June 12, 2014

Indian blogging communities and forums

The Indian blogging scene is live and kicking, and so are forums, despite the meteoric rise in the popularity of social networking and bookmarking sites in recent years. But when it comes to blogging communities, we found only two good ones. Talking of 'closed' blogging platforms of major newspapers and other media organisations, we found that only a few such platforms are active and contributing to the blogosphere. Some good newspapers started blogs and then let them decay. A few papers seem to be under the impression that their regular news-items when posted in blog format become blogs. Some Indian open blogging platforms started with a bang but poor promotion, not updating the platform with changes in technology and failing to monitor the content of blogs have ruined them. We have seen even forums with good following lose the buzz and decay.

The following is Indian Top Blogs' listing of GOOD social media portals relating to India. We have checked their authenticity and robustness over time, and we present the best among the ones we found on the web. 

We plan to keep updating these listings at regular intervals. This update is as of : June 12, 2014.

BLOGGING COMMUNITIES and BLOGGING PLATFORMS

You can open a your blog here or promote your own blog. You will be part of their community of blogs, and will be able to comment on others' blogs. You might get product offers and you can participate in contests run by the community administrators.

  • Blogadda [A community portal for bloggers, which brings bloggers to brands, organises contests, helps in promoting blogs. You need to register yourself.]
  • IndiBlogger [Blogging community portal. Also organises blogger meets, ranks blogs according to an 'Indirank' and brings out a directory. You need to register yourself.]

CLOSED BLOGGING PLATFORMS

These platforms are mostly run by media houses as extension of their newspaper/magazine/channel. They have blogs by their own columnists and reporters, so their blogs usually have high-quality discussion. Public figures are also sometimes invited to open their blogs in these platforms, but common bloggers can't open a blog with them.


FORUMS

You can join a forum by registering with it, and then you can participate in discussion within the forum on different topics. A number of active forums, general as well as niche, are there that focus on India.


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