Thursday, March 6, 2008

Hyderabad bloggers together in an event and Balaji brings Hyderabad bloggers together in an event sponsored by Microsoft

More than 75 avid bloggers meet at the Microsoft Office


Post the phenomenal success of the recently concluded blogger meet in Banglore, conducted the second meet in the series at the Microsoft India Development Center, Gachibowli, Hyderabad on March 1, 2008. These blogger meets are being held in association with Microsoft. Over 75 avid bloggers from Hyderabad attended this one of a kind initiative which was held on Saturday from 4 pm onwards. was started by Renie Ravin, a web architect from Chennai and he is joined by a team of bloggers from Bangalore and Chennai. "Most bloggers don't realize the responsibility that lies on their shoulders, that they are a highly influential media on the internet today. With a little bit of collective thinking, bloggers have the potential to tackle various issues that plague our society. The Bangalore meeting was the test for us and we achieved our objectives of making the meeting both meaningful and fun. This has spurred us on," said, Mr. Renie Ravin.

Sudeep D’Souza, a Hyderabad blogger who’s claim to fame is a guest post on ProBlogger .net has this to say about the Hyderabad meet: “we quickly realized that there was a good mix from students to business men from the young to the middle aged, bloggers with varied interests from mosquitoes to psychology to recruiters to people who blog about everything and anything. It was a wonderfully funny and interesting session.” The Bangalore meet also received raving reviews on several well established blogs. A snippet from Sandil's post on "I must say, I've never been to a more enjoyable blogger meet ever, and no, it wasn't because of the pizzas." "The crowd was super, totally my-kinda like-minded folks. I guess the caption on the T-shirts pretty much summed it up. We blog, therefore we are."

Launched in September 2007, has over 1700 blogs registered in the directory, with the number of submissions from bloggers increasing everyday. The website helps you find bloggers by name, city or user-generated tags (keywords). Members can organize local blogger meetings by coordinating with other bloggers in the directory. Every member in their network needs to be approved first, as cleverly outlined on their blog - "We've also added new submission guidelines for IndiBlogger, since we had many discussion forums trying to pass themselves off as blogs. Needless to say, their thinly veiled disguises failed to bypass our high-tech blog validation algorithms (our moderators)." has received many positive reviews from reputed websites like, and Excerpt from eIndiaReview: "It's hard to set your site apart in a growing commodity-like space, but IndiBlogger does a good job of being distinct." Amit of Webyantra says: "They have this really cool idea about blogs badges, which denote blogs belonging to a particular genre (coder, chef, writer, gamer, biker etc) and the badges are real eye-candy stuff."

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