Finally my take on the Indian Bloggies Award. I wasn’t even aware of their exisitence when out of sheer boredom I chanced on the same.
They even have a “jury”- basically a set of self absorbed individuals who decide on the “content” (possibly).
I have nothing personal against the folks though, it would be a bit harsh on the rest of the blogging community not to be “featured”. I don’t give a damn whether it features on search engines or earn revenue from ad clicks. Nor the venerable “jury” thinks about my blog.
Blogging is all about writing from the heart. It’s about providing an alternative view point. I remain firmly rooted in the belief that personal blogging is a dead phenomenon. Though most of the hits are registered by personal bloggers. Strange paradox- but then my purpose is to attract the right audience. Not a bunch of clicking morons ( and those who use Internet Explorer!)
My favourite have been Emergic.org which remains a lesson on how to blog. Written by Mumbai based Rajesh Jain, it holds relevance to how emerging technologies can be harnessed for a developing nation like India. Cerebral stuff. Though it failed to make a mention anywhere. I owe a lot otherwise to Mr Jain whose example I have been trying to follow.
Other nominations, apart from Atanu Dey and Great Bong there were no worthy mentions. Seriously. One dealt with a person getting “high on India”; other was a juvenile commentary on Indian politics. Sorry, no links to them.
What is the relevance of blogging then? Frankly, none. This channel allows me to let off my steam against the established system. Or the kind of assinine claims that are being made all across. I decided to voice against these claims and my own attempt to find out solutions to India’s own infrastructure hassles. It hasn’t made any impact but the increasing feedback is important to know as to what y0u feel. We as Indians, don’t get together to influence policy decisions. Hence I have always been inviting comments to bring out the “evolution of ideas”- so to say.
It’s a matter of conjecture really as to whether or not blogging would go mainstream. Highly improbable. As the media takes the centre stage, we would see more of demented morons cropping up.
Some more would bring on the next edition of “bloggies award”.
THIS IS MY PERSONAL OPINION. THERE IS NO INTENTION TO MALIGN ANY GENTLE SOUL. WHATEVER YOU GUYS ARE DOING, IF IT SUITS YOUR ECOSYSTEM, YOUR BRAINS AND YOUR EGO, I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO HASSLES WITH THAT. HOWEVER, BEFORE JUMPING ON THE BANDWAGON, MAKE SURE THAT YOU DO LOOK AROUND FOR CREDIBLE ALTERNATIVES. ALTERNATIVES TO WHAT MADE ON THE “NOMINATIONS”. OF COURSE, BARRING THE ONES I JUST MENTIONED.