June 29, 2011

More details on the June Blogosphere Survey of Indian Blogs

...continued from the previous post on June Blogosphere Survey of Indian Blogs...

Well, the task of ranking blogs for quality was enormous. Consider four of us giving marks to each blog on each of the many criteria, mixing marks given by each member, filtering blogs based on these criteria, examining the remaining blogs again and screening them for more stringent criteria. Then, after the moderator had examined the blogs to correct obvious mistakes in filtering, all of us sitting together evening after evening for discussing each of the selected blogs and ranking them. In fact, screening of blogs from over five thousand to two hundred was much easier than the detailed examination later on.

Even after this big exercise, we are sure that many will not agree with our ranking. During our discussion itself, we found that individual members sometimes ranked a blog differently when they re-examined it after a month: partly due to changes in the blog itself and partly due to a change in perception of the examiner. So subjective is human nature!

Coming to rejections, let us first tell you that many good, even great, blogs got filtered out due to various factors. For example, offshoots of commercial sites and forums had to be rejected. [We still have a few such blogs in our lists that have some commercial content, but as we explained sometime earlier, making money from blogging does not exclude them from the list, only being primarily commercial does.] Some blogs that were ranked higher in Feb 2011 lost their position or were rejected due to low level of activity in these blogs of late. Blogs that had major connectivity issues had also to be rejected.

We also made comparisons among blogs of a particular category as we realised that we could not use the same criteria for blogs on music, a teen’s ramblings, technology, current affairs etc. Some good blogs might have been left out due to tough intra-category competition. We hope to resolve this in our next blogosphere survey.

Despite all the labour and the realisation that we are nowhere near perfect, we are deeply satisfied with our work. We can claim that we were fair to the core and spent a lot of time and energy in ranking the blogs. It also gives us pleasure [and allow us to share that with you] that this blog ranking exercise generated two by-products of value: one, a directory of quality Indian blogs. Many of entrants in this directory may not be in our platinum, gold and excellent blog categories due to various factors explained above, but they are indeed good blogs. The other by-product is our collective understanding of the blogosphere. This experience, we believe, will keep improving blog ranking in future and will also enable us to generate more tips for composing quality blogs. Our tips, anyway, are not cut-and-paste tips, and our discussions on blogging matters for over six months now have given us more insight into blogging.

Too much blah-blah from our side, isn’t it? So we stop. Amen!

June 28, 2011

June blogosphere survey of Indian blogs

We are pleased to announce the results of June Indian Blogosphere Survey, 2011.

Out of over 5,000 blogs that we screened, we ended up with 97 outstanding blogs. These have been ranked as platinum (14), gold (17) and excellent (66) blogs. Congratulations to the bloggers whose blogs have been ranked by us or figure in the ‘Best Indian Blog Directory’!

As in February blogosphere survey, we made teams and feverishly looked at over five thousand Indian blogs. Out of them, about a thousand blogs met our mathematical screening criteria. We put them into the process of close scrutiny and came out with a list of about 200 blogs.

As before, our main criterion has been quality of content, followed by design and regularity of posting. We particularly observed quality of language, selection of subject, effort made by the blogger, consistency, display and readability, supplementation of text with graphics, placing of elements, cleanliness [vis-a-vis clutter] and overall visual appeal. Individual commitment and effort got special treatment when we finally sat together to manually screen the top blogs for final categorisation. Popularity was no criterion at all in our ranking.

In June Indian Blogosphere Survey, we have categorised our best blogs into platinum, gold and excellent blog categories. We did not want silver ranking, as we realised that calling a blog a silver blog branded the blog as inferior to gold blog rather than highlighting that the blog is one of the best blogs in our opinion.

For further details on our shortlisting procedure, please see our next post on June blogosphere survey.

The June blogosphere survey is independent of February blog survey and some blogs have slipped in their ranking and a few have gone out altogether. Therefore, we have changed the ‘Indian Top Blog’ icon by adding 2011 alongside the earlier icon to make it specific for this year.

As we announced earlier, a ‘Best Indian Blog Directory’ is also under creation. If your blog is listed in the directory, you can put an icon for that in your blog. We’ll put that icon here on IndianTopBlogs once we release the directory.

A few words about the blog directory. The blogs that met our basic filtering criteria and were selected in our first round of manual examination were all good blogs and some of them were at par with the best in one or the other parameter. We have included all such blogs in the best Indian blog directory. We are open to expanding this directory as and when we come across good blogs, without waiting for the next big blogosphere survey. With the publication of this dynamic directory, we are closing the ‘spotted!’ listing of blogs.

Though we do not hanker after publicity, we would request you to spread a word regarding our rankings if you find our effort worth it. It will help us get more blog submissions for ranking and possibly more feedback for improving the ranking. Do submit good blogs known to you by emailing us at kp.nd.2008@gmail.com.

If your blog did not find a rank in our June Indian Blogosphere Survey and you feel your blog is better than those ranked by us, do write to us. We will consider all such inputs in the next survey.

Two, if you want your blog to be reviewed in detail by us, do write to us. We have given the details about submitting blogs for review here. Do submit only one blog at a time. We may take some time in reviewing your blog as we have to clear a huge backlog.

Happy blogging!

June 16, 2011

June blogosphere survey produces a Blog Directory!

We are busy re-re-visiting Indian blogs that have come to our notice till Jun5, and ranking them for various parameters. We are hopeful of bringing our the June survey by June 30.


One interesting bye-product of our survey is a list of good quality blogs, including those ranked as gold and silver blogs, by Indians and on India. This will enable us to bring out Directory of Best Indian Blogs immediately after we announce the rankings. This will be a dynamic blogroll, unlike the rankings, and we will keep adding good quality blogs as and when we spot them. 

The directory is under updation; will not be available till Nov 30. New Directory will be in place on that day.