The Journey Has Begun – Lahore Blogger’s Meetup

Bloggers in Pakistan today proved their existence in real lives, when more than 100 bloggers engaged themselves in an exciting gathering at SC-4 Hall, LUMS – Lahore. This meet-up is meant to be the start of a journey that was badly required from a community that has been actively playing its role to fulfill Pakistan’s online needs.

Though bloggers have been aggressively reporting about social, cultural, educational, industrial, business and political issues coming across, but they had been missing a very important part – ‘ in person interaction with the real world’ which they accomplished today; thanks to Badar Khusnood, Pakistan Country Consultant, Google, Inc., CIO Pakistan and hosted by LUMS IEEE Students.

Meet-up basically aimed at connecting bloggers with each other to better perform in terms of content quality and revenues by sharing their experiences and expertise.

Meet-up went live as scheduled at 3:00 PM ,local time, with Khurram Amin hosting the show. Badar Khusnood was first to appear on the dice with an informative slide show that contained basic information for setting up a blog and about creating adsense account to be incorporated in blogs; for generating handsome amount of revenues. Along with he kept on responding to questions from beginners in real time.

Badar was able to convince non-bloggers that they can start earning handsome revenues by spending just an hour a day and with no up-front investment.

Afterwards, 20 years old blogger from Islamabad, Saad Hamid came up with his blog (Sizlopedia) story to impress the audience. He revealed that he is earning around $6,000 a month from a hobby that he started by just filling his leisure time, back in January 2007. He discussed about incentives, threats, hurdles and real essence of blogging which actually helped him reach this level.

After Saad Hamid, Maryam Nasim, a housewife from Lahore showcased her story of She is earning money by freelancing activities while staying at home. Ladies from the crowd were amazed at most to see this mother of a kid earning by spending very little time on her online venture.

Haris Nadeem, a 17 years old blogger from Lahore, of was supposed to present his success story as well, but we had to miss him due to his ongoing exams.

As the meet-up went on, bloggers introduced themselves and got involved in a discussion that solved numerous queries for beginners and raised many issues for professional bloggers.

During discussion, it was concluded that content is the king. Beginners were encouraged to bring in original content to win the credibility and ultimately the revenues. Furthermore, it was discussed that bloggers, aiming Pakistani traffic, need reliable online advertising infrastructure to increase their earnings. In this regards it was emphasized that online marketing wings of Pakistani companies must consider this growing media in their advertisement campaigns.

I may not name all the bloggers I met there, but I want to name Ahmed Bilal of; we should be proud of this Islamabad based blogger who runs world’s largest soccer blog with average income of $6,000 a month.

At the end it was told that similar meet-ups are scheduled for Karachi and Islamabad as well.

We are sorry for not bringing the live coverage due to undesired reasons.

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Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK

  • Saad Ibrahim

    was it about money earning or blogging? :P

    • @Saad Ibrahim, money was told as an incentive for non-bloggers to start blogging : -)

      • Saad Ibrahim

        @Aamir Attaa, but from your post it sounds like they forgot the the prime reason they were there for i.e blogging and started showing off how much they earn

        • @Saad Ibrahim, yes it was sort of display of revenues to encourage non-bloggers and new bloggers to kick their blogging career.

          Though we had Lahore Metblog Team there, and they clearly mentioned their aim and passion of blogging – which has driven them to blog for as long as 5 years without earning a cent.

        • @Saad Ibrahim, Brother, it was necessary. They were displaying success stories and people were also gathering to have a look that how bloggers earn and how much. It was important to show off full potential of blogging world.

  • DocMood

    Hey why wasn’t I invited?

    • @DocMood, no one was invited, the message was spread through a Facebook page and posts on various blogs. I had anticipated this that many would get missed.

      I am sorry but you may want to catch December’s meet-up

      • @Aamir Attaa, December’s meetup? Really is there a December meetup?

  • DocMood

    lol, thanks Aamir, i was kidding really but they really should have done a better job of publicising the event. Mind you, I have been in hibernation for a week or two so i’m not surprised I missed it

  • UzEE

    The event was planned and conducted in 3-4 days I think. All this plus the sponsorships is a real tough thing to manage in this time frame.

  • shirazi

    Nice meeting you there. BTW, you have a great and very closely focused blog here.

  • Truly it was a great event. I enjoyed traveling all the way to a new city with Aamir bhai and Zeeshan, the journey was quite full of fun and discussion.

    Loved meeting new people at the meetup. Kudos to Badar and Khurram.

  • Bites85

    It was a great event. Had so much fun on the way to Lahore. Hats off to Badar and Khurram for organizing the event in no time.

  • so bad i didnt make it this time but may be next time i will join you guys to have fun.

  • FA

    it was very nice to know more people earning from blogging and freelancing

  • utp

    good stuff…let the revolution begin…i didnt know soccerlens was a PAKI run blog…WONDERFUL and very inspiring…

    i guess this is one way to change things…considering the only way to get educated people in the national assembly is through the traditional way of creating a political party…

    bloggers union party ….BUP….i m up for it…revolutionary…it will take time but we will get there….i hope a lot of bloggers read this post…the future is what we youngsters and intellectuals make it…

  • Nice review.

  • It was really nice to meet and network with people of our creed including Aamir you too! :)

    • @Hasan Mubarak, Same here bro, i was amazed to see the enthusiasm and excitement amongst bloggers, especially the youngsters…!

      Let me get back to you in couple of days with an agenda to discuss with you and other senior bloggers.

  • hmmm nice to know details about it

    there should be some more publicity about the event so every one could attampt it

    any ways next time :p

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  • Irtiza

    SoccerLens is a gr8 site! but all their income does not come from legal ways. They sell/advertise/promote betting on their site which is not at all legal according to my beliefs!

  • Asim Iqbal

    Wonderful Pictures of Lahore