Joseph Thomas (known as Jo in the blogging world) is a blogger, singer, composer and podcaster. A goldsmith-turned-techie, who hails from Thrissur district in Kerala State of India is now working as a UI Designer in an MNC in the capital city of Kerala. His journey from a Goldsmith to Techie has been featured in Connected Indians, an initiative by Intel Corporation to raise Internet awareness in India. He is passionate about music; singing and composing are more than just a hobby to him. Jo has composed several songs in the blogosphere and for a Malayalam telefilm. Music, movies, books, art and internet are his favorite hobbies.

Just Jo, his personal blog, was started in March 2005 and it is mainly a space to express his opinion on everything that he feels like writing about. Just Jo was first hosted on Blogger and it was moved to WordPress in 2008. Jo is also a music blogger and has been music blogging since 2005. Many have followed suit and he started a blog called Audio India, where he keeps tracks of music bloggers from India. He is also an occasional contributor to Sound Box, India’s premier music trade magazine.

Jo has founded Blogswara (Wiki), an internet platform for amateur musicians. Blogswara produces internet music albums which are freely available to listen and download original music created by amateur as well as professional musicians. So far it has released 7 albums through it’s website. Jo has been featured in major Indian newspapers like Indian Express, The Hindu, Business Line, Deccan Chronicle,RadioandMusic.com and in Manorama News television for his efforts on Blogswara. (Check out the News page to read the news articles). Deccan Radio has interviewed him about Blogswara and the audio interview is available in the Deccan Radio website.

M-Pod, the first Malayalam podcast, was founded by Jo in 2005. M-Pod has been mentioned in a Tehelka article about podcasts from India and also in the international Podcast User Magazine (issue #18).

Find him at: Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Linked In and Flickr. His music blog is at Songs of Jo and you can download the MP3 files of his songs from his 4shared.com page.

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