Is blogging on the wane?

Chip, the popular tech magazine ran a featured article on the present state of blogging in the face of the rising popularity of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. We had our say on the issue, and gave them some stats to prove it. In the end, Chip concluded that blogging is definitely very much alive.

Anoop Johnson, Director-Marketing and Strategic partnerships at IndiBlogger, which is the largest community of Indian bloggers, feels that even though the number of bloggers has gone down, the quality has definitely improved. “Back in 2007-2008, we used to approve around 500 blogs every month, and reject around 700. Blogs are mainly rejected because they had duplicate content or did not have enough posts because the author ran out of things to say. In 2010, we approved roughly 600 blogs per month, while the number of spammy blogs came down to 500 per month. In other words, serious writers still continue to grow in number, while the half-baked attempts at blogging decrease since those authors have other outlets like Facebook and Twitter. Blogging requires much more discipline and passion than maintaining a social network profile, and there really is no comparison between the two.”

Read the whole article and the stats here.

Is blogging dead?

 

Bloggers Block: In The Hindu Metro Plus

Thanks to Sudhish Kamath for writing this article about IndiBlogger, and publishing our blogging stats on Chennai. Click on the image below for the full scan. Online version here.

IndiRank gets an upgrade

After completing the successful upgrade to IndiVine, we got down to the next task in our list – the big IndiRank updgrade. Apart from several small bug fixes and performance tweaks, all bloggers who have an IndiRank can now view detailed stats about their blogs under their account.

The new dashboard will tell you:

  • If we were able to crawl your feed properly
  • Your IndiRank history
  • Your Pagerank performance and history
  • Your Alexa performance and history
  • How often you blog
  • Tips on how you can improve your IndiRank

Of course, this dashboard is still pretty basic, and will be updated based on community feedback. Hope you all find it useful!

One major bug that some of you wrote to us about has been squished; the bug where a newly approved IndiBlogger doesn’t find his/her blog in the directory until the IndiRank crawler hits their blog. Now bloggers will find themselves on our homepage the second that they are approved – just like old times.

IndiRank gets an upgrade Sep18

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Blog platforms used by IndiBloggers

Which blog platforms are the most popular among Indian Bloggers? We updated our crawler to identify blogging platforms, and it gave us some interesting stats:

Surprisingly, we only have a single active blog from bigadda on IndiBlogger, out of 9k blogs (No, it’s not Big B’s blog!)

Not surprising are the stats showing the popularity of blogger vs. wordpress.  Hopefully wordpress will catch up soon!

Thanks goes to Amit from Webyantra for this idea!

Statistics from the Indian Blogosphere

IndiBlogger.in has come a long way since we launched in August 2007, thanks to our growing loyal community, several unique features for Indian bloggers, blogger meets all over India, awards for blogs in different fields, media coverage, and of course  – our badges!

Considering our position as the largest directory of Indian blogs and most active community of Indian bloggers, we recently released the “State of the Indian Blogosphere” report, which included the following statistics of the Indian Blogosphere:

How many Indians blog in Indian (Indic) languages?

Indian bogs in English

What are the most popular Indian Languages?

Blogs in Indian Languages

Geographical distribution of Indian Bloggers

Where are the Indian Bloggers

How often are Indian blogs updated?

Indian Blogosphere Activity

Google Pagerank of Indian blogs

Pagerank of the Indian Blogosphere

Alexa Rank of Indian Blogs

Alexa raning of Indian blogs

Age groups of Indian Bloggers

Age groups of Indian Bloggers

These stats were covered by Gauravonomics, WATblogWebyantra, Global Voices, and The Indian Express. Our thanks to everyone for helping us spread the word!

Here are the stats on Slideshare, courtesy Gaurav Mishra:

Regional language blogging in India

We’ve compiled some quick stats using the 6500 bloggers in the IndiBlogger network, to show how many bloggers are blogging in regional languages.

Regional Languages Vs. English

Regional Languages Vs. English

Regional Languages Vs. English

Regional Languages

Regional Languages

Regional Languages