Sunday, December 02, 2007

Nepal Blogs: What's the Point?

The point is, information and ideas are spread where none had been spread before.

We see echos of our thoughts in the words of Nepal's journalists and politicians. The simple fact that there exists a body of Nepal bloggers out there gives support to all with like minded opinions and provides good argument towards those who consistently miss the point. (Do you hear me, main stream media?) AP, UPI, Reuters, Bloomberg and virtually all other relevant wire services research and check their stories by accessing related blogs.

Every thought, every word, every argument a Nepal blog puts out can be picked up by anyone in the world curious enough to Google: "Nepal blog."

Don't discount one word of what we do here at blogdai and at other sites. WE DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Over the past 2 years, blogdai's columns and comments have drawn personal e-mails from the U.S. embassy in Nepal, the Nepal Royal Palace (through I.P. back search), the U.S. State Department, the BBC, The Economist, those phony idiots at the International Crisis Group, The World Bank, the Gates Foundation, and a few cryptic messages from individuals claiming to be from various levels of Nepal's Maoist heirarchy.

blogdai (and blogdai's friendly rival: Dinesh Wagle) account for roughly 30% of all web-search traffic hits seeking Nepali chat, politics and current events. (blogrankings.com; Technorati; blogshares compiled data with a few others).

Nepal blogs are playing a large role in opening up discourse, freeing the Nepali mind to openly criticize, and introducing, if not educating Nepalis to world opinion about their country and its political status.

This is particularly important in Nepal where politicians, Kings and Maoists had, for years, relied on an insular cloak of national isolation to enact and realize policies and practices that were contrary to acceptable world norms and human rights standards.

If it were not for the issues addressed here at blogdai, I am sure some individuals in Nepal's political arena would feel hard pressed to break what would be perceived as new ideological ground. We open doors here. We introduce and discuss ideas. Politicians (trust me) read blogdai and our arguments help to inform their opinions. Outside of direct political intervention, what more could the average blog reader and poster do that could be of more value?

So, hold your head high, regulars, anons and general posters. Your words are read by more people than you realize.

Keep it comming and keep it relevant.

-=blogdai

13 Comments:

At 9:08 PM, December 02, 2007, Blogger LOLNepal said...

Loved your post and couldn't agree more. Hope the future of Nepali Blog is much unique than its web.

 
At 1:23 AM, December 03, 2007, Anonymous Vashir said...

"Politicians read blogs"

Either the politicians read it half-awake, half-heartedly, or just give it a cursory look at what's going on around in ordinary people's mind.

Blogs are definitely better, but our 'leaders' are busy bickering over who gets the cup and who gets the saucer rather than trying to figure out how to make tea. They don't read our blogs, even if they did, they just ignore them.

One day, they'll pay for not listening to people.

One more thing, you need to post as often as Wagle does or else you'll lose to your competition!

 
At 9:38 PM, December 03, 2007, Blogger Ananta Acharya said...

I get to know about blogs (Nepali) from your and some other blogs. The nepali bloggers have been very enthusiastic to open and account and start writing, they write for 1-2 months and end, may be the lack of professionalism, lack of time and most importantly, lack of subject matter. with more than 4-500 blogs listed in www.blogger.com.np (and many more unlisted) only few are still walking and running. I tried to compile a list of active blogs they listed in that site in different parts. I have done two parts now. www.anantablogs.blogspot.com

 
At 10:20 AM, December 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahaha,
blogdai don't you have anything relevant to write about? Why are you telling us about the significance of your blog or blogs? We are not idiots ,alright. We know man, we know. So, just go and praise the king or something.
sanky

 
At 10:14 AM, December 06, 2007, Blogger blogdai said...

Well, apparently you and many others don't "know" about the power of blogs or you would not fill our postings with childish chat-room tripe.

these blogs should be your gathering place; your place to organize movements and plan events. Above all, Nepal blogs give you your chance to voice dissent and dissatisfaction with the current regime in front of thousands of readers. When and where else in Nepal has large scale public dissent with government been tolerated?

We expect nothing less than to change the future of Nepal with our voices. This is why blogdai has turned on the moderation function permanently. I've given you all 2 years to shout down each other and name call. Now I want serious ideas and real thought, good or bad, plus or minus.

If you can't stand real issues, find a chat room.

-=blogdai

 
At 6:57 AM, December 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with your post blogdai but I must point out that I am not in favor of your moderation policy. as much as I loath Wagle, he allows all comments to be posted. Some of them aren't relavent but that's not the point. Unless the comment is so offensive and mean sprited then you should remove them later.
Bhudai Pundit

 
At 12:24 AM, December 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a Chinese Chicken Monster. Eat me. What moderation?


Ian

 
At 6:13 AM, December 12, 2007, Blogger blogdai said...

blogdai stands humbled by such an imposing fowl, yet, culinarily, I'd prefer a nice lobster pate' and a 2000 Barolo.

Yes chickadees, moderation is now off.

-=blogdai

 
At 6:31 PM, December 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blog dai. The Nepal media and their ideologically similar international counterparts have a choke-hold on opinions in Nepal. Blogs have served to increase the chances that alternative ideas find room somewhere. In the western media, there are counter-vailing forces to bias. None exist in Nepal so blogs are essential. You bet we'll blog on.

 
At 5:24 AM, January 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Politicians read blogs"
What a joke!
Do you know most of the nepali politician even dont check their emails? I dont say, none of them read your blogs but most of them dont read. They dont care what the hell you write or what the hell Kantipur publishes.
Blog is good platform to express the views for them who doesnot want to be rejected by Editor. And who wants to vomit their personal matter in internet. And who thinks master of mind themselves like you and Wagle.

 
At 4:32 AM, January 16, 2008, Blogger blogdai said...

We do get quite a few personal comments from leaders that, rather than "vomit" an opinion here, send it to blogdai personally at blogdai@nepalimail.com.

Madhu Rachman Acharya, for one, has sent a comment. As has Ram Chandra Poudel. No Koirala comments to date, I'm aftraid. Hmm, perhaps we are a little too hard on them?

Open your eyes, learn some grammar and realize that the world is an open book, and yes, even our greedy, inept politicians DO read blogs.

-=blogdai

 
At 8:53 AM, February 08, 2008, Anonymous budohousewife said...

Greetings from New Jersey, USA blogdai.

I was one of those "curious enough to Google 'Nepal Blog'". Thanks for the interesting reading.

 
At 8:24 PM, March 14, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

doing good work...

 

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