Bhasha Blogs: Indic Blogs in the Indian Blogosphere

This was a piece originally written for Desipundit. Patrix recently announced that his team desires to draw curtain over the link blog. This is indeed sad and I really hope they bounce back from the burnout and are back soon. I reproduce my piece that appeared here.

Sanskrit blogging on the riseDesipundit is turning one. Congratulations guys! It has been a fabulous year for you people and I am happy to see Desipundit graduate from a link blog to a movement. The welcome addition of links to Indicblogs has given it a wholesome flavor. I salute the dedicated team for relentlessly pointing to the best of the Indiblogdom. What Indibloggies does once in a year, you guys do on a daily basis.

Patrix recently asked me to pen my thoughts on the scene and I must say that I am honoured. I am not good at writing longer posts and the following are a collection of jottings spread over several days, so dear readers do bear with me if you find a lack of coherence or flow.

On hindsight my own personal blog journey seems pretty insignificant to me. My English blog Null Pointer, with which my blog journey started, by virtue of it being techie in nature and being hosted on JRoller, a den for technology bloggers, didn’t ever earn much notice from desi readers. So being a timid blogger that I am, I get more casual visitors than regular ones, the latter are probably being those who rely on the feed. My Hindi blog Nuktachini probably gets better attention.

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Blogcamp Chennai is on!

Barcamp ChennaiBlogcamp, said to be the biggest blog unconference in India on the lines of barcamp, has started at Chennai. The two day event scheduled over this weekend is being attended by many known names. There is an interesting line up of sessions. You may keep a tab on the event through their wiki and Technorati and the live bloggers. What’s more, you can even chat with people there and there is even a live broadcast live here.

Best wishes Guys, I wish I could be there!

18 Million Indians read blogs

The Recently released India online 2006 survey has revealed that of the 21.4 million net users* in Indian a staggering 85% (that’s roughly 18 million people) regularly check blogs. The study conducted by Juxt consult, New Delhi also revealed that there is a 22% rise in number of Indian net users from last year’s figure of 17.7 million. The users are mostly urban and most of the blogs, the report says, are maintained by net savvy people. A recent Economic Times report, published during the blanket ban on blogs initiated by the government, had cited that there are approximately 40000 Indiblogs around (not too far off my own little hunch).

A heartening fact highlighted by the report is that a lot of people who check blogs do not necessarily blog themselves, surely a big respite from the general conception that the blogs mostly thrive on bloggers “scratching each others’ backs”, that only a close group of bloggers generally read each other’s blogs. Another fact, that only solidifies my faith in the Indicblogs is that 42% of the Indian netizens also read blogs websites in Indian languages.

* The CIA Factbook thinks there are 50 million internet users in India.