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Sunday, March 05, 2006

DesiPundit Dilemmas

I have been a contributor to DesiPundit since it’s early days. Over the last 8 – 9 months we have seen the Desi blogosphere grow by leaps and bounds. This kind of growth has brought in some variety and also added to the clutter. Due to the range of topics that get covered on DesiPundit, it is impossible for us to expect everyone to like all the posts that get featured.

One should understand that it is impossible for us to read everything that is written in the desi blogosphere. All the contributors have time commitments (all of us have daytime jobs) and we try our best to scout for good posts. The logic behind having contributors spread across time zones was to ensure that the site is live throughout the day.

A quick glance at the Bloglines / Feedreader reading lists of the DesiPundit contributors will give you some idea about the quantity and quality of blogs that we read. We also rely extensively on Technorati, Google Blog Search and other search engines to cover opinions and analysis about breaking news. Inspite of all this, we might miss out on some good posts. Ensuring the quality of posts is a two way process. Readers are strongly encouraged to write to us about the quality of posts that get linked and also point us to posts that we might have missed. We have a Tip-Off option to encourage people to send us links to posts that are worthy of being featured on DesiPundit.

Patrix summarizes some of these issues and expresses his thoughts on the current state of DesiPundit in this excellent post:

Mostly we are a reflection of your tastes and preferences and we try to temper it sometimes by pushing up content we think deserves attention. You cannot blame us if you prefer to click on some blogger’s personal life and pass up on posts on science, politics, and other ‘serious’ stuff. Heck, we care less. We try to give you a mix of everything. If you think DesiPundit is not doing a great job, the blogosphere is wide open. Do your own searches, build up your own blogroll and surf without raising your blood pressure (and ours too); probably that would lead you to appreciate our time better.

3 Comments:

  • Desipundit is doing a great job. In fact, it's probably one of the best sources of news, for those who can't check all the stuff that's happening across the world.

    Keep up the good work.

    By Anonymous SloganMurugan, at 9:10 PM  

  • What I don't understand is why people get upset if their tip-offs -- some of which are links to their own posts -- don't find a place in DesiPundit.

    Since when is DP a public place where anyone can place any graffiti? There is a place on the web where this is possible: unmoderated online forums and e-groups.

    Tip-offs are, at best, like letters to the editor; not all of them make it to the real thing, but you can't complain to the editor about why your letter is not featured. And the editor (as opposed to the 'Pundits) at least gets paid!

    As for me, all you 'Pundits are doing a fine job. I don't envy you, but I absolultely certainly thank you for pointing us to some of the best in Indian blogdom.

    By Blogger Abi, at 2:43 PM  

  • Thanks, Kaps for linking to my post. I hope by getting the word out of the inner workings of DesiPundit that we get a little more respect. But at the same time, I would like to add that compliment and adoration far outweigh the negative criticism we get.

    I wrote the post just to get some things off my chest.

    By Blogger Patrix, at 11:45 PM  

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