The Hyderabad Bloggers’ Meet 2013 started out as an email connect on New Years day among the small group of people who were part of the first meet in June 2012. Over the next three weeks, it turned into a unique social experiment that led up to the event on January 20, 2013 at ITC Kakatiya. The theme was Enabling Change Through Social Media. Details were put up on the social networks five days before the event. It was by invitation only, and the press and media were not invited. In no time, we had more confirmations than we had planned for, and ITC was kind enough to make arrangements to accommodate us all.
|Chef Sekar with Pattu (C) and Bhavana|
|Ashok and his friends - part of the team led by Mr. Kishore who helped us out with the arrangements at the venue.|
|Satish Kumar listens as Sekar speaks about his journey as a blogger|
The event kicked off with a talk on the bells and whistles of attracting search traffic and page ranking presented by Satish Kumar of CoolPCTips (as well as Director, Maxthon India). The fundamentals of SEO that he shared made us realize that all of us could benefit from keeping small technical details in mind when we go about our blogging work. He also shared how blogging could be a financially lucrative opportunity too. His passion and his expertise came through as he excitedly shared how easy it is to make your page look good to search engine robots. His passion and expertise came through repeatedly during the meeting, and his passion and expertise came through repeatedly during the meeting.
It was wonderful meeting some of the newer participants in the meetings, like Madhur Chadha and Debdatta Sahay. Most of the older group was there, and it was a joy to see Gautam Dhameja walk in. He was the person who had initiated the first meeting.
|Satish CoolPCTips Kumar speaking on SEO and monetization.|
|Samvit, the youngest member of the group, poses. With Madhavi (F) and Shankari (B)|
|NVL Sateesh speaking about his massive earnings from monetizing his blog - 16 cents in 5 years!|
|Prasad and Anuradha.|
|Madhur Chadha, Ratnakar (C) and Debdatta. Madhur runs a poetry and music blog, a very successful internet radio show and is a pioneer in vlogging (video blogging) as well.|
|Sandeep (F), Linda, Debraj, Gautam, and Madhur.|
|Debraj (F), Gautam, Madhur, Ratnakar (C), Debdatta and Nishant.|
|Our cherished gifts.|
|The young band of technology bloggers were the find of the evening. (L to R) Gautam, Pavan, Koundinya (F), Sampath, along with Madhur, Anuradha, and Pattu.|
In our excitement and out of concern for the late hour it had become, we forgot to take a group pic. When we remembered, many of the participants had left. We still got those who were there to pose with the banner.
The main event was followed by a dinner which saw the bloggers reveal their “true colors.” By this time, we were no longer talking about the huge amounts of money that we could make from blogging any more. It was a time filled with fun and laughter, music and poetry, conviviality and comradeship. My biggest take-aways from the evening were realizing the evolving definition of social media activism and blogging, the importance of technical inputs such as SEO and SMO, the immense collective reach that we have as a group, and of course, the fact that we connected with so many likeminded people who are all trying to do their bit to create a better world.
|Sandeep glowing as he displays his gift.|
Madhavi Padma, Sandeep Ingilela, Bhavana Nissima, Anuradha Goyal, Pattu Raj and NVL Sateesh were the creative directors for this program. My name is Willis Conover, and you were listening to the Jazz Hour.
Posts by others on this event - (if you wrote a post on this event and it is not listed here, please let me know so that I can update the link library)
At Tilling The Earthwoman
At Gardener At 60
At Desi Traveler
At Crack The Sky
At Random Musings
(All photographs used in this post were taken either by Bhavana or me. Please feel free to reuse them for any purpose that will lead to greater good. Credit and a link back would be nice but not essential. We don't sleep with your conscience, and we don't expect you to sleep with ours.)