History and Trends With a Technical Perspective By: Cyril Maithily Gupta http://cyrilgupta.com
Who is Cyril M Gupta? Programmer since 1998. Blogger since 2003. Doesn’t own a Hindi blog yet. (so what am I doing here?) Programmed a popular hindi blog aggregator – blogvani.com
What is blogging? Having a public space on the Internet where you talk about things you want. Basic Qualities Open Personal Simple
What makes blogs tick? Accessible to anybody. Blogs have a personality. Blogs are usually more frank. Blogs make interaction possible between the reader and the writer. Multimedia And... Blogs are everywhere!
Why blog in Hindi? Most of the Internet is in English. ... but ... It became possible to blog in Hindi with the introduction of Unicode. Hindi on the Net will grow even faster with the spread of Internet deep within India. It’s easy to blog in Hindi.
Beginning - Hindi Blogs The first bloggers were techies who had early access to the technology and know-how of blogging. With the introduction of Unicode fonts, and typing tools (CafeHindi, Baraha) it became possible for anyone to type in Hindi. Creation of free blogging platforms (wordpress, blogger, etc) brought blogging to everybody.
Trends - Hindi Blogs Good! There are now literally 100s of websites and tools for Indic languages on the Internet. Typing, transliteration, translation is made easy through free tools from Google and others. Running a blog costs 0. Bad! Hindi Internet search hasn’t taken off. Tools by small companies aren’t maintained well.
To start a Hindi blog you need > A computer, internet and basic computing skills. An account with a free service like Blogger, Wordpress, Typepad. Hindi typing tools like Baraha, CafeHindi, or online tools like Google’s Hindi typing tool. -- Something to say --
Technical Components of Blog Posts (Articles) Comments Tags & Categories Feeds (RSS/Atom) It’s all HTML internally, abstracted using tools.
Blogging Platforms Free Hosting (Write a blog using a service) Wordpress, Blogger, Livejournal, Vox, Xanga, Tumblr Posterous, Typepad, and many more. Self-Hosting (Your own .com/.net/.me...) Wordpress, Blogengine, Typo, Movable Type...
What is a blog aggregator? A website which checks your blog for new articles, and shows them in a public list. A place where readers can come for the latest articles from the blogs in the list. Aggregators work using RSS/Atom feeds.
Hindi Blog Aggregators Nobody searches in Hindi, so we need aggregators to bring readers to Hindi blogs. Some hindi blog aggregators (Chitthavishwa, Narad, Hindiblogs, Blogvani, Chitthajagat...) Blogvani was the most successful blog aggregator yet. Now they are all dead! Wait for the new breed... Or for the Net to evolve.
Earning money from blogs Very hard to get people to pay to read your articles. Earnings from advertisements is low. Adsense doesn’t work either. Most Hindi blogs have <1,000 readers a day. So how can you earn money? Market your skills through your blog. Build professional contacts. Target English search to bring Hindi readers. (nishamadhulika.com) Create an awesome blog and wait...
Future of Blogging (Dare I predict!) Casual bloggers are moving away from blogs due to compact and more interactive platforms. Facebook, Twitter. Professional blogs are evolving into bigger and more complex websites. Newer blog platforms for mobile phones will emerge. Multimedia content (video, audio) will increase.
Q&A Cyril Maithily Gupta http://cyrilgupta.com [email_address] Programmer Entrepreneur & A Blogger