Karachi Metroblog Bags Spider Praise

Spider magazine, who recently started a regular section on blogging, covered the Pakistani cities part of the Metroblogging network in their September issue. The article is written by the talented Karachi based writer Hafsa Ahsan (who also writes the regular column Dot Com in Dawn‘s weekly technology supplement Sci-Tech World). It isn’t up on the Spider website unfortunately, so you’ll have to go get a copy from your local bookstore to read the entirety of it, but here’s some of the praise we received:

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Yes, the Karachi Metblog is definitely the place to discuss all things happening in Karachi from literary events and exhibitions to the traffic jams at Shahrah-e-Faisal and power break downs in specific areas. Every once in a while, a single post can attract a number of conflicting opinions leading to heated debate and arguments. However, the posts generally make for a very interesting read.


An apt summary that is indeed! There’s more in the complete article that I’m sure many of you will agree with, including an important discussion on the pros and cons of the basic concept of “metro” blogging it self, featuring plenty of quotes from KMB captain Umar Siddiqi. The review of the Islamabad and Lahore metroblogs and the respective stories of how each was born and subsequently grew, should also be an interesting read for any regular reader of the Pakistani Metroblogging scene.

Anyway, its nice to get some acknowledgment. Well done to all the Karachi Metroblog authors and all our readers, who keep coming back here again and again to provide their hodgepodge of insightful and not-so-insightful comments. Thank you all for your constant stream of feedback. It wouldn’t quite be the same without you! :)

26 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 1:54 am

    Lahore n Islamabd metblogs are also covered.. and in past as well they’ve mention karachi metblogs in spider.


  2. Kashif (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 2:40 am

    Congratulations! KMB is famous now, covered by Spider, oh my, lol


  3. MENSHEVIK (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 7:43 am

    i thought it was

    karachi metroblog BEGS spider praise

    but realized later it’s bags not begs

    congrats metroBEGGARS, Oh i mean metroBLOGGERS.


  4. zee (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 8:38 am

    Good work! Now only if you had even better author, this blog could perhaps get international coverage! I am not saying that all KMB authors are stupid but some of them really need some help and advice!

    Good show!


  5. Reality_Check (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 10:34 am

    While Metblog Islamabad was hailed and covered by BBC, Washington Post ……and the list goes on. Poor Karachi Metblog has to do make do with Spider.

    Anyway, do your best, things will improve. I can see that KHI Metblog team is pretty young, perhaps induction of more experienced authors with greater insight can add more value to the team.


  6. IUnknown (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 12:55 pm

    at last. some one covered KBM ;)


  7. IUnknown (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 1:02 pm

    KMB rather


  8. mantissa (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 2:48 pm

    congrats to KMB on this. For one, I see KMB as a good place to find like minded (and “un”-like minded which btw can be a good thing too) individuals. It’s easy to get lost in the jungle that’s Karachi so hats off to the KMB for giving some order to the Karachi chaos :)


  9. Dubai Keh Bhia Log (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

    Its a pretty good team here except for a few rotten eggs like Uniza and Boulvi-shit.


  10. Dubai Keh Bhia Log (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 5:38 pm

    Its a pretty good team here except for a few rotten eggs like Uniza and Boulvi-shit.


  11. zee (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 6:42 pm

    I think the best author has to be Mansoor. His posts are awesome!!! Unaiza, Umar, Zainab and the likes really need to take time off KMB and wait till they finally become adults :s


  12. ALAM (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

    Unaiza is a good writer, but she could be a meanigful contributor if she frees herself from Farhat Hashmi type drama baz.


  13. mantissa (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 7:20 pm

    oh alam :)


  14. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on September 11th, 2007 @ 10:31 pm

    Very good site review Hafsa. She often wrote article about educational issues as well which were equally good.

    Is it not weired that hafsa herself doesn’t maintain any blog? :-)


  15. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on September 12th, 2007 @ 1:45 am

    RealityCheck,IMB was covered due to CJ issue. Karacchi metroblog was covered in press during earthQuake’05 when this blog played a major role in relief work. Saba, the ex KMB blogger was interviewed on BBC to discuss EQ relief issue. Read below:

    tinyurl.com/2xleaf

    If you check the archive from Oct to Nov 2005, you would find out that how useful this blog was at that time. The team of that time deserves a big salute. Well done Umar and his team. Recently Awab and Ramla were interviewed on VOA. So our people also made efforts you know. :-)

    I would add further that Karachi MetroBlog was the first metroblog in Pakistan. Later Umar helped in to establish IMB and LMB. Though I don’ know why we couldn’t extend our list. Though we could have a Hyderabad Metroblog very easily.

    The other distinction of this metroblog is that few authors as well as readers are well-known in their respective fields. For instance this hafsa ahsan, I knew her name before joining this blog back in 2005, same goes with TeeEmm, Insya Syed were not alien name for many of us. Khalid Omar(KO) and TeeEmm are like pioneers of blogging in Pakistan.

    There maybe many other names as well who are unknown other than this metroblog but atleast I don’t know them. :-)


  16. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on September 12th, 2007 @ 1:27 pm

    @ Adnan Siddiqi:

    In EQ’05 Days, IMB was not created for world as yet, hence bloggers from Islamabad actively worked in collaboration with Lahore Metroblog to update about relief efforts.

    Following links support what I’ve written:

    http://lahore.metblogs.com/archives/2005/10/
    http://lahore.metblogs.com/archives/2005/11/
    http://www.spider.tm/jan2006/blog.html (yes again Hafsa :))

    And yes KMB was first one to originate in metroblogging world but what gives you the opinion that ” Later Umar helped in to establish IMB and LMB.” I’m sorry but it’s not what facts are – I say for IMB at least.

    Correct me if I’m wrong.


  17. Talha (unregistered) on September 12th, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

    Quite an irresponsible comment by Adnan w.r.t Islamabad metblogs, I must say.


  18. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on September 12th, 2007 @ 2:52 pm

    asma, I am not in metroblog team but this is what I had figured out when Omar somewhere discussed about metroblog stuff.

    I didn’t say some other metroblog didn’t help out. The point was raised that IMB was covered in other papers so I was just explaining that same happened with KMB in past.


  19. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on September 12th, 2007 @ 3:46 pm

    I second A4P and Talha BI second A4P and Talha B


  20. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on September 12th, 2007 @ 3:56 pm

    seems like i have committed some big sin *grin*.

    hasan M, what I replied to Asma is applicable for you and Talha as well.


  21. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on September 12th, 2007 @ 4:19 pm

    @adnan siddiqi: I’m not in mood of a pointless debate here but if you can clear these few points?

    asma, I am not in metroblog team but this is what I had figured out when Omar somewhere discussed about metroblog stuff.

    can you please explain by “this is what”, what do you exactly mean?

    The point was raised that IMB was covered in other papers so I was just explaining that same happened with KMB in past.

    Was it so simple?? Really?


  22. Dubai Keh Bhia Log (unregistered) on September 12th, 2007 @ 5:54 pm

    Adnan, seems like you spoke too fast without checking on the facts.


  23. Dubai Keh Bhia Log (unregistered) on September 12th, 2007 @ 6:20 pm

    Adnan, seems like you spoke too fast without checking on the facts.


  24. Adnan (unregistered) on September 12th, 2007 @ 6:29 pm

    bhailog, yar mujhe kia pata tha k log yahan chimat jaye gay aur dimagh ke dahe bana dey gey. I was quite clear what I said.


  25. Talha (unregistered) on September 13th, 2007 @ 11:39 am

    @Adnan,

    Clear crap is as good as opaque, twisted clarity.

    I respect your opinions, but do check out the facts before accusing.

    Yar, chill karoo. There’s no harm in acknowledging ones mis-conception.

    No offense!


  26. IUnknown (unregistered) on September 13th, 2007 @ 5:23 pm

    @adnan: dont try to be historian from nexxt time :)



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