We all love to dare errrr wrong people, don't we? Especially when wrong people happen to be well known faces in a not so small yet not a huge world. Well, I do the same. I dare people, with a style :P One such occasion when I happened to say the truth in one of the mail chains that we were having on facebook. Now, those who are regular on Indiblogger forum will know how erm, punctual Renie is with his updates regarding Indirank. The blabbermouth me simply made a statememt - "Renie is always late".
It would have been boring if this merely remained a part of private mail chain right? Sourav thought so too, and he updated in his status about my statement and tagged Renie there. Ah, the battle of hurt egos in the fun way, Renie's promise of not giving me the tee when I attend the Indimum meet, Sourav switching the sides and going on Renie's side and the long wait to get his gift thanks to the fact that "Renie is always late indeed :P" OK, didn't I mention already that I love to take Panga with well known faces around?
August 15 was the day when Indiblogger was celebrating three years of success, and they celebrated this day with Mumbai Bloggers. The meet took place at Hotel Sea Princess, Juhu. The shy me reached there at my geeky best with a simple tee, denim and specs on (zero number one :P). After the basic process of registration, took a seat and looked around. Darn, not a single familiar face! I knew that Sid was attending the meet - the only person I knew and interacted with, but he was running late thanks to the live twitter updates showing on the screen.
Viyoma and I happened to sit next to each other and started talking. There were discussions about our blogs, bloggers, what we do and few other casual topics. The meet started half an hour late, with the Indiblogger team introduction, sponsors' speech and our introduction. We were given 29 seconds to speak about ourselves and our blog. I was dreading this moment the most as I didn't know what to say. I mean, "Hey, I am Neha, the coolest blogger you must have ever come across. Do visit me at blah blah blah. Follow me, leave your comments and I will follow you back. How cool is that!!" I discussed this with a friend about my wish of not introducing myself. He came up with a greater suggestion - Please promote my blog!
Few people gave pretty interesting intros, while few were pretty simple and promotional ones. Anyway, out of those 100+ attendants there, do you possibly think that they will remember your blog url? But well, what else they could have said in 29 seconds anyway! I introduced myself as a lawyer and purpose of attending the meet was to get the free tee. Surprisingly, quite a few people remembered the "lawyer". See, certain things always work!
Cutting the crap about sandwiches and one of the most horrible teas I have ever had, the boring debate with one celebrity (No, I would not name her, as my blog is too famous and I do not give free publicity to ANYBODY for that matter!), movie screening and the thank you note, the meeting came to an end. The best part was - I didn't not realize at all that I was attending the meet for more than five hours! That puts it into an interesting and entertaining meet category if you ignore the debate that got damn serious.
I met many bloggers there, few I knew and few I didn't. There was Anuradha whom I wanted to meet for a long time, Two Ankits -Ankit Part 1 and Part 2 - both Cricket bloggers and gave me good company in the second half of the meet (remember the debate?), Arcopol - the guy who works with DNA and needs a lawyer :P, Soaham who read my post on Youngistan Ka wow that Indiblogger people rejected :P, Parth who is a well known handwriting expert and is going to study my handwriting soon, Sid whom I finally met, Neha whom I could not meet :( but there is always a next time, the real person behind Magiceye whose photography always leaves me in awe and it was wonderful meeting him, Mohan - the most famous blogger present there, Miilee whom I interacted with on twitter post the meet, Arif who wrote the sweetest comment on my poster, Vineet who was too busy to meet me and Renie came to my seat specially to meet me :P and many more.
We all were given a free .in domain if that can make you feel jealous, we were given posters so that other bloggers can scribble on them about what they think about the great moi. I was so scared that my poster will remain blank till the end; but the bloggers are indeed generous. Or the lawyer tag helped there too? hmmm.
Now the tee that actually made me attend the meet.
I am too lazy to hang it in a hanger and click, so bear with this picture for now.
And there is the poster as well, that people signed on :)
All in all, it was a wonderful experience to meet (and not meet) many bloggers under one roof whom you had only read so far. The pages have now got faces, and I have never ever got so many things for free in one day including the TEE :D