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BlogCamp Mumbai – So how was it?

Okay, this is gonna be a quick post as I am running out of time.. I reached the place bit late.. (all because the sleepless night haha).. reached at around 11.30 AM or so… was not so comfortable in the beginning as the sessions were not kind of going as they were supposed to..

No, I am not talking about the management, I am talking about the guys who were on  the center stage.. for example, someone had a session on security of the blog. Some security guy was talking about it.. when I first heard about it, I quickly rushed in the room thinking there will be “interesting” thing about security there..

The guy started off with importance of latest version software and all.. I was hoping the session to go bit more in detail about the person just played around there only and did not explain what all can be done if the blog is not secured.. I was actually hoping for some kind of live example.. but nothing of that sort was illustrated. Actually, couple of guys from backseat tried to divert the discussion somewhere else, and infact it worked too.

Okay, time for another session.. some guy spoke something about how to blog successfully. (some blog system and all that..) but he failed to be on the point, he was more into, what is required to run a successful blog instead of showing how to do it. (Yea, I know, he did say about some 3 options but that was not enough at all)

Then there was some session on Podcasting, I did not attend the whole session as I personally found it bit not my types..

Okay, then we had a lunch break.. great food.. I must say..

So after the lunch, I was hoping for some better session and actually we had couple of good sessions.

The first one was from some Sulekha.com guys (who were claiming to be normal users using Sulekha as blogging platform). They were trying to explain how blog helps to make friends on the net but I guess it did not work. They got lost in themselves and left everyone confused. haha I remember, I was looking at Tarun with that funny look, saying what is happening man.. haha

Okay, then we had a session on Hindi Blogging, it was pretty good.. liked the guy.. nice topic.. we discussed about the advantages and disadvantages of blogging in regional language and all. It was pretty good.

Then Karmveer came forward and discussed about how he makes 53K USD a month from 200 odd websites.. (Yea, the guess is right.. all those non human sites and all) That session was actually good… we had a good argument over TLA and all.

Then we had a session from Tarun, I missed half of it due to an urgent phone / hunger call.. haha Also discussed some stuff with couple of SEO guys out there..

Okay, I got back and Tarun’s session was still going on.. it was actually very interesting, he spoke about personal blogging and all. It was more of a discussion than the session.

Ok, the last session, it was by 2 SEO guys, If my memory goes in the right path, their names were Ashwin and Mani. They had a good session but again, I personally felt, the were more into what is SEO rather than explaining how to do it. But yea, we had a good discussion there too.

I guess, that’s it. Met few net friends and Blogcamp friends.. Aseem, Amit, Tarun, Hitesh, Sakshi, Meetu, Brajeshwar, Mehul and Nishit.. loved it, had a good fun. Much better than Pune Blogcamp that we had last year..

Great work and three cheers to all the organizers.

Update: Oops, just realized that, it was not a quick short post anymore…. Okay, gotta run.. wifey is waiting…

13 Comments

  1. Tried calling you Deep, you never answered 🙂

    I was there too, met a lot of cool guys.. I’ve known them for a while now, but met for the first time.

  2. Hi Deep,

    Just like you have problems with the sessions, I have problems with your post.

    Firstly, the grammar and style is poor, such that it doesn’t lend itself to reading. You are quite obviously not an experienced writer. I mean what on earth is ‘Had a good fun’????

    The point I’m trying to make is that just like your blog was created without preparation or expertise, so were/ are the sessions at an unconference. Have you heard the saying,” People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones at others?” You probably wouldn’t have…:)

  3. Samir – Thanks for the feedback, about the grammar.. I am not actually any English professor who will take care of the grammar every now and then. The posts are more like a person talking to other.. so I really do not care much about the grammar.. but yea, I make sure that it is understandable by people.

    About creating the blog without preparation or expertise.. I would like to quote your saying to you..

    “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones at others?”

    I know how to take care of my blog and what all to take care, So, I would not like some 3rd party telling me what to do and what not to do. Period.

    About the preparation at unconferences – Actually that’s the fun part of unconference, you just have to go ahead and speak out. But the point here is, some of the guys came forward which was good… but they missed the point of whole session, which was not good.

    About people in the glass house thing.. actually I quite disagree with that. When a person goes to watch the movie, he has right to review it or express his views. You just can’t say that, you need to direct the movie to review it haha.. anyways, I had already spoken at Blogcamp Chennai 2 years back..

    cheers
    Deep

  4. Also, Samir, you should think about unmasking your real identity.. lol your google.com mail just bounced back… haha (He had subscribed to the post)

  5. Nice summary for a guy like me who went mid way.
    But it would certainly add to the vale if you tried to remember the names of the guys who took session (and maybe linked to them from the barcampmumbai wiki)
    the security guy was Rahul and the how to create a great blog etc guy was ankush kothari, podcasting was by aditya (indicast.com)
    Lunch was….. ok maybe nit this 😛

    I think your write as if you were speaking style is petty decent.

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  7. Hey Deep,

    Well your posts are always great to read. You dont have to correct the grammar in them to make your point. As long as you got it right. And you obviously have bro.

    Well did someone at the barcamp say that you need not be a good writer to be a good blogger? May be our dear Samir didnt make it for that session or was busy analysing the sentence construction of the speakers rather than listening to their points.

    Personally I just loved to interact and listen to everyone at the barcamp. Bus as far as the sessions went, most of them were simply beating around the bush and fairly below the mark. Maybe because of the “super-inteligent auidence” taking the discussion for a ride or maybe because of the little time the speakers had at hand. But yes they very much missed the point of the discussion over and over again…

    Anyways it was great to meet you there… hopefully we can catchup more often. Keep writing they way you do… you dont need to change. But obv no harm if you do :).

    Regards
    Aseem N

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