Who are the truly global blogging voices?

Who are the truly global blogging voices? from Johnny Laird on Vimeo.

Within minutes of me posting a little shout out to Robb Sutton for posting his 30 Most Influential Bloggers and Website Owners of 2010 it suddenly came crashing home to me how this list is wholly Western.

I have to confess, it simply didn’t occur to me at first – perhaps it was the healthy ethnic mix of the list that lulled me into the notion that everything was suitably diverse, balanced and reasonable.

Very quickly, though, I became increasingly conscious that – even within the context of the English speaking world – there must be some unsung blogging heroes and heroines?

This is not a slight on Robb. I probably would have made up a similar list.

So…who are they?

Who are the bloggers really kicking it in India, across Africa, the Middle East and everywhere beyond and in between?

Who are the truly global blogging voices?

HT to my friend John Siddique for his quick response. I’ll be checking his blogroll for a start!

13 Responses to “Who are the truly global blogging voices?”

  1. Sardar Mohkim Khan June 2, 2010 at 11:26 AM #

    It is really interesting that you showed interest in learning about the global voices in the Blog-sphere. Appreciate it -

  2. Johnny Laird June 2, 2010 at 12:40 PM #

    Glad to have you pass by my friend! Who else do you recommend I look out for?


  3. Kabir July 24, 2010 at 10:15 PM #

    I think Amit Agarwal of http://www.labnol.org is a very good blogger. He writes about personal technology.

  4. Johnny Laird July 24, 2010 at 10:53 PM #

    Thanks, Kabir. I’ll check Amit Agarwal out.


  5. Ankit Poddar July 25, 2010 at 2:38 AM #

    I would nominate my own blog All Padded Up (www.all-padded-up.blogspot.com).. It is about cricket

    Would also like to mention Bored Cricket Crazy Indians (www.boredcricketcrazyindians.com).. It is also about criclket, and is being maintained by top. Indian cricket bloggers, yours truly one of them.

    You could also check out the blogrolls of these two

  6. Vijaysaradhi July 25, 2010 at 9:29 AM #

    Here’s mine,I do try to put in what I feel is needed out there!

  7. Kapil Apshankar July 30, 2010 at 6:06 PM #

    Johnny –

    Robb’s list is pretty good. Mostly familiar faces there, a few I saw for the first time.

    There are many more versions of this list – the one I that I keep going back to it the one that Jade Craven put together on ProBlogger: http://www.problogger.net/archives/2010/01/07/30-bloggers-to-watch-in-2010/

    I like your perspective, these lists almost always comprise of bloggers from English speaking countries – and who have English blogs.

    It’s much more difficult to blog in a language other than English – primary because of the challenges in keying in something using a non-English keyboard.

    I myself speak a few Indian languages at home, and with my kids – and yet am much more at ease with English when the fingers meet the keypad on my Mac.

    To go back to your original question, though, talent never remains hidden in the blogging world. It comes out, shining through the fog – language differences and geographical separations not withstanding!

    What do you think?

  8. hemal July 31, 2010 at 8:08 AM #

    Yes Johnny, the IndiBlogger Mumbai Meet will have the best of the Bloggers from Mumbai. You can check the list of Attendees on the IndiBlogger website. http://www.indiblogger.in/bloggermeet.php?id=89

    The IndiBlogger meets are famous among the Bloggers and it has been phenomenal success. I am looking fwd to the meet.. its gonna be exiting..

  9. Johnny Laird July 31, 2010 at 11:46 AM #

    Yes. Jade Craven’s list is a good bench mark, and carries some weight because it was featured on Problogger as a guest post.

    I have to admit, my focus has been on English speaking blogs, as that’s all I can read, but I do want to do my bit to encourage folks to look beyond the usual Western World axis. As you know, there are massive English speaking communities out there, and the blogging world is borderless.

    I’m still on the search for those sites, but as I find the one’s that I enjoy, I will champion them.



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