Has it really been that long?

I can’t believe it. It has been a year since I started blogging.

Of course, it is another story that what blogging then was so different from blogging now. I started simply because I thought I wanted to write.. and shared the url with very few friends -very select friends of mine initially. One of my friends commented on my first post – and I did not even notice it until a month later! I was so clueless and had no idea how magical it would become a few months down the line.

Though I started writing in September, I did no posts in October as we were busy with moving houses(and cities) and it was in November, when I got hooked onto reading other people’s blogs. I was taken aback at the number of blogs and from then on – used to read blogs like mad. IHM and Mr Vinod Sharma were the first people to comment at my blog – apart from my friend who I had ignored so badly 😦 I think it was mind boggling to me – to think that anybody wouldΒ  care to read what I write..I can’t say how encouraging their comments were, at that point in time.

And then slowly, blogging became much much more than a hobby – it became an obsession πŸ™‚ The blog world is such a amazing place. The number of ideas, the different perspective on various things – has all helped me broaden my outlook. So many things , I have taken for granted, I am now thankful for.. Similarly, in a lot of areas, blogging has opened my eyes to a different reality.

The most fantastic part of this journey of mine, has been the people! Every one of you – I want to say thanks – for reading, for commenting and showering me with so much of love! I don’t have a single post of mine, that I consider special – but your comments – so many of them,Β  are so so special! I can’t thank you guys enough!

I don’t know how long I will continue blogging, but one thing I am sure is that I will cherish every minute that I have blogged.. It’s been an amazing experience, a learning experience, and an unforgettable, unmatchable one.

Just a quick Onam update , we had a lovely lovely time πŸ™‚ Poohi had the time of her life with the pookkalam and the food – for a change, she ate without a murmur πŸ™‚ , and had the most lovely time with her friend D. We were up till 11:30 in the night – a very very rare occurance in our home.Β  And we all struggled to wake up today.

Leaving you with the picture of our modest pookkalam, made with all the wild flowers that I picked from the nearby woods at 6 in the morning πŸ™‚

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66 thoughts on “Has it really been that long?

  1. Its been a pleasure knowing you,Smits…you have such an engaging way of writing that I always feel the urge to come back to know what you’d have to offer next.Keep sharing like the way you do,Smitha πŸ™‚

    Thank you so much, Deeps! As I said, comments like these make me want to write.. The interactive nature of blogging, is probably the biggest reason I am still blogging.. Thank you so much!

    You always manage to put a smile on people’s face with your posts.I’m glad we are friends and hope remain so.
    Thank You for sharing πŸ™‚

    Well, you have put a huge grin on my face, with this comment πŸ™‚ Thank you! And I am so glad to have known you too! I think all our writings connect with each of us.. which is probably why, we have such a lovely time, reading, commenting and being part of the blog world.. I am deeply thankful to the blog world to have met so many wonderful individuals like you! Hugs!!!!!!

  2. If I am not wrong you were the first one who passed me on all the awards…!!

    Was I? πŸ™‚ I have to pass on more awards now – have been stocking up πŸ™‚

    i guess your first post i read was probably about no criminals in politics…
    Is it? Wow! You remember so well!

    then you went on a loooooooooooong vacation… thought initially that was the end of it…
    Yes, I did! It was a hibernation of sorts, in blog terms, wasn’t it πŸ™‚

    but you did come back… !!
    Yes, I did! Did you think, you could get rid of me so easily????

    and since then we became great friends… !! your posts are always so so relevant.. you write with an ease … amazingly I always connect to your posts…

    Yes, we did:) Hitchy, you are mover and shaker of the blog world πŸ™‚ Your posts(and comments) attract all of us like bees to honey πŸ™‚

    your stories of poohi are the best… they bring a smile always on my face… let me tell you once you have one seriously lovely kid… !! touchwood… !! Take good care of her… I know you are but still… gotta say this…

    Will do πŸ™‚ Will do my best πŸ™‚

    Like i said on monu’s blog… why i come here is beyond any reasons.. its you smi !! you !! my friend… !!!

    what else reason do I need eh ??

    Hugs!!!!! for that! Thank you! I am grinning away like an idiot now πŸ™‚

    may we stay friends and I keep pulling your legs… !! and yes you have to bake me something when we meet… which i m sure we will some day !!!

    Absolutely! Done deal! Next time, I am in Bhopal – will convince Hubby to come with me to Indore and will gate crash at your home and meet Hetal and Hriday πŸ™‚

    Time has flown hasnt it ?.. !!

    Oh yes! And it feels funny – because it feels as if I have known you guys for ages!

    • you are grinning awy like an idiot ??

      i thought you were always like that… lol πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

      bhagoooooooooooooo

      Haan haan bhago! Will take revenge when we meet ! πŸ‘Ώ

  3. Beautiful pookkalam, Smitha! These things really bring out the artists in us.


    πŸ™‚ Thank you so much Sandhya! I know for a fact that I don’t have one artistic bone in my body πŸ™‚ But, yes, these things do bring out the best in us.. and it gave Poohi so much of happiness, that it was totally worth it for me πŸ™‚

    Now, congratulations on your blog anniversary! You are one of the best blog writers, I admire, Smitha! You are a simple and straightforward person.

    Oh thank you so much! I really feel overwhelmed at your words.. It is amazing how writing on a blog, can make so much of difference to our lives..

    Like you, when I started blogging, I did not know that I will get involved in it so much. I never knew that I can write something and people are there to read it!

    Same here! I was amazed that people thought that my writing was worth reading… I did not even share with all my friends as I was not very comfortable with the way I write.. I had not written since school days..

    You are going to continue blogging, forever and we will be there (hopefully!) and wait to read it. I am happy to know you, Smitha!

    Touchwood! I hope so too.. That we all continue blogging forever . Am honored to know you.

  4. Congratulations on the blogiversary (if that’s not a term the let me coin it πŸ˜‰ )! and what a fabulous day to celebrate.

    πŸ™‚ Yes, blogiversary it is πŸ™‚ Lets all call blog anniversaries that from now on πŸ™‚

    I discovered you in January I guess on IHM’s. I still remember the e-mail you sent from the airport. So sweet! Time just flies.

    I know, time totally flies! I remember the first post that I read of yours – it was one on books and very nostalgic -took me back to my childhood days πŸ™‚

    Wild flowers?! those are prettiest flowers I have seen and that is one of the best ‘athapoo’ too. You know usually people make ‘athapoo’ with the petals so many ‘pookalams’ look similar but since you used full flower it has its own charm. I LOVE it. Gorgeous!


    I know. That’s how we used to do it too – using petals.. But I did not have enough flowers, so decided to use whole flowers instead. I could not get any suitable flowers at the supermarket – so went hunting in the woods nearby and got all these.. The white flowers are from my garden.. so made the most of what I had πŸ™‚

    So had a blast this Onam? πŸ™‚

    Totally πŸ™‚ We did πŸ™‚ How about you? Did you make athapoo too? Did Peanut have a good onam? Sadya, you did mention is on Saturday, isn’t it?

    • Arre we did nothing. I drooled on all your dishes and then made Chicken. Yes! come and kill me for blasphemy. Ha..ha..ha..

      Chicken! I want chicken too! Blasphemy? who cares – Pet pooja – sab se important pooja in my books πŸ™‚ I used to do that too – when I was working.. Would be dying to eat something tasty on these festivals and would end up eating chicken – to satisfy myself πŸ™‚

      Peanut goes full day school so no time for ‘athapoo’ and all. We will do athapoo this weekend. As for sadya either this weekend or next because since it is long weekend, we are planning to take Peanut to Oregon Museum of Science & Industry and couple of those kind of places. In that case then sadya will be next weekend as then my brother can join us. I have fake Banana leaf from Kerala.

      Oh yeah – I can imagine.. I would not have done it – if it had been a nursery day for Poohi – it’s a mad rush then. Is it the labour day weekend, this weekend? Fake banana leaf! That sounds cool! Have to get that next time πŸ™‚

  5. Anniversary Wishes :-). Coincidentally today only did I put a post on “10 reasons why I got into blogging”. What you said is absolutely right… to go on, you need encouragement from the readers. Great that people appreciated your great blog.. Keep blogging for ever πŸ™‚

    Will hop over to your blog – have not had a chance to do much blog hopping in the last few days.

    Cheers! πŸ™‚

    And thank you for your wishes πŸ™‚

  6. Congrats smitha on blog anniversary.

    Thank you Saritha!

    After dhiren it was u who used to comment on my blog.There was a time when i was missing ur comments that was when u went for vacation.

    I love the way you write! And love the way you cook too πŸ™‚ These days I hop over to your blog anytime I need inspiration πŸ™‚

    Really very happy to get u as my dear friend and love what u write about pohi kutty
    πŸ™‚ Same here! So glad to have met you ! Hugs to you, Pinkuda and Varunavi!

    I never thought that i can write, you all read what i write.This is the place where i shared everything which i have not shared or dreamt of sharing.
    We all had hiddedn talents, I guess πŸ˜‰ But seriously, it is amazing to blog.. And it has so many unexpected rewards like finding wonderful friends too!

    Lovely pookkalam poohi might had a great time arranging it.
    Poohi had a lovely time, jumping over it!

    btw i came to know all of you from IHM blog,everyday without fail i used to read her latest post and also the old post,didnt had courage to write a comment and then slowly started commenting on her blog and then dhiren and yours.
    Me too – I was very shy of commenting for a while.. Even now, I lurk on blogs for a while , before I comment πŸ™‚

  7. Hearty Congrats Smiths! Time does fly. It seems it was just yesterday when you took a loooooong break from blogging and commenting due to your holiday in India!

    That was a looong break, indeed!

    It has been a pleasure reading your posts and feeling your joy with Poohi as she grows up in the warmth of your love.

    Your comments have been so precious for me.. I could not believe it that someone like you – who writes such amazing, important posts, could read my nonsense! Thank you so much for that!

    Keep blogging and sharing your fine views and wonderful experiences. Wish you many more blogiversaries!

    Thank you!

  8. YAY! First Anniv are special. I found you recently. I read for a while and then commented on the Bath wala post πŸ™‚

    I am honored that you read me πŸ™‚

    The pookkalam looks beautiful. Did Poohi help? Or did you keep saying dont walk on it πŸ™‚

    oh – I had to keep saying, don’t jump over it! And after it was done – she jumped over it – nonstop – but still managed to not harm it πŸ™‚ Our friend destroyed it by mistake, last night – and she was heart broken 😦

  9. Hey smitha…
    Congratulations !!!!

    Thank you N!

    and what lovely flowers. I can almost smell them. πŸ™‚

    They sadly did not have any fragrance 😦

  10. One year, huh? Sigh ! ONE YEAR, HUH ? Sighhhh ! ONE LONG YEAR, HUH ? Sighhhhh !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Congratssss !!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    So many sighs! I take it that you are back in the ‘pink of health’ πŸ™‚

  11. One year Smitha…. congrats.. woo hoo πŸ˜€

    Thank you!!

    its time to celebrate… πŸ™‚ I felt really really happy when I reached the first year… πŸ™‚

    I know! It feels so wonderful, doesn’t it?

    you are such a nice person Smitha and I love the way you write… and the post that still I like here is the photo of poohi you posted at first… its adorable.. πŸ™‚ hugs to Poohi,… {{{{HUGS}}}}}

    πŸ™‚ Thank you Kanagu – am not all that nice a person – ask my daughter πŸ™‚ You know, I love your writing too, Kanagu !
    and then the discussion we had on bribe in our country.. and then the stories of Poohi…

    The journey of blogging is really great.. as you have said it’s the people whom we meet here makes it so special πŸ™‚ I am really lucky to know you as a friend πŸ™‚

    and keep blogging.. our blog samaaj rocks πŸ™‚ Three cheers to it πŸ˜€

    Yes, our blog samaaj rocks πŸ™‚

    I didn’t mentioned about the Pookolam… its simply superb πŸ™‚
    Thank you – I had fun doing it – it has been ages since I did all this πŸ™‚
    and you have celebrated the Onam in great way… yay superb πŸ˜€

    enjoyyyyyyyyyyyyyy πŸ˜€

    Thank you, Kanagu!

  12. Congratulations and Celebrations πŸ™‚ Luv u Smithu πŸ™‚

    Thanks and you too, Swaram! One of the specialest of my friends!

    {{{{{{{{{Congrats wala hugs}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

    Thank you!!!!{{{{Thanks wala hugs}}}}

    I don’t have a single post of mine, that I consider special – but your comments – so many of them, are so so special! – Modesty, thy name is Smithu πŸ˜›

    Nahi re- seriously – I cringe if I re-read my posts 😦

    BTW, remember that Bakasur-Kumbukaran comment πŸ˜‰ Very special na :O:
    πŸ™‚ yes very very special πŸ™‚

    I love that Pookalam – its awesome! Wild flowers r so beautiful πŸ™‚ U got them so early in the mrng? So sweet of u πŸ™‚

    I enjoyed that actually – it was lovely, that early in the morning and all the flowers covered with dewdrops..
    Pliss to add a pic of the food too …………. Drooooooollllllll 8)

    I did not take any food pics – forgot 😦

    Pls don’t say u donno hw long u wil blog Smithu 😦 Pretty pliss 😐

    Hopefully, will blog forever πŸ™‚ We can all blog when we are old and can hardly see πŸ™‚

    Luv to Poohi πŸ™‚

    Passed on – she passes back on screen kisses πŸ™‚

  13. yay! one year done, and many more to go. Its great reading you Smitha. πŸ™‚ And I love the pookkalam. You woke up at 6 in the morning to get the flowers? Wow! I am so admiring you right now lady.

    Thank you, GM! I am a morning person – so 6:00 was ok,really. And I really enjoyed the walk in the morning as well πŸ™‚

  14. congrats for completing a year, I started reading u recently and I am totally enjoying it

    Thank you, Monika – compared to veterens like you, these are baby steps πŸ™‚

  15. Smithu!!!!!

    (((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))
    Hugs!!! to you too!! Crafty, the moment I see your comment – I start smiling πŸ™‚

    Congratulations on completing a year!!!!!!
    sigh!!!!

    i met u late na!!!!

    What’s late or early, Crafty! I am just happy that we met!!!
    while at this topic…
    this was my most fav by u –

    https://wordsndreamz.wordpress.com/2009/05/09/dancing-queen/

    i loved this post! i loved Poohi
    Oh thank you, Crafty! And you went and found that post as well!!! Hugs!!!! You are such a sweetheart!

    and then there were many more.. i like all of those u put up on parenting, and i told u and will again say, u make an sooper cool awesome mommy!!!
    I am just a mommy trying very hard πŸ™‚

    happy mommy = 😎
    πŸ™‚ i wish πŸ™‚
    MUAHS!!!!!

    and i even found the first interation with u at ur blog

    https://wordsndreamz.wordpress.com/2009/04/23/i-love-you/#comment-1176

    You went and dug it up!!! Crafty! Hugs and MUAHS!!!!
    tee hee!!!!

    Smitha became Smithu!!
    Ummas!!!!!!

    hope to have u around always!!!!!!!!!!
    (((((((((((super tight hugs)))))))))))

    ummas and super tight hugs to you too Crafty! You are one amazing person!!! Stay that way forever!
    love u loads!!!!

    You too, sweetie!

  16. Hey Congratulations on the 1st anniv!! πŸ™‚ And here`s hoping to see many, many more. And a belated happy Onam! I`m sos orry i couldnt visit earlier to wish you on time. The flower decor looks beautiful!! I was telling Deeps – i`ve always been so fascinated by this. It must be a difficult form of art, I`m sure!

    Thank you, Piper! I have been very tardy with reading posts too:( That was not at all difficult – I don’t have one artistic bone in my body:)

  17. Hi there,
    I have been reading your blog for some time now and didn’t know we started around the same time. You come across as such a veteran πŸ™‚

    You started at the same time as me? wow! And here I was thinking that you were a vetern too!!

    That Pookklam is beautiful!

    Thank you!

  18. one whole year, huh? time flies na πŸ™‚ congratsssssssssss!!! ((((big hugs)))))

    Thanks loads, Ashwathy! Time sure flies!

    and the modest pookalam is beautiful… belated happy onam to u! πŸ™‚

    Thank you! Belated Happy Onam to you too πŸ™‚

  19. Congratulations, Smitha! Please don’t give up blogging simply because I like reading your posts…You have a very engaging style…

    Thanks a lot Bones! Yours was one of the blogs I started reading first – I think your name was what attracted me first – and then your writing was so interesting! You are so good at picking up the really interesting tidbits from all over!

    Happy Onam!

    Thank you πŸ™‚

  20. Congratulations! btw.. i am celebrating the 3rd anniversary of my blog tomorrow!

    Thank you! and congratulations on your milestone! That is amazing – 3 years!

  21. hey first of all congrats πŸ™‚

    Thank you!

    i don’t remember how i came here(but i’m happy that,i haven’t missed this space),guess the first post i read was your L-License test πŸ™‚

    πŸ™‚ wow! You remember!

    i’m so happy to have friend like you and more happy to read poohi’s kutti stories(it always put a smile on my face πŸ˜€ )

    I am so happy to know you too! The biggest reward of blogging is certainly the lovely people I have met here!

    wow ,u managed to do such a beautiful pookalm over there….nice πŸ˜€

    Just lucky – I was quite disappointed with the flowers, to be honest πŸ™‚

  22. Congrats Smithus on completing 1 yr!! πŸ™‚

    Thanks loads Pixie!
    Can’t believe I have known you only for a year!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I know! It feels forever no?
    hugs!!
    Hugs to you too!

    Have so many things to tell you, but, will come back and write more!

    For now, just hugs!! πŸ™‚

    Thank you Pixie!!!!

  23. Your pokkalam is not modest..its beautuiful!

    and congrats on ur first blogging anniversary..I love our posts, so wish you blogging forever:)

    Thank you! I really value your feedback!

  24. Congratulations Smi.

    So its been a year huh? Blogs have become such an integral part of our lives that each milestone calls for a celebration.

    First time I visited your blog was when you did that 55 word fiction on speeding tickets. I must say, it was really good. You were still on blogger I guess. I then read a few older posts and they instantly touched a chord.

    And I can proudly state that since then, I’ve not missed a single post. I may have not commented on some but have read all of them πŸ™‚

    OK, now with that out of the way, where’s the cake???

    What??? No cake?!!! You expected us to congratulate you on your blog’s first bday and there is no cake?!!!!

    I take my comments back!

  25. hail Smithus!!!!!!!!!!!!! we want the more poohi stories………………. πŸ˜›

    I still remember the past :P, you were actually one of the few bloggers who actually commented on my blog very long back πŸ˜› hehehehehehehe πŸ˜›

    and I still remember a post which I had wriiten about Tamil Vs Sankrit……… and then you did another post on that toppic…………………… that was about when, I became a fan of your blog…………………………

    Keep blogging, Hail Smithus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Congratulations Smitha πŸ™‚ I am also amazed that you have been around for an year now!! Time just flew!!! I remember your earliest posts, I had loved your blog, and your views, and how you expressed them! Your blog name once you changed it became amazingly apt, you wrote on a wide variety of things, and always very interestingly!

    The Pookkalam looks gorgeous! Happy Onam to you πŸ™‚

  27. Congratulations on completing one year Smitha!
    blogging world is indeed a wonderful place..
    as you said, reading and interacting with different bloggers helped me have a broader view of things around me..

    I first came to your blog from hitchy’s blog. Back then, I was following smita’s blog and used to find 2 smita’s in the comments section at many places. Happened to click ur url and have been visting u ever since.. from about 6 months i guess..
    and what keeps me coming back? well i really dont know but ur posts are something i can totally relate to.. it always make me nod in agreement to whatever you write… and poohi tales are the best of all πŸ™‚

    Keep Blogging πŸ™‚
    The pookkalam looks so good…

  28. Congrats for crossing the first year milestone πŸ™‚ :). I remember very well the first post I read of urs. It was about the name mutilation and I instantly felt your pain abt the silk smitha version to ur name…heee silk smitha and sexy…distressed sisters to the soul!!!

    πŸ™‚ Sakshi or should I say sexy? πŸ™‚ We are soul sisters! With horrible name mutilations like this – how can we not be πŸ™‚

    You know what? I should thank you and Deeps for introducing me to a wacky set of comment sensations through your blog. What a collection of riots you have here. I am planning a strategy to put the first comment at each of your place so that I can sleep in peace for sometime. Any ideas how to make Crafty stop dancing???

    Yes, we are a mad bunch, aren’t we:) As for posting the first comment, you are right! We should do something about this! We can’t keep coming last in every blog! Just not done! Lets plan offline ok ;)?

  29. hi,

    congratulations, please keep it up, u write beautifully, went through few of ur older blogs, just did not comment them as did not make sense to as they were from past. I regualrly check what new stuff u have here.

    Loved the flower rangoli… πŸ™‚

  30. One year done! Good. Has been great knowing you

    *and hope the feeling is mutual. If not, then… i was lying as well πŸ™‚ he he*

    Cheers

    And that looks like a great pokallam

  31. Hey Smitha, commenting here after a while!! Happy bloggiversary to you!!!!!

    Thank you Deepa! I have been rather tardy with commenting too 😦 Will hop over shortly – I promise πŸ™‚

    Yea, like most others have said above, I love the straightforwardness of your blog…..makes me wait for the next post always!!

    Thanks so much! All this is going to my head πŸ™‚

    Congratulations and look forward to reading more n more!!!

    Deepa

    Thanks a lot Deepa!

  32. Everyone has said what all I wanted to say, and have said it so well.

    I kept coming back here because I loved the way you wrote and your stories about Poohi, daily life, issues kept me hooked and made sure I come back!

    Then slowly, it changed… from blog acquaintances, we became friends. Now, I not only come for your posts, I come for you, my friend as well πŸ™‚
    I miss you when you don’t write. Wonder where you are and how you have been…

    Love ya Smithus! keep writing!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  33. Congratulations Smitha…and thank you for writing such wonderful posts..

    the Pookalam is too good and I can imagine how beautiful those woods and your garden would be with such wonderful flowers to adorn them…

  34. Your Pookalam is so beautiful-like the rest of your blog.

    It’s been a few months since I started blogging-and your post is so close to how I feel about my journey in the blog-world so far.

  35. Just had to comment here…..all of us would relate to ur reasons to why u started blogging….and to ur feelings to the 1st milestone πŸ™‚

    Congrats on ur 1st year…here’s to many, many more!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks so much, Nancy. I think most of us started the same way.. Its amazing how it has become such an important part of our lives..

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