February 26, 2014

Mid-year updation of the Directory of Best Hindi Blogs

Friends,

As you'd know, ITB brought out the 2012-13 edition of the Directory of Best Hindi Blogs in September 2013. As earlier, we have checked the Directory for some general parameters during our mid-year review and have removed the blogs that fail to meet our selection criteria. We also have found new blogs of good value and added them to the Directory. We present here the outcome of this limited review. 



We also share our observations that we made during checking old and new blogs. We are also responding to comments received on the Directory page. Some of these might look repetitions as we have discussed such matters previously also, in respect of earlier compilations. So, here we are:

One, as of now we are not adding more than one blog of the same blogger. 

Two, though some webspaces are quite good, we couldn't include them in the Directory when we found them lacking in the craft of blogging. For example, if you are a Nobel Laureate in literature (We hope that one of our bloggers some day bags a Nobel Prize.) and have made a beautiful blog in which you have given details of your literary piece but have failed to update it for long, we’d not call it a blog even if it is on Blogger platform. 

Three, many bloggers have suggested their blogs to us but have ignored to update these very blogs. In one case, the blogger sent us a list of seven blogs, none of them updated for 15 months. We wish this gentleman had only one blog and he updated it at least once a month.

Four, as we mentioned in a comment on the Directory page, we are forced to remove blogs that contain malicious code. We again advise bloggers to be careful in putting widgets, advertisements and codes on their blogs. You can see here our earlier caution on using widgets and codes.

Let’s now introduce the new blogs that enter the Directory of Best Hindi Blogs, 2012-13. In a few of these blogs, we'd have liked to see better use of matras and better use of colours, especially for fonts, but others are excellent in content and design.  

chandkhem हथेली में तिनका छूटने का अहसास
dehatrkj देहात
gyankefundey Gyan ke Fundey
jindagikeerahen जिंदगी की राहें
kathayatra कथायात्रा
omjaijagdeesh वंदे मातरम्
pbchaturvedi मेरी ग़ज़लें, मेरे गीत
vkshrotryiapoems मेरी कविताएं

Our selection criteria are listed in detail in this post published before the Directory was issued in September 2013.

February 24, 2014

merrytogoaround

MERRY TO GO ROUND


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- Bhavani

February 21, 2014

WhatsApp announces its acquisition by FB: ITB's blog post of significance this week

The news is out and you must have already seen it. Seen it on papers, TV, the web. 
We bring you here the news from the horse's mouth, presented in the WhatsApp blog. Do read this post by one of the two founders of WhatsApp, Brian, to get the first-hand feel of the news. You must also read this piece to learn how to write a blog post to announce that you have sold your company for a whopping sum. :) 
For those who missed the news, let's recapitulate the facts:Facebook has taken over WhatsApp, the messaging service that claims over 320 million daily active users worldwide. FB has paid $19 billion for it.

February 19, 2014

Advani on parliamentarians: this week's significant blog-post

LK Advani has been maintaining his web diary for a long time now. He has often used this space to make his views public on political matters of India and his party. He has been known to subtly refer to his disagreement with his party colleagues in his posts.


The latest post in Advani's blog is on the behaviour of the present political coalition ruling India [=UPA] vis-a-vis parliament. The post is an excellent exposition into the subject; his blaming the PM and UPA Chairperson is understandable but apt.

February 16, 2014

Being brave like Penguin India

So they have won, They, the intolerants.

They have forced Penguin to not only withdraw but pulp the copies of Wendy Doniger's The Hindus: An Alternative History. The book was challenged in court by a religious outfit,  Shiksha Bachao Andolan Committee, for hurting Hindus’ religious feelings – slapping criminal charges on the publisher. Penguin chose to go for an out of court settlement and remove the book from Indian market.

Penguin said this while withdrawing the book published 4 years back: "…A publishing company has the same obligation as any other organisation to respect the laws of the land in which it operates, however intolerant and restrictive those laws may be." 

February 14, 2014

Free images 7: feelings

In this 7th post in the series on free images for bloggers, we offer four small quotes that express popular feelings. You - as a blogger - might want to use them in your posts, e.g. using the 'I'm so happy' clipart when you write about your accomplishment and tell people how happy you are.

You will notice that these images are in .png format, so these are not scalable. We didn't post vector images which, though sharper and scalable, are presently not accepted by all blog platforms and not rendered by all browsers.

You can find here the terms for using these images on blogs or elsewhere.











February 12, 2014

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Free Personal Finance Calculators
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February 9, 2014

Online fund collection by Indian political parties

Three Indian parties high on social media - BJP, AAP and Congress - are boosting their war chests with online fund collection.

BJP launched its online fund-raising campaign long back and the donation and volunteer sections comes upfront when you open their site.

AAP has created an app to seek online funds, besides a donation section on their site. They also have donors’ list on their website. Though they ask for donation of at least Rs. 500, there are donors who have paid Re 1 too!

Congress seeks donation through its website but the donation has to be made by a cheque sent to the Congress headquarters.

Interestingly, other main political parties do not seem to be interested in either making new members, seeking funds online or even appealing to the online community to support them.

February 5, 2014

child blog: do's and don'ts

This the second post in the two-part discussion on kid blogging. In the first post, we talked about why it is a good idea to introduce blogging to children early in life. In the present post, we discuss the do’s and don’ts of engaging children in blogging.

Safety and privacy aspects of child blogging


1. Communicate with the kid. Ask him/her about the blog, give advice, offer to help. BUT not in an overbearing manner. Be subtle: be a partner rather than a warden or headmistress – they have enough of these creatures to deal with.

2. Discuss with them the specific subject of web-safety. Tell them, how giving personal information on the web – even to friends – can reach criminals and how they can exploit it. Give the blog a strong password and let it not be shared by many, and let there be some comment moderation. Don’t put a high-quality photo or scan of an identity card on the net. Don’t mention address, school details and phone number of small children. If the child is a girl, let there be some extra caution in giving personal details on the web.

Don’t scare them but make them aware of the online risks. [You can think of tech tools and strong ways of monitoring and regulating the use of internet, but you should use these as a last resort. Again, these might be required more against their social networking and browsing activities than blogging.]

February 1, 2014

13 reasons why you must teach your kid to blog

The subject is so big, we’d use two successive posts to deal with it. Let’s talk in this first post about what we are proposing and then a bit about children’s online safety. In the second post, we talk about the do’s and don’ts of engaging children in blogging.

Gift your kid a blog


No joke this, and you better do it now if you haven’t done yet.

Some assumptions, first.
  • We are talking about children below the age of 12 or so, not young adults and late-teens. Maybe, we’ll discuss teen matters sometime later.
  • We’d discuss children’s own blogs as well as blogs facilitated by parents. Blogs maintained fully by parents are in true sense not kid blogs. 
  • We are talking mostly about personal blogs with social information and comments [and so, blogs that have personal and social consequences], and not blogs on school subjects, technology etc [socially neutral blogs]. 

How does early blogging help kids?


A blog can help in personal, social and intellectual growth of the child in many ways. We have a dozen reasons, but there could be many more – some specific to the kid blogger.