Islamabad blogger meetup – my take…

Yesterday’s event was a nice one.

If you don’t know, I’m talking about the Blogger meetup session.

It was live-blogged over here. And it covers the crux of the event, so I will just put in my two cents and my takeaway points.

I don’t remember the names of the people from IEEE Bahria university, but they did a marvelous job handling the event. Three cheers for them.

Badar, the country representative of Google gave a pretty informative introduction to blogging for newbies and introduced how blogging can be used as a means to make both ends meet. He introduced a couple of case-studies from Pakistan which were pretty interesting to hear about. Those including,, and some more.

There were six panelist speakers.

1) Atif from Brightspyre
2) Shehzad from bytesforall
3) Nadir from
4) Faheem from
5) Saad from
6) Me from right here :)

It was a very inspiring talk.

My take-away point was that all of the people took their passion and gathered the right kind of audience and then made money though it. The way everyone was talking about their projects made an aura in the atmosphere that was pretty much addictive.

Atif from Brightspyre proudly presented the fact that those guys used HR as a SAAS(Software AS A Service), probably the first in the globe to be doing that. And they very successfully are deployed at many clients. Shehzad from Bytesforall was pretty much eloquent about the wrongdoings that have been happening w.r.t the blockage of blogs in Pakistan. Nadir told about how much facilitative their website is, check out their site – you’ll be thrilled.

I was very much excited to hear from Fahim of and Saad from, because both of them are earning (masha’Allah) a lot from their online presence through programs like Google adsense.

Google sponsored give-away gifts for the audience and the panelist (Yo, I got a brand-new ferrari-red colored Google mug as well, hehe) Red bull gave away free Red bulls to keep us awake during the session, and Wateen provided the wireless connectivity during the event.

The event was a very entertaining one and more soever, an educative one in a peer-to-peer Socratic kind of a way. As the saying goes that when one teaches, two learn. I was extremely thrilled to meet some bloggers who I probably would never have had the chance to meet if it wasn’t for this beautiful world of blogging.

I hope that such events continue in the future and that by next time we have much more real-time case-studies.

Hey, I almost forgot.

CIO Magazine was one of the organizers as well.

Three cheers for them too.

If I’ve missed up someone, my memory is to be blamed, not my sincerity.



there are pics available as well!

6 Comments so far

  1. wkhang on December 30th, 2008 @ 1:36 pm

    Its not a bad start hope ya all will get more people and attractions in the next meet.

  2. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on December 30th, 2008 @ 1:57 pm

    I want a RED mug too =(

  3. Talha Masood (thandak) on December 31st, 2008 @ 12:03 pm

    Ohoo, I already gifted it.

    Otherwise would have handed it over!

    What they say :: Too little too late.


  4. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on December 31st, 2008 @ 1:38 pm


  5. ersalan on December 31st, 2008 @ 5:22 pm

    Daaaamn… I soooo wanted to be there…

  6. Talha Masood (thandak) on December 31st, 2008 @ 5:24 pm



    I specifically invited you dude :)

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