Sunday, May 29, 2005

You there, write something about blogging!

Thats probably what the editor of the Pune Times said to one of his reporters. And the result was this. An article on how blogs affect buying behaviour.

How is that? Well, a number of bloggers are keying in their personal experiences with the products used. Sometimes its good and sometimes bad. "Because its absolutely frank and non-biased, I pay attention what is written on blog-sites (sic)", says.....

The article then goes on to suggest that many people make consumption choices based on the experiences of others they read on blogs.

Here's my take on things. People who post their experiences on products on the net are not particularly popular bloggers. Therefore it follows that most of the people who read such blogs are those who know the bloggers in real life. So here's the thing. If your friend has a bad/good experience with a product and blogs about it, chances are that he/she's told you about it already. So why credit blogs with changing consumer behaviour? The article seems like a contrived effort to write something about blogging, the new "in" thing over at the Mainstream Media.

My advice to the Pune Times: Seriously guys, stick to the parties. Leave the serious reporting to the proffessionals.

7 Comments:

Blogger Kunal Thakar said...

To be fair to these guys, blogs are changing habits of people. Movie watching is a big example.
Having said that, I haven't seen a single blog which talks about hair shampoo brands and other such things the article talks about. Now, that is taking things a bit too far.

7:54 AM  
Blogger Salil said...

I think I'll take a cue from the PT guys... I'm planning to write a blog post on the advantages of using Hamam soap over Medimix ;-)!

10:35 AM  
Blogger Kunal said...

In that case grocery stores all over Pune will be swamped by Engineering College girls wanting to buy Medimix!

10:53 AM  
Blogger Ajay said...

I'm inclined to think that this article may be 'inspired' by some article in the US media. There are gadget-specific blogs like gizmodo and engadget, which have a large following, and offer supposedly unbiased opinions on the latest in gadgets and gizmos. A google search may have yielded some neat article ready for filching.

3:41 PM  
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9:25 PM  
Anonymous intellectual said...

you know what guys? atleast pune times has the guts to do something with their lives! notlike u losers who sit here and write bullshit in such useless assholic troll-fucker sites! you are a piece of useless shit.

3:15 AM  
Blogger Poons said...

Last night we had a discussion sitting on our balcony. It was about the found everywhere article "India a super power in 2XXX". Why do people project facts on future and give us a dream? What is the motive behind the much popular topic? After all with the current army of politicians with selfish ambitions and agendas, a work force who doesn't care about anything but his occasional pegs and 3 meals, youth with a preconceived notion of Is Desh Ka Kuch Nahi Ho Sakta, Is desh ka kuch nahi ho sakta. So what are these people trying to do, make us live in a fairyland, making us ignorant of the stark realities or are they trying to give us hope. Hope is another 4 letter word though not as popular these days as it's counterpart but it still, does have the same significance as it had when we dreamt of an independent nation.Read more: HOPE:Future of India

11:11 AM  

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