Directory of Best Indian Blogs in 2022 released
The 12th edition of the Directory of Best Indian Blogs has been released today, the 1st of June 2022. The list of top Indian blogs in English has about two hundred entries. These blogs excel in content quality, regularity and overall blog resources, and meet a minimum design standard. They also show the blogger's commitment to blogging.
While we call the blogs listed in the Directory as the best blogs in India, there are many more that go under our radar or we have to exclude them. It is partly due to their content-quality or regularity not meeting our standards. Partly it is due their becoming too business-like or maintaining the blog like a stand-alone website (a static home page, no archives, etc.). Yes, it is also partly because we have not been able to discover them. We look into blogrolls, other lists of good blogs, recommendations... We also receive hundreds of submissions on email. But we have to be discreet in choosing 'the best blogs in India'.
Till mid 2021, the Directory of Best Indian Blogs contained only blogs maintained by individuals and their groups, NGOs and other not-for-profit organizations, and newspapers. However, since then, on suggestion from a few firms, we have started including blogs maintained by commercial firms if they meet our selection criteria.
Thus the Directory now includes a wide variety of blogs: Some blogs are maintained on free platforms such as Blogger, Tumblr and Wordpress. Some are independently hosted but are like small web-diaries of their personal experiences. Some are big blogs maintained painstakingly by individuals or their small firms. Some are organization blogs. And, some blogs are standalone blogs or part of portals maintained by big firms. One thing that binds them all is their contribution to the web in the form of information, experiences, expertise, insights, and cultural inputs.
Let me use this occasion to celebrate the blogging spirit of some small blogs. Look how they enrich the blogosphere and are able to achieve something of significance with their tiny blogs:
- Amitabh Bachchan, the Bollywood hero who does not need an introduction, marvels by writing his heart out day after day on his blog (Bachan Bol [srbachchan]) on Tumblr.
- Give India effectively use their blog (Give India [giveindia]) to spread the message of giving and caring.
- Some small blogs on the free Blogger platform have been blogging with an untiring zeal, even on topics that look mundane, boring or too niche. Look at these: RWABhagidari [rwabhagidari] on resident welfare issues of one's residential colony, Radioactivity [alokeshgupta] on radio technology, Rapid Uplift [suvratk] on geology.
About the big blogs maintained by firms and organizations as standalone blogs or part of their portals, it is worth mentioning that some international and national organizations (e.g. UNDP India Blog [undp]) and technology companies (e.g. Google India Blog [google]) and even government bodies (e.g. NIC Blogs [nic]) are using their blogs effectively for spreading their messages, sharing expertise and experiences, and community building.
Though visual blogs are now mostly found on image and video sharing platforms such as Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube, a number of photo blogs, food blogs, and beauty and fashion blogs too find a place in this listing.