Out For A Break !! Broken And Out !!

Quiet a few days I was not available. And for a few days more. I still have the list of the requested blogs I am waiting to review. Currently in my to-do list are;

http://v016.blogspot.com/
http://varunpadha.blogspot.com/
http://maanav-blog.blogspot.com/
http://www.addfunreviews.org/
http://mybuzzworld.blogspot.com/
http://venusgodessofluv.blogspot.com/
http://www.copslair.blogspot.com/
http://soulintoxicated.blogspot.com/
http://omkardeshmukh.blogspot.com/
http://indian-farmer.blogspot.com/
http://maanav-blog.blogspot.com/
http://pcgameslinks.blogspot.com/
http://www.deathlycatacombs.blogspot.com/

The others, don’t be disappointed. Your turn will also come soon. Surely will start reviewing once again and pretty early. Till then. Be Beautiful and Keep Blogging !!

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Who Makes The Rules For Blogging??

Ever wondered, there are billions of bloggers with zillions of blogs in the blogosphere. Every person connected to the virtual world of world wide web, ends up owning a ‘blog‘. But, what should people write in these blogs? Is there someone who tells you what and what not to write? What is to be done to maintain a blog or may I say ‘a quality blog‘? Are there any ‘rules for blogging‘?

No one is around to settle our curiosity. All the questions remain unanswered. All the doubts unrequited. I tried to answer my queries myself. I thought and thought about the facts on blogging and hardships bloggers face to succeed in maintaining  ‘a quality blog‘. I came up with a few enthical to dos and related them to the ‘blogosphere‘. So, here is the first draft of what I call rules for a blog to be called as ‘A Quality Blog‘. 

  1. Post blog entries regularly.
  2. Always have a title for each blog entry.
  3. Associate blog entries with labels and categories.
  4. Do not post material that is obscene, defamatory, harassing, abusive, hateful or embarrassing to another person or entity.
  5. Provide each post with its own URL called as a ‘permalink’.
  6. Allow full access to archived posts.
  7. Allow comments on your posts and pages.
  8. Respect the opinion of the visitors.
  9. Identify updated/ corrected content with appropriate label.
  10. Provide a feed like RSS, Atom etc.
  11. Respond to the comments.
  12. Do not post copied content without quoting the source.
  13. Do not post entries with harmful computer routines like viruses, trojan horses, worms etc.
  14. Assume full responsibility and liability for all the content you posted on the blog.

 It goes without saying that on one hand knowing the rules helps to understand better the constraints on blogging and responsiblity of our actions. On the other hand, knowing the rules helps in knowing which might need to be broken. 

‘Hope And Love’ – Blog Review

Hope and love are not the only things, what this amazing lady ‘Anu’ from God’s own country offers to all in her blog ‘Hope and Love‘. It has all the human emotions that a lady can sustain. A doctor by profession pens down her medical encounters and peronal get-a-alongs with absolute charm and uncomparable mixture of reality and philosophy. Most of the author’s blog entries are her trysts with her patients but when it surfaces from a women who has such an ability to put life into each words it touches the inner core of your soul. There are a few blog entries which sent shivers down my spine. Though most of the blog entries are mentionable, the ones which cannot be missed are ‘Pandora’s Box’ and one without a title posted on ‘Wednesday, May 30, 2007′. I am impressed the way by which simple relationships and day to today events interpreted with such soulful thinking by the author. The art of writing the personal incidences in form of a story is worth praising. Each entry has a picture corresponding to the titles of the blog entries.

The blog has a dull theme and the appearance is not upto the quality of the writing in the blog entries.  The blog does not attract the the visitors until they read the blog entries. The navigation of the blog is simple and similar to other ‘blogger’ themes. The blog started in February of 2005 and has more than 60 wonderful instances to read to your heart’s content. There has not been much activity on the blog recently. The last blog entry was on Nov’24 2007 when I reviewed the blog. I go ahead and give this wonderful blog a 3.5/5. I would offer a few suggestions to the author of the blog:

  • use a theme which compliments the content which you are writing and also improve the overall appearance of the blog.
  • update the ‘about me’ section or provide a link to your orkut profile, people will appreciate the blog more, the more they know about you.

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‘Disruptive Technologies’ – Blog Review

This blog started in May 2007 and [phew. . . took a lot of my time to read it all] sure has a lot of blog entries to its credit. ‘Disruptive Technologies‘ is mostly a technical and a web related blog. It usually has blog entries, related to technical encounters and observations on the web along with a few movies reviews. There are quite a few blogs on the web which post on technical matter which might make the visitor not so frequent to this blog. What impressed me about Kenney Jacob was the amount of technical knowledge he possesses for his age. The blog entries are short and simple with make your stay on the blog a pleasure. It also has a few personal thoughts in the blogs which I quite frankly liked more than the technical articles on it, especially Falling in Love Vs Jumping into Love and Language is for communicating, not for complicating. The technical entries in the blog are also informative like How SMS Works. The author has allowed a few guest blog entries as well.

A plain white theme compliments the simple way of the author’s writing. The search box, recent posts, categories, links, polls and sitemap are all lined up on the right hand side panel, help in browsing the blog easier. The sitemap of the blog surely helps the readers to navigate easily when the blog has so many entries.  The regular entries to the blog suggest the author is very active on the blog. Kenney’s concept of Live Blogging appealed to me, I think I would be doing the same. This blog definitely recieves a 4/5 even after being a simple technical blog, because it obeys all the unsaid laws of blogging.  I would offer a few suggestions to the author of the blog:

  • Review your blog entries before posting them, there are a few writing mistakes which can be avoided.
  • This blog deserves to be seen, promote your blog using technorati, orkut, yahoo groups, google groups.

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“The Reluctant Writer” – Blog Review

You can rarely find a blog with such immense feeling and supernatural ability to be thoughful, I can’t remember the last time I came across such a wonderful blog. The Reluctant Writer wins my heart just by the standard of writing present in the blog. This twenty year old genius, Abhinav Maurya from Mumbai brings to life the best of his thoughts in his blog. The entries include delicate poetry and creative prose. I found his story ‘The Tale Of Two Cities‘ to be absolute mesmerising. His love for writing can be seen in each blog entry. The blog is very new with the first entry on 4th November 2007.

The navigation of the blog is very simple with blog archive list and about me sections on the right panel. The theme is plain white with scenic picture on the top of it. With absolute no ads whatsoever, the blog looks with the intent of making the visitors focus only on the blog entries. The entries are pretty regular and has 15 blog entries for this month. I give this masterpiece 4/5 for his writing and sole purpose of entertainment of the readers. I would offer a few suggestions to the author of the blog:

  • be regular with your blog updates.
  • register your blog with technorati.com and promote using orkut, yahoo groups, google groups.

Last words, with regular updates and such influential writing skills, this is one blog to watch out for.

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Page Rank – Complexity And Importance To Blogging

Definition:

PageRank is a link analysis algorithm that assigns a numerical weighting to each element of a hyperlinked set of documents, such as the World Wide Web, with the purpose of “measuring” its relative importance within the set. The algorithm may be applied to any collection of entities with reciprocal quotations and references. The numerical weight that it assigns to any given element E is also called the PageRank of E and denoted by PR(E). In a simple way, it is number assigned to each page on world wide web, the more the number, the more chances of the page to appear in the Google search.

Google describes PageRank:

“ PageRank relies on the uniquely democratic nature of the web by using its vast link structure as an indicator of an individual page’s value. In essence, Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote, by page A, for page B. But, Google looks at more than the sheer volume of votes, or links a page receives; it also analyzes the page that casts the vote. Votes cast by pages that are themselves “important” weigh more heavily and help to make other pages “important”. ”

History:

PageRank was developed at Stanford University by Larry Page and later Sergey Brin as part of a research project about a new kind of search engine. The project started in 1995 and led to a functional prototype, named Google, in 1998. Shortly after, Page and Brin founded Google Inc., the company behind the Google search engine. While just one of many factors which determine the ranking of Google search results, PageRank continues to provide the basis for all of Google’s web search tools. The name PageRank is a trademark of Google.

Impact on Blogging:

The more the pages refer to your blog, the greater is your PageRank and more are chances to be picked up by the visitors. If you want to be well known in blog town, your PageRank is the quickest way someone will be able to tell if what you’re saying is worth their reading. It has now become a global criteria to judge you blogs by PageRank. The higher the PageRank, the popular your blog is.

Tips to improve your PageRank:

  • The easiest way is to increase your PageRank is to get as many links from quality websites.
  • If you have multiple blogs, refer each blog in your other blogs.
  • Always have niche topic, the lesser the pages on that topic, the better your PageRank.
  • Allow trackbacks from your site.
  • The better the blog, the more the referrals to your blog.

‘My Ebooks Collection’ – Blog Review

My Ebooks Collection is a blog of collection of ebooks uploaded on Rapishare.  The author of the blog maintains a few other blogs as well, but My Ebooks Collection is better than her other blogs. The blog contains e-books on different topics ranging from technical to health, from motivation to money-making. I was unable to assess the number of the ebooks uploaded, but has more than a single man can read, for sure. Each blog entry has a brief description of the books uploaded, which is pretty useful for the visitors to know an overview of the book before downloading it. Pictures of book covers on each blog entry helps readers recognise the books. The problem with this kind of blogs is , the uploads are deleted after a specific time period if nobody downloads the content. This leads to blog entries referring nowhere.

 The navigation of the blog is very straigh-forward and the blog entries are appropriately labelled and the labels are neatly arranged. The theme consists of black template and creme shaded background for black written blog entries with rounded edges. The blog does not have an archive list to browse through the previous entries. And it is covered all over by ‘Adsense Google Ads’.  Left, right, top and bottom. Except for the 6 inch strip where blog entries are made, the rest of the area is immersed in ads. Make a click by mistake and it takes you to some other site.  There is no activity for the past one month on the blog. The last entry was on 29th Oct when I reviewed the blog. I give it 3/5 for Priya’s effort. I would offer a few suggestions to the author of the blog:

  • add a blog archive list for easy browsing of your blog, also move the labels panel to the top.
  • lot of ads on your blogs spoils the appearance of the blog and repels the visitors, place ads only at appropriate places.

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