O – An open letter to my blogger friends. #AtoZ


A to Z Blogging Challenge

My dear blogger friends  (old and new),

It was in December of 2013 that I began blogging. I did not know anyone of you back then. Heck, I did not know the first thing about blogging,  back then!

But, it was over time that I discovered all you talented people. Not only talented, but also down-to-earth and very helpful. A fact that took me by surprise, really. I was under the impression that blogging was a competitive field (it actually is!), like any other field, and, was teeming with snobs!  Hehehe!

But, I was  pleasantly surprised to meet some really wonderful people who readily  help out newbie bloggers, like me!

Reading your posts taught me a lot, just like you learn a lot by observing an expert at work!  So, my advice to the newbie bloggers would be to visit as many blogs, read as many posts and learn from them. Try and connect with them. You never know, you might make a friend for life!

The online world does come across as a treacherous place, but, believe me, there are some very kind souls here. All you need is some time and some getting-to-know-them-better and you will have a tribe of your own — a circle of close friends who will guide you, support you, come what may.

However, not all’s hunky-dory here! There are quite a few, ahem, “difficult” kinda people here, too, so, watch your step and be careful.

I know I am quite partial to some bloggers. Well, why not? They are some of my good friends and they mean a lot to me.

I met a few of them in the real world, too. And, I only hope I  meet the rest some day.

So, dear ones, you guys have taught me so much, helped me, guided me when I needed your assistance — still do!

I love you all and it’s been a pleasure knowing you all. Oh, and a big thank you for everything!

If we aren’t able to meet in the real world, know that you hold a special place in  my heart and that I look up to you all!

From the oldest to the latest, these are some of my blogger friends:

Pawan Hegde ( my first blogger friend)

Shailaja Vishwanath

Cat Graham

Rachna Parmar

Vidya Sury

Anamika Agnihotri

Shilpa Garg

Esha Mukherjee

Sunita Rajwade

Ramya Abhinand

Vinitha Dileep

Sid Balachandran

Rajlakshmi Boruah

Tulika Singh

Shantala Nayak

Shalini Baisiwala

Lata Sunil

Sulekha Rawat

Kala Ravi Sarathy

Rashmi Raj

Balaka Basu

Damyanti Biswas

Debbie D. Doglady

Sanchie Vee

Soumya Prasad

Shalini Nair


And, some recent blogger friends I made:

Dhanashree Kirtane

Sonia Chatterjee


It’s been a pleasure knowing you all!

Love you all!




April 2018 A to Z blogging Challenge

My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge is all about my blog, Metanoia, and my blogging journey from the time  I started, 5 years ago. The lessons I learnt, the tips and tricks I picked up from fellow bloggers and the guidelines I could have used back when I began.

You will find all of my A to Z posts here.





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!

55 thoughts on “O – An open letter to my blogger friends. #AtoZ

  1. Thats the best thing about blogging Shilpa, its all about the connections you make… They cheer you up and get you sailing through the worst of days. Hope you have many more blogging years with loads of friends… Ahem… hope I make it to your list soon :))))

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  2. This blogging world is full of kind and compassionate people and I can vouch for it myself. I owe my fixing up to all the wonderful people who exist in the name of bloggers. Thus, I couldn’t stop myself from clicking on this post link from Twitter 😀 I expected to see my name here too ❤

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  3. Hugs and loads of cheer my friend; so happy to be featured in your list! And yes we will catch up soonest; this mumbai trip got cancelled but I am hoping to be able to catch up with Sanch when she comes later this year.

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    1. Hey, Sanch and I have also made plans to meet up as we live quite close to each other! It will be great meeting you, too, Shalz…It’s been wonderful knowing you through your posts! ❤


  4. You are a sweetheart, Shilpa. Loved this yet another post from you which is straight from the heart. Yes, thanks to blogging we have come to know some really warm, supportive and wonderful people. And I truly cherish them.
    Through our posts and comments we have realized that we have so much in common and I am looking forward to meet you more than ever. Thanks for the mention. Love and hugs dear friend. ♥

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    1. You know, Shilpa, I forgot to mention you as my twin! Not only do we share our names, but we also share so many things..and, that’s what changed my mindset about the online world! 😛

      Love and hugs to you, too! ❤

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  5. Shilpa, contrary to the real world most bloggers are Kind and helpful. I have met some wonderful people here on the blogosphere. I have met some of the listed bloggers in the real world. I’m sure you will make many more friends. Happy blogging, Shilpa.

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  6. Oh my.. Even I don’t exist in your friend list.. Sobbing.. Imagine me that way.. But still it’s OK. We have time to gel and connect to each other. I still remember as I started my blog, the first two friends I made was you and Sonia.. Open letter was a way too open.

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    1. Deepa, please don’t take to heart. It’s just that, except for Sonia, the others have been friends since almost 3 to 4 years now, and we have bonded very well. But, it’s been a pleasure meeting you, too. I hope to meet you, too, some day, and connect offline. ❤

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  7. So sweet of you to mention me in this list, Shilpa. I am so happy. Definitely, you are in my list too, but you knew that already, don’t you? It’s funny how these strangers are holding a piece of my heart now. I never knew that blogging would ever bring such wonderful people to me. ❤️

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