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Came across BlogCamp, and was wondering whether I should go. Then I discovered Syed, and then there was no choice, I simply had to be there! bills itself as India’s Biggest and the most comprehensive blog event and is intended to be an unconference on all things blogging. What is really exciting is that this is going to be in Chennai – so I can be in it without going to too much trouble 🙂 It will be on at the Tidel Park on the 9th and 10th of September – go and register if you want to be there. read more

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After a long time, managed to squeeze in some reading time – albeit online.

So much has been written about blogs, bloggers and blogging that I no longer read such articles fully. However, it takes an Economist writer to do the impossible – write readably about blogging! Read it here.

Bob Metcalfe writes about the challenge to his law, and argues why it is not really productive to split hairs.

CNN Money has a detailed and interesting write-up on the money in blogging, and traces the development of blogging as a new media. read more

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What Blocked Blogspot

A few days ago, there was a hue and cry raised in the blogosphere and in Indian media about the Government blocking access to blogspot, typepad and geocities. Slowly it was revealed that the Government had little to do with the blocking. They had merely passed on a list of 18 “web sites” to all ISPs, demanding that they be blocked with immediate effect. The ISPs, obviously manned by ill-informed and technically inept people, went ahead and blocked entire domains. Bloggers raved and ranted, the media picked up on the blockade, and the story came out. Now, a few sites remain blocked, but all the main blogging sites are back. read more

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Blogathon 2006

So here I am, all of three half-posts in July, and I sign up for the Blogathon! Call me a glutton for punishment, or a complete idiot. But it’s the idea that intrigues me.

I was originally supposed to be on holiday at the time of the blogathon, and was thinking I couldn’t participate, but that got cancelled and here I am, signing up!

Click on this image to sponsor me, or to look around the Blogathon 2006 site and see if you can join in the fun too!

My First Blogathon!

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Bilingual Blogging

Having recently been initiated into the mysteries of non-English blogging, one feels that a bit of explaining is in order.

I, like many of my peers, read and write English much better than any other language. This, in spite of the fact that my first language (or mother tongue, as it is called in this part of the world!) is Tamil. The Indian education system, a not-too-evolved version of Macaulay’s mid-nineteenth century model of masters and rote, places a lot of stress on English as the medium of instruction. Add to that a set of parents who are fluent English speakers and a house filled with English books of every description and you have a perfect recipe for a very Tamil-deprived childhood!

However, Tamil was and is the language of everyday life. Friends, relatives, shopkeepers, strangers, bus conductors, the bandyman – everyone spoke to you and were spoken to in Tamil. Teachers spoke to you in English, even if some were not terribly good at it, and would hit you with a cane if they caught you speaking in “the vernacular,” as they called it. My parents switched easily between spoken Tamil and English easily and naturally. As a result, my spoken Tamil is as good as it can get – after all I am a native speaker. The only peculiarity was the lilt of the Kongunadu region that was firmly imprinted on my Tamil. This has now all but disappeared – the result of various wanderings in different parts of Tamilnadu, and more than a decade of living in Chennai. But the moment I am speaking to someone with the lilt, it reappears, as if by magic!

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தமிழில் blogging செய்வது

தமிழில் எப்படி blog செய்வது என்று ஒரு திடீர் கேள்வி, மின்னலை போல் என்னை அடித்தது. தேடினேன் தேடினேன் Google, Yahoo இரன்டிலும் தேடினேன். முரசை பார்த்தேன் – புரியவில்லை. அழகியை பார்த்தேன் – ஐநூறு ரூபாய் கோடுத்து வாங்கினேன். தமிழில் தட்டச்சு அடிக்க முடியாமல் முழித்தேன். அதற்கு பின் தான் குரளை கண்டேன். அதன் எளிமையில் மயங்கினேன். தமிழ் blogging களத்தில் இரங்கியுள்ளேன். read more

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IIPM and the Blogosphere

Finally, I get off my backside and write about the ongoing plastering IIPM is getting from the Blogosphere. I was about to write war, but it hardly seems that, does it? The blogosphere is consistently proving itself one step ahead of IIPM, but what one fears is the establishment, which has not proved itself very tech-savvy in the past.

So much has been written on this that anything I say will be mere repetition. Kaps’ call to action and Zuckerman’s concise version of the events, along with Desipundit’s painstaking chronicling of the whole fiasco should suffice for a primer. Of course, Desipundit has also linked to many blog posts on this topic. read more

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