Is Blogging Overdose in Pakistan Hindering the Innovation?

innovation-insights-300Blogging has become an integral part of life for a lot of people. The main reasons in my opinion are usability and accessibility.

With the explosion in various platforms like Blogger and WordPress; which seems like decades ago, blogs became easy to get. You didn’t have to pay for hosting or your register a domain name, these platforms took care of that for you.

Then if you decided that you wanted to turn the traffic into money, you could use Adsense and other advertisements. Accessibility also played their part in making blogs so successful. Sign up on Blogger, WordPress, LiveJournal or your platform of and choice and you’re good to go in a few minutes.

But recently, too many blogs have started to crop up in my opinion, mainly those aimed at making money online. Everybody seems to have a blog to call it an “Online Business”.

My bone with the whole matter is that when anybody thinks of making money online, all that comes to their mind is a word called “Blogging”.

But with abundance of blogs and news websites, to standout, you have to have a great idea. Playing it safe just doesn’t work anymore. If you start a tech blog or frankly any blog, you’ll have to compete with established giants and unless you offer standout content that compels users to flock to your site, it wont work.

In such a scenario, I wonder why our youth doesn’t come up with online tools, solution oriented websites, ideas that have never been implemented before. Of course, innovation would be the key here.

Think of the most successful sites ever. The ones you have bookmarked and visit everyday. Facebook? Google? Flickr? They weren’t more of the same in their time were they? Even if they were, they improved upon everything that existed at that time period. And that’s is what got them where they are today.

This type of innovation is what is lacking right now. We don’t see the next Google or Facebook on the horizon. Maybe we have the idea for it, but we mull it over and dismiss it as sour grapes. We never give it a try, or opt for easier ways, such as blogging.

We don’t believe the next tech guru could be amongst us. But who knows. With the saturated state the Internet is in right now, it might be harder than it was ever before. But its still do-able.

After the rise of the social networks, everybody is looking at each other waiting for the next fad that sweeps over the world. Some even say that there wont be such an innovation.

But that’s what people said at the very end of the 19th century that everything that could be invented has been invented. So I guess there’s no harm in giving it a try. Innovate, experiment, create. Who knows, maybe the next Zuckerburg is amongst us.

Talal is a Director at ProPakistani. Reach out at [email protected]


  • Nakal marna toh hamari qom ki fitrat mai hai.

    • Ahmed

      Is Qaum ky ap bhe Farzand hain, aur apki Qaum Asman sy nahe utri, ye khobi aur jagha bhe mojod hai sirf Pakistanis mai he nahe. Bus kar daen khud par unglian uthana, halat sudharan.

  • And what amuses me most is most of the notable bloggers loved being called a entrepreneur. i mean this is totally funny. why we are always ages behind the world.

    Yes it’s not due to lake of technology, it’s due to mindset we have around us in our universities, our teaching techniques and so on

  • I will tell you an interesting story here. My story :)

    Years ago I started Sizlopedia.com and it CHANGED myself. Thank God I didn’t stop there. Explored bigger and better things in life. Organized TED for Pakistan. Represented the blogging community in many international events even. Visit Google Malaysia and Singapore. Also founded a charity org by the name of PehliMadad.

    I did everything. I found innovation in my own self and that’s I am where I am.

    Now look around you and you will find a million ‘pedia’ blogs but they know where it all started.

    I feel happy, content and satisfied for whatever I have done and I hope others take inspiration from this too.

    Blogging is just the first step.

    And for everyone out there, read this http://www.sizlopedia.com/2011/04/26/finally-time-to-move-on-and-find-another-basket/

    :)

    • Arent you the same guy who once said in a Pro Pakistani post that bloggers need not to pay income taxes? I wonder if that mindset has been changed.

    • waleed

      Saad did you ever got hit by a Google algorithm? Just a curious question

  • it CHANGED my life*

    • Ahmed

      So years ago it wasn’t innovation but you benefitted from the fact that not so many people were blogging?

      • Aleena

        +1

        • I think you missed the part where I tell you about things I have done other than blogging :)

          “Thank God I didn’t stop there. Explored bigger and better things in life. Organized TED for Pakistan. Represented the blogging community in many international events even. Visit Google Malaysia and Singapore. Also founded a charity org by the name of PehliMadad.”

          Haters gone hate, or so they say :D

  • Imran

    starting any other website or online tools requires developing skills and some dollars too. while blogging only require free time and writing skills. that’s why most people choose blogging for making money, but as you know blogging has stopped churning out dollars for small blogs. guess what Google figured it out how to put an end to this trend that offers no value. While there could be a few expert people … but guess what they would be making money either way they just don’t need to be dependent on blogging for money.

  • +1 Saad.

  • Hi,

    lot’s of talented people around us. but less opportunities, no r&d funds, if there are few funds they are awarded to people/teams who have studied at Harvard/MIT or Stanford.

  • Saira

    Without your own words and creativity you can’t make money on bloggers now . Recent update of Google Panda ruined copy paste . Search Ranking dropped in google . So without traffic you cannot make money online . Try to create new ideas and write our own

  • Ahmed J

    Have anyone noticed that this blog looks like a 2nd version of TechCrunch or is it just me? I mean no offence but it looks like TechCrunch.. running a successful blog needs a lot of time, skills, dedication and knowledge as well as passion about something you are blogging about. BLOGGING is not a piece of cake for everyone.