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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Blogs and Shopping Malls

I read some blogs which contain lot of interesting comments. Irrespective of the quality of content in these blogs, the comments section seem to be providing more entertainment because lot of the readers seem to be pulling the leg of the Blogger. This trend is catching on and more and more blogs are becoming popular because of this reason. My visit to such blogs can be partly attributed to the kind of people who visit these blogs. Such blogs are somewhat similar to Shopping Malls. It maybe cool to hangout in Spencer's Plaza in Chennai or Forum Mall in Bangalore. Most of us visit these malls partly for the shops (Blog content) and also partly for the crowd (Blog readers) at these malls (Blogs).

Has this happened to you?

BTW I'm in the process of building a Shopping Mall with ample parking space :-)


  • Kaps, I will be there in your shopping mall, atleast for window shopping (I mean commenting)..

    By Blogger Ram.C, at 3:08 PM  

  • Yes kaps, everytime i come to your site, it's like a shopping mall. I enjoy the comments and then get back to work ;o)

    Aww looks like you have set a precedence and now I just feel like wanting to pull every blogger.

    Anyways, I am sure you understand that i am just kidding.

    By Blogger Somu, at 3:09 PM  

  • I am a fan of analogies..

    Liked this one as much as anything else i have read so far..
    Nice thought process..

    By Blogger ioiio, at 3:17 PM  

  • Oh Kaps that is so true, I tend visit a lot of the blogs repeatedly to see the comments and the responses to the comments :)

    By Blogger WA, at 3:18 PM  

  • Yeah, you're right.

    By Blogger Jo, at 3:21 PM  

  • Agree, it's like a mini forum & also to get visits from others.

    By Blogger Maran, at 5:57 PM  

  • True very true!

    Smiles etc.,


    By Blogger Smyta, at 9:07 PM  

  • nice analogy

    By Blogger idli ideas, at 9:09 PM  

  • So true Kaps!It catches on like an epidemic so whenever I get a break I hop on to blogs to follow the comments.But It gives a nice feeling both blog content and comments.Good reasoning.

    By Blogger Anjali, at 9:31 PM  

  • LOL! I agree..some blogs are entertaining simply for readers' comments. Keep me posted on your 'new shopping mall'

    By Blogger Patrix, at 9:47 PM  

  • Kaps.. nice idea ;)

    By Blogger anantha, at 9:48 PM  

  • Kaps, you be tagged man :-)

    By Blogger Munimma, at 10:22 PM  

  • Kaps,
    happened many times :)
    but nice comparison uve brought out here!!

    By Blogger Prabha, at 10:26 PM  

  • *thinking to myself - ohh man! he is also talking abt the quality of content of my blog...

    nice article kaps....:)

    By Blogger capriciously_me, at 12:07 AM  

  • good analogy :-)
    and a hello to the other shoppers :-)

    By Blogger Balaji, at 12:57 AM  

  • kaps I'd be right there :)

    By Blogger saranyan, at 3:58 AM  

  • ok! I have parked mine now..already..;)
    there are some vandugal suthifying all blogs and pulling legs..enaku avnaga peruellam theriyum :)

    By Blogger IBH, at 4:04 AM  

  • I am a compulsive shopper here. Impulsive shopper also. So what kind of shopper am I here????
    Anyways I shop. so no probs

    By Blogger Suguna Purushothaman, at 5:43 AM  

  • If you want people to hang around your mall
    You need to offer them some really good maal

    (I prefer Sing$)


    By Blogger thennavan, at 5:58 AM  

  • absolutely man...and some of the bloggers fall 4 d trap of these pranky comments...

    By Blogger Ramana Siddharth, at 6:16 AM  

  • Nod! Nod! I guess over time crowd(blog readers) become more interesting than shops(content)! After all, its the crowd that brings in life to the shops!

    By Blogger G3, at 10:09 AM  

  • a classis example is that of "me"..

    Ezhudharadhu 3 vari.. vararadhu 300 comments.. But seriously we gotto give the kid his due.. he keeps the conversation going.. and he does it so well..

    By Blogger ioiio, at 11:18 AM  

  • Kaps,
    1) The people who visit the blog for the "comments" probably don't know what else to do in life

    If you are a "serious" blogger, people very rarely leave comments for the "sake" of commenting. Do you agree?

    By Blogger Venky Krishnamoorthy, at 11:56 AM  

  • But then there are some, where you are compelled to make a comment. This is one. Kudos.

    By Blogger Lost in trance..., at 12:41 PM  

  • hey i thot i commented on this already...

    i am having this feeling for a long long time and wrote a post abt it....check it out when u have time....


    By Blogger Me, at 1:49 PM  

  • Hmmm .. I am in mall for promotion of my product as the foot falls are high .. any such avenues???

    By Blogger Anu, at 1:52 PM  

  • Is that the reason why I wait till the "shopping mall" is packed before I drop in?

    By Blogger Baejaar, at 12:06 AM  

  • IAS is a wonderful career. Different from the corporate job. More spiritual satisfaction. Good luck kids. Emulate Nagarajan, IAS Topper from Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Tirunelveli.
    Date:20/06/2005 URL: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2005/06/20/stories/2005062000490800.htm
    All-India Services

    FOR some years now, the number of successful candidates in the all-India Services from the South, especially Tamil Nadu, has been shrinking perceptibly in comparison with those from other States. This year, only 3 Tamilian looking names have qualified for 20 vacancies of IFS; 9 for 91 of IAS and 32 out of 422 for all other Services. Of course this year's figures are better than those of the middle and late 1990s, with the added surprise of a candidate from Tamil Nadu topping the list.

    The declining number may not in itself be a reason for worry. Many bright candidates these days opt for the private sector or advanced studies abroad, whereas in earlier times, young aspirants had no other avenue to prove ourselves than all-India services.

    I learn from Sriram's IAS at Delhi, which groomed Mr S. Nagarajan to become the topper this year, that the success rate is also determined by the mix of subjects. For instance, general studies including Constitution, current affairs, economy and science and technology are tough as there are no readily available books that do justice to the three dimensions of content, language and depth.

    Reflecting their decisive role in the country's development, economic issues are coming to occupy a conspicuous position in the scheme of the examinations, calling for a thorough grasp of their complexities and intricacies. Sometimes candidates score better in, say, public administration and geography, than in technical subjects.

    Proficiency in English matters but not as much as earlier. Ideas, analysis and presentation count far more in assessing the intellectual calibre, and this is as it should be. Delhi beckons as the ideal place for preparation because of the facility of easy access to think-tanks and the variety of seminars conducted by them as also to the faculties and libraries of the Jawaharlal Nehru and Delhi Universities.

    Most candidates seem to find the need for coaching to be absolutely essential. Coaching centres run by the Universities and private institutions such as the Brilliant Tutorials and Sriram's are in great demand, because of their record of successful candidates and their ability to digest, process and present the material for use in the examinations, thus saving the time involved in preparation.

    B. S. Raghavan

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    By Anonymous Jeevan, at 6:52 AM  

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