The Aftermath

As Obi-Wan Kenobi announces in that Sith movie, “Hello there.”

Still reeling from the aftermath of the BlogCamp. As a complete nontechie, this was a new experience. The first thing that caught my attention when I stepped in was the vast array of laptops, shiny thingummy gadgets and those cell phones that have cameras in them. (If that doesn’t illustrate how non-techie I am, nothing else will.) Everybody was buzzing around looking supremely important. And doing important stuff.

You know that feeling of vague adrenaline/exhilaration that starts buzzing in your toes when you know you’re part of a big event? It got to me. Admittedy, all I did was (I think) Networking and a general sharing of ideas – but hey, it worked. Lots of ideas were thrown around, and I got introduced to a variety of software stuff I’d have found very dificult to access, at other times.

First, Tidel Park was an experience by itself. My workplace is a leafy, branchy house in Adyar, which means I don’t really get to see the air-conditioned office spaces of the city. Much. Personally, I rather consider this an advantage, as I’m not sure I want to breathe in chill (and sometimes stale) air all the time. On occasion, though, it makes a nice contrast. Having your identity checked at three different places, and then walking into a tall, chrome-silver-grey building that sort of touches the sky, feeling like you’re going to swallowed up by it – may sound rather like an exaggeration, the first thought of someone who’s seeing the city for the first time. In a way, I suppose I am.

My general impression of the BlogCamp? – is rather a hotch-potch of lots of stuff. You had remarkably nerdy things going on, like podcasts [the intricacies of which I’m still to learn], Widgets [which, until yesterday, I’d thought were either a)insects, or b)some croissant-like thing you had for breakfast] and something is pretty basic, like how to get onto WordPress or Blogger, and start blogs. There were also topics that gave tips on how to inrease Blog traffic, quizzes [in which I participated with great glee], Sunny Gavaskar’s speeches, Amit Aggarwal’s piece about how he actually makes money out of Google Adsense, Sharad Haksar’s Photograph presentation …

And various other Bloggers who had something to share. In particular, I relished Aparna’s little speech about regional Blogging – a lot of the things she said I could identify with, as I blog in a regional language too, and know only too well, the incredible intricacies of fonts and typing.

Quite a gala affair.

2 Comments so far

  1. Balaji M (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 4:40 pm

    Nice to know that you enjoyed the experience. I would also have loved to come. Unfortunately I am not in Chennai at present.

  2. Pavithra (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 5:29 pm

    Thanks. And I’m sure you’ll be able to make it the next time. :)

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