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How Supportive is Your Blogging Community?

By 21/12/2019February 3rd, 2021blogging, writing
How has the blogging community been for you? Which blogger do you call friends? How often do you visit and comment on blogs?

My debut literary crime novel,”You Beneath Your Skin,” published by the fab team at Simon and Schuster IN is slowly making its way into the world.

It is available in India here.

Worldwide, here.

Reviews are appreciated–please get in touch if you’d like a review copy.


Are you part of nay online or offline book groups? Founded any? What is the experience like? Do you think online book groups are similar to those offline?Daily (w)rite will be a dozen years old soon.

The highlight of these twelve years has been the wonderful love and community support from fellow bloggers.  I’ve had bloggers give me advice, stand by with support during public crises, take part in events and fundraisers I organised, and generally been a source of strength.

After the publication of You beneath Your Skin, I’ve had the honour and privilege of being hosted and reviewed by many blog friends. Here are a few posts and reviews, interviews and spotlights:


Guest posts on various sites:

What difference does your writing make by Damyanti Biswas at Elements of Emaginette

Food in Fiction at Marian Allen, Author Lady

How to find a Writing Group that’s a great fit for you: Damyanti Biswas at Sirimiri

Dear Writer, How Many Times Have You Been Rejected This Year? at A Rose is a Rose is a Rose

How to grow your blog audience the organic way at Shailaja V

Screen Rights by Damyanti Biswas! at Alex J Cavanaugh

Writing Romance in a Gritty Setting at Just Jemi

How to Plant Red Herrings in Crime Novels at Write With Fey

Pros and Cons of Writing Unlikable Characters at Insecure Writers’ Support Group

Are You Staying Healthy as an Author? at Worddreams…

Mysterious Places: India’s Bloodied Door at J.H. Moncrieff

How Do You Cope with the Business of Being a New Author? at Author’s Electric

What it feels like to run on empty at Author’s Electric

Writing is all about Eating Flowers, Sunlight at Author’s Electric

Writing Crime Fiction at Ronel the Mythmaker

Om’s Birthday at Natasha Musing


Book Reviews:

Bookworm’s Reviews

The Book Decoder

Wei Ting

Mish Mash Masala

Lil Blue Bottle

Bong Books and Coffee

The Secrets of My Universe

Rudders’ Writing

Inderpreet Uppal

Anup’s Net

Beat about the Book

Marian Allen

My Bubble

Speaking Aloud

Mick Canning

Boho & Bookish

D.G. Kaye Writer

Bad Cat Ink

Echoes In An Empty Room

Book Inspector

The Bookwormery


Catriona Fida

Paterson Loarn

Miss Known


J lenni Dorner

Curled up with a good book




Author Interview with Damyanti Biswas About Her Debut Novel You Beneath Your Skin at Belinda Witzenhausen

Damyanti Biswas’ Debut Author Spotlight New Book 20 Questions at Operation Awesome

OJO-> DAMYANTI BISWAS at Cozy in Miami

Fresh Off the Press at No Facilities

Q & A with D.G. Kaye at D.G. Kaye Writer

Q & A at The Magic of Wor(l)ds

Interview at Parhelion

Interview at Kalpanawrites



Introduction to You Beneath Your Skin –Spotlight at Fictionophile.

You Beneath Your Skin By Damyanti Biswas at The Cynical Sailor & His Salty Sidekick –  Spotlight

Benefits of Reading Plus Books to Read at Lynda R. Young-Spotlight

You Beneath Your Skin Crime Fiction At It’s Best! at Juneta Key – Spotlight

Introducing: You Beneath Your Skin by Damyanti Biswas at Sirimiri

You Beneath Your Skin by Damyanti Biswas at Inderpreet Uppal

You Beneath Your Skin at Green Life Blue Water

Damyanti Gets Beneath My Skin at Denise Covey


This was just me requesting fellow-bloggers for a spot on their blog, and them coming together to help me out, and help with the causes of Project WHY and Stop Acid Attacks. Without a blog tour organizer,  You Beneath Your Skin travelled the length and breadth of the blogiverse thanks to the kindness of my blog friends linked above.

Huge thanks to everyone who has been kind to me for the past few months–read and reviewed the book, and helped me keep up my courage in the face of odds. So much gratitude for all the love and support.

How has the blogging community been for you? Which bloggers do you call friends? How often do you visit and comment on blogs?

Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her literary crime thriller series, the Blue Mumbai, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency. Both The Blue Bar and The Blue Monsoon were published in 2023.

I appreciate comments, and I always visit back. If you're having trouble commenting, let me know via the contact form, or tweet me up @damyantig !

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  • I also supported your efforts – I guess you forgot my post of October 6th, 2019

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      My apologies! I missed adding the link–have not forgotten–will edit the post now. I really appreciate the support.

  • Whoa! I found my blog in this post. I really loved your book ma’am. Thank you.

  • Jemi Fraser says:

    I’ve always found the boggy-verse to be incredibly supportive and kind. Amazing people!!
    Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2020!! 🙂

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks so much Jemi! Sorry I missed this comment, and hope you’re having a smashing new year!

  • Jacqui Murray says:

    You and I do have amazing blogging friends, Damyanti. Huzzah to all of us!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Yes, Huzzah to all of us! And a fig, fat, grateful hug to you for all your support. You know who to buzz when you have your next out!

  • Shilpa Garg says:

    Blogging communities are the best and it is so wonderful that you and your book received such warmth and love on so many blogs. Cheers!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks so much, Shilpa–you’re one of my most treasured blog friends–we really have to meet irl one of these days!

  • Indira says:

    Hi Damyanti- I feel like being among friends here. I try to read as many as possible blog and comment. Blogging community is so inspiring and encouraging. I have completed 8 years of blogging. Love you. Merry Christmas, dear.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thank you so very much, Indira! I love the blogging community and have done very little to deserve the love i receive. Merry Christmas to you, too!

  • Pam Lazos says:

    I do adore the wondeful community of bloggers that I’ve met these last few years and I trust that trend will continue. We are lucky to find community amidst the craziness of life. Big love. xoxo

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Lots of love to you too, Pam! Am going to respond to your questions today.

  • hilarymb says:

    Hi Damyanti – blogging friends are the best … we really do appreciate each other … and you’ve shown us the appreciation you’ve had bringing your book to the fore – in the process helping the two charities … setting us an example. Congratulations and here’s to much success in 2020 and beyond – have a little quiet down time – before the flurry of the new year and more acknowledgements come about … cheers to you, the charities and all friends – Hilary

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words and wishes, Hilary.

      Truly appreciate your constant support with the book and the two charities that will be benefited. Sending you season’s greetings and wishes for a wonderful new year!

  • WordPress has a wealth of talent to appreciate and learn from. Each comment is valued too. Wishing you continuing success as your excellent book finds its way into people’s homes around the world with its exposure of the underbelly of each society. Hopefully this will prompt a reaction that begins to clean up our societies in future. 🙂

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks so much Ian. Absolutely agree with you–Wordpress is a wonderful, supportive community. I’ve also had a lot of support from my Blogspot friends who have kept in touch over the years.

  • Congratulations on the blog and book! The WordPress community is very supportive. I’ve met so many nice people here. 🙂

  • Big congratulations! It’s been a long journey.

  • Very excited to interview you soon! And I started blogging in 2013, and took a break in between and resumed blogging last year. I must say D. G. Kaye, Vashti Quiroz Vega, Katie J. Cross are some of the writers who have supported my writing from the beginning. I also wrote about Laxmi from Stop Acid Attack several years ago on

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Jasveena, I’m quite excited to be interviewed as well!

      I’ve been blogging since 2008, which is quite long in the internet world, and have had a huge amount of support from the community. D G Kaye has been a great blog friend–will check out the others.