Releasing the Best Hindi Blogs Directory 2018

इस पोस्ट को हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए नीचे जाएं. 

The 2018 edition of the Directory of Best Hindi Blogs is being released today. This is the 7th edition of the directory.

Year by year, we have been finding that many established blogs either become very irregular or disappear without a trace. We reckon that this is mostly due to very personal nature of Hindi blogs. There is no monetary incentive to the blogger to carry on; when the blogger gets sick or finds that the exercise is becoming a burden due to family or personal reasons, he/ she ignores it.

There used to be very good blogs under Hindi newspapers' banners. Since last year, Hindi blogosphere has lost some very good blogs in Dainik Jagaran portal as the paper has stopped supporting blogging. Now only Navbharat Times supports blogging, and one is not sure when it will also stop doing that.That is surely not good for blogging in Hindi.

Of late, like on YouTube, youth have started independent blogs with tutorials on technical subjects in Hindi. There is a big market for such products but the bloggers seem to be in a hurry to make money. Many of them have just got a certificate and find the blog/ YouTube one means to exploit their half-baked knowledge. Their blogs usually are of a poor standard in terms of content and empathy with the reader. While their YouTube channels sometimes click because equally curious and impatient learners click on the videos and subscribe to them, but that does not work on blogs. Needless to say, such blogs decay over time. Even if they roll on, they are of poor quality. This is in contrast with western and Indian English blogospheres, which have become quite mature.

Having said that, let us share that a large number of Hindi blogs are of excellent quality: mostly in terms of content. Not many of them have good design or the bloggers have not bothered about design at all. Yet, the content and regularity of posting makes them worth being called 'the best Hindi blogs'. The Directory is a collection of such selected blogs.

In the Hindi blogging sphere, many bloggers use the platform as an extension of their literary activities. Such blogs have not only been regular, they have been serving the purpose quite well. That is the reason, a disproportionately large number of blogs in the Directory are of this nature. 
As always, the Directory is the fruit of our labor. We do not let any consideration other than quality influence our selection. We'd welcome suggestions how we can contribute towards enriching the Hindi blogosphere.


हिंदी के उत्कृष्ट ब्लॉग्स की डायरेक्टरी का सातवां संस्करण पेश करते हुए बहुत ख़ुशी हो रही है. 

साल दर साल हम देख रहे हैं कि कई ब्लॉग जो बहुत समय से चल रहे होते हैं वह भी अचानक चुप हो जाते हैं या फिर पूरी तरह ग़ायब हो जाते हैं. हिंदी के ब्लॉगों का स्वरुप शायद इसके लिए ज़िम्मेदार है. हमारा अभिप्राय है कि चूँकि ज़्यादातर ब्लॉग पर्सनल ब्लॉग हैं, उनका चलना या न चलना व्यक्ति विशेष के स्वास्थ्य, पारिवारिक हालत आदि पर निर्भर होता है. 

समाचार-पत्र शुरू में ब्लॉगों को बहुत महत्व दे रहे थे, लेकिन अब ऐसा नहीं है. पिछले वर्ष से दैनिक जागरण ने ब्लॉगिंग से हाथ खींच लिया है और वो सब ब्लॉग जो काफी अच्छे होते थे, समाप्त हो चुके हैं. नवभारत टाइम्स के बैनर तले कुछ ब्लॉग अभी शेष बचे हैं, देखना है यह अख़बार इन्हें कब तक जीवित रखता है. 

हिंदी के अच्छे ब्लॉग अधिकतर साहित्यिक हैं या फिर काफी हद तक अपने या परिवार के बारे में. इंग्लिश के ब्लॉग ज़्यादातर प्रोफेशनल हो चुके हैं, और उनमें विभिन्न विषयों पर स्तरीय सामग्री होती है. ब्लॉगर उनका उपयोग पैसे कमाने में भी बहुधा करते हैं. वहां ऐसे ब्लॉगों में प्रौढ़ता आ चुकी है जो हिंदी के ब्लॉग संसार में नहीं दिखती. कुछ युवा जल्दी पैसे कमाने के चक्कर में विशेषकर तकनीकी विषयों पर ब्लॉग बना लेते हैं जिनका स्तर बहुत ख़राब होता है, उनके यूट्यूब चैनलों की तरह.

सब मिलाकर, ऐसा नहीं है कि हिंदी में अच्छे ब्लॉग नहीं लिखे जा रहे. चूंकि ऐसे ब्लॉग हैं, इसलिए ही तो हम प्रति वर्ष हिंदी के श्रेष्ठ ब्लॉगों की डायरेक्टरी निकाल पा रहे हैं. लेकिन यह ठीक नहीं लगता की हिंदी के ब्लॉगों का दायरा सीमित हो कर रह गया है, और उनमें डिज़ाइन के प्रति या तो बेरुखी या फिर अनभिज्ञता नज़र आती है.

डायरेक्टरी आपके सामने है. आप डायरेक्टरी पर इस लिंक से पहुँच सकते हैं: हिंदी के उत्कृष्ट ब्लॉगों की डायरेक्टरी

हम हिंदी ब्लॉग संसार के संवर्धन में किस तरह योगदान दे सकते हैं, इस पर आपके सुझावों का स्वागत है.


पिछले साल हमने डायरेक्टरी के लिए बैज जारी नही किया तो कई मित्रों से शिकायत मिली. इस वर्ष फिर से हमने डायरेक्टरी से लिंक करने के लिए नया बैज बनाया है, हालांकि यह बात सामने आई है कि बैज ज़ारी करना Google को पसंद नहीं है क्योंकि इसका उपयोग बहुधा अपनी वेबसाइट पर ट्रैफिक लाने के लिए होता है. ब्लॉगर मित्र जिनका ब्लॉग डायरेक्टरी में है और वो हिंदी की डायरेक्टरी का बैज अपने ब्लॉग पर लगाना चाहते हैं, नीचे दिए हुए कोड (अंग्रेज़ी में नीले रंग में) को ब्लॉग पोस्ट के HTML में या HTMLगैजेट/ विजेट पर पेस्ट कर दें. 
इस बैज का कोड : 
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Best web hosts: the listing keeps changing. Is Amazon at the top?

Among web hosting service providers, the race to the top continue, both in numbers and quality service. In different surveys and studies, different web hosts shine and others are dumped. There seems to be bias too in selection of top scorers, based on commercial considerations, and technical reasons.

But over time, one or two web hosts have been found to pip others due to their excellent uptime and service levels. 

A majority of reviewers seem to find Amazon as the best for enterprise and on cloud, while GoDaddy seems to be ruling the retail world. 

Hostreview has been giving monthly and yearly rankings to web hosts. Monthly ranks keep changing. For 2017, which is still the latest rank, it has found peak10 as the overall topper, followed by DATAPIPE, HostGator, DigitalOcean, Multacom, SoftLayer, Linode, GoDaddy, UnitedLayer and LiquidWeb.

The criteria? "This includes the plans, prices, uptime, guarantee and customer support, as well as the web hosting reviews over the year and the online presence of the companies."

This website awards different types of web hosts in different categories. You can see the category top ten here: Web Host Awards.


While Amazon Web Services getting the top award in cloud computing is obvious, most top awardees are not the most popular ones. 

In their latest web host rankings, all biggest global names are yet again not the toppers overall. But Amazon is among the best; DreamHost is one of the most affordable web host; Alibaba Cloud among the best cloud web hosting service.

Is Facebook going the way Orkut went? What would then rule the social media?

Facebook cannot be compared with Orkut, the social media biggie when Facebook came to the scene and annihilated it.

Yet, things seem to be happening the same way, as if history repeating itself. Facebook is already slowing down and is embroiled in controversies relating to data privacy, the platform's impact on young minds, its misuse in elections and so on.

I am not being a doomsayer; I have been seeing the decline of the present wave of social media coming at the beginning of the next decade. It is almost predestined. A balloon cannot remain inflated for too long.

The social media observers would perhaps not mind the decline and death of Facebook and its sister, Instagram. But, their annihilators are yet not in place. The worrying issue is not their demise but the prospect that the new entities may be worse than these. They may be much more immersive and instant; they may be more manipulative, more addictive. The fast growth of connectivity and higher bandwidth, much faster growth of video, use of artificial intelligence in our lives - all these are waiting to result into a new social media entity that would rule the world 3-4 years from now.

Let's see.


Wordpress and Blogger: both have good news for bloggers!

Let me share that both, Wordpress and Blogger, have come with some interesting features on their blogging platforms.

Wordpress has been working on Gutenberg project, one of whose main aims is to make posting of rich text easier on the blog editor. The other one is to migrate the web-design of blogs/ websites to be created using Wordpress to a more customizable 'block' based design of websites. This has already been on offer as a plugin, but the formal release is expected with Wordpress 5.0.

Wordpress promises that users will be very satisfied with these new features. It also says, 'it is just the beginning'!

You can download Gutenberg and learn about its features here: Gutenberg by Wordpress



Coming to Blogger. This platform had announced in May about some cleaning more than new features. That included discarding OpenID and third-party widgets. 

But recently, Blogger has issued a new app, Blog Compass, for blogging. On both Android and iOS, this app is presently available only in India and is reported to have some bugs such as not being able to find existing blogs. 

Blogger says, it is migrating all the existing blogs to a new cloud-based storage system called Spanner that is very robust and has 99.999% uptime. 

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Happening Heads
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lifestyle blog by Priyanka, Prathamesh
 
"We blog across various categories because we just can't stop ourselves from sharing the happening experiences we have while exploring the beauty of world through traveling, drooling in the lusciousness​ of delectable food, keeping a close eye on latest fashion trends, revealing a part of our luxurious lifestyle, sharing our expertise on technology, bringing you all the action from leading events of the country, interacting through personal articles and more."
- Priyanka RP, Prathamesh Avachare

3 top blogs by expatriates in India

When you live in a country other than where you spent your young age, you observe everything with a curious mind. It leads to great human discoveries. When you share them with others, in person, those many people know about that country from a new perspective. When you run a blog or website where you share your insights, that becomes an invaluable resource.

I share below three beautiful and resourceful blogs by expatriates in India. Indians as well as outsiders would find their worldview interesting.

1

The White Hindu is Ambaa's blog, in existence since 2012. In the last six years, she has written in her blog on Indian culture and society, and Hindu religion and philosophy. The blog is part of Patheos portal, which is devoted to religion and spirituality. 



Ambaa describes herself and the blog thus: An American woman of European ancestry who practices Hinduism. She has been involved in Indian philosophy since 1982 and Indian culture since 2004. She loves to learn about people’s spirituality and how they find meaning in their lives.

2

Antonina, Ukrainian by birth, has been maintaining a nice blog, India Palette, for the last four years.

Her take about how her initial years in India were, in one sentence: I’m amazed, horrified, puzzled, fascinated, irritated, pleased, flattered, intrigued, furious and happy. If it makes any sense at all. 🙂
Now things are much calmer, she says. 


About the blog, she says, it deals only with travel and not inter-cultural talk.

3

Madh Mama is a 7-year old well-maintained blog by Alexandra, a Canadian by birth. 


I fell in love and married my soulmate... and then I inherited a big fat South Indian family. Here is my unfiltered view of what it's really like... to be a finarngi bahu*, is how she sums up her blog and her living in India. 
*= foreigner daughter in law