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Opening WordCamp Mumbai 2014 With A Snapshot of Digitalia

I attended my first WordCamp over the weekend. I also had the privilege of opening the event with the first talk.

Analog-banner

WordCamp is an informal conference that brings together the WordPress community – developers, designers, consultants and users. It is organised locally and happens in 172 cities around the world, each one with its own unique flavour. I’ve attended BarCamps and hosted & helped organise BlogCamps. So I was intrigued by an event centered around WordPress, a service that has been my companion through most of my journey from blogger to Content Specialist.

I have always been technology-agnostic. Technology has powered much of what I do and I enjoy the perks of a digitally enhanced life. But I don’t like to concern myself with the how and why it works as much as what it can do for me. WordPress has been one of those tools that have let me play in the content space without needing to know the nuts-and-bolts of coding and other digitalia. As a power user of WordPress, I figured that the ways I wielded the tools would be of interest to the people instrumental in building them. So I refuse to pick a side in the raging debate between developers and users. Both groups are creators, one of content, one of the technology that makes it possible. The developers’ work facilitates users; users’ needs define the developers’ existence. Thus, my talk revolves around looking at the bigger picture – Digitalia, this parallel universe that we all inhabit and help each other navigate. It was called ‘An Analog in a Digital world’. The presentation is up here and you can view the video here. Or see them both together below:

 

This session segued naturally into Rina Chaddwa‘s talk on ‘WordPress for dummies’  and Karthik Magapu‘s session on GPL Licenses. Post that, the sessions got progressively more technical, ranging from coding nitty-gritty to theme acceptance to plugin development. Annkur completed the two-day event with a talk that brought it out of the strictly technical again – ‘No SEO‘.

I felt at sea with many of the terms being thrown about here (GitHub? GPL? Anchor text spam wot???). But I think it was an important weekend for me, in order to understand better what goes on under the hood of this service that houses my digital presence and work. That I believe, is the purpose of community events such as this, for the different factions to better relate to each other. I had a great time and I hope to be a bigger part of the WordPress community from now on. I would also love to see more bloggers/content users participate in future WordCamps.

A big thank you to Aditya Kane and Alexander Gounder for organising the event and for guiding my talk!

You can find conversations around this event at  and join the Facebook community here.

Here are some other accounts of this session:

Ustadspeak on PriceBaba

Annkur Agarwal (of OnlyGizmos fame) has a new venture. PriceBaba is your one-stop shop for price comparisons. Currently they’re addressing the mobile phone market in Mumbai but there might be bigger plans in the pipeline. So if you’re phone shopping, don’t bother scheduling long hours trekking between shops to check out the best prices. Just ask PriceBaba.

Annkur wanted an interesting mascot who could encapsulate the mood & services of PriceBaba. I came up with Ustad and a few stories that would show what he does. Ustad is a street-savvy guy who’ll pull you out of your dilemma and help you figure out just how much you should be paying. Nishith Mehta took that idea and created the visual & comic panel artwork.

Here is Ustad in his final avatar on the PriceBaba site now:

Ustad speaks to housewives too!

The BarCamp Mumbai 8 Round-Up

I spent yesterday at Barcamp Mumbai 8. This has been my first unconference in nearly 2 years. My last Barcamp was over 4years ago, overrun by techie discussions and only drew me because it had a teensy segment for bloggers. BlogCamp evolved as an offshoot of that.

Yesterday was a pleasant return. For one, the event that usually struggles on time, breezed through the multiple sessions, speakers and classrooms easily. There were 4 classrooms in the ultra-posh Mukesh Patel ….. The wiki was flowing with colourful post-its even at 10:15 a.m., which is when I got there. And most delightfully, the subjects spanned a diverse range of intellectual tools, hobbies & interests & scientific applications in fun real life ways. One had to be truly ruthless to pick sessions to attend since there were so many good ones, several happening simultaneously.

Off the top of my head, these are the ones I attended:

Interesting titbits from the day:

I entered Rehab’s session late, having misread the wiki schedule. It was interesting and fun, though occasionally highjacked by someone who claimed that genocide made him happy. Quick tip – if you’re demonstrating or talking without a powerpoint, avoid the big conference room. The larger crowd is harder to maintain & engage. Rehab did a great job though and showed off a mind technique that will help anyone from an artist to an executive stuck in a business dilemma.

Harrish is always entertaining and touching in equal parts. His first talk was about the film AMEN being denied a certificate by the censor board and he did a superb job of bringing out the inconsistencies in their policies. His second talk though, was the one that really had people talking. He was speaking of how gay people are treated in India, when partway through, he was interrupted by a very fervent member of the audience who insisted that,

“According to Hinduism, you can only have sex with your wife, inside a closed room. Only after marriage and only for procreation, not for fun.”

The uproar that followed had to be taken out into the corridor to make way for the next speaker. The episode illustrated one of the reasons that unconferences are a great way to seed ideas, bring out thoughts and get people talking, sometimes about controversial and difficult topics.

My session on ‘Social Content’ happened on the fly. It’s been years since I spoke completely extempore, as I did yesterday and it was a great experience. I was actually hoping to create interest for my upcoming series of blogging workshops, beginning with ‘Unboggle The Blog‘. But instead, I found myself naturally touching on several related but disjointed thoughts about this space. My 20 minute, stream-of-consciousness ramble imitated the way we consume and add to social content, on our Facebook Walls, our Twitter timelines and all out other channels of social media. I touched on the artificiality of traditional media, social media as an extension of normal, human behaviour, how trolls are mirror daily social miscreants experimenting in their own ways and that we’re all creators & consumers of social content. Here’s the talk:

I missed the #TWSS talk by Aditya Sengupta since the room was so packed that even the door couldn’t be opened. From what I hear, it was a tongue-in-geek demonstration of an algorithm used to generate and viral #TWSS (That’s what she said). But the geek in me found a corner in Anubha Bhat’s talk on diagnosing bipolar disorders using algorithms.

I’m not going to dwell on how great it was to catch up with old friends again, since that’s a given in any gathering. Yesterday was more than just friends catching up and people networking. It really was a meeting of minds, a true sharing of ideas. A big thank you to the Barcamp team for pulling off such a great day!

BarCamp Mumbai On 19 Feb @ MPSTE, VileParle West

All of 2011 went by without my being able to be part of a single unconference. Which is why I’m really looking forward to this weekend. Sunday, 19th February 2012, will see the first BarCamp Mumbai of 2012.

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For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of unconferences, these are completely democratic gatherings of minds, coming together to share and discuss their ideas on various things. BarCamp in its early days, was an open forum on technology, especially the IT & networking end of it. BlogCamp emerged as a specialized community from within the BarCamp framework. This space has seen much discussion and evolution through the course of various BlogCamps.

I’m going to be attending a BarCamp after nearly 4 years. The agenda has evolved considerably, to keep up with what’s hot and new in thinking minds. A quick look at the sessions list promises that the day will touch on restaurant reviewing, origami, online communities, yoga, urban commuting and graphology among other things. These will continue to be added on, as more participants sign up.

Here are the things you can do at BarCamp:

  • Listen to speakers talk about their pet subjects
  • Interrupt with questions, opposition or related thoughts
  • Juggle between sessions, rooms & speakers, walking in and out whenever you like
  • Hear your favorite temperamental blogger speak
  • Talk about something that you like
  • Connect with other people with similar interests, tastes or opinions
  • Have a lot of fun!

And just in case you missed the bold, underlined hint above, I’m going to be addressing a session on something close to my heart these days – Social Content. 🙂

Here are the details:

BarCamp Mumbai February 2012

Date: Sunday, 19 February 2012
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Place: Mukesh Patel School of Technology, Management and Engineering,
Along the Mithibai-NM college road, Vileparle West, Mumbai
Facebook: Confirm your attendance and invite others.
Wiki: Register your session and check out the agenda so far.

Mood Indigo-BlogCamp Dec 2010: Visual Blogging, Quality versus Quantity, Travelogues & More

On the coldest day of the season (according to the news), I stuck one toe out of my cozy blanket and groaned. “But it’s a Sunday!” Of course, since I’ve quit my daily job, every day could be a Sunday. But still…it’s the principle of the thing! By the time I’d washed my face, better mood set in as I remembered, “It’s BlogCamp!” Annkur was already at the other end of my phone line, brimming with all the energy of his (annoyingly) 20-something self and asking when I’d get there.

The best part about getting out early on a Sunday morning is the lack of traffic. I made the hours-long journey in 25 minutes flat, counting the autorickshawalla abruptly stopping mid-road to go pee. When I raged at Moksh about the weakness of male bladders, he chuckled and said, “The question to ask is why does this always happen to you??!” Good humour indeed, considering he had travelled through the night and just hopped off a train and I can’t accuse him of the same (annoying) youthfulness of Annkur. *evil smirk*

The last unorganizer, Netra was (hopefully) comfortably ensconced in the family home, following a bout of illness. We missed her even before the event began. And finally, our official partner BlogAdda were represented by Nirav Sanghvi.

The IIT campus was brimming with the usual high energy of a student community and trebled by the preparations for what they’re calling Asia’s biggest youth festival. Getting a BlogCamp fit into the Mood Indigo schedule was indeed, a coup de grace. (Pause to pat collective selves on back). I left behind the Mumbai dust and grumpiness at the gate with the security guards as I hurried into the lush greenery of IIT. The School of Management was home to the original BlogCamp, which started off as one room tossed out by the Barcampers to us low-lifers called bloggers. And to underline the nostalgia rush, I spotted Meetu (of WOGMA fame) entering at the same time. BlogCamp is where we got to be friends and she’s one of my dearest cronies today.

Aditi and her quiet-but-efficient team of Mood I (creative) volunteers had already set up the whiteboard, the auditorium, the projector and screens. I paused to have a word with Meetu about the WOGMA tee-shirt that was my last Ideart project, before whizzing onto the important-sounding business of setting up the wiki. Having entered the first slot onto the whiteboard ’11:00-11:20’ (with black marker pen…isn’t that fun?!), I proceeded to calm down Annkur who was in a terrible panic that no one would turn up. By 10:30 a.m., the auditorium had magically started to fill in and we started BlogCamp with a round of introductions.

The speakers

Meetu (Twitter, Blog) was the first speaker with her talk on ‘Writing Reviews Online’. She talked about the need to respect the creator of the offering that one is reviewing and backing up a viewpoint with explanation. Meetu’s WOGMA is one of the finest review blogs I have ever seen. In person though, she’s just an everyday person, nervous about being on stage. It was really refreshing to see how her confidence has grown, in her work and in talking about it. Listening to and chatting with real people (and not superstar celebrity types) forms the crux of BlogCamp so Meetu felt like an appropriate opening speaker.

Harpreet (Twitter, Blog) began with an image-bedecked presentation on ‘Sketching Experiences’. Harpreet shares his reflections and views with the world, online just like the rest of us (bloggers) do. But instead of text-based posts, he uses sketches and diagrams to depict his ideas. Harpreet’s presentation threw up a new aspect of this free-flowing medium.

John Matthew (Twitter, Blog) spoke about his experience of blogging. He said his being an SEO professional certainly helped in content creation. His suggestion to write often, daily if possible seemed to run into trouble as a number of bloggers placed quality over quantity. The next speaker, Tarun Chandel (Twitter, Blog) directly contradicted him when he asked bloggers to not use their blogs as dumping grounds and clutter up the online space. Personally, I’m more inclined to John’s suggestion as I believe that blogging like all else only gets better with practice.

Sonesh Prakash (Blog) talked about a comic strip that he has created featuring two characters called SoBo Chick and Suburban Guy. Sonesh did not have a blog or a twitter account when he walked into BlogCamp (and he set up one in the course of the event!). Sonesh has been working with these two characters for weeks now and sharing their conversations on his Facebook status messages. This doesn’t fit into the ‘traditional’ purview of a URL with a profile page and a set of chronologically ordered posts. But considering that blogging began as a one-to-many sharing of content, his work certainly fits into that description and brings out yet another aspect of this ever-evolving medium.

Srinivas Kulkarni (TwitterBlog) talked about his passion for travel and outlined his plans to travel to the South and live-blog the journey. Aniket Thakkar (Blog) described the Flash Fiction project and the concept of multi-author blogging. Harish Iyer (Twitter, Blog) spoke about being gay, child abuse and how blogging has helped him share his experiences as well as touch other people’s lives. Manoj Kewalramani (Blog, Blog, Blog) touched on political commentary, travelogues and image-blogging.

Interestingly, four people touched on one particular aspect of blogging that I’ve never seen discussed at BlogCamps before. Harpreet, Tarun, Sonesh and Manoj all talked about using the visual instead of/along with the verbal to depict ideas. None of these people are professional artists or work specifically with images in their daily life. But they’ve each picked on a way of sharing a thought using sketches, cartoons and collages. The web tools for these are as yet clunkier than the ones available for text-based blogging. Services like Flickr target the high-end professionals while those like Twitpic simply approach visual blogging as an add-on to the ‘main’ text blogging. It looks like it’s time to recall the adage of a picture speaking louder than a thousand words.

Indeed an event like this would be of tremendous interest to the worlds of media, marketing and knowledge services since it brings out various ways in which people are choosing to create and share information, opinions and other content.

The discussion

We started the day planning for parallel sessions in different rooms. But the turnout didn’t seem big enough to break up the group into smaller groups so the BlogCamp stayed within the confines of the SOM auditorium. The sessions proceeded more or less continuously and people would step out for breaks as and when required. There wasn’t exactly a before- and after- lunch flow. However, after the aforementioned speakers, it seemed like the group was dissipating into smaller factions having mini-discussions within themselves.

Moksh, our resident teacher took charge and turned the event into a group discussion. The mikes flew across the room chasing ideas, questions and opinions as we discussed paid blogging, citizen journalism, advertorial content, buzz creation, social media marketers, blogger voice, media celebrities, sponsored events, influencing opinion and ethics. We officially called it a day at 5 p.m. with a round of feedback on the event itself. It was heartening to see that most participants had stayed on for the entire duration of the event.

The Twitter feed of #blcm was buzzing through the day and I heard (unconfirmed) that the tag was trending in Mumbai for awhile. Here’s a choice selection of the tweets about the event:

thecancerus #blcm “build your blogging muscle by writing daily like a body builder” by @johnwriter

_alps Did you know that you can visit webseo.com to get a certification in SEO. Tip by @johnwriter #blcm

SudhirU less text, more images in @tarunchandel ‘s Walk That Extra Mile presentation, iLike. #blcm

intelshwets Put effort on your posts, half cooked posts taste bad – @tarunchandel #blcm #MoodI

crazymms #blcm @tarunchandel walk that extra mile….good session, quality over quantity on blogging, tats why i dont blog for yrs :D!

ideasmithy #blcm @srinistuff is trying to figure out dependable connectivity for his blogging on the road project.

_alps Check pixton.com (like Toondo) to create and customize your comics. Tip by Sonesh. #blcm

beeayeanoowhy This guy Sonesh made a backpacker trip to Kerala and back in 3500 bucks. Includes a decent room stay w/ bathroom&TV for 150. Awesome. #blcm

manojnayak #blcm someone here with an iPad he is guarding it with all his life

adityahbk Is going to use it… RT @GHarpreet: #blcm use pixton.com to create online comic strips #utility

mohitnanda Talks are on, from Travelblogs to Backpacking to Haiku to… #blcm

manojnayakc #blcm whoever this guy is, He created a new theory called sandwich theory.

manojnayak #blcm ok it’s flashfiction.in he is wearing a Tshirt with tue same!

mohitnanda “You only become normal by becoming as abnormal as other people are.” via @hiyer #blcm

srinistuff Funny… Im sitting behind @ideasmithy And tweeting out 2 her rather than talking to her. 😛 #microblogging #blcm

manojnayak #blcm most interesting talk was by @hiyer on his use of humor/quirkiness to talk abt homosexual/gay perspective, and his poem sasuma

actionink @monishd No, me neither. Had tickets for a theatre performance. but I was following #blcm n some stuff on visual blogging seemed interesting

aditi_jain @iitb_moodindigo yayyy! we did it! #moodi #blcm

The past BlogCamps have struggled to stay on course and often been hijacked by the unrelated domains of business ventures, technology and advertising causes. But as a constant participant of BlogCamp, I feel like this particular event really hit the golden mean by touching on various aspects of blogging, driving multiple conversations and attracting a good mix of long-time and new bloggers. Feedback to the contrary (or in support of) continues to be welcome.

That was the ‘un’official round-up from the unorganizers. Here’s what the participants had to say about Mood I-BlogCamp December 2010. (Do post links that you don’t see on this list and I’ll add them – pictures, blogposts, tweets are all welcome).

Srinivas Kulkarni: Srini’s Stuff>>What a bloggy day!!! #blcm

Pradeep Mohandas: Parallel Spirals>> BlogCamp Mumbai – MoodI 2010

Vishal Gadkari: Facebook Photos

Ramya Pandyan: The Idea-smithy Facebook Page Photos

TechGreek Stuff: Facebook Photos

Harish ‘Aham’ Iyer: The Pregnant Thought>>BlogCamp @IIT Bombay

Manoj Kewalramani: Voter Files>>Blog bang!!

Sampath Iyengar: Facebook Photos

Vishal Gadkari: My Point of View>>BlogCamp Dec 2010

Aditya Trivedi: Facebook Photos

Food & Fiction, Housewives & Health, Causes & Gripes, All At BlogCamp Mumbai 2010

We concluded the first Mumbai BlogCamp of 2010 on Saturday, 20 Feb 2010. First of all, thank you and congratulations are due to Gaurav, Adil, Arushi and their team at ACM for setting up a great venue for us. My backbencher-at-college days of yore had not prepared me for the spanking new campus, the soft cushioned chairs in an airconditioned room complete with whiteboard, podium and projector. Boy, colleges sure have changed!

BlogCamp really began for me about a week ago when I wrote a post announcing it. After that I got swept away in the thrill of helping organize the event. At last count, the night before the event, 189 people had registered. Fewer people than that actually showed up. The good thing was that several of them were newcomers, first-timers to BlogCamp. I say this is good because the purpose of a BlogCamp is certainly to widen the community and interact with various people whose only common point is that they blog. We had a wonderfully diverse bunch.

The familiar faces were the other unorganizers Netra (but of course, it’s not social media if it’s not Netra), Neeraj (who set up the BlogCamp website), Annkur (responsible for getting us the venue) and Moksh (whose superb compering peppered jokes, glossed over bloopers and held the day together). Hardik made a surprise entry at 10 in the morning reminding me of the other person without whom it’s never going to really feel like BlogCamp. He brought a Microsoft sponsorship 🙂 with him. The event’s blogging partner was Indiblogger while Harish & Nirav brought in media coverage with BlogAdda.

I had the reluctant privilege of opening the BlogCamp with my talk on ‘Blogging for Writers’. The idea for this really came from Novelrace but I’m afraid I erred when I put it at the very end (hoping to build up to the grande finale) and I ended up having to rush through the last bits.

Satish and Ranjeet did a brief interlude talking about their pet project, The Sapling Project. Their talk was unscheduled but short, brief and it touched a chord in all of us. Perfect.

This was followed by Sanjukta (whom I have only ever twittered with, never met before) speaking about the ‘Bell Bajao’ campaign on social media. She talked about breaking the stereotype of a social worker being a jhola-toting, bearded, impoverished man, which provoked much laughter. Her talk was to set a tone for the rest of BlogCamp. It has to be a sign of the community maturing that we’re moving on from talking about money-making ideas to cause-related initiatives.

The last BlogCamp touched on how we feel about our families having access to our blogs. This event added a different perspective to that notion. The third speaker was the Hobbitt (a.k.a. Jaya), the housewife blogger. She talked about how she got into blogging, what it was like to be the only one of her peer circle in this activity, what she wrote about, her personal highs (getting a comment from tarladalal.com on one of her cooking posts) and lows (being trolled). I found her talk surprisingly smooth and relaxed, considering how little experience she had with public speaking. The content was not new to me but I was proud to be able to say, “Whooooopeee, that’s my mum there!!” 🙂

Meetu, Pune’s celebrity blogger stepped in for another brief interlude to tell us about Dr.Major Ritu Biyani’s drive against breast cancer. She took all of 5 minutes and galvanized what could become the next social media-for-a-cause case study.

Shaun Tassavur took us through a description of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a blown-up picture of which had all of us shrieking,

Change the slide!!!

Annkur, jumping in the spirit of things took us through a series of exercises that supposedly check the onset of the syndrome and help combat it.

Kalyan concluded the morning sessions with his talk on the ‘Food Blogerazi’. This was one that I tremendously enjoyed. I’ve been a reader of Kalyan’s blog for a good while and it was refreshing to hear about a passion so different from my own and yet expressed with the same enthusiasm as I bring to my own. I particularly liked Kalyan’s observation that blogging need not be seen as a revenue-generator in itself but could be a facilitator of other means to that end like a book deal, for example.

Lunch was pav-bhaji served up downstairs and delicious in a way that only college canteens manage to be. No, I’m not being sarcastic, don’t you remember what fueled those adrenalin-ridden teenage years? I however passed up this golden opportunity at nostalgia when Hardik ordered a bunch of us out with,

Vada-pav! Gurgaon mein vada-pav nahin milta hain!

So our lunch hour was spent at the stalls opposite Mithibai college, munching vadapavs and Chinese dosas.

I’m rather afraid that the morning’s highs and that roadside banquet in the sun rather lent a drowsy air to the rest of the afternoon. The first speaker post-lunch, Akshay Surve, was already letting himself in for trouble already when he took that slot. It might have helped if he had kept it to the requisite 20minutes but most of us were too woozy to argue when he persisted with a,

Wait, this is important!!

I understand that he was quite passionate about his cause but since most of his talk went right over my head, I think he quite lost any benefit that could have been derived. We’ve had quite a bit to say about avoiding outright marketing spiels and tech talk (and we tried our very best to keep all that out this time). I’m probably going to get a lot of flak for this but I have to say it. Championing a cause is just as much of hardsell as marketing teeshirts or books or movie tickets online is. No one doubts the significance of the cause, or indeed the propagator’s belief in it. But at the end of the day it is an advertisement and you do your audience a disservice by forcing it down their throats, even as they protest.

I’m sorry to say this …. but your fervour turned me against you rather than for your cause. You may be doing something noble but BlogCamp is not the forum for you to crusade your cause. If it is a new idea, take it to Startup Saturday. If it involves technology, drop into BarCamp.

This incident rather turned the mood of BlogCamp around, forcing Pragni to take up the mic and voice a protest. She asked,

What is the real purpose of BlogCamp? Is it to share our views on where we see this phenomenon going and how it affects each of us personally? Or is to push a personal agenda?

A pertinent question, I think. Only as one of the unorganizers, I must hasten to add that it is not exactly within our control to restrict the actual event. The essence of BlogCamp is lost if a small group of people decide to dictate who can or cannot speak. At the end I think it boils down to the responsibility lying with each member of the community to speak up but also respect the feelings of the rest of the community.

The second half of the event was considerably salvaged by the other speakers. From 16-yr-old Farrhad’s talk on Corporate Blogging to Monish speaking about the legal issues surrounding slander on the blogosphere to Monik sharing his experiences to 11-yr-old Raj who talked about his blogs on cookery (!) and gaming, the young ‘uns quite saved the day! One of the last talks was by Sunoj about meeting his now-wife through blogging.

Moksh concluded the event with a random pop quiz (Who fell off the chair? What was the URL of the food blogger? What’s Ideasmith’s real name?) and giving out teeshirts and caps. Hmm…so to take stock. We heard a housewife and three minors. We heard about fiction-writing, food critiquing, social causes, health issues, finding love online, legal issues and corporate blogging. We also had a great lunch, a BlogCamp argument and some great sessions. If you think this was fun, it serves you right! Get to BlogCamp next time and be a part of it!

Pictures of the event can be seen here: Ranjeet, Preshit, Kumar.

The twitter coverage of the event can be found under #blcm and for posterity, here’s a specimen of tweets:

@Lol_Bot RT –>@monikkinom giving a session blogging now, he has his english exams in school this monday #lol #blcm

@imasoom Freedom of expression as a limit #blcm, Debate between@manan and @mihirlakhani continues 🙂 #blcm

@Netra @fundacause – Chandni speaking on social media for social change #blcm @ideasmithy @sanjukta Someone ran away with my pepsi at #blcm

@shirrin_k Listening to @ideasmithy @mihirlakhani talk behind me rather than the speaker upfront…shhh..quiet guys…:D #blcm

@si0007 Hardik from Microsoft speaking on Windows live writer using the much loved and hated MS live essential suite. #blcm

@gameboyzone Attended [IndiBlogger] Blog Camp and it was good to connect with the best of bloggers in Mumbai. Food was good. Overall 3/5 for it. #blcm

@nehabagoria #blcm sessions on bloggin tricks,personal bloggers’ experiences,NGO support,bellbajaon,project sampling,filmkar-short film on slum were nice

@_nwaz great so this is what it feels in a #BLCM wanted to voice my views on bdutt issue but well just sat to hear instead:)

@bombaylives I think everyone forgot to Thank the Caterer for the Amazing Pav Bhaji 🙂

Others who have written about this event:

Jaya: Blogcamp Mumbai-Mukesh Patel School of Tech.Mgmt & Eng

Kalyan: “This one time at Band camp”… BlogCamp Mumbai, Mumbai College Eats

Satish: @BlogCamp Mumbai

Priya Kanwar: My First Blog Camp Experience in Mumbai

Anu: BlogCamp Mumbai – Experience

Moksh: BlogCamp Mumbai – January 2010

BlogCamp Mumbai 2010

Announcing the first BlogCamp of 2010!

For those of you who don’t know, BlogCamp is an unconference, an open forum of social media users. BlogCamp began as a module of BarCamp (which looks at the wider net of technology and business) but has gained enough popularity to merit an event of its own.

The format is as follows: Participants register online. Speakers volunteer to take sessions and are allotted time-slots. Anybody can speak and on any topic so long as it is related to blogging, tweeting or social media in general. The event is an interactive one so expect to find the audience jumping right in and at times, even taking over the mic from the speaker.

BlogCamp is an excellent place to network with other social media users, hear about what other people are seeing and experiencing in this space and share your own ideas. If you are a blogger or tweeter, you already have an opinion and a voice. BlogCamp is just a wider offline platform to share this.

Previous BlogCamps (1, 2 and 3) have seen a wide response from the Twitter community as well as from technology bloggers. The focus has largely been on the commercial aspect of social media. Since this is a forum that aims to address all aspects of social media, it would be good to hear from the other factions i.e. people who generate and follow other kinds of content – personal blogs, topical blogs, celebrity blogs, science blogs, photo-blogs etc.

So if you’re reading this and will be in Mumbai next Saturday, sign up and drop in. We’re all really friendly (okay, some of us are not but we’re all interesting to say the very least!)

The details of BlogCamp Mumbai 2010 are as follows:

Date: Saturday, 20th February 2010
Time: 10:00 – 18:00 hrs.
Venue:
Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering (MPSTME),
Behind Homeopathy College, Bhakti VedantaSwami Marg,
JVPD Scheme, Near Irla Lane,
Vile-Parle (West), Mumbai – 400056

Since we don’t have the inimitable Mr.Shah to organize the Microsoft office as a venue anymore, this is a different place and here’s a map to help you get there.

Please register your participation here and carry a printout of your ticket to the venue. (Did the word ‘ticket’ scare you off? Come back, it’s free!)

Internet access will be provided through Wifi so feel free to carry your laptops to the event. If you would like to tweet about the event, please use the hashtag #blcm.

Afterwards, if you blog about the event (and yes, do! It’s good blogettiquette!), do drop me a link to the post here and I’ll list it in the after-event summing up.

The event is still looking for sponsorships so if you’d like to help out, please contact Annkur Agarwal or Moksh Juneja.

See you this Saturday!

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