Releasing the 2017 Edition of the Directory of Best Indian Blogs

The 2017 edition of Directory of Best Indian Blogs has been released today.

We toiled a lot but gold is what we've found!

We went through thousands of Indian blogs, shortlisted them over many rounds and finally distilled the list to about 300 blogs. In doing so, we made more than 200,000 page visits  during the last four months. 

This time, we also sourced Twitter to find new blogs and we found hundreds of good Indian blogs linked to Twitter. We could take only about two dozen such fine blogs because others did not meet our selection criteria. But the labor was worth it as some blogs are really very good.
As always, you will find a  bouquet of good quality Indian blogs in this Directory, all contributing appreciably to the richness of overall Indian blogging. All may not be outstanding in ALL quality parameters but they excel in content and are passionate bloggers, even if not so outstanding in terms of engagement or design. 

We try to be most objective in finding top Indian blogs

When in doubt (e.g. when the there were spelling or grammatical mistakes or the design was not so good or navigation was poor, and we felt like dumping the blog), we posed this question to ourselves: 'Does this blog contribute to the Indian blogging world with its thought and experiences, will adding it add value to the Directory?' 

In some cases, we had to interact with some otherwise good bloggers, advising them to remove some very obvious flaws in their otherwise good blogs - an unwanted pop-up, an unending blog list, gaping white space between paras, too many ads on a personal blog and so on. Such bloggers have (mostly) obliged by making amends. Some otherwise plain blogs have also been included because of their socially relevant cause.

We had to leave behind some excellent blogs on/ in  India because we could find no clue about their regularity or their posts were stacked like static pages on a static website. Similarly we had to filter out blogs with no disclosure at all about the blogger's relationship with the brands they reviewed. Blogs that are run by commercial entities or have big editorial teams have also been excluded. We'd try to bring a separate list of otherwise good Indian blogs, if time permits. 

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We've included blogs in which the content was good but the blogger had no control over anything except the content [blogs on captive platforms e.g.].

The blog list wouldn't include Huffington Post but, yes, Seth Godin!

[If you do not know why we've taken these names, HuffPost is an enormous blog run by a big firm and Seth Godin is an individual blogger with huge following.]

You might have this question in mind: Why does Top Blogs not include some top-rated blogs that you find in blog lists issued by others. Let's explain. 

As we have amply clarified elsewhere, we do not include blogs as part of corporate or media portals. We also filter out blogs in which earning is the sole motive. Blogs maintained as static websites, comprising mostly of automated content and web magazines are also out. 

In India of today, there is no bigger social media personality than PM Modi. Modi's blog is ironically the most apt example of what we can't have here. When he was Gujarat CM, he maintained a personal blog, which was in our top blog listing for many years. Now he has a portal, and it has a more modern look and huge resources, but it is not an individual or collective blog. (In a corner of Modi's massive portal lies a blog which, btw, is not updated since 2015.) So is the case with the second biggest media personality in India, Shashi Tharoor. We can't include his personal site in the Directory, though it is more regularly updated than many regular blogs.

Similarly, we can't have Indian counterparts of HuffPost, Mashable. Yes, we would have Seth Godin's blog and Blog Tyrant here if they were Indian.

Now, the Directory.

You can access the Directory here: Best Indian Blogs, the list of outstanding Indian blogs listed alphabetically. We'd soon come out with category-wise listing of the Directory.

Inclusion of a blog in this Directory is no certificate from ITB. We do not take responsibility for any inappropriate content of any type including defamation, plagiarism, use of inappropriate text and audio-visual material, etc carried by any blog listed in the Directory, though at the time of Directory compilation, we took due care not to include blogs with inappropriate content in the Directory.