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On this day four years ago, the then Communications and Information Minister Muhammad Nuh opened the first Pesta Blogger at Blitz Megaplex and declared the day National Bloggers Day.
Much has happened since then. The online community grew and grew, Facebook and Twitter made their entry and replaced much of the energy people put into blogging, several of the past Pesta Blogger chairmen went on to become well-known personalities in their own right.
At that event we also struck up a relationship with the US Embassy in Jakarta and this relationship turned into an annual partnership to organize Blogshops – workshops on blogging – in 10 cities each year as a run up to the main Pesta Blogger event, that lasts till this day.
Pesta Blogger also gave rise to a host of other social media events, much like a successful bakso shop will soon find itself surrounded by other bakso shops, and today we see a very vibrant online community. Where will all this lead to? Time will tell, even as we gear up for the 5th Pesta Blogger, which has been retooled as ON|OFF to change with the times, on December 3.
Here’s a blast from the past posting from Unspun on Pesta Blogger 2007 for those who were there and might ant to take a nostalgic trip back in time:
The Blogshop was held at Universitas Negeri Padang and about 50 aspiring bloggers attended. In the evening we had buka puasa with Palanta members as well as the local members of the online communities at a – what else – Padang Restaurant. PB+ Chairperson Irayani Queencyputri and PB 2009 Chairman Iman Brotoseno represented the Steering Committee. Representatives from PB+2010′s main sponsor, the US Embassy and partners dagdigdug were also there.
Padang is the second of 10 cities that will hold Blogshops as a run up to Pesta Blogger+ 2010 on October 30.
Here are some photos from the Blogshop and Mini Pesta Blogger+
Let’s start with the chairperson. As Unspun‘s written before, she’s Irayani Queencyputri, better known in the blogging community as Rara. She’s the first woman to become the chair of Pesta Blogger . She also belongs to a younger generation and has strong ideas of doing things a bit differently from the past. So we shall see some welcome changes to Pesta Blogger that is running into its fourth year this year.
The concept has also had a tweaking. Since 2007 when Pesta Blogegr began the use of social media has increased. So have the platforms. There is now micro-blogging in the form of Twitter, geo-location based services in the form of Foursquare. And of course there is also the seemingly ubiquitous Facebook. There’s also huge communities of onliners such as Kaskus.us.
This year’s Pesta Blogger tries to be more inclusive of these new platforms. Hence Pesta Blogger + or Pesta Blogger Plus.(Yeah, yeah NOT plus plus for those of you with dirty minds).
Then there’s the theme. Each year the steering committee tries to come up with a theme that is relevant for the moment. In 2007, the inaugural year for Pesta Blogger the theme was Suara Baru Indonesia (The New Voice of Indonesia); in 2008 when blogging communities began to emerge and to carry on offline activities it was Blogging for Society and in 2009, after a rather potentially divisive general elections it was One Spirit, One Nation.
This year the theme is Celebrating Diversities to capture the potential synergy that can be harnessed with the greater involvement of bloggers and blogging communities from the regions, as well as virtual blogging communities that have sprung up around particular interests such as fashion, food and other fascinations.
For more about this year’s Pesta Blogger, its younger steering committee and the conversations taking place about how the event should shape up this year go to pestablogger.com.
Change is in the air and this year’s Pesta Blogger will see a woman helping the premier event for bloggers and onliners that wil take place some time in october. This will be the fourth year of Pesta Blogger and the person asked to be the Chairperson is Irayani Queencyputri. A dentist by profession Irayani, better known as Rara, is an active blogger , is active in the Angingmamiri blogging community, and a Tweep as well.
Rara is likely to bring some changes to this year’s Pesta Blogger by making it more inclusive to the various online communities. How is she going to do it? The conversation has begun in the following links:
Ini Dia, Manusia Kursi Pesta Blogger 2010
- Perempuan di Pucuk Pesta Blogger
- Welcome, Chairperson PB 2010
- Menyongsong Pesta Blogger 2010
- Rara dan PB 2010
- Dan Dia Adalah, Rara…
- Kembali Ke Khittah: Mimpi Saya Buat PB 2010
- Pesta Blogger 2010
- The Chairperson
- The Boss of Pesta Blogger 2010
Below is a posting on the official Pesta Blogger Website by Iman Brotoseno the Chairperson for Pesta Blogger 2009:
Ini dia, Manusia Kursi Pesta Blogger 2010
Post by: iman on April 22nd, 2010 in Headline
Dari beberapa polling di twitter dan perbincangan milis, sosok wanita ini menjadi salah kandidat yang paling banyak disebut sebut. Kenapa tidak, dokter gigi Irayani Queencyputri atau yang lebih di kenal sebagai Rara memang bukan orang baru dalam dunia ngeblog. Aktivis komunitas Blogger Anging Mamiri, Makasar ini sudah makan asam garam dalam kegiatan blog.
Entah karena tradisi atau tidak, yang jelas setiap ‘manusia kursi’ demisioner wajib menyampaikan amanah teman teman blogger terhadap kandidat pilihannya. Hingga kemarin saya bertemu empat mata untuk bicara panjang lebar tentang Pesta Blogger 2010.
Rara memang tidak langsung meng-iyakan tawaran ini. Ini tidak salah, sikapnya yang hati hati membuatnya menghitung kalkulasi kemungkinan yang ada. Dia mengakui beban ini tidak ringan. Menjadi ‘ Manusia kursi ‘ Pesta Blogger. Sekali lagi saya meyakinkan bahwa dia tidak sendiri.
Tapi ini tidak terlalu alot. Saya tahu bahwa Rara memiliki mimpi yang sama tentang perkembangan dunia blog di Indonesia. Ia bicara banyak tentang visi dan apa yang diharapakan dari Pesta Blogger. Bahkan ia sangat antusias untuk mengatakan bahwa Blogshop di seluruh kota Indonesia, harus mencapai ujung timur negeri ini seperti Ende, Flores Nusa Tenggara Timur.
Jelas dia punya semangat dan kemampuan.
Mari kita sambut Chairperson Pesta Blogger 2010. Semoga dia bisa mewujudkan Pesta Blogger 2010 yang jauh lebih baik dan bermanfaat dari hajatan tahun tahun sebelumnya. Karena memang tantangan saat ini bukan melulu hanya blog tapi bagaimana juga bisa merangkul media onliner lainnya.
Selamat bekerja Rara !
Hari ganti dan tahun berlalu, tidak terasa setahun lebih saya memangku amanah manusia kursi, Chairman Pesta Blogger 2009. Banyak kenangan , suka dan duka selama kurun waktu itu. Sekaligus waktu yang tersita untuk hajatan yang menjadi agenda nasional. Kini saatnya lengser dan menyerahkan kepada penerus untuk periode tahun 2010.