A new phase begins.



You know how, when you are about to set off on a journey, or embark upon a  new venture, you experience those butterflies in your stomach? Well, that’s just how I feel as I type my first post on my new blog!

As I sit here, trying to work out my thoughts, align them in an order and pour them out on the screen, I think of the time I began four years ago as a techno-challenged newbie blogger, writing whatever came to my mind. Back then, I was oblivious to the myriad possibilities that lay in store for a blogger.  But, over the years, having met some fine bloggers, and the varied projects they are associated with, the seed of an idea was sowed in my mind.

To implement that idea, I had to move to a custom domain and then begin something different that would (hopefully) take me to newer avenues. Being  techno-challenged, I really wasn’t sure how I would do it, but, being  pig-headed, I wanted to do it all by myself. Thankfully, hubby’s colleague was there to help me make the big move to WordPress from Blogger and get a custom domain. And, from there on, I was on my own; she being a busy professional, and I being in a hurry!

It did worry me, initially. Working on Blogger for all these years, handling the complicated scenario on WordPress was anything but simple.  I did get all jittery when I saw I just could not cope up with the complex structure of this place. But, you know that saying, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”? Well, that helped me in driving home the point that setting up the blog was really not rocket science. My blogger friend, Ankita Bhoye who had done the entire “job” herself, inspired me to give it my all.

It was really simple. All I had to do, was look up on the Net and follow the instructions on the videos on YouTube.  And, that’s all I did. Ha ha. Who am I kidding? Frankly, it was really not as simple as that.  There were  moments when I would pull my hair in frustration, shed copious tears at having failed to follow the technical jargon and spoiled things, and being such an utter failure!  But, luckily for me, some things fell into place by fluke, and slowly but steadily I began finding my way through the complex maze and reaching my goal.

And, finally, after all these days of sitting cooped up at home, bent on the keyboard, working feverishly on achieving the desired target, here I am. My old blog, ‘Feelings’ changed over to,’Metanoia’, with a new look. There are a few changes here, as in I have shifted all of my fiction posts to a new fiction blog I created some time ago. I have also included my art work in here and given it the platform it deserved. Erm, do I sound a tad boastful? Forgive me if I do, but reaching the place I have from where I began, I myself hadn’t expected this much of me, and thus the tinge of pride in my words.

Metanoia is an ancient Greek word that means a journey of change in one’s heart, mind and way of life. It is the precise word I was looking for. As human beings, we are constantly evolving; changing with times, and our various experiences; changing towards being a better version of ourselves, and that’s what I want to achieve. That’s what I hope to achieve through my work on my blog and in my life.

Inspiring myself to make changes in me is the reason behind this big leap. I keep my fingers crossed and intend to give it my all. I don’t know what the future will bring with it. All I intend to do is do my best, enjoy the journey and grow as a human being. So, help me God!

I would love to get your feedback and suggestions, considering I am still not very adept at handling the intricacies of the technology needed for this kind of work. It will be of a  great help to me.

Thank you all!



Published by shilpagupte

Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

33 thoughts on “A new phase begins.

  1. I think you are in the right place Shilpa. This ‘All I intend to do is do my best, enjoy the journey and grow as a human being.’ says it all. Wish you all the best. The blog looks neat and beautiful.

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  2. Congratulations on the brand new blog Shilpa! Metanoia sounds like a lovely name!! I must say you’ve done a fab job of it! Love the clean look! I’m already looking forward to your wonderful posts, Shilpa! Best wishes! ❤️


    1. Thank you, Esha, and extremely sorry for the late response!
      I am glad you like the clean look. I myself wanted a clean look for my blog. Too much of clutter takes away from the main content.
      Thanks a ton for your encouraging comment, dear!

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  3. Congratulations Shilpa for the new move to wordpress. The blog name Metonia sounds apt. A month ago I was in the same boat as you, tearing up my hair with setting up my new blog. Hence I know what you have achieved here is definitely worthy of being proud of. My best wishes for you 🙂

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  4. Congratulations on your new baby. I myself shifted from blogger to wordpress in January and I know it is a big leap. Awaiting some great posts from you. All the best.


  5. Congratulations on the big move. It is really a hair pulling experience, but the feel of having your own space is great. I am thinking of moving my travel site to a self hosted platform too 🙂 I love the name… You must have given it a lot of thinking 😀

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    1. Thank you, Raj! Yes, I did think over the name a lot. Did some research and a lot of contemplation before finalising the name!
      And, wish you the very best for your own travel blog! I hope you are able to make the move effortlessly! ❤


  6. I love the exotic name Shilpa, ‘Metanoia’! It feels so right! Congratulations girl, you did it! You should be super proud of yourself! Believe me it takes a lot of grit and will power to pull this off. I love the new look and the categories. May you grow in leaps and bounds with this new venture. Love and hugs my dear!


  7. Congrats on the new blog Shilpa and welcome to the WP family. I totally empathise on the tech challenged bit as thats me too and currently going through it as I have to change my host provider by this month end.
    I love this new crisp and edgy look of your blog (am a big fan of WP) and laud you for designing it so well!! All the best for this new journey, shall keep dropping by! 🙂


  8. Congratulations and good luck Shilpa. I tried to post this comment on FB but my wifi is quite crazy. So if this comment is repeated please excuse. Look forward to your new look blog and new writing.


  9. Hearty congratulations on the big move and yay, welcome to WordPress. I’ll always love blogger for the simple interface but WordPress really helps you learn and grow as a blogger. It’s incredible and challenging but all worth it. Trust me. May this blog grow, spread its wings and fly as high as your dreams and hopes. All the best, dear Shilpa 🙂


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