Bloggers’ Voices: The Gathering

A dozen of Nepali bloggers gathered at the Freedom Forum on the historic day (Magh 19 – the second anniversary of King Gyanendra’s seizure of power beginning a crisis in the country which turned out to be an opportunity for Nepali bloggers) for the first-ever almost formal bloggers’ meet.

Participants of the Bloggers’ Voices: (standing) Ujjwal Acharya, Harsha Man Maharjan, Keshav Koirala, Rosha Basnet, Ghanshyam Ojha, Nabin Karki, Mohammad Tajim, (sitting) Usthab Pokhrel, Bal Mukunda, Tapas Thapa, KP Dhungana and Raj Shrestha.

Talks were mostly centered on the need of the blogging community and its benefits for all. There were talks on blogging, and even on Terai issue (much of which was done after the end of the meet).

I (or Ujjwal Acharya) put forward the ideas about how should the BLOGAN or the bloggers’ community be based on the comments of the talks in Google Group and also about the need of a community that would ‘help each others in need and work to upgrade the quality of blogs’.

Ghanshyam Ojha said the BLOGAN should be loose network of bloggers and not an association right now and we agreed with him. He also talked about his experience on blogs and blogging in USA as the Daniel Pearl Fellow. KP Dhungana gave a brief overview on the idea of BLOGAN.

Taranath Dahal, the former chairman of Federation of Nepalese Journalists and now with Freedom Forum, promised to provide the secretariat support and legal support free of cost if required.

At the end of the meet, all the bloggers agreed on principle on the following points:

  • BLOGAN should not put any restriction on bloggers other than pornography;
  • take forward the awareness of blogging by any possible ways like writing articles in traditional media or lecturing on college students or organizing workshops
  • support, link and promote each other’s blogs

We also agreed for following actions

  • hold the meeting on first Saturday of every month to talk on various issues
  • circulate a weekly email with news about Nepali blogosphere, links to new blogs and notable entries by the bloggers (all attending and supporting bloggers automatically will be automatically added to the list. If you want to be added to the list, please email to

Attending Bloggers

1. Ujjwal Acharya,
2. Mohammad Tajim,
3. Utshab Pokhrel,
4. Rosha Basnet,
5. Keshav Koirala,
6. Tapas Thapa,
7. KP Dhungana,
8. Harsha Man Maharjan,
9. Ghanshyam Ojha,
10. Bal Mukunda,
11. Nabin Karki,
12. Raj Shrestha,

Those who missed it (and emailed/wrote about it)

13. Umesh Shrestha,
14. Deepak Adhikari,
15. RP Dahal,
16. Niranjan Kunwar,
17. Archana Shreshta,
18. X,
19. SB Shrestha,
20. Buddhi Narayan Shreshta,
21. X,
22. Narayan Thapa,
23. Mahesh Poudyal,
24. Sailendra Kharel,


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Ujjwal Acharya

The Radiant Star is a personal blog of Ujjwal Acharya, born 1978, who likes to call himself a professional journalist, hobbyist blogger, sport lover and social media enthusiastic. This blog features personal posts with opinions on media, citizen journalism and blogs of Nepal and tweets at @UjjwalAcharya

23 thoughts on “Bloggers’ Voices: The Gathering”

  1. Thanks for info on deliberations and decisions. I endorse your decisions and I will abide by them.


    S.B. Shrestha
    Tokyo, Japan

  2. Lau, tapas bro chalaakh rahechha… ani mero photo chhain bhooooooooooooooot ko jastai aaaechha.. heheh

    it was a nice gathering.

  3. Well, that gathering really encouraged me to do more in this field. And, i also like to say to those who missed that program, plz don’t miss next time.

  4. I wish we have more such meetings. It was really great meeting all the bloggers. This will surely give me more energy to update my blog regularly

  5. @Keshavko: What do you mean “Vahsek wrote: Lau, tapas bro chalaakh rahechha…”..?
    @everyone: I was kinda hoping for more people though. Any one give more thought to how we get more people from outside the valley to blog and taking blog journalism to the next level?

  6. Mr. Acharya,
    I have provided with my email address.

    Your undertaking is laudable, I always took blogging for my personal rant, never saw it in the light of greater goods, but you have taken it a step further into an egalitarian realm.

    happy to be a part of it, in whatever ways my contribution is worthwhile.


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