Pakistani Blogs by SAJ Shirazi
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excerpts from "Discover the power of blogging" by S. A. J. Shirazi
[http://www.mblog.com/light_within/ ], Dawn Sci-tech World (29 May 2004)
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[...] Local blogs are a whole new world out there. As anywhere else, Pakistani blogs offer a view of what is thought in public and discussed in private. Bloggers here vent, flirt, and tell jokes. They also waffle, whine, or weasel. Some folk showcase their work with by lines of their own choosing or propagate a cause. Some users are producing surprisingly good qualities while some others are sloppy and rudderless.
Pakistani bloggers seem to be very innovative. Their blogs are oozing out with individualism and diversity. During my hunt, I have seen translation of a complete book by one writer posted on a blog - single entry! Blogging is still not an economic hobbyhorse here but one can see some sponsored ads on a few blogs already. Many use them as a safe storage place to keep their hard disks free. Photo blogs are being used as online family photo albums.
Zahid Shahzad, a Pakistani IT professional who has migrated to Australia, had his CV pasted on his sole blog when he was looking for job. "Whatever I have in my personal computer is also on some of my private blogs! (not assessable by others) and I can access them where ever I happen to be," says an avid blogger Karim Dad. Though English is a predominant language at the net but look for it and you may find blogs in all languages including Urdu as well.
There are still some impediments, the most obvious being access to technology, lack of purpose to reach out to the world and matters of ego and social background. Email conversations with local bloggers revealed some more reservations: People are afraid to speak up.
Mastery of language, technical, or compositional skills are another set of barriers for those who do not have them. Karim Dad thinks, "Though these days blogging is as easy as signing in for email account and operating it yet those who are gifted with writing skills are often web novice and those who are skilful internet users have nothing much to say."
There are almost as many critics as there are enthusiasts of blogging trend. But evidence is that Weblogs have already become more than just a passing whim. Critics, however, say that this "inconsequential chatter" has given rise to plagiarism of a different kind and the whole thing is nothing but recycling. There is hardly anything original in blogs.
Some users just mark their presence; create a blog, post initial entry, submit it to one or two blog directories and forget about it. Frequent switchers leave one service and join another to build their blog afresh. More blogs are coming up every day.
A few bloggers decide to dump their labour of love in cyber graveyard for good after some time due to variety of reason: blogging as an activity cease to have an importance in their lives, or they do not have enough to say in their blogs.
Aamir Waqas says, "I started blogging because I have an opinion and I wanted to have a place where I could voice my views about things around. Moreover, everyone else was having one in my circle. Writing is a very daunting job sometimes. The stress of daily updates became a distraction in my work and I left it after doing it for a year."
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BEING IN THE WORLD
Daily Dose of Articles
Eatonweb Pak blog directory
Life is Full of Little Surprises
Rai Umair's views
Search for love in Karachi
Tee Emm's Window to Pakistan
the b. files: exploration into the unknown
the next gold rush!!!
The Silent Spring Flows
therapy? or self destruction?
to-ing and fro-ing
where i dream in BLUE
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http://www.dawn.com/weekly/science/science1.htm [valid till 4 June 2004]
http://www.mblog.com/light_within/050939.html [permanent link]