quick fame.

P3P (page 3 people) is an old-age term now. ‘Blogger’ is in. So if on one hand the term got popular, on the other hand the fights between bloggers became more prevalent. Realistically speaking, the addition of the word to English dictionary is not that new. Blogging existed since 1994 but the word became more widespread as internet became more and more popular. RediffBlogs played a big role in getting blogs accepted in India when they came up with their blogging platform. I still remember early days of 2003, when I somehow landed to this blogsphere and met lot of interesting bloggers from India and other parts of the world. The popular blog sites during those days were Typepad, Blogspot & Sulekha - to some extent. Movable Type (MT) came after that, followed by WordPress.The trend of owning a space to blog was on the verge of getting accepted and has become very common now as more and more people realize the impact a blog can make. Different controversies had their role in awakeing the Indian blogosphere, like IIPM Case, where one Blogger had to quit his job at IBM, and another blogger Varna got a legal notice. Consequently, bloggers like Kaps took the initiative to fight against IIPM and the other bloggers added fuel to the fire by blogging more.

Different kinds of issues and calamities also helped, in a way, bloggers to blog as much as possible. A lot of us are already familiar with Desipundit which is omnipresent with the best of Indian blogs. Blogging is about posting huge amount of information (bloggers’ views, blog readers comments and links to connects with rest) on any issues - from a C grade film to “Why bush did this”, “Tsunami causes” to “Mumbai blasts victims”, “home fights” and “love stories”. The presence of a good repository of poems and photography (Flickr that made the life easy for every Digi cam holder) and the existence of myspace and other social networking sites on the internet made life easier for avid bloggers. And with all this Techo guys became more geek and non-techie became more technically sound.

I remember when I attended the 1st Delhi bloggers meet in early 2004, there were around 22 bloggers (almost everybody in the group turned up for the event though it required a lot of effort). One of our meets got some coverage in the newspapers and we were on Times of India. Another DBM meet last November saw a Times of India journalist to spy on what do actually bloggers do in these meets. I believe few items in the agenda were to find out the most popular blogger or to find out if only software guys maintain blogs. From that time to till date almost 12 meets have happened. The number of bloggers attending these meets falls down number of times. Our last meet that had 3 people from BBC gave our group lots of popularity and made many bloggers to attend the event. This gave birth to a new concept - of calling a guest (someone quite known) blogger in these meetups. For example, in this 12th DBM Joshua (also member) was expected and around 22 blogger turned up except him.

I was absent this time. And when I asked people about the meet, a few (without taking their name) told you did not miss much. And at the same time, I read reviews with people saying, “absent bloggers - you missed a lot”. But how can I forget a statement by a blogger friend, who after attending the last meet said - I am not going to come for such events in future. It�s always the same. So the question is when there is a popularity of such event, people love to be part of bloggers meet even though internally they feel its more like a socializing meet. And you expect to meet new friends and on getting chances, you mingle up. There are a few bloggers who write to impress their girlfriends or make a impression amongst their friends’ circle. There are others who do a more professional job to prove their technical superiority over others at their work-place.

Coming back to latest DBM, some bloggers who quit the group just recently made a re-entry through this blog meet. What could be the reason? I asked and found nothing much other than “meeting friends” (whom they are in touch) as the reason. So is the agenda of meets really this?

A funny thing is the existence of 2 DBM (Delhi Bloggers meet) groups. Why did they never become one? And what were the issues that rose up for registration and most important what about those bloggers’ opinion who joined both the groups? Is there any difference. Infact both groups organize their meets around same dates (one was on Saturday & other on Sunday). Is it also a propaganda for catching attention?Who are the people who actually do the politics? This blog politics is much more visible if you observe it closely. And everyone is free here, with no one to command or rule. Is blogging more about linking each other � “you wrote this & that” and “Now I will see you in the blog battle-field!”There are more and more portals promoting blogs - recently Sunsilk (a shampoo brand) introduced new website, and a News channel came up with Blog feature. Companies from big names like TIS to startups are promoting corporate blogging. And some of them say that they even look for employee�s blogs for a reference-check. So, if HR is paying attention to your personal views and professional choices through your blog, who wouldn�t like to be a famous blogger? Getting fame by blogging about controversial topics or making an issue out of nothing is also not too rare. I read few mails in my blogger group where someone claimed about gaining popularity - by being on news channel as the leader and talking about each & every issues of interest to either self or others.

Diverting a huge amount of traffic could be done either through a good blog post or by picking up a current subject and talking just the opposite of what others are saying (as in the example few days back when some of blogs were banned in India). Bloggers were upset. Some went to IHC, talked about petition and got media coverage. On the other hand, there were a few who supported the decision taken by Indian Govt. on the banning of blogs and got a bit of argument going in their post. After all, there aren’t many who would be supporting the system when it was evident that there were a lot of people opposing a decision by a corrupt system.

And bloggers are earning a lot too - read here for a very good example. And don't forget to check Hugh’s cartoons. Hugh 's cartoon on blog & money.

Lots of bloggers already mentioned about the different ways to attract more traffic, the general etiquette of commenting, and how to write good post etc. Here is something similar about if want to be popular. You might be following few of them already!

Blogger�s popularity tools :

Blog popularity tools

Subjects- news, issues, general etc.
Bloggers their popularity level, link to old written blogs.
Countries From Pakistan, China even region (like Kashmir) specific.
Tag Easy to google out.

Presentation use of graphics, photos, italics & underlines also.
Blog URL the punch line, title of each blog post.
Other medium- where they talk about own blog- emails, chat, forums etc.

Blog Culture

XI th DBM (Delhi Bloggers Meet) with BBC. Yeah, three people (Bill, Julian, Gareth) from BBC, UK came to India. Bill is one of the Britain’s leading authority on blogging and Net activism and advises the EU. He also writes a column for BBC’s website. While Julian is broadcast journalist & producer of the BBC world programme Digital Planet and Gareth is the presenter of same show.
Then there were regular DBM members along with lots of new members and very old members, coming from 1st DBM that happened in 13th January, 2004. Like Twilight Fairy, she is regular from very 1st DBM meet.

Initial DBMs used to be about photography or discussing given issues or just for the sake of a meet but this DBM was special as we were talking about the Indian blogging scenario in a global context. How more & more people are being aware of Blog ( as you might know the percentage of internet user in India is less compare to USA & UK internet population, now imagine the time they spend on internet specially for blogging). We talked about personal stuff writing bloggers to professional & corporate bloggers. How now a days bloggers started making money by using blogging as a source of income and how effective is cyber journalist.
Some issues like accessibility etc were also discussed. What bloggers blog about – Is it good to give links to others websites or jotting down own original thoughts about an issue. How long they remain an active member, the frequency of their posts.
I came back quite early so I missed the 2nd half. More reviews should be on the other DBM members’s blogs.

Here are some of captured moments at India Habitat Centre, 6th may, 06, 6:30 pm onwards.

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