Charukesi Ramadurai is a Mumbai based independent qualitative research consultant and one of the popular female bloggers of Indiblogdom. Her blog “A time to reflect” was adjudged the best new Indiblog at the Indibloggies 2003 and is one of the widely read and respected blogs. Charu also blogs at Mindspace and Mediamusings, a collablog on the Indian media scene.
I have been blogging for over two years now, and these two years have been extremely rewarding. From being a space to park my random thoughts, my blog has now become a space that triggers many new thoughts and ideas, mainly through the comments and discussions around the posts. I have met some wonderful people, online and later offline, people who otherwise would never be part of my life. And I am sure it is the same for most of us bloggers. At the same time, I can sense a definite change in the space over this time. My feelings as I see the Indian blog space expand so quickly and so much are mixed. I watch with a somewhat amused and fond look (if that sounds pompous, I admit it but I take my “old blogger” status seriously!); I see the space grow larger than I ever thought possible, and feeling a little perplexed by it too.
I think the future of blogging lies in such specialist blogs. The world over, blogs that are making an impact have a clear focus. They may be about a social cause or about a technical subject or professional interest, but they maintain that focus throughout. In addition, it goes a long way in establishing their "expert status" in that space.
In India, I know there is a lot of concern about blogging about ideas relating to one's work and profession. However, I think bloggers need to come to terms with this concern and attempt to reach out to larger audiences across the world. Sure, writing about local politics is fun, reading about it too, but for how long? In that sense, the way "weblog" is defined by most of mainstream media, as "personal online journals" still holds true.