Nepal Blogs is almost 2 years old. While a typical 2-year-old is loads of fun and countless frustrating moments, this blog has been a completely fun project and I have no complaints.
During December we focused on Nepali Citizen Media and the challenges faced by citizen journalists and bloggers. Lack of respect for free speech and underdeveloped culture of accepting and welcoming healthy debate and critique stands as the biggest challenged for Nepali journalists. Same is also true for citizen media.
Technical hurdles, legal issues and financial constraints-they are all tertiary. As long as the culture stays polluted, problems will persist.
It is very encouraging to see that in spite of all the hurdles Nepali mainstream and citizen media is growing and breaking new grounds. From a blog on Libertarianism to the technology, culture, fashion, personal and political blogs; Nepali blogosphere is vibrant and improving (content quality and technology wise).When I started a blogger of Global Voices (in 2008), I never thought that this day would come so soon.
I consider myself part of this movement ( lucky to be) for better communication, giving voice to the ignored issues and creating an alternate platform for public discussion.
I am taking the liberty to push my luck little further. Nepal Blogs is going on permanent hiatus. No, don’t be relieved (not so fast!). I will be around, but this time it will be about result oriented projects and activism, and limited blogging.
Please follow my twitter feed @bhumikaghimire for updates.
Thank you for your support and encouragement. Happy New Year 2012.