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    Blogging in Indian Society & How you can Bring Change

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    Blogging in India is growing at a great pace but the biggest question is: Will blogging ever be considered a mainstream career option in Indian society ?? Many of you who are part of Indian blogging as a part-time blogger, might not feel what a difference does it makes to be a full-time blogger in Indian society. In this article I will be sharing some funny facts and bitter truth about working from home in Indian society.

    Blogging in India Blogging in Indian Society & How you can Bring Change

    Professional blogging in India is still not considered as a Full-time job. In fact, anything which involves online work, is mostly considered a part-time job. Some major reasons are computer illiteracy and the generation gap. Let’s look at some of the facts about professional blogging in Indian society.

    Working from home is not for everyone :

    Accept it or not, Indian society is conservative, and to bring any change in people’s mindset or belief is a difficult task . Work from home in India is always considered as a part-time job, and only for passive income. More over , a young guy (23-35) working from home all the time is somehow unacceptable in society . Though we can always say we don’t care about society and what people think , but the bitter truth is that it matters at the end of the day. Maybe not to you, but to the people connected to you.

    Another reason, why internet work is never considered as a main source of Income: a large percentage of Indian population (70-72%) lives in rural India and internet is not in widespread use there.

    Explaining blogging to people is hard:

    I’ve been a professional blogger for the last 4 years, and probably more than 1000 times people have asked me “what do I do for living”??  When ever I say “I’m a blogger”, I can see the confused faces asking “What is blogging ??”

    Here is a funny fact:

    Even if I manage to explain about blogging, the next question comes “Do you really make money form blogging??” A couple days back I was waiting at the passport office for my turn and I happened to have a conversation with part of the rising and shining Indian future, a young BCA (Bachelor of Computer Applications) graduate. I was surprised to find out he had no idea about blogging, Internet marketing, or anything to do with online ways to make money. This is not a case of just one person, but a majority of the Indian population are not aware of blogs or blogging.

    If I have to blame anyone for such ignorance it would be the Indian education system which is limited to textBook knowledge rather than practical education. Most of the time I just end the conversation by saying “I create websites.” I’m sure I’m not the only one giving such answers.

    Bringing a change in Indian society with blogging:

    If you know my style of writing, I’m sure you would be expecting a solution or  work-around to this problem. If you are reading this article, you are one of those bright minds of the Indian future who holds the power to bring change in Indian society, or any country you reside in.

    Start educating:

    Invite your friends, relatives or people who are in desperate need of work, and educate them about blogging or other online work . Tell them blogging is not just about writing poetry or your midnight thoughts, but it’s a way to bring change for you and for others. You can also earn smart passive income from it, and you never know when you may turn out to be next big thing.

    Tell them – not only you will be changing the society with your thoughts and educating people with your knowledge but you will be earning a name, and fame for yourself. You will be opening a new doorway for passive income. Tell your retired army officer relative- you have protected the country from enemies and now it’s time to use your wisdom to educate the young future of India. Start a blog, or if you don’t like writing, start video blogging.

    Tell your angry friends- if they don’t like girls being raped on Indian roads, instead of ranting on Facebook, write a blog on self-defense for girls. Write an article on how a girl should not get in such a situation, or what Indian government should do to ensure women’s safety. The scope is endless; the best thing which you can do is to educate them about the most lethal weapon we humans have: writing.

    Show Them Money:

    Whenever I talk about blogging, my intent is not to advocate your daily diary blog, but using your blog to earn some income. Believe it or not, money is one of the biggest motivational factors and it’s a need too. Blogging is fun and interesting and at the same time, and if people were aware of the money factor involved in blogging, it would give an extra edge. Many professional bloggers from India are making up to 1-10 Lack/month from blogging itself, which is equal to a good 2-3 year income of a software engineer.  There are ad networks like Google AdSense which are easy to use and help you make passive income.

    Corporates are also taking blogging seriously:

    We have already discussed how much has social media has changed society and the role of social shopping in consumer decision-making. There is no second thought; blogs help in making people decision. Now, many PR companies are taking blogging seriously, and they engage with bloggers. Mobile companies like Nokia and Samsung are working closely with bloggers to get the word out for their products and its working great for them. Realizing the importance of inbound marketing, most of big companies are now setting up separate budgets for Bloggers’ engagements and events. In fact, many of them also hold separate events for bloggers apart from press events.

    Here are some of my observations from my experience:

    • Guys are more active in the Indian Blogosphere.
    • Girls starts blogging, but very few of them continue it for long.
    • A majority of Indian blogs are technology niche oriented.
    • A major problem with the Indian blogosphere is lack of initial funding and right direction.
    • College students (and the age group 16-25) are very active.

    There are many 3rd party communities like BlogAdda, Indiblogger, which are working hard to create a community for Indian bloggers and connecting corporates with Indian bloggers, which certainly deserves a mention here.  In nutshell, blogging in India is booming, but what missing is direction. You and I together can always bring a change and by the end of the day; the biggest changes in human history always started from a small room. Let that room be us!

    This is just a small blogosphere of Indian blogging from my eyes. If you want to add any interesting facts about blogging in Indian society, do add it via comment.

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    Avi Jit (skyhitblog)

    Hi! Harsh. I appreciate this article of yours. And the point you mentioned “Show ‘em the Money”. Really, without seeing proofs none will take our advice or route. You’re right, it’s our time to develop ourselves and also others. So educating others and showing them the power of blogging is the right way to bring a change. Keep it up bro. :-)

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    Mayur

    I agree with you brother, Right now I am a full time blogger, but When I asked my parents about to start my blogging journey, they just told me do whatever you want. Well, you are right, it’s unacceptable in our society by sitting whole day at home. Whether we are working or not. In my society many society members asked my family members about me that what he doing ? They simply answer them in simple words “Website Designing at home” :D Because that people can’t understand blogging.
    Well, I am not a professional blogger yet, but raising my income slowly as everyone do.

    About The Funny Fact :
    “A young BCA (bachelor of computer applications) graduate and I was surprised to know he had no idea about blogging, Internet marketing”……..

    Recently, the same thing was happened in one Indian Television questionnaire based Show.

    A questioner asked the question for a BCA Graduate Girl, the question was “What is .Com means ?”
    She doesn’t know the answer, questioner surprised too!! . The girl replied that she never learned about it during her whole study !!!! !!!

    That’s a real fact about Indian study. No Practical knowledge and its Only limited to textbook knowledge. Well, I am not blaming the whole education system, because 40% of universities in India provide quality education.

    Another Fact :
    When I was studying in my BCA Last year, during our regular talk on email topic, the professor asked us That what is Yahoo ? Almost 60% students are silent and with question marks on the faces!!!

    I hope this all things will be changed soon.

    PS: Because of this long comment, I Want to tell Akismet That i am not spammer :P

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    Pradosh

    Very true Harsh
    No one here likes to bring a change, everyone follows the tradition of collage and then job in an company.

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    Hemanth Kumar

    Hi Harsh, We can blame education system, but there are so many other things to do. When I was a student I started blogging but I didnt have good internet connection, and no encouragement from people around me, most of them think am wasting time. I didnt continued blogging properly, and now also am doing blogging but as an professional employee not able to get the time required. And also not many bloggers got succeed, in India anything is measured with $$$$$$… earned. I can say, start and do blogging for money, but if you want money you should be passionate and persistent.

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    chaitanya

    Dude I Too agree with u ..

    we both are in same age group . i am working for on of the Leading It Company .i started my blog with 80 k investment for content writers and all . every one is saying you are just wasting your money. i have discussed about blogging with my company web-designer he told its waste of time don’t waste your money in blogging . every one is discouraging only shoutmeloud is encouraging :)

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    Arpan

    Hey, Harsh I also agreed and experienceed all the facts you discussed in the article.
    Specially fact about (BCA) guy. I faced that problem most of time in my college even after my college is a engineering college max. Students and teaching faculties don,t know about blogging.

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    Ravi kumar

    Absolutely said that the development of blogging in India is not yet. No body know about it. I am also Full time blogger and Freelancer after my B.Sc.(Information Technology). Now I have done my MCA and doing the same. In the initial phase, no body is going to believe in this work, because lot of struggle were there, and money had not come also. So people take this crazy and funny.

    Now, as it is my full time job, so people(parents, society) aspect money from it. If you are earning good also, people of Indian can not believe on it.

    It takes time to understand the people of India, where people can not think about women safety and security.

    Thanks

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    jaspreet

    lol…that line you written I create website…dats the same story with me happen everytime :P great post bro

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    shyantan

    you are true harsh ,
    the first point that ” Indian society does not accept the person who work from home” they really think that he don’t work
    and the second point ” explaining the people”
    it is the most toughest thing even itis difficult to explain my mom-dad what is blogging and what its future. they think i am just playing in my computer,
    one hope blogging become popular that it became a subject in our course and we don’t have explain peoples

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    Ravi

    Everyone tries to find a Job where he can act like he/she want with good money and stability, nobody will deny such Job.But Indian Society is generally obsessed with Office Jobs to show everyone what status they Pursue. But is such office jobs they don’t get neither Personal Improvement Nor Professional Improvement. Just like they are stuck to something for nothing. So Blogging is far Better as you have to constantly read and write which gives great Knowledge and ability to express yourself to the world.

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    sid

    Noob bloggers need right direction and funds. This was the most lightning point in your article. I also agree Avi Jit’s opinion.

    One true fact.

    My parents and relatives used to scold me for sitting in front of computer just after the arrival from school. They actually didn’t know what I was doing in front of it and that’s why. But I could shut all their mouth after the arrival of my first check. Which was around 28 k.
    The funny part

    The most unsupported uncle later approached me by saying ” can you please tell me how to start a blog like this?”

    India must put forward some acts to raise blogging to the next level.

    PS : Usually I don’t comment with long texts. But after reading this, I couldn’t actually cover my experience. Awesome penning and interesting.

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    tejas

    well said harsh..:)
    its mentality of people what should change..And look towards blogging as a bright future..:)

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    Sudeep Kumar Rana

    Time is changing and now people have started understanding what internet is all about but what is blogging they have no idea. It will take time and till then we have to say the same thing. We Make Websites.

    Nice post Harsh.

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    Search Ramble

    “I create websites” — Nailed it..
    leave blogging aside.. it’s hard to explain that there is something like optimization..the websites you visit on a daily basis needs optimization and proper marketing and there are ppl behind it to do the same..

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    Sai Kumar

    Hi Harsh, Great Article bro. You are right bro, Many people asked me what is blogging..How we earn with blogging ? I said them clearly but they couldn’t understand and finally i end up with saying that am a Web Designer.

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    Santanu

    Very nice article Harshe. As a software engineer I know how much time I can get for my blog. But from last 2 year I have learned a lot. I came to know about blogging on my 4th year of profession and within 2 years I am able to reach 7K this month. I just can’t explain how it feels to me. Earlier I don’t feel like sharing about this sight of me to anyone, but now I feel that I should tell about this to my friends. I did that but unfortunately none of them found it useful or meaningful.
    Anyway I am doing blogging too feed my passion like all of you.
    Thanks for sharing such a nice article Harshe.

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    Kumar Gauraw

    Harsh,
    I agree with your enthusiasm as well. Me too think you’ve a point. However, I don’t blame India education system because India, as a country has achieved a lot of success with the education system we have.
    Yes, everything needs to change with time and a large ship like a nation doesn’t move as fast as technology does. Therefore, rather than blaming the system for our personal failures as students, professionals and entrepreneurs, the key is to take charge of our lives, keep an open mind and adapt.
    If we as individuals take care of ourselves and our own families on fronts like education, finance, ethical values etc, the country will take care of itself pretty well :-) What do you think?

    Regards,
    Kumar

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    raman bathina

    Harsh i agree with you,i also face the same situation from my friends.They asks me blogging is really worthful?i say yes but they are not satisfied with that answer.So i want to show a powerful proof with blogging and definitely i will prove it.

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    Ankit Bansal

    I just love blogging as a hobby and I’m interested to make money from it too. Due to my parents pressure and society, I worked in one import and export business for 1 year and I didn’t gained anything after 1 year and I also left blogging. This is the main problem that in our society people gives more value to person having office or business not the person working at home. But now I’ve left that job and stepping back in the world of blogging and this time I want to build my career in it along with my hobby.

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    Ravi budhwar

    Well This is the problem always in our society and Infact in My area students are also not aware means they are also thinking same that you can’t make money from Internet and also they think it is just time waste activity and i am part time blogger who just started blogging and even i am surprised more when students don’t know what is blogging.

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    Poonam Arora

    You have raised a very important point regarding the attitude of people towards full-time bloggers. In our Indian society, as long as your working outside your home, everything is okay but if you are working from home, people don’t take you seriously. The only advice I would give to aspiring professional bloggers is to just answer people’s question with a smile and leave it at that. Let them know that you earn a decent income through blogging and it has a great future and if they are interested you would love to discuss it with them sometime. Leave it at that. If you are confident about your professional choice, it will definitely show through and people will stop bugging you.

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    Shorya Bist

    Hi Harsh,

    Very nice article bro, starting with the experience when you say you are a blogger and you earn money by blogging and from the opposite side you get a face expression as if you have said that 2 +3 = 6. Same happened with me every time when my friends and realtives ask me what do i do.

    The facts you have mentioned are very correct which also do believe ,third point what you said almost indian bloggers write technology ,i think this is because intial technology blogger got success so everyone think that this is the key.

    Indian is really lacking behind in internet.As you said more percent of India is in rural areas.So education and awareness is very important i really agree with you on this point.

    Thank You
    Shorya Bist
    From Youthofest

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    harshit

    nice points harsh, i totally agree that explaining blogging to someone is very hard work but there is also a point that if anybody understand what blogging can do for them then its a piece of gold.

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    Reeta

    Very interesting article and you do have a point (a couple actually!). Blogging as a source of income has a huge potential in India. Maybe not for the 70% living in rural areas, but even the remaining, seemingly small 30% translates into a huge number. Just because we are that many :)

    But I’d like to point out here that even in a tech-savvy, advanced country like the United States blogging might no longer be a novel concept; but blogging as the only source of income still is. Yes, there are a lot of people doing so very successfully. But I doubt if it’s recognized as a full-time job.

    Hope that changes with time!

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    No Nonsense Finance Portal

    Its about time that Digital Marketing and related are taught in schools and management schools. There is no doubt that DM is gonna be huge. Blogging is gonna grow. The number of Readers and Bloggers are growing fast. There is no doubt that blogging will be placed along engineering, accountant and others as a career option. Maybe we need more time! Especially in India where accepting changes is sort of a taboo

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    Harsh Agrawal

    I agree with you, change will happen, but it will take some time. Meanwhile, here at ShoutMeLoud, we accept comments from people with real name. I would, request you to use your name while commenting. Thanks for dropping by. :)

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    sahil

    @Harsh
    This is truly awesome article.
    and center of this discussion is “Direction towards blogging”
    i totally agree with that.
    i do agree blog brings passive income but at the same time u r creating some business path as well
    also i agree with the point of invoking awareness amongst friends and relatives

    keep posting such motivating articles

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    Harsh Agrawal

    Thanks for your comment Sahil, and yes I have plans for similar content in coming days.

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    Sachin

    Harsh..you touched my mind too! Its not only our education system but our approach toward education is also a cause…..we get degree only to get a JOB (Just Over Broke) and end up RUNNING A RAT RACE instead of OWNING A BUSINESS!

    I do earn descent amount of money online (I do micro-blogging) but it is hard to convince my friends that blogging can be a business. Lets see if shout network can able to bring some change in this!

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    Dhruv Bhagat

    I told my parents about doing work from home and earn through internet.. I didn’t tell yet how much I earn from it.. Being a student, they are happy seeing me doing something at home instead of other guys going to late night parties and get drunk and all.

    But still, they say that nothing can be prepared to 9to5 job..

    Though, I don’t earn much but I want to show how much exactly a person can earn through just “sitting at home” (their words)..

    That was a great post man..!! Quite motivational :)

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    Fazal Mayar

    What an inspirational post Harsh. When I first discovered blogging, I discovered my dream. I discovered that making money online and at home is possible. Travelling while you have a business online is a good dream. Without proper education and contacts its not that easy to succeed, reading a lot is a must thats why blogs exist. I stopped my activities because of dry eyes but my main point is that when you pursue a dream, it can be achieved. Internet marketing or blogging ventures takes time.

    Anyways, you are representing indian bloggers very well Harsh, you just show your humanity side of yours. India needs more bloggers as employment can be limited and those living in rural can make a living online. What if blogging can end a bit of poverty in India and provide some food for poor kids? Im positive blogging in india will just grow day by day.

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    Shubhashish Shukla

    Well the best way to do that in India is to, blog blog and blog and then show your Adsense check doesn’t matter if it is even Rs. 5000. But after that no one can say to you that its all fake you won’t ever get anything. Actually it gets to the nerve when you trust something like the only ray of hope.

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    krishna chaitanya

    hi harsh
    Its a great way to change the indian society but i have question
    in india we only have blogs about tech or blog or entertainment but do we scope for any other subject like politics , sports, innovations in world etc…

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    Harsh Agrawal

    @Krishna
    There is scope for every niche, but what matters is how you take it to next level. Remember, FakeIPLplayer?
    One problem with niche lie Politics and sports is, they are seasonal and money from ads is less there. Though, you can always create them as a brand and earn from it.

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    Nihar

    You are absolutely right. I myself have faced this problem of trying to explain what is blogging and how we can earn money out of it.

    Even in most of the young people, very few know that you can actually blog and earn money…

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    Hardik Mangla

    i’m totally agree with your points. Now-a-days blogging in India is passion, there are many aspirants bloggers out there. The biggest problem is that no-body have patience, everybody just wants to make money by hook or by crook. If i show my adsense cheque to somebody then they just want to learn it so badly, but after 1-2 months, they ended up doing nothing, its because they don’t have patience, We can earn through blogging, but its not overnight or in a month, it takes time.

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    Abhay

    Yes Harsh, what you have mentioned is true. I would say Indian society is more ignorant rather being conservative. If you take example for work for home, most of the rural and small businesses are getting energized from homes. Internet is a new medium to Indian society, it will take time to get it into mainstream. These days railways and banking are the synonyms for professional internet usage for an average Indian, though urban Indians have stretched their hands for more of these. It is a natures fact, things which establish slowly last longer. There will be a day things and thoughts will change to change the future and the destiny of India.

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    Sanket

    Hi Harsh, I always follow you blog and undoubtedly you are one of the my favorite blogger in India. Even I can say that you are inspiration to me to start blogging. Same question I got from people in my society and I found myself in awkward position to let them understand that what is blogging. At the end of the our conversation I only can say that i create websites. This post seems like I am talking to someone about my experience.

    Regards,
    Sanket

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    Aliakbar Fakhri

    Awesome Article, I started my blogging when i was at 10th but all in my family members and friends need to scold me as what i was doing, But after receiving my First check all were surprised and most of my friends started asking me how to make a blog and start online Income.

    In India very less knows about Blogging, even many of them thinks blogging is just a flexible income

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    Sk. Noman Ahmed

    Very good post on Blogging. I appreciate your writing and the kind of the language you used in your blog post. You have discussed very true facts of Blogging & Yes. It’s Really Our Time to change the Face of the Blogging and India.
    Thanks a Lot.

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    Anchit Shethia

    I don’t want to influence others to join blogging seeing my money or my blogging ventures.
    Instead, I want to bring change to Indian mentality by writing and publicising what is right.
    I am trying hard to get people to me and tell them their social issues so I can write on it and try to change people’s mind.
    I recently started my personal blog and I encourage everyone to leave comments and email and tell me about their social issues, poor Indian mentality like child marriages in their area, abortion etc.
    I want to influence people’s thoughts on these issues using my blog.
    I want to make a community of like minded 21st century thoughts. I am not telling be open minded like Americans and Europeans, but the typical Indian mentality (Child marriage, Dynastic rule etc) needs to be eradicated asap!

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    Abhishek Gupta

    Hi

    Blogging in India has evolved drastically over the years. I still remember that when I was in college we used to treat it as an activity to earn some pocket money.. However, today I know many people who actually earn a few lacs a month by just blogging and maintaining a few websites online….

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