There were around three hundred people gathered under one roof. No, I’m not talking about Bangalore buses but Indiblogger meet that was held at Fortune Park JP Celestial, Bangalore on 3rd October 2010. There were geeks, personal bloggers, journalists, Tamil bloggers and of course Indibloggers team gathered to celebrate blogging.
For someone like me who think hundred times before stepping out of the house to meet a friend, it was a big deal that I attended the indiblogger meet. Though I hate crowd and it’s always a big “NO” when the crowd is a bunch of strangers, I couldn’t help but enjoy my fellow bloggers’ company, whose blogs I have been reading ever since I was introduced to the blogging world by a close friend. Well, there were few familiar faces but still I hadn’t met anyone in person and how much ever I knew about them was only through the blog world. Thanks to the indiblogger’s team to have organized such a wonderful event of bringing all the bloggers together because I can no more address my blogger friends as strangers. Now, I have not only read them but also exchanged greetings with them, had a friendly chat and felt their warm smiles. A special thanks to Avada, who tolerated my continuous blabbering without asking me to shut up.
I was welcomed with a “hello!” and a smile by a lady (an indipolice) at the reception and before I could settle down, Avada and Leo greeted me warmly and made me feel at home. Later, Rachana and Tavish joined us. Also met Hitesh Rawat, Lakshmi Rajan of Ginger Chai, Mohan, Harsha Chittar and many more.
The Meet officially started off with one of the indibloggers introducing their team to us and then the partners who helped them organize the event were introduced (HP team and someone from JP Celestial).
The “30 sec fame” event, where everyone were supposed to introduce himself/herself to the crowd went fine for awhile but it became a drag after fifty to hundred bloggers spoke. Few even forgot that it was a bloggers meet and started talking about their age, job and what not that it gave me a feeling that they were filling out a form for some matrimonial service. However, there were few bloggers who entertained us with their witty introductions and won HP printers for the same.
HP gave a small presentation on their new technology HPePrint that let us print via emails sent directly to the printers. If only I’d a phone with a cam, I would have definitely participated in capturing “the spirit of bangalore” in the cam on my way to the meet.
The best part was “live and let comment” where everyone hung a yellow cardboard to their backs and got comments from everyone they could talk to. I didn’t collect many comments as my hungry stomach couldn’t concentrate on anything else but the samosas and sandwiches.
I listened to a fellow blogger talk about mobile blogging while I sipped coffee. We also discussed about indiforum and then came blogging for social causes. A volunteer asked us to do our bit in controlling pollution and he also told us that he would be starting a website for the same. Another guy spoke about civil defense workshops. Then, someone else wanted to start a Sanskrit blog. Finally, it was time to go home and keep blogging.
The journey back home was pleasanter because it was raining and I was happy that I had decided to attend the meet where I got to meet so many wonderful bloggers.
PS: I would like to thank Indiblogger’s team once again for organizing such a wonderful meet and also for the t-shirt.