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<div class="entry-content"><p>I headed over to the First BloggerCon in Singapore around 2 p.m. and was the first speaker in the discussion on Bloggers and their communities. And <a href="http://www.preetamrai.com/weblog/">Preetam</a> asked me to speak about the Indian Community in Singapore and our bloggers meet. A quick 5 minutes of my speech and I was back in my seat listening to <a href="http://www.mrbrown.com/">Mr. Brown</a>, <a href="http://myveryownglob.blogspot.com/">Mr. Miyagi</a>, and <a href="http://www.preetamrai.com/weblog">Preetam</a>. I also discovered a few groups that I didnt know about like Barflies and <a href="http://www.campusmoblog.com.sg/group/home.asp?gid=1FEFE3A1-A007-405E-AE5B-63932F3EA256">JC bloggers</a>.</p>
<p>The breaks were almost an hour long, which made me ponder on whether they had anything worthwhile at all to showcase! The next session was on how to be a law-abiding blogger, with two lawyers speaking on copyright issues, linking policies, Creative Commons, etc. The session warmed up then, with people asking questions that were of relevance =D</p>
<p>THe third and final discussion was on technology which was quite lame to think about it, where they were introducing bloglines and flickr to the masses and promoting trackbacks. I really have something against trackbacks as there is NO WAY of stopping trackback spam (except by IP Banning) and it is quite a dangerous thing to include. Wisely blogger does not support trackbacks.</p>
<p>We had belly dancers to entertain us while the stage was being prepared for the party! Er..pardon me, but Belly Dancing is a vigorous and exciting dance not to be performed like a ballet. I guess the dancers were either too drained or too graceful to let everything go and perform with enthusiasm!</p>
<p>The only thing that was jarring was the IRC panel that was displayed on the screens that took away the audience attention from the discussion, leading to quite a few giggles and laughs about the content on the IRC.</p>
<p>The party till the time I left (which was around 9) was not at all happening =D Everyone was gathering around the counter serving the free flow of drinks and watching the NDP Practice Fireworks =D</p>
<p>On the whole, it was a good beginning, I hope the momentum will be sustained and a meaningful discussion about blogs would emerge from the next conferences.</p>
<p>A BIG Thanks to the organizers for putting on an AWESOME smooth show!</p>
<p>One good thing, <a href="http://popagandhi.com/vault/okay-i-changed-my-mind/">Popagandhi</a> restarts blogging! Yay!</p>
<p><a href="http://tomorrow.sg/archives/2005/07/16/update_from_bloggerssg.html">Tomorrow.sg</a> has more.</p>
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