Monday, June 18, 2007

BlogCampPune

Attended (and partly managed/mismanaged) BlogCampPune on Saturday. I am happy we organized an event for bloggers in Pune. This medium of expression and conversation has a lot of potential.

People often point out that individual blogs (those who rant about toothpaste and the like) are doing more harm than good by cluttering the internet. But I think otherwise. There are real gems written by people who have some meaningful stuff to share. But besides sharing, a blog is a medium for individual expression. It's like having a conversation in the ether... you are generally talking to anyone who is interested... and anyone who is interested responds back. Writing also has the potential to guide a person towards personal development. Blogging also enables grassroots journalism. So, all in all, I think blogging is an excellent medium, and I'm glad BlogCampPune happened.

Overall the unconference was pretty good. I admit, wi-fi sucked, as did the presentations by some people who did not realize that one does not do blatant advertising in an unconference. Next time... please sell your wares by empowering people and not by boring them :-)

Among the sessions, I enjoyed the talk by Melody, and the discussion on old vs. new media. Some interesting thoughts there.

CNBC interviewed me, but I have no clue when they will air the 2 minute snippet.

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