The virtual world offers writers a fantastic opportunity to open the mind and let their thoughts soar. No boundaries, no constraints. Just you, your thoughts and your creative output. Inspiring and poetic, huh? But if you have been writing for a while, you’ll agree that after a while it can start seeming like a pretty solitary activity, with you in front of your computer typing away to glory.
I worked in the corporate world for several years and each day would be filled with multiple meetings with members from various departments. Apart from the analytical and documentation work, every activity revolved around people. After saying adieu to the corporate environment, there was this suddenly change in my work ambience.
So when I got an email from Indiblogger, a popular networking site for Indian bloggers, inviting me to attend a blogger meet they were organising in Mumbai, it took me just a few seconds to go on their website and register. It was my first meet and I had no clue what to expect. The meet was being sponsored by MasterChef India 2, a cookery show on Start Plus and hosted at RK Studios. The TV studio ambience was excellent and the 3 hours agenda for the day was quite interesting. Apart from the promotion for the show, there was a chance to interact with other bloggers and get involved in some interesting cooking/cutting/slicing contests.
Compared to the guys that I had been interacting with in my professional circles – mostly engineers, CAs, MBAs – the backgrounds of the bloggers were pretty eclectic. Right from fashion photographers to entrepreneurs. The age group ranged from 16 year olds to 60. Each blogger was pretty much an expert in a specific domain and in the art of SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Good content is nothing if it can’t reach out to its target audience.
All in all, a very invigorating experience. Looking forward to more such meets.
Here are 5 reasons why face-to-face networking is important for writers, authors and bloggers:
– A chance to move out of the virtual world and connect with ‘real’ people.
– The relationships forged over a cuppa can be stronger than in cyberspace.
– It’s a great way to exchange ideas with folks who you’d normally not get a chance to interact with. Freshers ideas can translate to fresher content.
– Good way to brush up on those social skills (using the voice and body language for communication as opposed to just fingers tapping away on a keyboard) which got pushed to the backburner since you started working from home.
– There’s more trust when you meet someone in person and then continue the association back to the virtual world.