My blogging journey completes 1 year

23 Jan

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber.

These words ring so true in my ears today as I reminisce about my blogging journey till date. It is a matter of great pride to me that I have completed one full year of this wonderful journey and I am still unaware of my final destination. Though the ride has been full of mixed elements yet I will not trade this experience for anything else in this world.

When I had started this blog, I had just started writing with an intent to have my own creative space to write of interesting things and not just my boring office emails. But this blog has grown so much more than that (100 posts, 1000+ followers, 1400 comments, etc) and I have discovered an alternate world that has helped me –

  1. Discover a completely new set off blogging friends (I have met so many like-minded fellow travelers here) and have 1000+ people who read what I write.
  2. Read and follow other amazing travel bloggers (reading these blogs has helped me discover so many better ways of visiting a place). I have also discovered some awesome travel bloggers and unusual travel places in India through these blogs.
  3. Better planned trips with guidance / shared experiences of other travel bloggers.
  4. Improve my writing and photography skills (I put in a lot of effort to at least come close to the posts and photos of some of the fabulous travel bloggers). And this is an ongoing effort that I am happy to practice.
  5. Be constantly motivated and make efforts to plan and visit new places (as I have to blog about it and share stories with my new friends).
  6. Overcome my fear of technology / IT and social media (though I am still learning newer aspects with each day). I otherwise call myself “technology bone” deficient.
  7. Constantly visit new places. Whenever I visit the blogs of other travelers, it’s like visiting a new place through their cameras and pens. I also love reading what’s written about the same places that I have been to and comparing notes to understand other viewpoints and to see if I have missed anything interesting.

I can now safely call myself a “blog” and “twitter” addict. 🙂

Though this journey has not been easy (writing and maintaining a blog is a difficult and time-consuming business) but it has been fun and extremely educational. Also, for the first time in my life, I have made my travel resolutions for 2013 and am working very hard on achieving each of them. Travel Resolutions for 2013

To end this part, I would just like to sum up my views on travel with these beautiful words –

“Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” – Freya Stark

In this post I would also like to thank my fellow bloggers who have been kind enough to read my posts and nominate me for various blog awards. These awards are an honor and it feels great to be recognized 🙂

Blog of the Year 2012 Award – I would like to thank Fae’s Twist and Tango for nominating me for this award. Follow this beautiful storyteller at as she shares amazing stories about travel, food and recipes, with a twist and tango!

Blog of the Year Award 1 star thumbnail

The rules for Blog of the Year 2012 Award are:

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ award, a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs. – My nominations for this award are as follows –

2. Write a blog post and tell nominate blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award – Done

3. Please include a link back to this page ’Blog of the Year 2012 Award’ **-– – and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!) – Done

4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them. – Will do

5. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars… – Done above

Lifetime’s Exploration Award – I would like to thank Sarah Ryan for awarding me with the ‘lifetime’s exploration’ badge. It is an added honor as she has created this badge and only awards it when she is truly inspired by a beautiful photograph, exciting posts and inspirational travel stories. You can read more about this travel addict and her inspiring travel stories at


Now the rules for this awards are –

1. Firstly paste the badge onto your blog – Done

2. Nominate 5 other travel bloggers to receive the award – My nominations for this inspirational travel award are as follows –

To know more about this blog nomination you can also visit here.

The Very Inspiring blogger award – I would like to thank Sumithra for nominating me for this award. For Sumithra, daughter of a wildlife photographer, the 3 pillars of life are – Books, Music and Travel. You can follow her blog at as she writes more on her journeys through life and travels.


I have already written my blog post for this award and you can read it at The Very Inspiring Blog Award.

A Blog on Fire Award – I would like to thank Sarah for nominating me for this award. Sarah is an early childhood teacher and writer from Wellington, New Zealand. She has visited over 33 countries and has just returned from volunteering in Kenya. Follow her stories and writings at


Now the Rules for the Winners are –

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog – Done above

2. Choose five blogs to nominate and let them know by leaving a comment – the 5 blogs that I would like to nominate are –

3. Request that the chosen blogs pass the Award on to their favorite five – Will do

4. Copy and paste the award on your blog post – Done

5. List five things about yourself – 5 things about myself are as follows –

  • I am a severe coffee addict and can have coffee at any time of the day and at times even as a complete meal.
  • I am constantly planning to travel to a new place. In fact I am always ready to go anywhere.
  • I love meeting new people and making loads of new friends.
  • I really want to win at least one travel contest and visit a place freeof any cost.
  • I also want to get one of my travel articles published in some magazine / newspaper someday.

The “Illuminating Blogger Award” – I would like to thank Anil Cm for nominating me for this blog award. Anil started his blog at the Delhi Airport, on a trip to Miami, Florida, USA with an aim to document and share about his trip but he ended up writing about other places that he has visited. You can read of his stories on travel and photography at

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I have already written my blog post for this award and you can read it at The Illuminating Blogger Award.

35 Responses to “My blogging journey completes 1 year”

  1. Niranjan January 23, 2013 at 17:12 #

    Congratulations! May you travel far and wide in the coming years!


  2. sarahryan85 January 23, 2013 at 18:38 #

    Love to read about your travels; keep up the great work!


  3. Raunak January 23, 2013 at 21:42 #

    congrats Snigdha!!!!way to go…


  4. Anuradha Goyal (@anuradhagoyal) January 26, 2013 at 20:52 #

    Thanks Snigdha for that nomination. Taking a Bow.


  5. pommepal January 27, 2013 at 04:58 #

    Congratulations for a year of achievment and travel during 2012 I have found all your posts very interesting and enjoyable, I appreciate the amount of time it takes to put in all the details and photos you include. You deserve all the awards you have been given and I am honoured that you thought of my blog for the “blog of the year award” thank you and happy travelling during 2013


    • getsetandgo January 28, 2013 at 17:08 #

      Thanks a ton Pommepal…I would sincerely like to thank you for reading each of my posts, giving your valuable comments and feedbacks on each post and my first blog award… This journey would not have been such a success without you… THANKS 🙂


      • pommepal January 28, 2013 at 18:17 #

        Your excellent posts have earnt you the large number of followers and all the awards. Well done


      • getsetandgo January 29, 2013 at 15:05 #

        Thanks 🙂


  6. Juliana Lightle January 27, 2013 at 19:45 #

    I have really enjoyed your blog!!! Since I have been to some of the places but long ago, it is interesting to see your views, photos, and how things have or have not changed. Congratulations!!! I am so impressed by the number of people who follow your blog. Wondering if you also post to other venues besides wordpress?? I am also impressed with how your blog looks. I need to gain more technical expertise so I can show my awards, photo, etc. Any ideas??


    • getsetandgo January 28, 2013 at 17:56 #

      Thanks Juliana and I sincerely appreciate all your comments / valuable feedback on each of my posts…Also its been so much fun to to discuss your take on all the common places that we have been to…
      I just blog on wordpress but have a twitter and facebook page set up for this blog. Also, for the look and feel of the blog, please drop me an email with your id and I’ll be happy to share my limited technical expertise and learnings 🙂


  7. Fae's Twist & Tango January 28, 2013 at 10:21 #

    Very nice epilogue and quote, Snigdha, and happy 1 year anniversary. Congratulations on all the well deserved awards. Thank you for the mention. Looking forward to your upcoming posts and to learn from your travels. 😀 Fae.


    • getsetandgo January 28, 2013 at 18:27 #

      Thanks Fae for all the kind words and continued support for my blog… I look forward to reading many more of your beautiful travel tales and recipes in this year…


  8. msdulce January 29, 2013 at 02:19 #

    Congratulations on your one year blogaversary! I’m looking forward to another year of reading your wonderful travel tales. Also- love that quote by Freya Stark!


    • getsetandgo January 29, 2013 at 15:11 #

      Thanks msdulce for the kind words and for following my blog 🙂


  9. Teju January 29, 2013 at 14:37 #

    Thank you so much, dear Snigdha, for the wonderful fiery honor! This is going to be cherished always! 🙂


  10. rommel January 31, 2013 at 09:52 #

    The way we are all link together really is so amazing. It’s not tangible but the connection is strong and tight. Thanks for the shares, thanks for my inclusion, and congrats for the awards and milestone.


    • getsetandgo February 10, 2013 at 21:08 #

      Thanks Rommel… I so agree with you… This blogging community and world has become an alternate world in itself… 🙂


  11. schoonhead February 3, 2013 at 06:23 #

    thank you, that’s sweet. 🙂


  12. I Love Mahabalipuram February 6, 2013 at 05:57 #

    Hi, Learned you Love Mahabalipuram from a fellow blogger.

    We have just set up a facebook page for love of Mahabs! Please like and share! And let us know if you want to contribute as well and I will provide you admin rights.

    Hope to see you on there and be in touch!

    I Love Mahabalipuram Admin


  13. In Search of Perfect February 7, 2013 at 09:16 #

    Hi Snigdha,

    Thank you again for such an honorable badge! I will wear it with pride and dedication!

    Happy travels and congratulations on having a wonderful, inspirational blog!



  14. Harold Green February 12, 2013 at 08:25 #

    Congratulations! What a beautiful tribute to your first year. You have captured the essence, richness and rewards of your journey with your pen and camera extremely well. Through Harold’s Lens has not completed the first year yet, but I so deeply feel your words of the enjoyments of blogging. Keep up your travels. Thank you!


    • getsetandgo February 23, 2013 at 22:13 #

      Hi Harold, thanks for the kind words… Really appreciate it and I look forward to your blog completing similar milestones soon 🙂


  15. IshitaUnblogged March 5, 2013 at 21:44 #

    Congratulations! A bit of a belated birthday wishes – but from the heart! Good wishes on your blogging journey – and wishing that there are many more glorious years ahead:)


    • getsetandgo March 9, 2013 at 21:02 #

      Thanks Ishita for being a part of eventful journey with me. Your support and feedback has been extremely helpful to reach this important milestone.


  16. alfieluxton14 May 16, 2013 at 12:10 #

    Love your blog, and am so inspired! Am following, and will enjoy reading more. Kath x



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