Showing posts from November, 2011

Trends in the Indian blogging scene

This is second post in the series on Indian blogs. Today we share with you the blogging trends we noticed while doing survey of the Indian blogosphere for updating the Directory of Best Indian Blogs . There do not seem to be even a lakh [a hundred-thousand] blogs run by Indians and on India which are over a year old and are updated at least once a month in most part of their life. A large number of bloggers have more than one blog.  Most of the bloggers lose steam midway [details in this post on blogging habits ].  Young adults – who have to deal with major turning points such as leaving school / college, getting / losing job, marriage, conception, birth of the first child, break-up - often give a pause to blogging and when they re-start it, they tend to shift the main theme of their blog. Of all blogs, personal blogs seem to have the highest longevity. Among niche segments, tech, travel and cookery bloggers flourish well. A large number of blogs on these subjects ar

Categories, labels and tags on websites or blogs: best practices

updated: July 2020 While reviewing blogs and checking them for inclusion in the Indian blog directory , we find that majority of bloggers do not effectively use the facility of labeling (tagging) or categorizing blog posts. Some bloggers use labels indiscriminately, which hurts the blog/ website rather than helping the blogger or visitors. Before we move further, let me clarify the terminology: Definition of category and tags or labels, and their differences  Categories : Broad subject groups under which you can put your blog's content. E.g. on a blog on cooking, you can have categories like continental cuisine, fast food, Chinese food, Indian food. Tags / labels : Narrow subject groups. E.g. on a cooking blog, a post on fast food can have have tags such as: unhealthy food types, hot foods, spicy foods, New York street food, etc. Another difference between the two is: Categories can have sub-categories. Tags do not have sub-categories. As stated above, categories and tags both are