And finally it happened. I must say that it was by far the most attended Bloggers Meet. In the past we had bloggers agree to attend and cancel at the very last minute. But on June 24, 2015 – almost 100% of bloggers, who confirmed came. I would like to thank everyone for keeping his/her words, especially those who had to come all the way from Wangdue or Paro.
35 Bhutanese bloggers met in Thimphu. We were honored to have the presence of senior bloggers like Aue Yeshi Dorji and Dasho Sangay Khandu. The meeting assumed more significance because of their presence. Equally, we were happy to have many young bloggers in whom we see so much enthusiasm and potential.
On top of many things that transpired during the Meet, one of the most significant outcomes was the unanimous decision reached to form a formal group of bloggers, a platform aimed at encouraging and inspiring more bloggers around the country. The members decided that we will call it Community of Bhutanese Bloggers (CBB) and will have a working committee to coordinate regular meetups and other activities. For now we formed a committee to draft Constitution and agreed we will collect membership fees to sustain the group.
If things go right, we have many plans lined up. Once we adopt the Constitution (the deadline is July 11, 2015) we will formally appoint or elect people in the core committee consisting of a Secretary General, Treasurer, etc. In the longer run, we are also thinking of instituting Bloggers Award functions wherein we award dedicated bloggers and inspire others. As part of the regular activities, we would also like to host regular talks and panel discussions.
Once again, I would like to thank all bloggers, who came out in big numbers and contributed towards the conception of CBB. I hope it grows into a useful platform that nurtures and encourages the spirit of blogging in Bhutan.
Opinion by Nawang P Phuntsho
The writer works in an NGO and lives in Thimphu