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“A bloggers meet is a gathering of bloggers who come from various parts of the city or even the country to meet each other and network. The energy during the bloggers meet is resonated from a range of activities and engaging games, which appeal to the bloggers. This would be the 46th such meet in India,” – Vineet Rajan, director of Indiblogger.
I got a mail from Anwesha asking me to go for the Indiblogger meet in New Delhi to represent The Indian Fusion, if I was interested. I actually had no clue what was this meet all about and what I would do there, but since it was Sunday, and I did not have anything to do, I decided to go!
I quickly searched the internet about what I was supposed to do there and also noted the address and the timings of the meet. It was in The Park, from 1:30 to 6pm. The only other information I had except this was that the gathering, which will be quite informal, will see a number of bloggers from all around the Capital come together, interact and meet in person. The organizer of the event, Indiblogger, which has so far done 45 blogger meets across India, was expecting more than 200 bloggers who write on technology, society, lifestyle, business, politics, sports, science and more. The event would see a range of activities such as 30 seconds of fame, where the bloggers get to introduce themselves and share interesting things, engagement activities, games, debates, and a networking session called Live and Let Comment, and forum discussions on various topics.
I was really nervous and I remember thinking it more than 10 times of dropping the whole idea of going there. But I convinced myself that if I don’t go, I will never be able to know what actually happens in these meets. See, that’s how my mind works; when I am faced with a strange situation, I convince myself to go ahead, just for the sake of the experience and not back-away because I have never done it before. So, as was saying, I planned to go, and just because I was going in a 5-star hotel, alone, and in an event about which I had no clue whatsoever, I decided go a bit early to avoid being late and any other unwanted scenario.
I reached there twenty minutes before time and in fact I was the second to come. It was a beautiful room with all the arrangement made for the meet, and as soon I gave the email id from which the registration was made, the computer screen acknowledged me as ‘Anwesha’! And there I was the only boy in the meet named ‘Anwesha’ and that’s how had to remain for the whole meet. The meet was the fifth edition of the Delhi Bloggers Meet and it was indeed a great event for networking and enjoying a day with some of the most quirky people in Delhi. The bloggers were also present from outside Delhi. Some were from Uttar Pradesh and some form the Southern states. The age of the bloggers also varied as their demography, as the youngest blogger was around 10 years old and the eldest was around 70.
The meet was basically organized to know the person behind the words and the face behind the views, expressed on blog. It also gave a good opportunity for publicity of their blogs and to network with like-minded people. HP was sponsoring the event and was giving away flash drives and printers as goodies.
After everyone settled down, the indi team gave away goodies for random reasons, like the guys who are wearing turbans, the women who are wearing shawls or the people who arrived early to the event. I got a flash drive from HP
Then there was a session of introductions for which 29 seconds were given to all. The section of Individual introductions was damn hilarious and a guy from Jalandhar won a printer for the most memorable intro of his blog.
In the end there was great debate on censorship of the social media and bloggers take on it. Pretty humorous and witty that turned out be. The guy who represented Kapil Sibbal also won a printer, apparently for his daring.
After that we took a joint photo – Not sure if so many people (200+) fit in a single frame! The photographer should have had a tough time. While going, the Indiblogger team even gave us a T-Shirt. All in all it was a completely new experience. And yes I would definitely like to attend it again, if for nothing else then the free goodies!!