and Microsoft - blogger meet at Bangalore and Microsoft - blogger meet at Bangalore

The IndiBlogger TeamChennai, India - conducted the first in a series of blogger meetings scheduled for various cities all over the country, in association with Microsoft. The meet took place at the Microsoft office at Embassy Golf Link Business Park. was started by Renie Ravin, a web architect from Chennai and he is joined by a team of bloggers from Bangalore and Chennai. On being asked about the purpose of the meeting, Renie replied – “Most bloggers don’t realize the responsibility that lies on their shoulders, that they are a highly influential media on the internet today. With a little bit of collective thinking, bloggers have the potential to tackle various issues that plague our society. We tried to make the meeting both meaningful and fun. I think we achieved both.” The meet received some raving reviews on several well established blogs. A snippet from Sandil’s post on - “I must say, I’ve never been to a more enjoyable blogger meet ever, and no, it wasn’t because of the pizzas.” “The crowd was super, totally my-kinda like-minded folks. I guess the caption on the T-shirts pretty much summed it up. We blog, therefore we are.” Pictures of the event can be seen on the network's Flickr Group.

Launched in September 2007, has over 1600 blogs registered in the directory, with the number of submissions from bloggers increasing everyday. The website helps you find bloggers by name, city or user-generated tags (keywords). Members can organise local blogger meetings by coordinating with other bloggers in the directory. Every member in their network needs to be approved first, as cleverly outlined on their blog - “We’ve also added new submission guidelines for IndiBlogger, since we had many discussion forums trying to pass themselves off as blogs. Needless to say, their thinly veiled disguises failed to bypass our high-tech blog validation algorithms (our moderators).” has received many positive reviews from reputed websites like, and Excerpt from eIndiaReview: “It’s hard to set your site apart in a growing commodity-like space, but IndiBlogger does a good job of being distinct.” Amit of Webyantra says: “They have this really cool idea about blogs badges, which denote blogs belonging to a particular genre (coder, chef, writer, gamer, biker etc) and the badges are real eye-candy stuff.”

The next blogger meet is scheduled for the 1st of March in Hyderabad.