KMB Meetup & Blogging 101 Seminar

L-R: Umar, Unaiza, MB, Henna P, Teeth Maestro, Zainub Razvi, Mansoor, Extiinct, Khurram Farooq, Jamash, Inspirex & Badar Khushnood (Google)

Yesterday as you must all know that the Karachi Metroblogging team had organized a seminar on blogging titled ‘Blogging 101’ which was held at The Second Floor.

It was definitely a great success with quite a large number of people showing up to attend this mini seminar on blogging at T2F. The guest list included most of the KMB bloggers [Umar, Mansoor, Inspirex, Jamash, MB, Khurram Farooq, Unaiza, Henna P, Extiinct, Rabia Gharib and myself] but more importantly it was heartening to see that there were a number of non-bloggers who came with a genuine interest to learn this new fad. The KMB team was also delighted to welcome Adil Najam of Pakistaniat fame and Badar Khushnood (Google Country Rep) both of whom had flown into Karachi barely a few hours earlier.


KMB03.jpgThe event started off with Umar, the KMB captain, briefly introducing the Karachi Metroblogging concept and soon moved into a short introduction of all the twelve KMB authors present there. After the captain it was Mansoor who took over the proceedings being the designated presenter. His casual style of put everyone at ease which made it easy for a number of ‘pro-bloggers’ to interject and give a their own opinion on the item under discussion. Simply said I think Mansoor did justice to the presentation which was a team effort by all the KMB authors [Shout out to all KMB Authors] The slide presentation was deliberately trimmed down to be as simple as possible leaving out the heavy handed technicalities allowing a novice to better appreciate the concept of Blogging the presentation the floor was open to questions from the audience which Umar did well to answer, but it seemed not many questions were asked which made us realize that during the mini-seminar the significant amount of cross talk between a few bloggers may have instead helped answer a number of issues directly.

KMB11.jpgWe were delighted to have the event sponsored by Cisco who pitched in with two WiFi routers both being handed out in the form of a lucky draw, one was selectively limited to a random KMB authors (which Jamash won) and the other was reserved for a lucky draw within the audience (the only condition was that they had to fill out an evaluation survey – which everyone did) and the lucky winner was picked by Adil Najam who handed the Cisco WiFi router to a delightful young blogger Batool Habib

KMB10.jpgBadar Khushnood was kind enough to drop in during the event and we all soon made good use of this opportunity and asked him a number of questions during the presentation which he conveniently obliged. Badar surprised the entire team of KMB authors with a Google t-shirt also. It must also be mentioned that during the entire event all coffee / drinks and snacks were covered entirely by the KMB Authors.

To be honest we all had a great time there was endless chit-chatting but probably the most exciting part was an opportunity to meet the people behind those nick names that we see everyday.


We, the Karachi Metroblog team would definitely like to thank everyone for making this event a success, a shout out to Sabeen and her team at The Second Floor which was extremely helpful in making sure this event took place without a snag – Thank you. For those unlucky few who could not make it on Sunday you can enjoy these pictures and also view the entire presentation as prepared by KMB on the basics of Blogging. Hope to see many more in other future events. A number of pictures can be found at Khurram Farooq & Badar Khushnood

The Blogging 101 Seminar Presented byKarachi Metroblogs

46 Comments so far

  1. Ahmed (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2007 @ 10:34 pm

    Glad to know folks got together! We need more of these!!! Great job organizing this.

  2. iFaqeer (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2007 @ 11:53 pm

    You, go, homies! And I mean that word in its full meaning. If the workd has any meaning in the blogosphere, you’re it for me!!

    BTW, you’re saying that I can stop saying that TM is PROBABLY the first blogger? He just is?

  3. Raza (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2007 @ 11:56 pm

    Aww … I was so hoping to make it to the next KMB get-together! :( … I guess there’s always next time …

  4. MB (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2007 @ 11:56 pm
  5. Sufi (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 12:10 am


  6. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 12:13 am

    Ifaqeer – LOL – yep TM (Tariq Mustafa) is the Grand Daddy of Pakistani bloggers LOL

  7. MS (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 1:24 am

    Nice! Good job guys. We need more events like that. Kudos to KMB team for organizing the event.

    By the way, apart from the KMB team members and their spouses, how many people showed up? Looks like not many. Was it because of the traffic jam across the city or the lack of promotion for this event?

  8. path2jannah (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 2:14 am

    I so wanted to come to this event…but something came up and couldn’t attend it.
    I guess I re-lived the moments waching all the pictures and even the slide here…although I still wish the physical presence is but a twist in the tale…*sigh* ahhhh
    great work metblogs…keep it going.

  9. DB9 (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 3:16 am

    Salaam, I am wondering why are these girls in Hijab? Is talibanization becoming so strong? It is giving a very bad impression of our nation. We are a liberal state and we do not like and symbols of extremism. You dont have to wear shorts but at least reflect the true image.

    I am very concerned and worried after looking at the images showing the transformation from a normal Pakistani women into the ninja girls we saw at lal masjid. Please dont try to turn our nation into Saudi Arabia cause this is Pakistan.

  10. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 3:46 am

    @DB9 yea we’re a liberal state… you can roam around naked on shara-e-faisal if you like … nobody is going to bother you(just give it a try)

  11. IM (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 3:48 am

    Good stuff. Seems like you guys had good fun there. I wish I could also be a part of the event, but unfortunate as it is that I got stuck here in Lahore.
    Anyway, hope to catch up with you next time around.

    p.s. By the way Dr. sb., which one is Mr. Adil Najam, I didn’t see his name associated with any of the faces in the picture.

  12. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 4:03 am

    Adil Najam happens to be in a green t-shirt standing between Mansoor and MB

  13. Old_Tyme_Karachiite (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 5:25 am

    Great job folks. Ninja’s notwithstanding, it was nice to see faces to go with the names I have become used to seeing over the past 1 year or so. Thanks for taking so much of your precious time for kmb. Sincerely, OTK

  14. Old_Tyme_Karachiite (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 5:25 am

    Great job folks. Ninja’s notwithstanding, it was nice to see faces to go with the names I have become used to seeing over the past 1 year or so. Thanks for taking so much of your precious time for kmb. Sincerely, OTK

  15. Old_tyme_Karachiite (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 5:33 am

    Ninja’s not withstanding, it is nice to see faces to go with names. Keep up the good work everyone, wish you all the best. – OTK

  16. ALAM (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 5:34 am

    too much Al Qaeda here, God !

  17. V (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 5:37 am

    Seems like a lot of fun! Good work KMB. :)

    I see Jehan Ara of PASHA-fame in one of the pictures as well.

  18. Old_tyme_Karachiite (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 8:02 am

    Ninja’s not withstanding, it is nice to see faces to go with names. Keep up the good work everyone, wish you all the best. – OTK

  19. kidal (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 10:01 am

    Henna, Extiinct, Zainub…I’m sure you guys have heard it all. Some people like DB9, OTK and Alam …all they have is ridicule and name calling. Stay strong and be patient. I pray for Allah’s hidayat for all of us.

  20. Ancient (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 11:46 am

    seemz onaiza didnt impress ne1 here.

    alam et all,bring ur non-alqeda family chicks on internet and let us have fun together. will u plz?

  21. IUnknown (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 12:18 pm

    its always to fun meet those ppl, with whom u talk to, on internet.

    for those, who are calling those girls ninja, alqaida etc etc; do u want to see ur sisters clothless in front of every one? NO definitely. then y u ppl are pointing those girls out.

    we have already seen the result of posing our selves enlighted , in front of the whole world.

    I think u guys u shud borrow a brain from some where else.

  22. batty (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 1:15 pm

    hey… great post awab!

    and i see u put up a pretty pic of me too :)

    thanksss :)

  23. aegis (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 1:26 pm

    damn, i was unaware of this event. I so wana meet Jamash.

    U guys shud promote the next event more strongly.

    Great job though, cheers.

  24. Google Country Consultant (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 1:41 pm

    Dr. Sb – many thanks for the great post & link back to my photos! Hope to see many more similar activities across Pakistan.

  25. Hasan Zuberi (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 2:22 pm

    @ KMB Team:

    Many congrats on sucessfully managed event. I must say it is a good start and more should follow.

    Just one suggestion, which I also shared with Khurram earlier, can the next event be held at some convinient location, many possible locations available on the other side of the bridge.

    Majority of the KMB team live in the vicinity of District East (PECHS, Gulshan, Jauhar, New Town) … as well as majority of the readers … then why do we have to keep the event in South ??

    Hope you guys will consider it and keep on rotating the venues for better representation of all interested.

  26. Extiinct (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 3:48 pm

    Thanks for the support kidal but we, and I speak for Zainub and Henna here too, are not bothered by people’s reaction to our hijabs.

    A little excerpt from a post on my old blog for all the people who call themselves liberal and want a similar image portrayed:

    “That the people who state that they’re liberal while criticizing you for observing hijab are liars. That they aren’t liberal as they so proudly claim to be. Being liberal means open minded and broad minded. And they’re neither if they can’t accept your choice to stay under cover and dressing modestly.”

    That said, the meet up was amazing fun! We missed all of you who didn’t/couldn’t make it.

  27. Zainub (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 6:33 pm

    Its also interesting to note, Extinct, that none of these so called liberals (aka liars) will ever have the strength to dish out such garbage to us on our faces. But because the Internet gives them the convenience of remaining hidden behind their screens, they deem it fit do discuss their prejudices in the name of liberalism. Quite a few of my acquaintances describe their socio-political views with that term ‘liberal’, yet none of them however, have ever felt the need to discuss my dress code. That says a lot about their liberality as opposed to the pseduo-liberality some of our KMB readers here love to associate with. Oh and by the way, do you know that in just about ANY country in the world, I could take you to court for calling me a “symbol of extremism” and “talibinization” based sorely on my dress code?

  28. Ancient (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 7:02 pm

    hijabi galz, barking dogs seldom bite so why do u care?

    ye MB ko router deydo warna abhi roday ga :>

    ye MB jasy jali bhunni post karta hey wase he iski shakal bhe hogai hay. bhai moskra lay, moskaranay par mqm kaatnay ko nai dorti hay :)

  29. Nadir (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 7:35 pm

    Missed it!!!


  30. IUnknown (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 7:43 pm

    lol @ ancient
    mqm katti bhee hay kia?

  31. Salman A. (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 10:21 pm

    You guys look great. Girls are pretty, guys need to work out.

    Who is the girl in yellow dupatta holding Cisco’s tag? Is she married?

  32. basit (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 10:36 pm

    Nice! Good job guys. We need more events like that. Kudos to KMB team for organizing the event.

  33. basit (unregistered) on September 4th, 2007 @ 10:37 pm

    Nice! Good job guys. We need more events like that. Kudos to KMB team for organizing the event.

  34. Raza (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 8:44 am


    Actually, if you visit her blog you’ll find that out that she’s just been proposed to! :)

  35. Ameer Hamza (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 11:40 am

    missed due to my engagement.

  36. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

    nice pics.

    but who is who in those pics??

  37. dd (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 4:16 pm

    @ Raza :

    whats her name@ Raza :

    whats her name

  38. mansoor (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

    salman A: you intersted kya?? :D

    ameer hamza: congrats man! bring the fiance to our next event!

  39. Salman A. (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 7:28 pm

    ok i quit because my crush does not last for more than 12 hours but all the best to that pretty girl :))))))

  40. zee (unregistered) on September 5th, 2007 @ 7:33 pm

    Ok so one of you HAVE to give me that GOOGLE T. I am a HUGE Google fan and unless I become a premium adsense publisher, I can’t get cool stuff like that directly from Google. C’mon guys… be a little generous :D


    You have GOT to do this again. Maybe at a bigger place, with more people and more representatives from Google and I’ll see if I can get Google USA at least NOTICE this event and publish it on their blogs and news feeds. C’mon guys, lets do this thing again.

  41. temporal (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 4:05 am

    zainub: (and the other “ninjas”)

    go girls!:)

    don’t let these cyber legends-in-mind perturb you guys

    in person such folks grovel and whimper

    ps: i didn’t know you were there or would have introduced meself:)

  42. Sajid Iqbal (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 3:03 pm

    Congrats Dr. Awab on such a nice event. I wish I could be there…Any program @ Islamabad in future?

  43. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on September 6th, 2007 @ 8:23 pm

    “ps: i didn’t know you were there or would have introduced meself:)”

    the people who attended did not know the names of other people??

    wasn’t there even an introduction??

  44. batty (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 3:01 pm

    Salman A. – the pretty girl would be me, thank you :)

    Raza- great to know people are checking out my blog :)

    soon i’ll have a fiance to boast about too…a darned amazing one at thaT :D Mashallah…

  45. Syed (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 7:13 pm

    Which one is the Doctor ?

    od did he leg it ?

  46. Syed (unregistered) on September 7th, 2007 @ 7:13 pm

    Which one is the Doctor ?

    or did he leg it ?

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