We have been wondering who the first Indian blogger was.
For over a year after we first started reading blogs and then blogging ourself, we didn't really follow any Indian blogs. It was only post the Tsunami that we kinda pegged to the fact that there was a pretty vibrant Indian blogging community, both in the country and in the diaspora. So we're basically clueless. (And let us save you the trouble of thinking up smartarse remarks: yes, that describes us in general too.)
Now. Here's what curious minds want to know.
Let's break this up a bit.
Who are the claimants for the following:
1. Longest running solo blog at the same URL (occasional guest posts permitted, but the blog must be primarily by one person)
1.a. Solo blog with the largest number of entries.
2. Longest running blog with multiple contributors at the same URL
2.a. Collablog with most entries.
3. Longest running solo blog, with one URL change permitted (for instance, when the blogger has moved from a free service to her/his own domain name).
3.a. Solo blog (over a maximum of two URLs) with most entries.
4. Longest running collablog, with one URL change permitted.
4.a. Collablog (over a maximum of two URLs) with most entries.
All claims must be substantiated by some verifiable independent record. (And for the techies among ye, what are the reliable, verifiable ways to check claims? And that goes double for blogs that have shifted locations. Do tell, via the comments or mail -zigzackly at gmail - and we'll add to the post with credit to you.)
This much we know for sure:
This blog started on the 10th September, 2003, with a post that stayed all by itself till December that year, after which we've never really shut up. We have, to date, 820 posts up (this will be #821). Hurree Babu, who you can blame for pushing us into blogs, has had Kitabkhana rolling since April 2003, and has 1229 posts online. Both HB and I know that we were far from being the pioneers, so we're using that as a cut-off.
Caferati has been around since August 2004, and has 856 entries from its 75+ contributors. So that's the cut-off for Collablogs.