Sunday, November 27, 2005

Isn't RediffBlogs suppose to be more desi than Blogspot?

I have known Deepak Jeswal for a long time now. Well, I have known his blog at Randomexpressions for a long time now. I am sure there must be more-than-1-year-old comments on his blog that I left. He is pretty famous among the rediffbloggers as DJ . His is one the 100+ comments blogs. And there many more of the 100+ comments rediffbloggers. But somehow Rediffbloggers don't show up on the desi blogging scene. Maybe because, its pretty difficult to set-up rediffblogs on technorati. I have been trying to claim my rediffblog via technorati and technorati cannot seem to trace it. Hmm... Is Rediff listening?? And try a search for whois-linking-to technorati search for any rediff bloggers and only links from Blogger users will be displayed. Technorati cannot trace links from rediffbloggers. I don't know if it is Technorati's shorthcoming or Rediff's.

But still Rediff bloggers rarely tend to migrate to Blogspot. Maybe because, Rediff also has its own set of goodies like the occasional sizzling blogs, where rediff picks a few blogs and display them on the main page often for more than months. Two of my blogs were there for about a month beginning of 2004, which was the reason I stuck there for so long, lol. And the post editor is also pretty user friendly. I myself couldn't shift for a long time. The reason I choose my blog's adress as anthonysmirror was because I started this as a mirror to my rediffblogs which was anthony.rediffblogs. I had opened this blogger account to write comments on blogger blogs which only allowed blogger users, and I thought I'd just copy my post from rediffblogs, so the name Anthonysmirror, funny though that the name stuck and I shifted to blogger.

Funnier though is the fact that a true desi blog( Isn't Rediff desier than Blogger or MT or WP) is not very popular among desi blogs. The few Rediffbloggers that I have often come across in Blogger Blogroll are AbsoluteLee and Jammy's Ouchmytoe. I believe Jammy's blog would have been more popular, had he shifted to Blogger. Other than those, I have come across very few rediffbloggers in the desi blogosphere. The reason, as I stated already, is the poor technological update of the rediff owners. No rediff blogs comes up on the result of any blog search engine. And technorati bots cannot trace them either.

With 50000 + hits already, Deepak Jeswal's Blog is a very popular Desi Blog, in the rediff blog world. Oh I haven't mentioned why I am writing about DJ today. Well, he had just written an excellent story piece, posted in episodes and Its been a week since he posted the story, and he has already posted 7 episodes. I know most of my visitors also know DJ, but for those who don't just go and read the story on DJ's Blog. Its amazing. And it can't get any desier, with a backdrop of India's freedom struggle.

1931 was a sad year in Indian history, and a dejected one. The deaths of Bhagat Singh and his friend shook the country, as also eroded its self-confidence. Rifts were increasing – between Indians and British; between Indians themselves s the rulers stoked the communal fire with a devilish glee. More

And if you are a video gaming enthusiast and you play those MMORPG, then
you could start dreaming of your millions, read more..... Enough for a sunday

Update: MayI also mention another very desi-blogger, The Comic Project for all Phantom lovers, not to mention Diana... Nothing can go desier than Indrajal Comics, as the blog says

DEDICATED TO A generation of children growing up on Harry Potter,Cartoon Network and television in general AND Lee Falk...more

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Blogger Kaps said...

rediffblogs doesn't show up even in google blog search. IMHO using rediffblogs doesn't mean you are more desi. same with email. how many people use rediffmail as their primary email? most of them use gmail / yahoo / hotmail.

27/11/05 1:53 PM  
Anonymous LI said...

How true?Rediff has failed to adapt with the changes that took place in the blogging world.Even the RSS from Rediff can't be used in any of the rss feeds because it gives multiple entries for each posts due to inconsistency in timestamps.So I let my rediffblog to die in peace and have now shifted to blogger.

27/11/05 2:09 PM  
Anonymous deepakjeswal said...

Hey Tony, this is overwhelming, i m speechless! Thanks soooo much!

About rediffblogs, i think rediff didnt really understand the importance of blogs and has more or less given it up. Even the sizzler list gets updated once in several months now (this time i think it was after 7-8 months!)

The only reason i m continuing is due to inertia factor. That's all.

And my plan is to shift to an own space with Wordpress sometime later once and for all (thats the reason i asked u about it also once before)...

Once again, thanx a million!

27/11/05 3:07 PM  
Blogger WA said...

"Rediff blogs don't show up on google searches" Really? that is a good enough reason for me to consider Rediffblogs. I am fed up of the google searches that land my way :(

27/11/05 5:37 PM  
Blogger anthony said...

I know I didn't mean Rediffbloggers are more desi. I mean rediffblogs is more desi than blogger or blogspot. And yeah, it is because of the problems i stated as well as you only said about google search not showing rediffblogs.. Guess what, when google disables pageranks via links given on its comments.. Funny thing about rediff is that the comment itself is searcheable by many search bots like yahoos or msn's and so the comment is searcheable..

I just wanted desipundit also to acknowledge some good rediffbloggers thats all.. there are some really good rediff bloggers.. But then even the rss feed don't work so perfectly..

27/11/05 11:32 PM  
Blogger anthony said...

Hi DJ, your story did was worth a mention.. hehe, you did a good job..

And yeah word press seem pretty easy.. I am using blogger so It kinda of. U may try and tweak with wordpress template if you want to see how it works I can give u my password and ID. But WP templates are pretty standard.. I will shift soonn, I am just trying decide which way I want to go.. Thanx for the story

27/11/05 11:35 PM  
Blogger anthony said...

@ LI Same here LI.. even a change template takes a few days to appear sometime.. and the error when downloading..

@ Wicket angel: Yeah its in fact good. It will drive away all the perverts who come looking for incests and end up on a blog for mentioning "incestous advertising world"

27/11/05 11:38 PM  
Blogger Enemy of the Republic said...

I'm so out of it that I just found out about rediff blogs, but that's because I'm studying the different search engines to see what goes where. I'm noticing that Blogger gets a lot of porno; I get all these IMs which I usually ignore or block, plus some people come to my site from porno places. Must be the name.

28/11/05 7:06 AM  
Blogger anthony said...

LOL, anybody looking for a virgin on google or Msn ends up on ur blog...

28/11/05 9:29 AM  
Blogger Casablanca said...

Hmmm... I think the fact that more people user blogger makes it easier to comment etc.
Anyways, doesnt matter where it is... blogging rocks anyways :)

28/11/05 9:45 AM  
Blogger Anthony said...

Hey casablanca.. Your why do I blog post was rocking..

Yep,.. blogging rocks... I didn't sleep properly tonight.. My bloggging went beyond the wee hours.. sob sob

28/11/05 10:09 AM  
Blogger Rita said...

Interesting! I did not know about this rediff and technorati problem.
BTW, how many blogs do you have, rediff and all? :D

28/11/05 12:15 PM  
Blogger narayanan said...

commenting was the reason I even signed up for a ID. With so many blogs around the same domain, I too was motivated to start off with blogspot. Though I have moved over to a Wordpress based host off late. It is much better to index and organize in Wordpress.


28/11/05 12:27 PM  
Blogger Soumyadip said...

Indrajal, I was mesmerised for years in its magic.

Comics always had the most droolable girls.

28/11/05 1:57 PM  
Blogger Arz000n said...

I dont know why...but I neva enjoyed visiting rediffblogs...they look kindda kiddish...

Sorry rediffblog users...this commnet was just a generic one...

Blogspot Rules!!

Heard Blog launched by Microsoft is also kewl!!

Lets see :)

28/11/05 2:18 PM  
Blogger Kaps said...

DesiPundit has featured / has been featuring / will feature posts on Rediffblogs. We have no bias towards it. We have featured absolutelee's and jammy's blogs before. We have even featured another Pune based blogger whom I'm can't recall right now. We have subscribed some of the RSS feeds of Rediff based bloggers and we ensure that we don't overlook them.

We normally don't rely on Technorati / Google Blog search to scout for quality posts. In case u feel that a post on Rediff blogs is worthy of being featured on DP, please send us an email.

28/11/05 9:06 PM  
Blogger anthony said...

Thx kaps. I will do so. It was just I didn't see rediff bloggers often. I didn't mean Desipundit was biased, since rediffblogs don't show up on the search sites I just wanted to highlight that.

29/11/05 9:44 AM  
Blogger anthony said...

And Kaps.. Chill!! You seem to have taken it to your heart... I am not accusing you o being bisaed or anything.. Why should you?? I just thought that since rediffblogs don't come up on search engines, they might get easily Missed.. I know that you even scout on my Old rediffblog.. U had me blogrolled when i was in rediffblogs. and many other rediffbloggers. that was one reason i left the comment on ur blog regarding this post. I understand that.. I was just trying to point out that fact that it don't figure in search results. OK

29/11/05 9:57 AM  
Blogger anthony said...

@ Rita: hehe.. I am quite a fickle mind.. I have lists

@ Ranganathan: I started out with comemnting and moved in parmanently

@ Arz000n: other than spaces?? Is it a new one? Yeah, redif kind of takes a long time to load as well. i was there and like many other it is the inertia that make them stick there...

29/11/05 10:15 AM  

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