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Blogger Meets are always fun and exciting to anticipate and my first Indiblogger meet was no exception. This is my second Blogger interaction, the first being the one held in Goa last July.

A blogger friend of mine sent me a message last weekend, asking if I was planning to attend the IndiBlogger ASUS Meet at the ITC Gardenia on Friday, January 30th. As tempted as I was to concur, there was the small problem of it being a Friday evening and a lack of a babysitter for my child. But, my attendance at the meet was written in the stars! In under an hour, it so happened that I found a sitter, found transport and excitedly clicked on the ‘Invite’ Link in my e-mail. That’s it! The stage was set.

Knowing what a killer traffic in Bangalore can be, Aparna and I set out early to reach the destination on time. Suffice to say, we were among the earliest there. Well, at least we had time to stroll around and take in the beauty that is the ITC Gardenia.

It was such fun to start identifying bloggers from their pictures on the Indiblogger or Twitter pictures. As always, it makes me wonder if we identify people more by their names or their blogs. Food for thought, maybe? But, whether we actually knew each other or not, the smiles were warm and the hugs were genuine.

Soon after, we trotted into the main event where post a quick registration, we found our seats at tables set up for the evening. More introductions followed and the much-awaited appetisers started making an appearance. (What’s a meet without food?)

A Death Metal concert kicked things off and kicked them into high gear, getting all the bloggers on their feet, pumping their fists in the air, expunging ‘Hur’ from their chests (which I doubt we had in us) and head banging Β their way into the mood for the evening. I felt like I was back in college, cheering the band from the audience, being deafened by the speakers and getting into the groove of all things fun!

This was followed by a really interesting session, fairly unique in my experience. We were asked to go around and ask bloggers to share a personal item of theirs which they would part with forever- a token of their friendship, you could say. While most of us cleverly exchanged items with people around us at the same table, there were some enterprising ones who managed to garner over 18 items! Next time, Indiblogger, I am carrying an army of personal items from my de-cluttering list: Give things away and clear up the house- two birds with one stone.

ASUS India then took the stage to talk to us about the two products that were launching in India- the ASUS EEEBook X205TAΒ and the ASUS All in one PC ET 2040.

The Product Manager of ASUS took centre stage and gave a quick, interesting overview of the specifications of each product, walking us through the key points such as battery life, gesture control, Internal storage and expandable memory, multi- USB compatibility among others.

Bloggers were invited to ask questions of the ASUS team , which they clarified with patience and honesty. We then were called on to check out the models of both products on display and check out the features for ourselves.

As a brand, ASUS is one I use myself (a Tablet) and as far as performance is concerned, I have had no complaints thus far. I have had my eye on a Netbook for a while now and the price point on the ASUS EEEBook is too good to pass up. So, that’s going on my wish list for sure.

Well, after this, it was time to settle in. No, wait! I mean, it was time to get back on our feet, form groups, create an ad for blogging, Mad-Ad style. It was back to college again! Indiblogger, you sure have a way of making me nostalgic. All through the evening, MC Anoop did a fabulous job of keeping the bloggers engaged, keeping us laughing and keeping us out of our chairs! The entire Indiblogger team deserves an ovation for the effort made all evening.

MC Anoop holding sway

ITC Gardenia made sure we left with the grins on our faces intact and our tummies filled with the delectable buffet of the evening. More meets at ITC Gardenia;Β that’s going to be my new mantra! πŸ˜‰

The cherry on the cake was when I came home, told my daughter about the meet and watched her jump up and declare that she would grow up to be a blogger one day! I must be doing something right. πŸ˜‰

What do I love about Blogger Meets? Well, that one’s easy to answer:
  • Putting a face to the names that we have only seen on the Web
  • Β Meeting other souls who identify with the concept of writing for the love of it
  • Oh and of course, walking into a room, introducing yourself as a blogger and not feeling out of place. πŸ˜‰

So, here is a BIG Thank You to the folks at Indiblogger and Asus India for bringing us all together in the spirit of blogging and making January a month to remember.

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Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.

tulika singh · January 31, 2015 at 6:19 pm

I've never ever gone to a blogger meet and I'm feeling very very envious. Looks like you guys had such fun. · January 31, 2015 at 6:41 pm

Summed it up perfectly. Awesome to meet you Offline too πŸ™‚

taleoftwotomatoes · January 31, 2015 at 7:32 pm

Wow! Never been to one! Glad to know you had a great time!

Inderpreet Kaur Uppal · January 31, 2015 at 10:20 pm

That was a super cool experience and what lovely photos. I wish I would also go to one!
Saw the pics on fb too!

Usha Menon · February 1, 2015 at 1:50 am

Wow, you had great fun. I can imagine the nice feeling of coming face to face with fellow blogger friends.

Rachna · February 1, 2015 at 2:03 am

It was great fun. A nice round up of the events. And so loved meeting you, just how I'd thought you to be. Felt like meeting an old friend. Here's to many more such meets.

Rachna · February 1, 2015 at 2:03 am

It was great fun. A nice round up of the events. And so loved meeting you, just how I'd thought you to be. Felt like meeting an old friend. Here's to many more such meets.

Vidya Sury · February 1, 2015 at 5:38 am

πŸ™‚ Hope there are many meets this year! πŸ™‚

Aparna · February 1, 2015 at 10:38 am

Lovely account Shailaja, I had so much fun too! Looking forward to the next one ;).

Shailaja V · February 1, 2015 at 4:49 pm

I was actually telling Aparna that you are one person I would dearly love to meet soon! Blogging has been such a blessing for me and you and she are among the most important driving forces for me!

Shailaja V · February 1, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Thanks Sid. I reciprocate. Although, I think we need to meet again to do complete justice to all that we need to speak about πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · February 1, 2015 at 4:50 pm

You should totally go for one if it comes to your city. Do not miss it!

Shailaja V · February 1, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Yes Inderpreet! It was fabulous to put it mildly. Do see if you can make it to one soon πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · February 1, 2015 at 4:51 pm

It was a very enjoyable feeling indeed, Usha Madam πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · February 1, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Rachna, you said it. I never felt like I was meeting you for the first time. Your warmth and friendliness online translates so well offline too. Loved, loved, loved meeting you πŸ™‚ Yes, to more such meets!

Shailaja V · February 1, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Amen to that Vidya . Maybe more in Goa too πŸ˜‰

Shailaja V · February 1, 2015 at 4:53 pm

Thanks Aparna. I owe it to you, your awesome driving and of course, your sunny company πŸ™‚

Keirthana · February 4, 2015 at 4:41 pm

It was an awesome experience indeed! So glad to have met you in person πŸ™‚

AshG(Bubbly Buddy) · February 10, 2015 at 11:00 am

Super Cool Event .Summed up Perfectly .:-)

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