Oct 14

Catch Up Over Coffee #1 – (New Series + Where have I been?) #ChattyBlogs

Howdy folks!

How have y’all been? It’s been a long time (well, relatively speaking) that I have showed up here on the blog, and there’s a good reason for that.

During the beginning of October – we moved to our new place – our very first home here in US (we were renting for the last 7 odd years). And as exciting as that is – all the packing, unpacking, and moving was frying my brain, which is why, as much as I wanted to blog – I had to prioritize things like food and sleep; hence the short hiatus.

As of now, my life is still pretty much in boxes, but I just couldn’t stay away any longer, so here I am.

Chatty BlogsΒ  – The What & The Why!

As you might have figured out from the title of this post – this -> Catch Up Over Coffee – is a new series that I am starting on the blog.

The reason for this series is to have a way to connect with you all on a more personal level, outside of the other, relatively content-focused posts, that go live on the blog.


During my time away from here, I sorely missed the sense of community that blogging has enabled me to have in the virtual world, so once I got back, I started reaching out to you folks – one by one. But I have come to realize (belatedly) that this way I would take forever to get to everyone, considering that now there are so many many of you folks that I have the privilege of knowing.

Moreover, my comments section (on the blog and social media) have been flooded with requests for more personal posts. Many of you have said that I rarely share much of myself, and that you would like to know more about me, along with the kind of books and movies that I like.

Honestly speaking, this kinda intimidates me – considering I am a hardcore introvert, and an aspiring hermit, but your requests, along with my recent realization that I just can’t always rely on getting to everyone one-on-one, here is this new series, which essentially is my official excuse to ramble about nothing in specific.

My wish and hope for this series

I am hoping this series helps us in getting to know each other better, because it’s not only about me – this is a two way street, so I am hoping you guys will help me out with topic ideas (yes, I am specifically speaking to the ones who badgered me about this), and also share your thoughts and experiences.

Even better – you could decide to take up this #ChattyBlogs series on your blog – that would be fantastic, because the world has enough content-focused posts, but not nearly enough chit-chat posts ( or at-least that is what I choose to believe right now ? ).

If you do take it up – tag me, and I’ll come over to visit, giggle and gossip. If there are enough of us interested – I’ll create a linky. Yep, I just suggested a linky for rambly posts. My brain must be melting, but right now – it does seem like a decent idea.

That’s all for now folks. As always, I look forward to hearing from you guys in the comments!


P.S. You must have noticed how un-original the title of this post is – Catch-Up Over Coffee. That’s good. Because now you know something about me – I’m like that – I rely on things that convey the meaning best – even if it means that I am the reigning Cliche queen.Β 



  1. Shantala! I love this idea! #Chattyblogs are going to be a hit I bet! A linky is a great idea do think about guest posts! I am sure this theme will get us all a lot closer, great for the community! And personally very happy to be gossiping with you πŸ˜‰

  2. Shantala, it is good to know you a bit more. I love these chatty posts and put them up sometimes. Many in our group do it. We can start using this tag. Mmm..loved this coffee.

  3. Good to see you around and the idea of personal posts is great. Of course my entire blog is about chatting and rambling so I’m always game to join in the fun.
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  4. I love the idea and the concept πŸ™‚ How cool! And yes, please! More personal posts would be lovely . I’d look forward to it for sure. Count me in for any help, social media or otherwise. Good luck and hope you settle into the new space soon πŸ™‚
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  5. I love the title of this new series! I wrote a post last year titled Come On In-I’ll Put Coffee On. I shared photos of my apartment and workspace and just made it an informal chat. I may join you in this #CatchUpOverCoffee at my blog. It’s nice to share a personal post once in a while. I often share personal stories but not casual “guess what I did on the weekend” type of post.

    Congrats on your new home!
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  6. Great idea! Congratulations on the move – I know how huge that can be. Good to see you easing your way back into blogging. Looking forward to getting to know you better too. πŸ™‚

    PS: Are you looking at a particular day of the week for this?
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  7. No idea why I do not get updates on wordpress reader when you post πŸ™ Today suddenly I decided to see why you have not posted for a long time and saw that you had posted.
    Congrats on moving to the new house! Are you liking it? Yes for chatty posts.. would like to know more about you.

  8. Congrats on the new home, Shantala! #ChattyBlogs sounds cool! I will join you when I can. I really wanted to start blogging again after this long break, but now I’m not getting time and my head is all cloudy begging for more sleep. πŸ™ I did start writing a post the beginning of this week which hasn’t even reached half way through yet! For now, I’m getting back to reading you guys. I so missed all of this fun. πŸ™‚

  9. This sounds like a great idea! I’m game. It would definitely help to know more about each other’s likes and dislikes through this medium. Looking forward. πŸ™‚

  10. Congrats on the move. It’s a big one.
    I have always loved your posts – the stories, thoughts you share. So personal from you is always icing on the cake πŸ™‚
    I like the hashtag and love the intent. For me, most of my posts are personal stories so this could be more than I can chew πŸ˜‰
    But always happy to help – social media, or anything else:) I will be around, always!
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  11. Welcome back and congrats on your new home! Your new series sounds like a great one! I do think we spend a lot of time chatting about our thoughts on books and less about ourselves. I will think about participating.

  12. This sounds like a fun idea. Sure l’d love to know more about me. As for me, l constantly keep writing about myself, are you sure you want to hear more? ? Good luck with the new house.
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  13. Congrats on the move! PICTURES, PICTURES, PICTURES!! Do before and after ones if you can, I LOVE transformations πŸ™‚

  14. Congrats on the move to your own house. It must be a great feeling, all that unpacking and settling down notwithstanding. I love chit-chatty posts. My posts are generally introspective and personal, hardly the content-rich, so I’d love to share and also look forward to reading more about you.
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  15. Owning your own house is an amazing feeling – many congrats for that. Maybe your first post now can be on breaking into your new home with tonnes of pics.
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  16. Interesting idea. Loved the hashtag. I always make mix and match with nonpersonal and personal stuffs while blogging. So I’m sure it would be fun on joining with you. Congrats and my best wishes for your new home. Post photos of your new home.
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  17. I liked it…This idea of yours. Amd you know “Coffee with Shanaya” would have been more of a clichΓ© than this title. So chill.:)
    I would love to know .more about you, Shantala. And I think I will do a post or two of this sort on my blog too. Once my Inktober craze settles down, I will be shifting to.my blog..
    Waiting to read more over here! β™‘β™‘β™‘

  18. Ah! The move is finally done, then?
    Congrats once again.
    I like the initiative – it makes sense to ‘separate it virtually’. While I do like your reviews, I do miss your personal posts πŸ™‚

    Welcome back!
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  19. Moving is tiring isn’t it? Having just moved last weekend to another place just outside of Sydney, I’m still in the unpacking mode. I totally get what you mean about needing to prioritise things. Congratulations on the house! It’s very exciting πŸ™‚
    This new series is great…is it just any kind of chatty post? I used to think about Coffee Cup Conversations when I had my previous blog title – Over Cups of Coffee πŸ˜€ Seemed to fit well then .
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  20. Hey… This is interesting. Well… tell about the food you like and how you like to have your coffee with biscuit? … I don’t think as bloggers we really can know each other but some thoughts bind us for sure, that’s enough. For the unpacking time your in, I would say, congrats on getting house of your own. You can also rite how it is on having a house of your own(: … I am running out of ideas… good you have lot of blogger friends(: … I hope many of them become real good friends for you.
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