I attended the BlogCampPune2 last Saturday and it was a fun event – bringing diverse people , all driven by the passion of blogging, in the same room and providing them an opportunity to get to know each other well.
Special thanks go to the unorganizers, Tarun, Bhavya et al. for unorganizing it and to all others who showed up at the event and participated. It was my first blogcmap/tweetup/ unconference/ any offline activity and I met many of my online friends in real life, for the first time.
I was already looking forward to meeting Navin Kabra, Amit Paranjape,Meeta Kabra, Dhananjaye Nene, Sneha Gore, Vishal Gangawane, Tarun Chandel and many others and was gratified when that happened; but the icing on the cake was to find other unexpected contacts like Mahendra Om also present there, or making new and interesting contacts like Annkur of Only Gizmos.
Some of the sessions were really interesting- Annkur with his ‘Mistakes were made
(but not by me) (but by me)’ presentation ; or Navin with his ‘What blogs can learn from newspapers’ presentation provided some good food for thought and something to take home with you and apply to your blogging later.The informal talk by Meeta and how her dependence on third-party marketing backfired provided new insights. Thakkars’ impromptu session stressed the importance of humor and fun and how presentation matters. The only regret form the blogcamp was the fact that due to some last minute rescheduling, I and Dhananjaye had to take sessions at the same time and we ended up missing each others presentations. I had already gone through Dhanajaye’s presentation , which he had loaded prior to the event on his site, and was really looking forward to his talk.
To those of you who missed the event, search for #blogcamppune on twiiter or go to this FriendFeed page to get a sense of real-time excitement and reprting. I am sure , the post-blogcamp blog posts and tweets and press covergae would be aggregated at some place and I’ll link to it soon here.My own persentation can be found here.
Thanks again to all who were there!