Jan 30

Shanaya Tales turns ONE

It has been a year! A year since myย very first post on this blog. A year since the start of a new (and wonderful) chapter of my life. ๐Ÿ™‚

What began as just an attempt at documenting my reading life, soon became my gateway to a whole new world, filled with new experiences, and the opportunity to connect with some very wonderful people, and make new friends.

This is a big deal for a person like me, who is essentially an introvert, and generally very guarded while making friends. For many years I believed that we only make โ€˜realโ€™ friends tillย a certain age, and after that, the connections are not as strong.

The people I came across during this past year, have not only challenged this thought process of mine, but have also warmed my heart with their unselfish gestures of support and encouragement, and for that alone, I am extremely glad that I decided to blog.


The creative release that I initially soughtย through my blog, seems trivialย in comparison toย what I have gained in terms of perspective.

It has also been a year of learning. When I was planning onย starting a blog, I had not given any thought to the technical side of blogging. For some (ignorant) reason, I had always assumed that all I had to do was hop on there, and write.

During the course of this year – I have learnt a lot about what it actually takes to start and maintain a blog (besides writing)- from hosting providers to themes to load times to ranks to social media integration – and this is really only the tip of the iceberg. Easily the most time-consuming hobby I have ever had, but also the most rewarding one.

Thank you everyone for a wonderful year, and for all the love, support and encouragement – itโ€™s something I am veryย grateful for. Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lots of Love


  1. Congratulations, Shantala. You’ve come a long way fast! Wishing you many more happy blogging years!

  2. Congratulations!!!! Way to go!
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  3. Congratulations!! And Happy Birthday, Shanaya Tales.
    Oh, and thank you for introducing us to Shantala. She’s awesome ๐Ÿ™‚
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  4. Many many more happy returns of the day, Shanaya Tales ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats Shantala!
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  5. Congratulation and many, many happy returns!!
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  6. Lata Sunil says:

    Congratulations on turning 1 and you are doing great. I am so glad to have met you via the blog.

  7. Congratulations, Shantala, on your first-year milestone in the world of blogging! Coincidentally, I too completed the same just a couple of days back ๐Ÿ˜€ Your blog is a wonderful and very inspiring place…Wishing you many more such milestones to cherish ๐Ÿ™‚
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  8. Hurray! That’s incredible. Here’s wishing you many more years of writing and learning. Lots of love!

  9. Congratulations!! You are lovely and your blog and writing, great! Do keep up this time consuming hobby of yours cos you are doing wonderful at it!
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  10. Many Happy returns of this wonderful day in your blogging journey.
    A very Happy first blog-anniversary Shanaya Tales ๐Ÿ™‚
    Keep Writing!!
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  11. Thats great Shantala. May you travel along gathering rich experience ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Congratulations on turning one. I still can’t believe that you have been blogging only for an year, Shantala. I’m so glad that I got to know you. Keep up the good work dear. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  13. Congrats! Just a year? Looking at the ‘neat’ blog, I had thought you were at it for quite sometime ?
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  14. Congratulations for the very special first blog birthday! Here’s wishing you many more years of fun-filled and learning-rich blogging, reading and writing!
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  15. Congrats on your accomplishment. We hope you will continue to be a regular part of our Literacy Musing Mondays community!
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  16. Congratulations on your first year.

  17. Congratulations! This is just the beginning! Cheers..

  18. Happy blogging birthday. I’m so glad I found you and your blog. I hope it is everything you hoped it would be.
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  19. That is so great Shantala. Many congrats as your baby turns one. The love, attention and nurture you have given it this year has made it grow into a beautiful baby….one you can be so proud of! Cheers to many more years of blogging.

  20. Congratulations on the anniversary. Blogging changes our life and the way you look at things. I haven’t touched the technical aspects of it yet. It scares me. In my experience, write what you feel and enjoy the process.

    More power to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Many many congratulations, Shantala! What a fabulous place you’ve built! May you rock the blogging world for a long time to come!
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  22. A very Happy first b’day Shanaya Tales…And many Congratulations Shantala on completing one year of brilliant writing.
    Wishing you many more such milestones which you wish and enjoy…Happy Writing.

  23. Congrats Shantala!

    Cheers to many more to come ๐Ÿ™‚
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  24. yayy congratulations ๐Ÿ˜€ Wish you reach many more milestones ๐Ÿ™‚
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  25. Congratulations Shanaya.. I wanted to visit your blog from so long but just couldn’t. Doesn’t it feels bliss to see your thing turn one, or two or three? It helps us ponder over so many things.. things it gave us, things we learned during this course.. Here’s to many more ๐Ÿ™‚

    P.S:- I removed comment luv from my blog and that’s the reason it’s not showing your comment there anymore! I tried a lot to retrieve the comments, but they’re just not coming :/


  26. Happy anniversary, dear! I love reading your blog posts. Keep up the good work.

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