Atanu Dey On India's Development

Wikablog–the meta blog

Have you noticed the spanking new brown decal on the right hand side column which says, This blog is listed on W I K A B L O G? Wikablog is a new ultimate Wiki of blogs.

They said it shouldn’t be done, and they were probably right, but here it is anyway: The Wikablog, so called because it’s a big wiki of blogs. We, the Wikablog’s shadowy masters, hope that it will fast become the ultimate wiki of blogs — and why shouldn’t it? All it needs is you. Yes, you.

If you’ve never heard of a wiki before, you’re probably thinking that it’s a very silly word. It’s Hawaiian, apparently. Anyway, what it is is a website created by its readers. Look up at the top right of every page, and you’ll see an “Edit Page” link. It does exactly what it says on the tin: click it and you can edit the page. Some few of them — including this one — are password protected, but most of this site is there for you to do with what you will. Needless to say, abuse this privilege and we’ll hunt you down and beat you with rhubarb.

So what’s the point of this site, and, once you’ve realised how fundamentally wonderful it is, what do you need to know to start taking part? Well, the point is that there are a lot of blogs out there — a billion trillion gazillion, according to some experts — and it’s difficult to find out what they’re all about without visiting every one of them and reading it. How tiresome. Here at Wikablog, you can, in just a couple of minutes, create a page about your blog or someone else’s with a few words saying what it’s about. Then other people can add to it. And you can add links to other similar blogs, and talk about the blog’s history, and recount the tale of the great Himalayan Blog Controversy of 2002, and whatever else you like. Soon enough, any blog can have a detailed page on here, telling us all everything we could ever need to know about it short of bothering to read it. If you still can’t imagine how valuable this service is, slap yourself.

This public service announcement has been made possible by grants from the Few Charitable Trust, and the Gill Bates Foundation — and by contributions from readers like YOU. Thank you.

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