So many requests for inclusion in the blog directory!

This is in a way a self-congratulatory post. But we were overwhelmed enough to share it with our esteemed visitors. Forgive us for blowing our own trumpet.

Since the publication of the current edition [2013-2014] of the Directory of Best Indian Blogs, we are flooded with numerous requests for including their blogs in the Directory. The response this time has been much more than in previous years. 

This makes our job harder and simpler in equal amounts. Harder, since we will have to check so many blogs even for the mid-year updation after six months; and simpler, because we are likely to find some excellent blogs that we have failed to discover on our own. 

Since we are keeping the Directory's size around a half thousand, the 'turnover' in the Directory has to be high. This year, about a third of the blogs listed in the previous edition had to go out of the Directory. Though we feel bad about such blogs, we feel that this will keep improving the overall standard of blogs in the Directory.

India's best blogs arranged category-wise

It is a fortnight since we released the Directory of Best Indian Blogs. As earlier, we try to fit the blogs of this Directory into different categories, some blogs finding place in more than one. Some categories tend to overlap, however best we try to define them.

The link given here takes you to the category-wise listing of India's best blogs. [At this link, you can see the alphabetical listing of blogs.]

We have grouped blogs of the 2013-2014 edition of the best blogs' directory into the following categories:
  • Art: This category includes blog on arts and crafts, design, decor and architecture. 
  • Audio-visual media: Blogs on music, movies and theatre find a place here.
  • Culture & Travel: We had to mix these two subjects as we found a good number of blogs with content that overlapped travel and culture. Also includes history blogs.
  • Current affairs: Blogs predominantly dealing with news and giving opinions on topical issues are kept here. 
  • Economics: Blogs on economic and financial matters, business management, leadership, entrepreneurship, jobs and product reviews [except beauty products] are placed in this section. 
  • Environment: This section also includes blogs on wildlife. 
  • Expatriates: This category has blogs by foreign nationals living in India. 
  • Fashion: Blogs on fashion as well as the beauty business and reviews of beauty products. 
  • Food: Cooking, diet, restaurant reviews.
  • Health: only one blog here but we thought we must keep the category alive.
  • Humour & satire: Blogs with humorous content, including in graphic and video formats.
  • Improvia: Blogs on self-improvement and spiritual matters, and also those on social issues have been put in this category. 
  • Information technology 
  • Literary: This section also includes blogs with a significant number of book reviews. 
  • Local matters: This category showcases blogs that talk of matters specific to a location.
  • Niche: When we found a blog on a very narrow theme, we put it here.
  • Personal matters, comments: This omnibus category includes blog in which bloggers write mostly on personal matters and also where they comment on any / many subjects. [However, where bloggers discuss mostly topical matters, such blogs find place in 'current affairs' category.] 
  • Photography 
  • Sports
Blogger friends whose blogs are there in the Directory and feel that their blog needs to be in a different category may write to us at : kp.nd.2008@gmail.com. We'll have a re-look at their blog's categorisation.

Indian blogging communities and forums

The Indian blogging scene is live and kicking despite the meteoric rise in the popularity of social networking and bookmarking sites in recent years. 

But when it comes to blogging communities, there are just two of them that can be called good, and we have listed them below. Some good newspapers started blogs and then let them decay. 

Some Indian open blogging platforms - especially as part of portals of newspapers and television channels - started with a bang but have been abandoned now. Except of the Times of India blogs, there is no blogging section anymore on sites of major Indian media organizations. The list of top Indian blogs includes some blogs from this stable.

As of forums, there used to be some good forums - some general and some specific to narrow topics, but now only a few remain active enough. 


LONE INDIAN BLOGGING PLATFORM AND BLOGGING COMMUNITY WORTH SHARING

If you are an Indian blogger, you can can join them and become 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, organizes contests, helps in promoting blogs. You need to register yourself.]
  • IndiBlogger [Blogging community portal. Also organizes blogger meets, ranks blogs according to an 'Indirank'. You need to register yourself.]

BEST INDIAN FORUMS

You can join a forum by registering on 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. 

TopBlogs keeps udating the list of active forums. At this link, you can see the latest list of India's active forums.