On 18th June 2010, history was made in the IndiBlogger portals. The first ever IndiBlogger meet outside India took place at Singapore. 11 participants braving various obstacles like fever, long commute hours, clashing movie timings gathered together. To do what? Well, that was the part nobody was sure of.
Sometime not so long ago (The organiser speaks)
I got back on the blogging scene mid May this year (yes I am a newbie) and discovered Indiblogger hardly a month ago. My poor blog had been had been left to the mercy of cyber-indifference until I started updating it again recently. So while waiting for my precious blog-approval on Indiblogger, I whiled away the days browsing through the website. That’s when I came across the IndiMeets page which soon led me to searching for bloggers in Singapore. And Lo and behold! We were a 60 odd group here. Yuppee!!!
Now this got my rarely exercised grey cells working. I filled out an organise meet submission page. I was chuckling to myself as I typed in my phone number for the IB guys to call and confirm. Because I was 99.9% sure nobody would call up. Probably they would only confirm the India meets, I thought. Boy oh boy! Was I wrong. I received a call from Renie 2 days later, confirming my ‘human-ness’ 🙂
And then I began to panic.
Because it was one thing filling out an online form and another thing actually organising it. Gulp! But slowly participants started trickling in. And that did help my confidence. Suggestions poured in and soon we had an actual group for the meet.
Still, there were still a few sweaty-palmed moments when fellow participant Chriz suggested we all bring laptops to do presentation of our blogs. I had almost thought of feigning last minute no-show at this point ;). Or when I had casually gone through a few of the participants blogs especially Jamshed’s. And got a severe ‘blog inferiority complex’ as I very sweetly mentioned to Jamshed over kebabs later in the evening. He has also authored a few books and is the first author that I have actually seen in person.
The Actual Meet
In all honesty, we didn’t really do any serious talks about blogging. Just a few blog rants, blog confessions and whole lot of catching up. The ambience of the restaurant was amazing and so were the kebab starters. Everybody enjoyed the succulent bites. At least I did.(Burp!)
Thank you Sushant for suggesting Mirchis’s Kebab Factory as our meeting place. I will never “pfffttt…” at a vegetarian’s choice of restaurant again: P
I did get some very informative stuff about Twitter from the Tweet-Gurus Abhijeet and Honey. And I have taken the solemn twitty oath to tweet till I have exhausted all the words in the Oxford dictionary twice!!! 😀
Owing to my organiser jitters, I practically bullied my friend and fellow blogger Divya to join me for the meet. Divs, thank you for coming along and agreeing to make for the door if things got out of hand!
Chriz, Krunal, Sushant, Divs and me were the earliest ones. So I must say I did discover a lot more about them than the others. Krunal , you amazed me with your energy and motivation to do so many things in spite of having family commitments. For the benefit of the readers, Krunal was off for French classes and Salsa performance the day after the meet. He also has a very detailed C# technical blog and a Gujarati blog to his credit.
Avinash, one of the youngest member in the meet, has been coined ‘The Kiddo’, owing to his student status. Avinash , if you are reading this , here is a virtual hair ruffle for you from me. And a lollipop to go along 😉
Then there was the innocence-personified Kritika and happy-go-lucky Anirudh. Unfortunately, owing to a distance of 4 or 5 seats between us I couldn’t get a 1-on-1 with them. Anirudh and Kritika, watch out! The next meet, you cannot escape my clutches! Be ready for some extreme chattering 😀
The meet ended with a song by our very talented Chris. And we all sang along too (or at least mouthed the chorus). Despite having one no-show, the evening went off superb. Goodbyes were said hesitantly and I will feel eternally guilty that I had to be the one to wind up things up owing to some maternal commitments from my end.
Is it possible that strangers can become friends in such a short time? I believe so now. We all left the restaurant together joking and laughing ; a strange contrast from the silent hesitant individuals we were when we entered.
And I wait for the day when we can all meet again. Till then let Indiblogger, Facebook and Twitter keep us together 🙂
This was the guest list I had printed out before the meet began. Just a gesture to appear very in-control and organised! LOL. But now I have saved it for sentimental reasons 🙂
Author’s Note : I have a Facebook fan page which is starting to show signs of dehydration in terms of fan count. So if any of my kind readers would do me the favour of going and liking my page, ‘ppreciate it a lot!