Nepali bloggers, only those who attended BLOGAN meeting due to the geographic advantage i.e. being in the capital, Kathmandu on April 21st.
BLOGAN (Bloggers’ Association of Nepal)- conceived as just an idea few months ago, by few prominent and popular bloggers of
But questions do arise about the real motif behind the formation of any formal association. Although I’m also on the favour of a formal organization, Ghanshyamji (Ojha) had very legitimate concerns about the future of BLOGAN’s working committee members. Yes, I agree that when money comes, it takes away the high-held values. But are BLOGAN founders sincere enough to their cause? Is it all about bringing all Nepali bloggers under one umbrella? Ujjwalji (Acharya) provided a short hint: “Personally, I think that BLOGAN will also contribute something to me.” One would think, he deserves the credit- but the question about his honesty would arise in many minds. But he cleared the air- “We won’t be president for ever. The post will be given to one person, after his/her term, another will get to the same post.” He is doing his best to make it transparent and democratic, which I believe is the reason we are so assertive about the formation of a formal BLOGAN.
While many bloggers are still not clear about the idea itself, the state of awareness among the Nepali citizenries is not beyond anyone’s guess. Neha Viswanathan, of GlobalVoices, wrote in an email to me yesterday, "You would probably agree with me - that Nepali Blogosphere is yet young - and doesn't have too many blogs.” But the trend is sure on rise. Particulary, I was more concerned with the citizen journalism concept of blogging rather than those of ‘very very personal’ kinds. (Please, read “We the Media” by Dan Gillmor (link).)More on BLOGAN meeting by Deepak, Umesh, Ujjwal, and Utsab.
Some of Nepali Bloggers, photograph courtesy: Jitendra Raj Bajracharya.