What is in the Directory of Best Hindi Blogs हिन्दी के सर्वश्रेष्ठ ब्लॉगों की डायरेक्टरी में होता क्या है?

Year after year, the Directory of Best Hindi Blogs comes as a bouquet of blogs of various hues. Blogs on social topics, poems, religion and spirituality, literary history, personal musings and what not. The bouquet is as rich as the Hindi blogging world is: a blog by an 83 year old grandpa and one by a kid; a blog by a professor and one by a village boy lost in a metropolis; a police office updating people about its activities and an NGO seeking people’s cooperation… [Do look at these posts on what the Hindi blogsphere looks like.]

We’ll leave the variety aspect here, and use the present post to discuss a more touchy aspect - quality.

We must admit beforehand that the Directory has some blogs that are so good, you silently salute the blogger for his passion, wisdom, aesthetic sense  and hard work. But if we picked up only such blogs, we’d end up with a listing of not more than a dozen blogs. We did this exercise for English blogs and brought out a directory of best-of-the-best for many years but it had started shrinking and lost its purpose and so we discontinued that. We don't intend to do that in the case of Hindi blogs.

So, the question arises, where do we draw the line?  We have shared our dilemmas in the last post on the subject; let’s tell you how we resolved them.

Knowing the problem Hindi web writers face relating to typing in Indian scripts, we have been liberal regarding मात्राs. Since most Hindi bloggers never had a chance to learn design and have been living in small towns and are influenced by local use of colors and design, we have ignored minor design issues too. When the content is good, we have ignored other aspects of blogging craft too. But when there are too many such blemishes in a blog, we are forced to take the blog off the listing.

For the benefit of Hindi bloggers, we have come out with posts on design issues in Hindi that can be avoided.

In deciding the quality of content, we do not go strictly by the literary quality. We give high value to the standard of language, the quality of discussion it evokes and the social purpose of the blog. In doing so, we have to filter out blogs that promote obscurantism, hatred and personal attacks. We also feel, the Directory is better without blogs with too much self praise and in which parents write superficial stuff, posing as kids. We have also removed blogs -though good in quality - in which we found malicious content in widgets.

The Hindi world of blogging is full of collective blogging and multiple blogs by the same person. We have tried to pick up the best blog among multiple blogs by a blogger. We have no issues when a blogger has one blog but also contributes to collective blogs, but when he uses the collective blog to further himself, we have taken the collective blog as his own blog and taken only one of his blogs.

Hindi blogging is rich in literature. Though there are blogs on literary discussions, book reviews, literary history and original story-telling, poetry is the dominant genre. Please don’t blame us if you find many poetry blogs in the Directory.

Finally, our warm regards and best wishes to bloggers. Hope, in this Directory we have been able to present the best of Hindi blogging. If you, a discerning visitor, find that we have gone wrong in assessing a worthy blog, or included an undeserving blog, do guide us – and we’ll recheck our facts.

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हिन्दी के सर्वश्रेष्ठ ब्लॉगों की डाइरैक्टरी में क्या है और क्या नहीं

क्षमा कीजिएगा, हिन्दी में हम खुद को पूरी तरह व्यक्त नहीं कर पाये हैं; विस्तार के लिए इंग्लिश में ऊपर दिया गया विवरण देखें।

हिन्दी के सर्वश्रेष्ठ ब्लॉगों की डाइरैक्टरी विभिन्न आकार और रंग के फूलों के गुलदस्ते की तरह निखर कर आपके सामने आती है; इसमें होते हैं सामाजिक विषयों पर गंभीर बहस से लेकर कविता, कहानी, घर-बार, धर्म और आध्यात्म, वगैरह वगैरह विषयों पर ब्लॉग। अगर आपको एक ब्लॉग 83 वर्षीय दादाजी का मिलेगा तो शायद एक बच्चे का ब्लॉग भी मिले; एक प्रोफेसर का भी होगा, एक गांव के युवक का, एक गृहिणी का भी... [हिन्दी ब्लॉग संसार में क्या है, इस पर विस्तृत जानकारी आप यहाँ पढ़ सकते हैं।]

इस पोस्ट में हम चर्चा करेंगे गुणवत्ता पर।

हमें हिन्दी में कुछ ब्लॉग इतने अच्छे हैं कि हम ऐसे ब्लॉगर्स के उत्साहज्ञान, सौंदर्य-बोध और कड़ी मेहनत के लिए उन्हें सलाम करते हैं। लेकिन सब ब्लॉग तो ऐसे नहीं हो सकते, सो हमने  ऐसे ब्लॉगों को भी डाइरैक्टरी में शामिल किया है जिनका स्तर काफी ऊँचा है मगर कुछ कमियाँ भी हैं, जैसे रंगों का फूहड़ प्रयोग, पूंछ की तरह लंबी लिस्टें, मात्राओं का गलत प्रयोग इत्यादि। हाँ, जहां इस तरह की कमज़ोरियाँ कुछ ज़्यादा मिलीं, हमें ऐसे ब्लॉगों को छोडना पड़ा चाहे उनका लेखन कितना ही बढ़िया क्यों न हो।
लेखन की गुणवत्ता तय करने में हमने साहित्यिक गुणवत्ता के बदले विचारों की गहनता और भाषा के मानक पर ध्यान दिया है। अंधकारघृणा और व्यक्तिगत हमलों को बढ़ावा देने वाले ब्लॉग हम इस डाइरैक्टरी के लायक नहीं मानते। कुछ ब्लॉगों में विज़ेट चलाने या गाने डाऊनलोड करने पर नुकसान-देह कोड कंप्यूटर में आ जाने की शिकायत मिली; ऐसे ब्लॉगों को हमने यथासंभव डाइरैक्टरी से निकाल दिया है।

एक ही ब्लॉगर के कई ब्लॉगों में से हमने सर्वश्रेष्ठ ब्लॉग को चुनने का प्रयास किया है। जहां किसी ब्लॉगर ने सामूहिक ब्लॉग का सहारा लेकर खुद को आगे बढ़ाया है, हमने इस तरह के ब्लॉग को उसी ब्लॉगर का ब्लॉग माना है।

अगर आपको लगता है कि इस डाइरैक्टरी के संकलन में हमसे चूक हुई है, तो कृपया बताएं ताकि हम अपने तथ्यों की पुनः जाँच कर इस संकलन में उचित संशोधन कर सकें।

Hindi blog directory: how big should it be? कितनी बड़ी हो हिंदी के ब्लॉगों की डायरेक्टरी?

Dilemmas in Hindi blog directory compilation

We are at a very crucial stage of compilation of Directory of Best Hindi Blogs for 2013. Our database – now over 10,000 strong – has over 4,000 active blogs. These been scrutinized three-four times and we have shortlisted about 650 blogs that meet our selection criteria when applied loosely. We were in two minds on many alternatives that we had, and had a brain-storming session yesterday to decide on these. Some of these, we share with you.

Visit here if you wish to see the latest edition of the Directory of Best Indian Blogs.

a. Whether to be strict with the criteria or be liberal?

Since the publication of the first edition of the Hindi blog directory, we have received a number of emails asking us to broad-base our criteria. Some have argued that it would do the directory no harm if we overlooked design issues. Some have wanted us not to be too finicky about regularity. One learned blogger says, a blog of reputed literary figure, if updated once in six months, is no worse than a mediocre blog being updated every week.  So, we had to take a call on such issues. Our task would have been much simpler had we decided to keep all 650 odd blogs in the Directory, but we are destined to spend many hundred man-hours and slash the listing to about 200.

b. Whether to include web-magazines in the blog directory?

Among the shortlisted blogs, we have about two dozen websites that can be called web-magazines or Hindi e-newspapers or news compilers. We will take such websites if they are maintained  in blog format; we’re forced to leave others.

c. Whether to include multiple blogs from the same author?

In the last edition, we included only one out of many blogs from the same author. We intend to maintain the same this time too. A large number of bloggers have submitted their other blogs to us, perhaps thinking that those blogs had not come to our notice. Our argument is this: We’d try to project the best blog from an author, and people who find value in that blog can visit other blogs through links on the blog. Why clutter the directory?

What does the Hindi blogging scene look like?

We have one more year’s experience in minutely checking the world of blogging in Hindi. But when we wanted to jot down our observations on it, we ended up patting ourselves for the two detailed posts we had issued last year. Our observations made last year remain the same, so we give the links to those posts below for quick reference:
What is being written on Hindi blogs
Hindi blog observations: who, why, when…
And this link for a summary of past observations on the Hindi blogosphere (हिंदी में)