I know wogma is not really the forum for me to talk about the state of journalism, but this one made me laugh and irked me too, a bit more than usual. So, I couldn’t keep it from you, dear readers. But, I completely understand if you aren’t interested.
Ideasmithy (who’s named as wogma’s author in the article), writes with passion about relationships, the city, and life in general. She’s NOT married and has been quoted as having a husband. Fortunately, we are good friends and were able to sort it out as soon as we read it. Both of us left comments on the site, which never saw the light of pixels on screens.
Here’s I think what happened, Lheny (Lhendup Bhutia), the ‘journalist’ who wrote this article, interviewed a bunch of bloggers (irrespective of whether or not they are earning from their blog). And managed to mix 2 or 3 interviews up. I say 3 because neither Ideasmithy nor I make Rs. 15,000 from our blogs. And neither of us said a couple of lines from the article, like
“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.”
Granted, the mistake was corrected when I checked a few hours ago (more than 48 hours after I saw the article first). But, who reads an article from a couple of days ago? And what about the printed article? The damage is done. (By the way, now there’s no name! I’m just ‘another popular blogger’, looks like Lheny lost his notes.) Turns out Lheny did call Ideasmithy, was more or less unapologetic or pseudo apologetic about the error. Direct quote from Ideasmithy about how the conversation went -
Lheny - “I did reference it. Didn’t you say you wrote about movies and your kids? Oh, I just confused, that’s all” and
“Anyway people who read your blog will know that I just made a mistake thats’ all” and
“I’ll change the online version.”
Ideasmithy - “Lheny, the main damage is in the newspapers, that’s where the big readership is, isn’t it?”
Lheny - “Yes but our online version is quite popular too.”
Somewhere in the conversation he also mentioned that “Meetu told me not to use her name too”. I told him not to use my full name! Anyways…
Mistakes happen. It’s alright. But this is the second time DNA Mumbai is doing something like this to me/wogma. And of course, there was this goof-up where the wrong site was linked to instead of wogma.
Oh well…I’m sure it means the law of averages look favorable now…next media mention will have a more efficient, aware and responsible person doing the writing.