Listen to our BlogTalkRadio webcast in the player above or at this link (some highlights below by Jyoti Gupta).
As part of the second-anniversary celebrations of SAJAforum.org, SAJA's newsy blog, we are hosting an online panel discussion among some of the best-known names in the South Asian blogosphere. They will discuss the state of the blogosphere (South Asian and otherwise) and how it is affecting how news and information about South Asia and the diaspora is gathered and shared.
Anil Dash, VP and chief evangelist for SixApart (makers of TypePad and Moveable Type) and one of the earliest (1999!) and most influential bloggers in the world
Karthik, blogger, Uberdesi.com
Maria Giovanna, blogger and journalist, Filmiholic.com
Arun Venugopal, editor, SAJAforum.org; correspondent, WNYC Radio
LIVE ORTO A RECORDING:
As always, you are welcome to quote from anything said during the FREE, WORLDWIDE webcasts at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/
NOTES FROM this session by Jyoti Gupta <loopdesign@gmail>:
For those interested in floating their own blogs/social networks and/or ideas on the Web, here are tips from members of the South Asian blogosphere who participated on the SAJA webcast on Sept. 26, 2008.
The one advice that emerged from the sharing of perspectives: Chose a subject of your interest. Don’t concern yourself with eyeballs, audiences, or money-making.
Paraphrasing some of the other tips:
ARUN of SAJAforum: The balancing act for SAJAforum has been posting quickly and regularly, providing original content and taking a journalistic approach. In addition, blogging requires a lot of time commitment.
ANIL of SixApart: SAJAforum demonstrates how if you have an extremely narrow topic of interest and a passion about it, you’re going to have a great blog.
MARIA of Filmiholic: Keep it conversational. Be conscious of how much information you give about yourself (especially younger women) and be careful of cyberstalkers.
KARTHIK of UberDesi: Once you have your blog up and running, hunt for bigger blogs that share your interests and interact with them. If they like your content, they will help people discover you. Like SAJAforum and SepiaMutiny did with UberDesi.
SABAHAT of iFaqeer: I was tracking Pakistani bloggers in Pakistan, I met bloggers there in 2006 and after interacting with them, I was able to be a part of those voices, and not be an outsider.
On danger of being too narrow topically:
ANIL: There’s no such thing as too narrow. What matters is what your goals are. If your goal to be of service to people that are interested in that information, it does not matter what size the audience is. What matters is they know that when they want to know that information, they can come to your site and find it. If the tools are free and you can sign up and get a blog for free, just do it.
On blog platform selection:
ANIL: There are lot of platforms out there – Wordpress, Blogger, TypePad, etc. These days it's not about tools and technology, but what you want to achieve with the blog, and then you find a company or community with that experience and work with it.
On evolution and future of blogs:
ANIL: Mainstream social networks like Facebook.com and MySpace.com are monolithic and centralized networks that provide value, but they are not responsive, because they are not forced to be. In the future, people will have their own social networks, that will connect to and inter-operate with mainstream social networks.
You can listen to the full, one-hour webcast at this link.
BACKGROUND ON OUR WEBCASTS:
As part of our efforts to bring our programming to more people around the
world, SAJA is doing more webcasts. We are using a service called
BlogTalkRadio, which lets us host webcast discussions with authors,
You can listen live via the web at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/saja
or by calling into a NY phone number: 347-324-5991. You can ask
questions via an online chatroom or live on the air, via the phone
(you can call from a landline, cell, or VOIP).
As soon as the event is over, you will be able to access - at
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/saja - a recording of the proceedings.
This is also available as an downloadable MP3 file for your personal
collection. [If you want to subscribe to this as a podcast on iTunes,
go to "Advanced" within iTunes, then select "Subscribe to podcast" and
type http://www.blogtalkradio.com/saja/feed and hit OK.]
As always, you are welcome to quote from anything said during these
webcasts. Feedback, suggestions welcome: saja[at]columbia.edu
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