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Why no Blogcamp reflection post

      A friend asked me why I did not do any post after returning from blogcamp while I was so excited about the event before it had happened. I did not have time to do a post is only a tiny  part of the reason that I did not blog about it, the real reason being that there was nothing much for me to really blog about. The presentation/talks were very boring to me, people were talking about blogging about their pets & cats and how you get more readers and stuff like that. It is not to say that these conversation’s were not significant in their own sense  but they were of absolutely of no utility to me.  There was some  discussion on how new media is changing the existing media order but much of that meme has been dead beaten elsewhere in the world about 2-3 years ago. Nothing new or nothing that is specific to India.  One of the most ironical that I found was that there were reporters who were reporting the event, including Shailaja of GigaOm. I would have rather liked her to  blog about it and not report it.

The only Interesting points about media 2.0 that I heard was from Jace and that I guess is because he is trying to read this 🙂 Folks out here (India) have woken up to the new media but seem to be living the new media revolution without knowing what are these fundamental changes that are happening. I thought that I am a technologist (coming from a technical/geek/nerd world) and what the hell do I know about media and I should STFU and listen & learn from the those that are better educated at me but I was very disappointed.

Well it is not that it as bad as it may sound from the above. Value add for me was meeting with interesting people many of whom I had only virtually met. As a result of going to blog camp I follow a lot more blogs which I would have not otherwise done. (Dina) (Amit Aggarwal) (Neha) (Jammy)

I learned about a cool thing called the live writer which has made writing a blog a great experience now , thanks to Amit for introducing this to me. As in his words “this is one product that MS has got it right”. I got an oppurtunity where I could test a little bit of video blogging with N70

One thing that I should mention is that I am extremely impressed with the organization of blogcamp (best organized of all unconference I have ever been to ) and a  special mention goes to 20 or so organizers of blogcamp. The kind of umnbounded energy that was displayed is highly admirable. There is much folks from bangalore or hyderabad can learn from these guys. A special mention goes to kiruba as well. Now one would say that this is an unconference and is created by all the participants then why a special mention to kiruba.  That is because be it conference or an unconference you need someone who can be act as a catalyst help core group perform all the necessary action to make things happen and kiruba was one helluva fantastic catalyst Hope someday he does a guide to organizing unconference post some day.

I have decided to more selective in the events to attend.

More video blogs

Another problem that I faced is that Jahshaka, the free ( as in beer as well as speech) editor ( also can be thought of as the audacity for video) that I am using seems to be crashing whenever I try to edit a video ( don’t know it could be a problem with mp4 video )

Veer’s session on mobilelogging

Sunil Gavaskar sharing his perspective on Podcasting.

Attempt at video blogging from blogcamp

   While others are doing a terrific coverage via live blogging I have been experimenting with video blogging with the help of my N70 but have been facing a lot of challenges.

  • Battery totally running down while shooting a video(biggest problem with an N70) , lost the video that I shot of Amit Aggarwal yesterday. 😦
  • Bad lighting while shooting the video, I  don’t know what I can do  about it.
  • The speed is way too slow for video blogging as it is taking eons to upload a video.
  • If I have to be doing real live video blogging then I would have to shoot a video and immediately transfer via my cable the video to my laptop and that copying takes some time and thus have to miss on the next speaker. The obvious way is to just record all and the end of the day upload it all but then it won’t be completely live. If I were at the Nokia N70 I think about this as a feature to work for their further N series offering as a device for blogging. Thats how I missed on Sharad Haskar video.
  • Some weird problem with my N70 which would not allow recording even though the with the recording application running, so I missed out a lot of Gavaskar’s video :(. Maybe I should say that if I were at 
  • Finding it totally totally difficult to cross post it from I guess I should leave it all at my account and point to the urls there.  

But despite all these problems the following are some of the video blogs that I was able to do 🙂 🙂


Sharad Haskar Coke Clip

Rajesh on Blogging for Global Perspective.

Workshop on Podcasting ( part 1, part 2 , part 3)

Others live blogging blogcamp

There are so many tags that people are using that it is so confusing right now as to which tag to use to search for other bloggers who are live blogging.It is kinda of going against the whole purpose of having a tag. Couple of tags that you might want to try out to search other bloggers blogcamp , blogcampindia, indiablogcamp, blogcamplive, Following are a few bloggers who are live blogging right now


Sunil Bajpai

Kartik Kannan

Neha Vishwanathan



Rajesh Segu

update : picked this from the wiki here ( better way than technorati)



Joy of Innovation

Rohan Pinto


Blogging has rewoven the fabric of the society

I reached Chennai and am in blogcamp and am live blogging from here. Almost skipped the first presentation which sounded rather drab.

Now there is Jace, Neha in the podium initiating a discussion among the participants on how blogging has changed your life. Here are few very insightful thoughts which are very important to ponder over if you are serious in understand what blogging is about. I have’nt captured everything that was discussed in the session but just what I think are the most signficant ones to think about. Especially for all those who say “Ahh!! All this blogging is all ok but now tell me how do I make money out of it.”

   Getting attention is a moment of epitah. It is great feeling to know that somebody pays attention to you. (Jace)

   Blogging is still difficult for women but is changing power equation for gender. One of the main reason for that there is no other avenue where the barriers to entry to express is so low. – Neha

   It is very personal

  • allows to vent out frustration.( most popular)
  • So personal that have a better connection with blogs. So much have had riffs with spouses.

   A way to give you discipline to learn a subject. Two years ago was a novice to subject but now have learnt a great deal and have a fantastic mind map about .

Rajesh Jain

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