July 22, 2011

Blogosphere surveys, the blog directory and a sham!

We are extremely busy in reviewing the blogs that many Indian bloggers have sent us in good faith. We are clearing them at the rate of about 6-8 a day and yet the list is growing.

But we are forced to find time to write a hurried post to explain our sincerity and genuineness. We do not blame those who feel we are a sham; they must have had bad experience with the world-wide-web before. We owe the blogging community baptism by fire.

We have received some very uncharitable comments; only two mild ones on this blog so far but many on some blogs. We are not sure if some of the hatred is being spread by sites that feel threatened by our presence.

There must be many sites where we are being called names, but the one that we came across yesterday is worth sharing. The post and the many comments on this blog, in short, find us unworthy of judging others' blogs and even call us/the exercise a sham. Without having a look at all the numerous explanations we have given about the process we have adopted for our February Blogosphere Survey, June Blogosphere Survey and compilation of the Directory of Best Indian Blogs, and our admission of our weaknesses, they have declared us a sham.

These comments made us sad and one of us shot off a response to the post [and the blogger so large-heartedly put it there]. But when we discussed the matter among ourselves, we thought that we should rather invite criticism through a post on our own blog. Let us put our effort and our product to the harshest public scrutiny. So, this post.

So, visitors to this post, we pray to you not to leave the page without making a comment on what we are doing. Make it as harsh as you can, if you really feel like that. If you do not want to disclose your identity, do write anonymous comments. In case your blog is in one of our lists and you feel that it lowers the standing of your hugely popular blog, do tell us either through a comment or by emailing at kp.nd.2008@gmail.com and we'll immediately unburden you of that. It is no farce and we are serious, because we want to come clean - as clean as one could be - before we start our next survey.

[If you have landed here through a search and do not have the background of what we are talking about, do click here: Blogoshpere Surveys and the Directory of Best Indian Blogs.