India’s Blogger ban bring back memories of our journey after the Blogspot ban.

I’m sure everyone remembers the horrific times we went through when blogspot was banned. The disbelief, the horror and eventually the triumph. Thanks to the masterminds behind Pkblogs who are Yasir Suleman Memon and Naveed Memon. We would have been stuck using proxybuster, anonymizer, anonymouse etc that work fine but are slow and also sprout a lot of unwanted advertisements. Pkblogs is advert free, fast and best of all they offer rebellion in the form of “Slap the Blogger Block” banners.

Pkblogs has been so successful that most of us don’t even feel the pinch of the ban now. Our KMB author Mansoor came up with another brilliant way to get past the ban so that u don’t even have to go to pkblogs everytime you want to blog-hop. Be warned though, it only works in Firefox.

Before Pkblogs arrived our blog traffics had become non-existent. We couldn’t see our own blogs which to die hard bloggers like me was like being unable to look at ourselves in the mirror. Okay so maybe I’m exaggerating…but It was pretty bad!
Now thanks to Pkblogs our Pakistani blogging fraternity is thriving. More active than before and has enough blogs for there to be a Pakistani blog aggregator!

Unfortunately, the ban has crossed borders. Blogspot has been banned in India as well. Neha at Global Voices has done a post rounding up the reaction in the Indian Blogosphere.

I know this isn’t related to our city. But the news of the blogspot ban in India hit home. And most of us can totally relate to what they’re going through now. It’s also interesting to note that pkblogs is being referred to bloggers across India to get past the ban. But it seems that the Indian Government is a wee bit smarter. There are rumours that they’ve blocked Pkblogs as well. Sadness.

But fear not! The guys behind pkblogs are already out with another solution. They’ve come up with another brilliant website. Similar to Pkblogs, Inblogs is for Pakistan, India, Iran and China. Yeap, they just went international. In case you didn’t know, China is notorious at blocking blogs and even arresting bloggers.

Hats off to the guys who saved our blogging community and are on course to saving yet another.

9 Comments so far

  1. Inspirex (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 12:43 am

    hehe…..we ROCK!

  2. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 1:12 am

    WTG Yasir Memon – he saves the day yet again.

    Can you imagine the amount of bandwidth it will take for them to proxy by-pass both India and Pakistan blog traffic – I can expect it to become over whelming. I have offered him to share the burden of the bandwidth if needed.

    I think Pakistanis should join hands and offer this small help more as a show of support in the hope of creating true friends across the border

  3. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 1:55 am

    I think I made the comment too soon as it appears that the servers are already coughing up in the traffic have been trying to get in touch with Yasir to no avail and hope they can resovle the issue out soon.

  4. alias (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 2:16 am

    Right you are, TM. As soon as I read the reference to at an Indian blog, I knew Yasir was in for some real bandwidth problems.

  5. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 8:11 am

    ‘m sure everyone remembers the horrific times we went through when blogspot was banned. The disbelief, the horror and eventually the triumph.

    Kid it sounds like that you did not have any thing else in life to worry about.

  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 9:39 am

    Kid it sounds like that you did not have any thing else in life to worry about.


  7. tamseel (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 10:17 pm

    i know naveed memon. he is a cs grad from szabist and doing his ms from the states. a total programming guru. but just right now i realied that pkblogs isnt working.. hopefully its something temporray

  8. Extiinct (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 10:23 pm

    It’s probably facing some serious traffic. It’ll take time for the word about inblogs to go around. Maybe they should place an banner on pkblogs to give people a choice.

    As of now accessing blogs thru pkblogs doesn’t show pictures. Which is downright weird. Are you guys having the same problem?

  9. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 11:36 pm

    @Tamseel:If both pkblogs and inblogs are hosted on same machine then I am sure that server is raped severly by hundreds of http request in a second(both pakistan and India,it also includes middleeast).

    But i dont expect such stupidity from these guys.

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