On Sunday, DNA ran a story about professional bloggers. I recognized Gautam Ghosh in there and oh, what’s this – I found my own name there too! What on earth am I doing in a story about earning money from blogging? Nothing I’ve seen in the past four years leads me to believe that I can get paid to write about my personal life, the city and general ramblings on relationships. But ah, wait, that’s not what I’m supposed to be doing. According to DNA,
Idea Smith (as known in her blog), who refused to disclose her name, always loved Bollywood movies. But things changed when she got married. Her husband refused to watch a movie without reading a review, and much to her chagrin, she realised that almost all reviews gave away the plot. Soon enough she started maintaining a blog, wherein she reviewed movies. She had hit the jackpot. As word spread, her blog started getting many visitors, and she decided to go commercial. Now, the blog called withoutgivingthemovieaway.com, gets around 1,500 visitors a day and makes her richer by at least 15,000 a month. “I have grander visions”, says she, as she now blogs on relationships and the like in another blog. “I think such a blog is extremely viable for the market.”
Sure, I love Bollywood but I don’t remember writing a Hindi movie review in ages. What’s more….I’m married? Err, not. I am flattered to be mistaken for her but I’m not Meetu of WOGMA. I can only feel glad that Meetu and I know each other and were able to sort it out with each other offline.
I’m thinking of some journalists who have turned up their noses at my kind of writing (blogging!) because “It’s not based on hard facts.” Really, now?
I must point out that a number of my good friends are journalists and may I add – good journalists. Indeed my first interaction with DNA was a good one since Mahafreed who interviewed me obviously took the time to look up my blog and reference the story I mentioned and even quoted directly from it.
I’m really disappointed this time, and what’s more, wary. There’s just no excuse for running a story on a national daily (or anywhere in the media) that is wholly and utterly unresearched and tacks the wrong person’s name to the wrong quote. Meetu and I both left comments on the online version of the story yesterday morning. Those comments have not yet shown up. Anybody have any ideas on what to do? Or do we just assume that the print media is not accountable to us for hard facts?