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Will You Help me Celebrate Eleven Years of #Blogging ?

11 years, that’s how long it has been at Daily (w)rite.

I started blogging here in January 2008, and we’re headed into 2019 right now. Thousands of comments, about 1600 posts, and a boatload of wisdom gained from each one of you.

A huge thank you to everyone who has stuck by me, to the bloggers who support me through every We are the World Blogfest, to the bloggers I’ve read and had the good fortune to meet, to those who comment, those who like and share the posts, to those who read and lurk. To the 41,000 subscribers of this blog.

For this blogiversary, I’m going on a ‘de-lurking’ binge, trying to comment on blogs I’ve visited but not commented on all that often. This is inspired by Parul Kashyap Thakur, who is hosting an international delurking week on her blog!

If you think one of your old posts deserves more reads, park the link here, and let us all visit each other, make new friends and renew old friendships!

Comments on blogsIn the linky list above, please do the following:

  1. Link to the blog post you want us to read, and not to your blog. I’ll delete links that lead to home pages and websites.
  2. In the Blog Title part of the Link form, add the  post title .
  3. Please visit the others on the list: you’re sure to discover blogs to follow.

Do NOT do the following with the linky list:

  1. Do not add spam or any links that are not PG13.
  2. Do not add homepage links to Websites/ Blogs.
  3. Do not add more than one link.
  4. Do not ask me to edit/ make changes to the list. (I edit typos without being prompted, don’t worry).
  5. Do not spam others asking for visits.

Happy blog visiting, and may you receive a lot of comments on the links you post!

Do you always leave comments on blogs you visit? Do you respond to all the comments you receive? What sort of comments do you like best? How long have you been blogging? Which of your posts do you want us to read? What is your blog about? How long have we known each other?


I co-host the monthly We Are the World Blogfest: I’d like to invite you to join, if you haven’t as yet, to post Fvourite Placethe last Friday of each month a snippet of positive news that shows our essential, beautiful humanity.

This monthly event has brought smiles on the faces of a lot of participants and their audiences, and somewhat restored their faith in humanity. Here’s a sampler. Click here to know more. We took a break for the holidays but will be back for the new year!  Sign up here and add your bit of cheer to the world on the next installment of January 25!

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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.

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  • miriamspia says:

    I think I started circa 2007to 2010; I know that’s crazy vague, but it was a different location and pretty different time in my life. Certainly, I can find posts clearly going back to 2012. Off and on I have tried again to make it really work as a platform for marketing my works, and for personal expression and participation. I only noticed your stuff late in 2018.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      You have an old blog as well! Thanks for dropping by to comment 🙂

  • Ajá says:

    Than you for liking my blog and I love your articles best of wishes

  • sooffwego says:

    Congratulations! This is such an inspiration for those of us with only a few years under our belts!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:


      Frankly, I haven’t been as regular or as prolific as I would have liked to be–my blog is here because I’ve had been lucky enough to find good blog friends, who keep visiting back, and encouraging me to write.

  • hilarymb says:

    Congratulations Damyanti – that’s great news … eleven years of blogging. You’ve set standards for us – and introduced us to some amazing people … love being here and am so pleased we’ve met … take care and have an easier 2019 – cheers Hilary

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thankyou, Hilary. I’m so glad we met as well. We’ve been interacting for so many years now, and I really love the positivity you bring to the Blogiverse.

  • Congratulations on 11 years of blogging – and many thanks for following mine – appreciate the support. WordPress has been inspiring in many ways and I’m only a relatively new-comer. Thanks again and all the very best for the next eleven years…

  • Amazing. 11 years of blogging? Congratulations. My blogging is just 6 months old. Thanks for following me.

  • BellyBytes says:

    129 comments and 30 Linkups. I must say that was a successful celebration.

  • macjam47 says:

    That is a wonderful accomplishment, Damyanti, congratulations!!

  • Love this, Damyanti, and have signed up. I had this pegged on my blog for next week–darn! I’m just going to move it up.

  • Thats incredible .. Congratulations ??

  • Happy 11 years! I think we’ve been blogging for a similar amount of time give or take a few months.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      That’s so cool! Hope to meet yo again, soon, and the next time we must chat about books. have already added some of the books you’ve reviewed to my TBR.

  • Jemima Pett says:

    Would just like to say how much I’ve enjoyed meeting everyone. Such an eclectic following Damyanti has!

  • Happy blog anniversary Damyanti and been good knowing you on this space. Cheerz

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thankyou, Vishal. Been a pleasure knowing you here and on FB!

  • Simon says:

    Hi there Damyanti, I keep meaning to visit your blog more, you often come by mine and I don’t do you the same service. What a great community you’ve built here, I’m more than happy to celebrate. I’ll make sure Ipop by more often 🙂

  • Shailaja V says:

    Happy blog anniversary, dear Damyanti May you continue to blog, write and thrive for many more years to come.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks, Shailaja, and I wish the same for you. Having you for a friend is a privilege.

  • Congratulations on your anniversary! I like the word delurking.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks so much! If you like the word, you might consider asking your followers to delurk, as well. Not all will, and that’s ok. I’ve had fund receiving comments from new faces though.

  • Modern Gypsy says:

    1,600 posts! Wow!!! And happy blog-o-versary, D

  • aj vosse says:

    Aha… de-lurking! Interesting… just by the way… I noticed your comment earlier… you like swans! ?
    Onto the link… you previously asked for the link to my first collection of short stories… thanks!

    (Sorry – Amazon’s short links aren’t working…)

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks, and I really appreciate it. I’ll load it on my kindle!

  • Sravanthi says:

    11 years is a huge period 🙂 Congratulations Damayanti for coming this long 🙂 All the best for many more years of blogging :):) I have started blogging recently and thank you so much for dropping by to my blog 🙂

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks, Sravanthi, and congratulations on starting this wonderful journey! Hope to see more of each other on our blogs 🙂

  • Peter Nena says:

    I saw a kid back in 2008. Just a little boy. I spoke to him on the phone this past week, on 3rd January, wishing him a happy new year, and he scared me with his voice. It was deep and rough. He has grown up. I couldn’t reconcile the child I saw in 2008 and the young man who was talking to me on the phone.
    So I understand 11 years can be a long time, enough for a child to grow up and become a young person. He was 8, now 19.
    Congratulations, Damyanti. You are the one person I’m so happy I ever met online. Keep blogging.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks so much, Peter.

      That’s such a kind thing to say, and yes it makes me realise that the journey has been long, and sometimes quite hard. I’m so glad I met you, too. I hope to visit Nairobi some day, and guess who I would look up for a coffee and a chat?

  • Congratulations on completing 11 years, Damyanti! Wishing you many more.
    Thank you for always liking my posts.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thankyou, Mayuri! Sorry I don’t comment on them more often. Hope to do better this year.

  • Shalzmojo says:

    11 years, 1600 posts and 41000 subscribers is HUGE D!!! Hugs and congratulations on this!!!

    • Thanks Shalini. I take no credit for this: kind folk like you have shown up in my online life and lent me support.

      I’m just glad I’m part of this community.

  • Nita says:

    Hi Damayanti. Congratulations on your blogging journey. I used to blog regularly and made tons of blog friends but stopped 7-8 years back. I also met a lot of blog friends in real life. Finally, I gave up writing the blog because writing posts and answering comments (I answer each and every one) became exhausting. The blog (A wide angle view of India) had become my life, and was interfering with real life so I stopped. Now I am more in control and started blogging again, in a controlled manner. My new blog (Crime, Oppression, Injustice) is a few months old and I have promised myself to blog only when I have something important to say. But my desire to connect online with people hasn’t waned so here I am!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Hi Nita, you and I have similar tastes in writing: I write about Crime/ Oppression and Injustice in my fiction :). Love that you created such a huge community–I’m not regular enough nor commited enough to respond to all comments–all these years the blog has survived due to the kindness of online friends. Thank you for stopping by, and here’s hoping I see you again soon.

  • Shilpa Garg says:

    11 years and 1600 posts is pretty impressive, Damyanti. Congratulations on your blogiversary!! Here’s to many many more!! Cheers!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thankyou, Shilpa. These 11 years have all been about the kindness of friends.

  • Vinitha says:

    That’s impressive, Damyanti! I also started my blog Void Thoughts in 2008, October. But never thought of it as blogging. Only in 2014 I started to actively blog and found blogging communities and all. It was never the same since. Congratulations on your blog anniversary. 🙂

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      So you’ve been blogging for 11 years as well! Thanks for stopping by, And all your support.

  • Jessica says:

    Wow. Even though been blogging longer (14 years) I’m impress. I keep jumping around like a bird without a home. I started with gained lot of friends but I got tired of using an alias so I jump to blogger and switch my name and erase all traces of my persona 1. By the time I decide to be true I have no one huhu :'( back to zero. I switch back and forth from blogger to tumblr but last year I finally return to my first (and I think my last) platform WordPress. I hope to grow her for the next eleven years and celebrate my anniversary too hahaha 😀

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      That’s been quite a journey! I used to run a blog on Blogger as well, but that has now been merged into this site. I’m sure you’ll find your audience very soon, and be celebrating your eleventh anniversary before you know!

  • ideasflyhigh says:

    Hey congratulations on 11 years of blogging. It really needs a lot commitment. I am new blogging but I try to keep up with it.

    All the best for 2019!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      I don’t think I’ve been very committed, just very lucky in having something to say, and a bunch of super-kind online friends, who have hung around a while for a chat.

      • ideasflyhigh says:

        That’s a very kind thing to say. I generally journal but that never really translates to WordPress. But I will try harder this year. Profile like yours is an inspiration.

        • Damyanti Biswas says:

          Journaling is a very important discipline, and it doesn’t have to translate to WordPress.

          It is what works for you.

          Go on your journey. and share it with others only when you feel like it. Life is too short to force yourself to do things that you don’t find value in 🙂

          • ideasflyhigh says:

            I completely agree with that. But those moments I would love to share with others are generally clouded by my distraction and sometimes laziness ?. That’s why I really appreciate all the fellow bloggers who are really committed to this.

  • ccyager says:

    Congratulations!!! May there be another 11 years, and another 11 years after that! Thank you for being a loyal reader of my blog and leaving comments there. Woo-hoo! Celebrate!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks so much Cinda! I love the thoughtful posts on your blog. Here’s to many more years of knowing each other via our blogs 🙂

  • Congratulations on your 11 years of blogging. Keep it up. The more we share the more we understand.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks, David. I find that as the years get on, the more I share, the more I realise that I know nothing, that I need wisdom and connection more than ever. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Jemima Pett says:

    Rule -1 Read the instructions before adding link. I’m adding a second one, Damyanti – it’ll be obvious which is which. Sorry!

  • marianallen says:

    I answer substantive comments on my blog, and sometimes ones that just say, “Sweet!” or “I agree!” I tend not to comment on blogs with bunches and bunches of comments already, out of fear I’ll repeat a question or comment. I follow a lot of blogs, so I’m ashamed to say I seldom take time to read all the other comments on a popular blog. Love you, love your writing, love your blogging! Happy blogiversary!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks, Marian! I’ll always remember you for your kind comments on my fiction, and your support in my early blogging years. Thanks for stopping by, and hope to see you soon again!

  • pjlazos says:

    You are always so generous, Damyanti. Thanks for being a leader in the blogging community with your ideas, your compassionate outlook on life, and your sense of fairness and empathy. Happy New Year to you and may you realize a long-time dream this year. xo, pam

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Pam, you’re kind as usual—this is half the reason I blog, for friends like you who make me feel soooo good about myself. Really helps boost my confidence when I face the blank page.

      Happy New Year to you as well, and thank you for coming along on my journey and being such a supportive friend.

  • Delightful to meet you here (how have I missed you??- thanks for finding my reading-book-list post) and love the idea of delurking. I’ll add a link, but first I’ll visit those you suggest here. Eleven years is a huge accomplishment. Congrats!
    Yes, I visit all who comment on my blog, and I return a comment to all who comment. I have ‘met’ so many terrific friends through our blogosphere. Sharing my writing, and reading the stories/essays of others, has opened my world.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Lovely to have met you too, Pam. Pls do add your link, so more people from on here can discover your excellent blog! Eleven years has only been possible due to kind friends who visit and comment regularly.

      I can see that your community is very interactive as well, and I shall enjoy getting to know you and your community much better in 2019.

      Have an excellent year and I hope to be riding along on your reading journey.

  • Stein says:

    Congratulations!!!! That is quite a milestone.

  • Sarah Mitchell-Jackson says:

    Wow! That’s an amazing achievement! Well done!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks so much, and thank you for stopping by. Hope to see you again soon 🙂

  • Nassima says:

    Congratulations ! I want to thank you for following my blog,I came to your blog for a tour & I enjoyed it, I just couldn’t find the “follow” button on your blog, since I’m around WordPress most of the time, I prefer subscribing to your blog through it..
    Have a great day!☺

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Hi Nassima, there should be a Follow button at the bottom right of the screen. If not, pls let me know and we’ll figure it out.

      Thank you for your kind words, and I hope to see you here often.

      • Nassima says:

        When I wrote the first comment the Follow button wasn’t there! But now I could find it on top of this page ! Done! Have a great day?

        • Damyanti Biswas says:

          That’s wonderful! Thank you so much for the follow, and I appreciate your interest.

  • BellyBytes says:

    Why am I not surprised? Congratulations Damyanti. Blogging is not all that easy I’ve found but you seem to have made it easier than pie. ( I’m joking – you just manage to do it effortlessly) . Hoping to see you grow from strength to strength and perhaps meet up again when you next visit my city.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks for your warm words, Sunita, and I’ve been a shoddy blogger last year. Trying to pull up my socks in 2019, and would definitely love to see you in February!

  • Natasha says:

    Congratulations and Celebrations, D!

    You are the rockstar of our blogging and Project Why community. I wish you truckloads of success in the years to come and loads of magic and love. <3

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      hahahhahaahhha you can see my halo and I’m floating away with all this praise.

      Thanks so much for being such a good friend.

  • Debbie D. says:

    Happy 11th Blogiversary! 🙂 And congratulations on having 41,000 subscribers. That is awe-inspiring!
    Wishing you all the best for 2019.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks, Debbie. My blog has been around a long while, and has collected followers over the years. A Happy 2019 to you as well!

  • travelwisesr says:

    Hi Damyanti.Added my link & then I was prompted to add another one.So I added another.Later realized that I am supposed to add only one.Request that my second link be deleted.Thanks for your help.

  • Kala Ravi says:

    Congrats D!! This is a big blog milestone indeed! And trust you to do something this thoughtful to celebrate it! Wishing you an eternal flow of words to fill up your blog with, cheers!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks so much Kala! And celebrations only make sense when everyone is celebrated, right?

  • travelwisesr says:

    Congratulations Damyanti on your blogging Anniversary. Wish you the best, always ?

  • zazaxmilesoff says:

    Great idea! I have dropped a link to one of my more recent book reviews. I just really think, everyone should read this book… 🙂 And congratulations!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thankyou! I checked it out and added it to my TBR. So many books, such little time.

  • Wow! That’s cool!

  • Terveen Gill says:

    Lots of best wishes to you!! May your journey as a writer give you many more years of inspiration, persistence, motivation, and good cheer! Thanks for sharing your achievements, and being an inspiration to other writers.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks so much for your kind wishes, and for stopping by! Have a lovely 2019.

  • Congratulations on your blog anniversary. You have taught me so much about blogging and eternally grateful for that. I enjoy reading every blog you write. Love and hugs

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thankyou, Anoudi. You’ve taught me so much about life, and things that really matter. So thankful you let me be part of the Project Why family.

  • Congratulations!

  • arlene says:

    Congratulations Damyanti. What a lovely feat.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks, Arlene. I’ve been visiting you for a while now, and love your posts about your family, and your fight against cancer.

      • arlene says:

        Thanks Damyanti. Thank you so much for always reading my posts. I do the same at your site although I don’t always comment.

        • Damyanti Biswas says:

          Thankyou. I’m not great at commenting, that’s why the delurking. Am determined to do better this year.

          • arlene says:

            Haha! I love talking to fellow bloggers. It is always nice to know something about them, their families and their places.

  • Congratulations! So good we can all link up in so many blogging ways!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks, Georgina, and I’m so glad we’re connected as well!

  • lindacovella says:

    Congratulations on your blogging anniversary!

  • What a great blog hop idea. I’ve been negligent in maintaining my hops, but I’ll give this some thought.

    Congratulations on the blogging anniversary! I was slow to start a blog, but it’s been great. I can’t say it has helped me sell any books, but it has connected me to people all over the world and that’s priceless.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks, Elizabeth. Join us in delurking, and connect us to one of your posts please!

      I don’t know if blogs help sell anything, but you’re right they bring beautiful friendships from all over the world. Thankyou for dropping by!

  • Congratulations on your milestone and Happy New Year! 🙂

  • Cheers to you!

  • Congratulations! I think that means we met nine years ago when the A to Z Challenge began.
    It’s rare I visit and don’t leave a comment.
    You can just visit and comment on my most recent – thanks!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks, Alex. Yes it has been almost a decade of knowing each other!

      You are the champion of all commenters, and an inspiration.

      I’ve added your recent post to the linky list so more people can read your excellent blog!

  • Congratulations on 11 years!

  • Indira says:

    Congrats, Damyanti dear. Best wishes for 2019.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thankyou, Indira. Have a great 2019, and please share one of your posts on the linky!

  • Congrats, Damyanti. Eleven years is a huge milestone. I’m glad I was around for part of them. Happy Blogging!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thankyou for your support, Diana. It has meant a lot. And I’ve always enjoyed reading your posts, especially the poems and fiction. Add one of them to the linky 🙂

  • bmj2k says:

    11 years! Wow, I’m right behind you at ten and it seems so long ago that I began.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Yay! 10 was a big milestone for me, had never dreamt I’d last that long! pls share one of your earlier posts on the linky list 🙂

  • Scott says:

    Congratulations. 11 years seems pretty amazing to me. I have a way to go before I can say I’ve been writing/blogging regularly for 11 years.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Scott, I haven’t been all that regular, but everyone has been kind enough to forget my irregularity. 11 years have flown by, to be honest.

  • Laura Beth says:

    Happy Anniversary! I’m getting better at leaving comments on every blog post that I visit, but I have a long way to go. Thanks for sharing!

  • DutchIl says:

    Happy Anniversary!.. I am sure your words and thoughts have reached many.. “The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.” Frederick Buechner

    Let your heart do the talking, your fingers do the walking and you GO, girl…. 🙂

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thankyou for wisdom and kind words. Please feel free to add one of the poems from your blog to the linky list! Happy 2019!

  • Parul Thakur says:

    Cheers to 11 years! You are such a star of our blogging community, Damyanti. 41,000 subscribers is no easy feat and goes to show your commitment. Keep up the good work. Thank you for the shout out. I am never a lurker here! 🙂

    Great way to celebrate 11 years. I will join with a post soon.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks, Parul, and thankyou for the de-lurking inspiration! Look forward to your post on the linky list!

  • Eleven years of blogging!!!!!…its not only amazing rather you deserve big applause,its really not an easy task to run a blog for so many years…Salute to you.
    Its always been a treat to go through your posts, not only about books and writings your initiatives and efforts for the social causes have always overwhelmed me.

    Happy blogversary, wish you more and more successful journey ahead.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thankyou for your kind words.
      And thanks, Jyotirmoy, for your support over the years, here, and on twitter. Please add one of your posts to the linky list–we would love to read more from you!

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