Updating Hindi Best Blogs' Directory हिंदी के सर्वश्रेष्ठ ब्लॉगों की डायरेक्टरी का नवीकरण

The latest edition of the Directory of Best Hindi Blogs was released in September 2019. Now that nearly six months have passed since then, we have reviewed the Directory for possible additions and deletions. 

We have not been able to add any new blog. Why so? We will sometime later talk about that and also about the changes the Hindi blogogphere is undergoing. 

We wish you all the best, and Happy Holi!

Happy Holi!

हिंदी के सर्वश्रेष्ठ ब्लॉगों की डायरेक्टरी का नवीनतम संस्करण सितम्बर 2019 में जारी किया गया था. अब चूँकि तबसे क़रीब 6 माह होने को हैं, हमने डायरेक्टरी के ब्लॉगों की समीक्षा की. डायरेक्टरी में जो ब्लॉग ठीक से नहीं संजोये जा रहे थे उन्हें उसमें से हटा दिया गया है. 

हमने हिंदी ब्लॉग-जगत में फिर गोता लगाया और आशा थी कि कुछ अच्छे ब्लॉग हाथ लगेंगे। साथ ही, 50 के क़रीब ईमेल मिलीं जिनमें नए ब्लॉग सुझाए गए थे, लेकिन हम एक भी नए ब्लॉग को डायरेक्टरी में सम्मिलित नहीं कर पा रहे हैं. इनके कारणों और हिंदी के ब्लॉग-संसार के बदलते स्वरुप में कभी बाद में चर्चा होगी. 

अभी इतना ही. 

आप सबको होली की मंगल-कामनाएं!

How simple blogs can promote social cause effectively!

Let's have a look at these two blogs and see how success in blogging need not be just for making money and how we can use the free blogging tools for making a little contribution to the society we live in.

Well, this little post is not on how to become a social entrepreneur or a social activist. It is for illustrating that blogging for a cause need not cost money and that it can be used for supporting society in small ways without spending energy on design, SEO etc. 

These blogs are small in resource use but are big in resources. Both of them are on the free Blogger platform and no effort had been made to even customize the basic theme. Yet, these blogs are contributing their might behind the bloggers towards achieving their goals. 

Anaarkali - The saga of Bhil Adivasi Indigenous People

Rahul Banerjee mostly chronicles the saga of tribal populations though he sometimes digresses to areas not related with it, on this Blogger blog. Calling himself a naturalist and skeptic, Rahul has been relentless in discussing existential issues relating to the tribals and other marginalized sections of the society.

Esha - People for the Blind 

Esha is a non-profit organization trying to help the visually challenged people in various ways, especially by spreading awareness about their needs and guiding people in whatever ways they could help the blind. Started by Nidhi Arora, Esha has two full-fledged websites and a good collection of web-resources for the needy, but they have chosen this simple Blogger blog for updating their activities.

Introducing a reference book on all things blogging

You cannot avoid mention of this book when you are talking about blogging in 2020.

Book on BloggingThe Manual is perhaps the first and only such work on blogging - dealing exhaustively with all aspects of blogging: history, concepts, legalities, tips and what not.

The book has been written by Manoj Pandey, an Indian media personality and social media watcher. This is the second edition of the book. Mr Pandey has written another book, The Manual of Social Media, with similar treatment to the topic. He maintains a blog, SocialLogging, in which he carries information and advice on social media, particularly blogging. The term sociallogging seems to have been coined by him.

Produced below is the book blurb.
The Manual of Blogging is a treatise on blogging - the online activity that now encompasses the entire social media and is growing in newer forms year after year.       
Though even writing small posts on micro-blogging sites and putting videos on video-sharing sites are also now called 'blogging', standalone blogs have traveled a long way since being plain  HTML pages on the web.  Some blogs of today are as big as media portals, rich in design and content and with many functionalities including ecommerce. If majority of individual blogs still are web diaries, more and more bloggers now maintain their blogs as online businesses, professional portfolios, even research publications.        
The Manual presents latest information on blogging, explains theoretical concepts, unravels technology, gives time-tested practical advice and discusses social and commercial aspects relating to blogging. Yet the Manual  does not ignore the rich history of blogging or shy away from predicting its future.
A reference book itself, the Manual contains a long list of quality references  and a glossary of terms used in blogging and social networking.        
The Manual is a must for libraries, media institutions, and those interested in blogging and social media in particular and media in general.
The book is available on Amazon, both as print edition and Kindle edition.