The Delhi Bloggers
Symposium was held on 12th December by www.scratchmysoul.com in association with Hindustan
Times, Doordarshan and Barista. The evening aimed to recognize the blogging talent
of the capital and was held at the Jacaranda Hall of the India Habitat Centre. EminentLyricist
Javed Akhtar was the chief guest for the evening. Other dignitaries
included noted sports journalist Ayaz Memon, humorist
Ashok Chakradhar, Mr. Gulshan Rai is
the Director General - India Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT –In) and One-Laptop-Per-Child
Mr. Satish Jha.
The evening started by a keynote address by
Mr. Raghav Chandra the chief mentor of scratchmysoul.com.
He explained in depth the working and the uniqueness of this portal and what sets
it apart from all other social profiling networks. He then invited
Mr Ayaz Memon to share his experiences.
Mr Memon set the tone for the day with his sharp observations on blogging as a tool
of social expression. He also said that blogging is the easiest way to express our
views and it is not be necessary that you have to be a journalist to express your
views. This was intriguing for the audience present as these issues had not been
fully thought through in this discipline. Finally, the discussion turned to methodology
and to the question of how blogging could usefully benefit the society as a whole.
Mr. Shlok Chandra member founding team of
www.scratchmysoul.com played a three minute video introducing the website. The first
blogging magazine in the world “Bloggers Park” was also distributed to the bloggers.
Mr Gulshan Rai briefed the audience about the legal issues pertaining to blogging
and how we can make a difference by being a little cautious.
The evening ended by a vote of thanks by
Ambreen Zaidi, editor of the Bloggers Park
Many in the audience said this platform provided them an opportunity to connect
with fellow professionals
and share their views not only on tricks such as search engine optimization and
monetization but also on what topics and tags would attract maximum eyeballs. The
timing for a unique platform like scratchmysoul.com where there is a unique profile
page for each blogger could not have been better considering that more and more
people are taking to blogging in India. The evening boasted of literary exchange
of ideas between the bloggers and non
IT professionals, literature enthusiasts and students. It really isn't an exaggeration
to say that the symposium had a profound and positive effect on the mindset of everyone