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Thursday, October 22

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The first step to get noticed is to get mentioned. And that's exactly what's happened today.

After 23 months, 65 published posts and two dozen unpublished/rejected drafts managed to make itself printed on India's national newspaper.

The Hindu, Metro Plus, Trivandrum, 22/10/2009

Such blogs, however, are notoriously difficult to write and considered quite boring by many netizens. Not to mention they have to be as accurate as possible. Anish Sahadevan, a male nurse who blogs as ‘scorpiogenius,’ opines that blogs still speak a hypophonic tone in India, unlike in the United States where they are parallel to mainstream media and as powerful and influential as the traditional press. “Most development blogs appear a tad dull for the majority. A small example is in my blog itself. According to my Google Analytics the most read articles on my blog are the three posts I wrote about films and movie stars! It takes considerable time and effort to draft posts like the Vizhinjam project but it still hasn’t got half the clicks the article on Mohanlal got. Still there is a surge in the interest generated by development blogs and forums, a sure sign of a change in the attitude of the populace.” he says.

Featuring on The Hindu, even if it was on a regional supplement  is a great shot in the arm for a simple human being like me, a wild-card entrant to the social blogosphere. This is a sure encouragement to go the extra mile when drafting new posts, oh but surely I don't possess any delusions of grandiosity. More commitment to blogging? Yes, the last thing now you want is to go down like a lead balloon after getting  first hand evidence that blogs and social forums could actually make a difference (in a big way at least in the future).

Now isn't this what I've always been hoping for?

Proud and delighted to find myself  amidst fellow bloggers from different corners of the world but possessing a common factor, Trivandrum. To Nikhil Narayanan (Bangalore), Brahmaprakash Narayanan (USA), Nishanth Nair (Australia) and the one-and-only Ajay Prasad, with special thanks to Nita Satyendran, Sub-Editor, The Hindu, Trivandrum.

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