The Blogosphere Zoopedia

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6 months in the desi blogosphere, and I have had the pleasure of observing at close range, the various species that inhabit it. Clearly, it’s not an exhaustive list because as the saying goes, the universe is infinitely large, and I am not Captain Picard. So I trust that my readers will complete the list.

Random Thoughter

A vast majority of desi bloggers fall under this category. The title of their blogs follows the formula “Random Thoughts” of (adjective/adjectival phrase) (noun).


These guys do not use traditional forms of communication, such as face-to-face meetings, telephones, email and pigeon post to exchange pleasantries. They use the comments section of their friends’ blogs to enquire thus “Hey da. How are you da? Long time no post da? Nice to catch up with you in the blogosphere da” etc.


“Hi. (positive adjective) blog dude. I’ve added you to my blogroll. (subtitles read – Hey. I scratch your back, you scratch mine)


Uberfans. Will do anything to defend their favourite blog authors. “Hey you (bad word). Go take your losing arguments elsewhere. (blog author) is quite justified in denying the Holocaust.

ps: Chennaiites will be very familiar with “Industrial Man Coolers”, as it refers to those large Almonard fans used at weddings to evaporate millions of litres of human sweat.


These types scour the net for axes to grind. With Lalita Wet Grinders. You (bad word). How dare you say (whatever author says)? Just because the internet gives you the freedom, you think you can get away with anything? Don’t think you are safely anonymous. We can track you down.

Two things to be noted. Rageramaswamies rarely provide their real email addresses. They tend to use monikers such as “(country/caste/group) patriot” or “Jai (country/caste/group)” and for some reason, very rarely use the singular. Note the “We” can track you down. They take refuge in mobs/groups and invent plurals even when there aren’t any.


Common behaviors include deleting comments that discredit author’s point and sending private emails to explain the noble cause behind the comment deletion.


Considers blog to be merely a vehicle for Google Adsense units. Top bar, side bar, Nav bar and In-post, hot links and flashing banner ads wrapped around a few words of actual content.


Standard operating procedure is – Take domain pan. Add lots of ads. Garnish with stolen content from elsewhere. Publish and serve to unsuspecting public.


People who write comments slightly longer than the Epic of Gilgamesh, but don’t have a blog themselves. These are the true heroes of the blogosphere, participating in the conversations instead of burdening us with more blogs to read.


These commenters generally invoke (JC/Lord Ram/Art of Living/Other) no matter what the subject is.


Bloggers who survive by taking up and doling out tags. Five things I like. Ten facts about myself. 20 Gaana songs I wish I could dance to. 100 reasons why this silly infectious tag disease is popular.


The hardcore types who frequent every barcamp, blogcamp and unconference and blog live. 7.30 am. Dude showing powerpoint presentation. 8.30 am. Yet another dude showing powerpoint presentation. 9.30 am. Wow. What a change!. Somebody using Keynote on his Apple MacBook Pro. Etc.


Bloggers who check their Technorati authority slightly more frequently than the cricket score.


Bloggers who use 745 stats and analytics plugins to analyze their 500 hits a day in every possible dimension. Top posts, Top posts per tag. Top posts per latitude and longitude degree. Pingbacks. Trackbacks. And so on.

Update: Ah well. As Abi points out, things haven’t changed much in the last 2 years. Turns out there is an excellent lexicon (albeit 2 years old) of blog-related terms authored by Thennavan, here

33 responses to “The Blogosphere Zoopedia”

  1. clarissa Avatar

    Sitemeterminipyschotics – those wanting to be sitemeterpsychotics, but have only 10-18 hits a day to check on. Like me. πŸ™‚

  2. pok Avatar

    To twist ones words….missing some jalsa and needing more jilpa …

  3. Broom Avatar

    i’m a sitemeterpsychotic. sigh.

  4. maxdavinci Avatar

    what do you call a Random Thoughter who operates as a hypercommenter/comment whore but at the same time won’t mind being a Technoratiauthoritymaniac………

    tough one!

    Ashok: Hmm. Multitasker πŸ˜‰

  5. 10yearslate Avatar

    How we discover ourselves!

    As the pilgrim father pioneer among hypercommenters, I found that my own efforts at blogging ended up too stilted, formal.

    Much prefer responding to blogs. These responses tend to be unfettered, free, stream of consciousness incarnate….but sometimes cringeworthy too.

  6. amreekandesi Avatar

    Great job covering the not-so-useful types of blogs.

    Can we also have a roundup of the kinds of blogs that actually serve some purpose?

  7. […] Ashok classifies the various species inhabiting the desi blogsphere. […]

  8. Abi Avatar

    Thank you so much for brightening up the day!

    BTW, have you seen this post by Thennavan from over two years ago? Change seems to be rather slow in Desi Blogdom …

    Ashok: Thanks for pointing it out. Ive linked to him in the post

  9. Kiran Avatar

    Mylifeisoutinpublicer – Someone who writes abt what he/she had for breakfast, what did he/she wear, what did my child say(minute-by-minute description), what will he/she cook for dinner etc etc…who is interested in these facts – only the bloggers know πŸ™‚

    Gyaaner – Gyaan about everythin in life – metaphysics to office politics…typical ‘what I say, I do not follow’ types…lotssaaa them on the blogosphere πŸ™‚

  10. Bikerdude Avatar

    ThoseWereTheDaysMyFriender: The nostalgic blogger who writes about the days past with teary eyes and evokes full senti responses from readers πŸ˜›

  11. Vinod Khare Avatar

    You’ve cooked up some really whacky names!

  12. ideasmith Avatar

    Heehee…this list is both funny and true. I love the hypercommenter myself. How about the Dictionaryowner? That’s the one who uses sooooo many big words in one sentence that you’ve forgotten how it started when you reach the end. Oh and he/she usually posts about such heavy ‘very important’ issues that you feel slightly guilty about the rubbish you put on your own blog. πŸ˜‰

  13. krishashok Avatar

    Thank you

    very true, although I think big words tend to be signs of a heavy mind πŸ™‚

  14. Rekha Avatar

    Haha.. Good one. What about the ‘BloggersBlockBlogger’ – the one where one starts a blog thinking there is plenty of stuff worth blogging but find they have ‘blogger’s block’ once they start it? Like me πŸ˜‰

  15. Anil Avatar

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  16. Voracious Blog Reader Avatar

    participating in the conversations instead of burdening us with more blogs to read

    I sure see the lighter side of the post. But weren’t you the one who motivated Soundar to write a blog?

    Quoting your comment from the post “The Jilpa guide to organizing a …”

    We will look forward to your blog. Blogroll space booked and reserved.

    Hee hee and as for “Blog rolling”, I think its just a permission to quote your posts and pull your leg without having to inform you about it.

    Voracious Blog Reader

  17. aman Avatar

    Awesome post! Loved reading it. I think you’ve pretty much nailed most of ’em!

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  19. raj Avatar

    That was quite hilarious.

  20. rambodoc Avatar

    There is another notable class of blogger you have missed: The Master Baiter; (no pun intended).
    These people provoke major ruckus or debate by posting a highly inflammable comment, and generate an average of 76 responses. They get their virtual kicks outta this….

  21. rambodoc Avatar

    Sorry for the wrong tags and the typos. Could you please edit them?

  22. farkandfunk Avatar

    Holy crap dude!

    Great one dude. I have to tell you a story though:

    I go out of town for a few and get something posted on my blog today that had been pending. I come and check your blog and my god….the similarities are shocking!!! I did a piece on gym rats in a very similar way!! Check it out. I am truly stunned. Find a new category for me.

  23. mosilager Avatar

    I’m starting to become a photomatic – since a picture is worth a thousand words just post pictures.

  24. mahendrap Avatar

    Your almost comprehensive list was hilarious in the first place…but Rambodoc’s addition takes the cake! πŸ™‚

  25. farkandfunk Avatar

    Folks who add multiple and often conflicting comments on their own blogs and respond to it with their original names.

    Folks whose blogs die out by the 5th article they post.

    Or am i really twisted here? Damn, I should start a “random thought ” blog .

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  27. pr3rna Avatar

    Awesome post. You have covered virtually all categories.

  28. djecki Avatar

    I just wanted to say WOW!o

  29. Voracious Blog Reader Avatar

    What category does this blog ( fall under?

    Voracious Blog Reader

  30. Hillary Avatar

    Very good site! I like it! Thanks!

  31. Pri Avatar

    I was trying to figure in which of these I fall. Turns out, none .

    I am mostly the writewhensad type πŸ˜›

    Great blog, Btw.

  32. Madhuri Avatar

    ROTFL… I am a “Random Thoughter” :D… Fie on you :(( … Your blog is addictive man!! I will finish all posts soon, and THEN what will I do at work :(((((?

  33. […] Check out Ashok’s take on the various categories of Indian bloggers to have a healthy laugh at The Blogosphere Zoopedia. […]

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