Kolkata Bloggers Meet 2009 – Review
As mentioned in my last blog post I was in Kolkata to attend the Kolkata Bloggers Meet 2009 and what an experience it was! It would be a big lie to say that it was only a bunch of geeks gathering to discuss some uber-tech stuff over a cup of coffee ( like many other blogger meet ups). Rather this blogger meet saw a super charged group of bloggers from various walks of life. There were amateurs, professional bloggers ( one of them had 17 blogs ) and even bloggers who blog just for themselves. It was a fantastic mix of newbies and blogging veterans who all came together to share their experience and thoughts.
For me the evening offered much more that I expected. Besides getting a chance to interact in real with some of my long time virtual friends, I met with one of my childhood friends with whom I have lost contact for few years now. We didn’t have any clue that both of us have a common link – “blogging” – and that would bring us together after so many years.
The Bloggers Meet was formally opened with a cake cutting ceremony by the youngest blogger in Kolkata, Soham.
The introductory elevator pitch round was an opportunity for bloggers to promote their products / blogs and was ushered in with much enthusiasm. While none of them were “elevator pitch” in the true sense of the word no one seemed to complain and it set the mood of the evening pretty well.
The first presentation was by Mr. Abhishek Rungta about how blogs can contribute to the topline of your business and it as pretty well structured and presented with equal ease. It was nice to meet Mr. Rungta after our first interaction almost 2.5 years back and I was pleasantly surprised to see that he still remembers me.
Aji’s had some really good tips in his presentation and some wonderful statistics that were insightful and helped the audience understand what could be done further to enhance their blogs.
Vikas Kedia came on Video conference and had a discussion on whether we should allow search engines to index our content. While it is a much debatable topic, given the monopoly Google has established I couldn’t see any possibility of webmasters charging a premium from search engines to index their content.
Arun Agarwal was next in line with his presentation on Reputation management. This was probably the most exhaustive presentation of the evening and the audience received it well. While it was a little too long , the content was worth the time.
My presentation planned to cover three different yet related points – objectives of blogging, how to get traffic and how to make money from blogs. You can check the presentation below. Am also trying to get the video of the session and would post it here if I manage to get it.
Kolkata Bloggers Meet was a result of effort by a group of fellow bloggers from Kolkata ( Kamanashish, Saikat, Anirudh and Shimul ) and we cannot thank them enough for the initiative. Besides, it was really generous on Mr. Rungta’s part to offer a sponsorship on behalf of IndusNet Technologies – even the best of intentions doesn’t stand without proper financial support.
Photos from Kolkata Bloggers Meet 2009 – http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/album.php?aid=128692&id=129612851702&ref=nf