From the time I began my career, July has always been a significant month– new job, major life changes.
I brainstormed with myself over what to write, mainly because I haven’t really written anniversary posts–except last year. Somehow 14 seemed significant and I wrote:
14 Cherished Gifts from 14 Years of Blogging
I thought about writing why I blog…but then realized I wrote
Then there’s “On Writing”
So back to the brainstorming about what to write…
… I had an a-ha moment. I thought, why not ask my readers what they thought of me? Yeah, I know how that question sounds and I am secretly giggling at the colorful answers it might bring…
…but back to the idea. I liked it; but wasn’t it too short a notice to expect people to respond?
And when did that little hurdle ever stop me?
Okay, lesson learned—as in—plan these things ahead. But I really did not want to tag/hound/remind people. I am just grateful for the kind words that come without asking.
So, without further ado, let me showcase the responses I received.
Please click the names of these fabulous people and visit their blogs. You’ll love them.
Sreesha Divakaran, One teaspoon cellophane
This is the post I like. The reason is, while it’s true that it has an important message and everything about bribery (excellent), I liked it for the presentation and format. It was so hilarious I was laughing my ass off when I read it. And the disclaimer added more points to the funny quotient
Tulika, Obsessive Mom
Here’s my favourite post. If there’s one thing I need in my life is a reminder to slow down and enjoy the moment. I often find myself running from one task to the other, stressing about things that I don’t really need to. Loved the pace of this piece. It was so calming.
Shilpa Halwe, of Metanoia
This is the post I loved, Vidya! I felt it was meant just for me! 25 easy ways to stay motivated when you want to give up | Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles
Carol Graham award-winning author of Battered Hope
It would be next to impossible to comment on which post I appreciated the most and why. As long as I have followed you, I have enjoyed everything you have written — from your gratitude posts to wisdom. Congratulations on blogging for 15 years. You have a beautiful page.
Suzy Que of Someday, Somewhere
Hi Vidya, loved your quirky quotes to make you smile post.
I think this might be one of my favourite go to posts. I love the twist at the end of each quote. Wisdom and humour what more could you ask for. All the best for 15 years of blogging.
Shilpa Garg of A Rose is a rose is a rose
Congratulations! 15 years is HUGE!! Simply in awe of your journey!
May you continue to spread smiles always!! ♥
My fav post from your blog is DADIRRI #ATOZCHALLENGE
I read this post just a day before a Nature Walk program, I was participating in. This post gave me insights to practice inner, deep listening and quiet, still awareness and mindfulness while being in the nature. So, I actually experienced nature with intent and implemented Dadirri after reading your post and I must tell you that it was an energizing and enlightening experience. Thanks for inspiring… always
Vinitha Dileep of Reflections
Hi Vidya! Congratulations on your blog’s 15th birthday! I know I’m a little late to the party, but if you are still accepting, here is one of my favorite posts from your blog. It was of course, a difficult task choose just one. But this post I read not so long ago made an impression in my heart.
I loved this simple beautiful story which explains with no fuss on the importance of helping each other. May your blog see and collect many many more smiles and inspire minds day after day!
Shailaja V of Diary of a Doting Mom
This was and is my favourite post from your blog. Always and always. Happy 15th blog anniversary to you.
Debbie Hampton of The Best Brain Possible
This my favorite. It blends something we all love – cute dog pictures – with very common sense valuable wisdom to be kinder to ourselves.That’s a win/win!
Sandra Pawula of Always Well Within
I liked this one because I personally find nature so soothing and feel sad that more and more people, and children especially, are more and more disconnected from nature.
Vidya Sury’s articles are like sunshine on a cloudy day. She is inspiring to the entrepreneurial mom who wants to have a life, shines a light on everyday people showing us how special each and every one of us is, and every word she writes is like advice from a loving friend.
Just had to add this tweet from Mayuri
— Mayuri 🌟 (@Mayuri6) July 6, 2018
I am blessed to be me. ♥
I smile to think back how, exactly 15 years ago, on 8 July 2008, I wrote my first post on this blog with absolutely zero idea of what I was doing.
Over the years, I became more focused. As an activity, blogging picked up. I joined blogging networks, simply because I could, little realizing the impact they would have on my blogging journey.
I met fabulous people who became friends from across the globe.
Thanks to blogging, I grew both professionally and as a person. And the best part is, I learn something new every single day.
My gratitude goes out to each one of you reading my words.
Thank you for touching my life, my heart.
Thank you for the Smiles.
As I count 15 years blogging, I know I’ve got (S)miles to go before I sleep.