Its taken 4 years.. over 4000 posts.. and over 40 bloggers.. But its been worth every bit of effort! That is the reason it feels special to win the Best Blog Award for 2009. Yesterday the Indian Digital Media awards was organized at Taj Lands end by exchange4media and WATBlog was awarded as the Best Indian Blog 2009! The jury panel consisted of digital media gurus and advertising head honcho’s.
The win was sweeter because we won the Gold award while the Silver was won by the Bigadda.com team for the Amitabh Bachchan Blog. Its not everyday one gets to beat Amitabh Bachchan at something so it was a great feeling.
The digital media awards made me feel blessed to have worked with some excellent people in the digital media space. This is because besides for WATBlog folks who have blogged on WATblog and worked for WATConsult too won awards and accolades at the event.
Rupesh Mandal who had worked on The Great Driving Challenge for the Experience commerce team won the best use of social media award. Also Ekalavya and Praneeth Reddy won the Digital Quotient quiz beating other teams.
I know this might sound Oscar’ish but I just have to thank some people.. And 4 years have ensured that the list is quite long!
Firstly Id like to thank some key bloggers who have stood by WATBlog through thick and thin – Maneesh, Shayon, Raghav, Abhishek, Debjit, Pradeep, Seema, Prateek, Porush, Aditya Rao, Gautam, Ankit, Harshil, Preshit, Rupesh, Rushabh, Praneeth, deeptaman, Anand, Siddarth, Pranav, Yash, Rishabh, Disha, Rahul and many more
When we started in 2006 we were supported very early by the likes of Garima Dhiman, Dhaval, Ketan Khairnar, Nikhil Kulkarni as well.
Besides for the above bloggers folks who have powered our partner sites i.e. WATShow, WATGame also need to be mentions so thanks a ton Navneet Prakash, Aamer Trambu, Rahul Dagli and Suraj Wanwari.
I would also like to thank our current team at WATConsult in Zafar, Ruchi, Sahil, Jason, Sudhir, Priya, Milind, Murali, Namita, Shreshtha, Lionel, and Yosef.
We’d also like to thank our sponsors over the years who have been Networkplay, Sun Startup Essentials, MSDN, Jivox, Burrp, Cleartrip and Limelabs. Thanks for the money guys it helped a lot :D!
There are some people who have helped WATBlog by supporting us and they are the folks at TIE, IAMAI, Nasscom, Headstart and Proto.
Id also like to mention names of digital guys from whom Ive learnt from and really look upto (Names in random order) - Ajit Balakrishnan – Rediff, Sidarth Rao – Webchutney, Sajeev Bikhchandani – Naukri.com, Manish Vij – Quasar, Ashish Gupta – Helion Venture Capital.
A Thank you not to our competitors (more like peers) as well – Nikhil @ Medianama, Ashish @ Pluggd and Rajesh @ Alootechie. Thanks guys for keeping us on our toes
Finally but the most important THANK YOU! goes to YOU! Our Readers! Its because of your support, feedback and brickbats is why we are where we are. And we promise that we will continue to bring better and bigger stories for our readers in the years to come!