October 21, 2008

Celebrating One Year of Posts At My Diverse Kitchen!


Guess what? My blog is celebrating its first birthday!
I am finding it difficult to believe that I have been blogging for a year now. I started this blog, exactly a year ago, with no particular plan in mind. For a long time, I had wanted to put together as many recipes as I could from our native Palakkad Iyer style of cooking which is what I mostly cook. And my husband and daughter (she especially) thought I ought to start a blog to share what I cooked in my kitchen. Thus My Diverse Kitchen was born.

It seems unbelievable now, but I didn’t have the faintest idea of what blogging involved. I just had a vague idea about posting some recipes and writing about food. And as far as the technical side of a blog and all things blogging, I didn’t even know that anything like this existed!

If anyone had mentioned terms like HTML and CSS, they would have caught me with my mouth open. I’m still a bit clueless, but I have become somewhat adept at identifying this stuff in my blog and doing the necessary “copy and paste” level of functioning to alter desired features on my blog.

I still remember the thrill and feeling of importance at seeing my first post on my screen, and the elation that someone had discovered my blog and left a comment. The first recipe post I wrote had a grand number of 2 comments, one from Shella and my reply to hers! And last week my blog got a two line claim to fame in the local newspaper. I have to say it felt very good.

Blogging has changed a few things in my life.
I have met (virtually, mostly) a lot of very nice people from across the world and can count on some of them as good friends. I have discovered and cooked a lot of food I might never have before. I have learnt about different styles of cooking and even discovered some vegetables  and foodstuff I never knew existed!

I can now bake some reasonably good bread though I’m far from being an expert. I have also figured out that it is very easy for one to put on weight because of food blogging!!
My camera has become as much a part of my kitchen as my pots and pans. My husband and daughter have got used to the idea of most of their food posing for the camera before reaching their plates!

Many blogs have been celebrating 2nd, 3rd and 4th blog anniversaries and I hope mine will too, some day. But a first birthday is always a bit more special and I think celebrations are in order here.
So I thought I'd celebrate with an event. (I can hear the groans and  “not another one”). I would much rather send you all a piece of cake, but given that this is next to impossible, the only other thing I can think of is an event.




What’s better than celebrating with something sweet? So join me in celebrating at My Diverse Kitchen.
What would you make to serve at an anniversary celebration? Something sinfully delicious? Something sweet for sure and most definitely special. So that’s what I want you to send me for this event.

Now, no birthday celebration is complete without a gift.
So send me your most delicious celebratory fare and my family and some friends will pick out the one out all the entries, which they feel deserves a gift.
While entries are welcome from all over the world, only entries from India, the U.S. or Canada would be eligible for the gift. I am sorry but this is because of my difficulty in dispatching it to other parts of the world.
I would like to announce, after making enquiries, that all entries would be eligible for the gift I promised. I would be happy to ship this to the winner, wherever she/ he lives.

And the gift? Well, that’s going to be a surprise till the round-up. I wouldn’t want to spoil the fun by opening the gift before the party.
But I’ll be nice and give you a clue. It has something to do with food. ;-D

So get creative make, cook or bake something, post it on your blog between today and the 30th of November, 2008 and please link back to this post.
Then e-mail me at mdk[DOT]aparna[AT]gmail[DOT]com with the following details. Please note the e-mail id is not my usual one.

Your name:


Your location:


The name of your blog:


The name of your sweet/ dessert:


The link/ url to your post:


And a 300 pixel wide picture of your dish (if possible).

If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your mail within 3 days of sending it in (unless I am away), please leave a comment at this post and I will get back to you.
This request is especially for all those silent readers of my blog. If you do not have a blog and would like to participate you are most welcome. In fact, I hope you will join me in these celebrations.

Just send me an e-mail with your recipe and write-up and a picture (if possible) and I would be happy to post it for you.

Please note that the last date for submission is the 30th November, 2008. I will announce the prize and the winner within the following week. Looking forward to your participation.


67 comments:

Happy cook said...

Happy Birthday to you wonderfull blog. Yeah doens't time go fast. Especially when one is having fun doing what one loves.
Yeah i know the feeling of gaining weight. I have gained 4 kg in my year of blogging whick i am desperatley trying to loose.
So you left us who lives in Europe :-(
Still will send you something for joining the celebration party

sra said...

Congratulation, and celebrations, tra la la ...

Lovely post, Aparna, and you captured the essence of the thrill of being a first-time blogger in Para 4. I will try and participate with something new to me for this event. Have fun and may you have many more years of blogging!

indosungod said...

Congrats! Aparna. I caught on pretty late but it has been a wondeful experience. Wishing many more wonderful years of blogging.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

congratulations Aparna.. will send some sweet for your blog's birthday ! :)

DEESHA said...

congratulations aparna .. thatz a great milestone .. N happy hosting .. will try N come up with somethng

Curry Leaf said...

Congrats Aparna.For me too,it has been a wonderful experience(well its only few months for me)though I sometimes wonder where my next recipe comes from,but 4 u,I will surely send something frightfully delicious,so count me in

A Virtual Vegetarian said...

Congratulations.....its nice to receive recognition for your efforts...Good Luck and here to looking forward to more interesting posts from you!

-Rupa

Mishmash ! said...

heyy....Happy 1st B'day to Diverse Kitchen :) and wishing you 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7........toooooo

Bharti said...

Happy Birthday dear diverse kitchen! Many many more to come!

Lisa said...

Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary of blogging. I look forward to many more years of your fantastic recipes. What a fun way to celebrate I might add.

aparna said...

Happy birthday to your wonderful blog. Will definetelt contribute to your event.

Yasmeen said...

Congrats Aparna! Hope you continue blogging for many more years:). I'll cook up a creative recipe just for you:)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Congratulations, Aparna! I always enjoy your posts and wish you many more years of success.

Cham said...

Congrats Aparna, wish u many more ..... :)

arundati said...

Congratulations Aparna....happy birthday Dear Diverse Kitchen....here's wishing you many more wonderful blogging years...stopping by here is always a pleasure, with something surprising on offer.... love and hugs!!!

Arundathi said...

Happy Happy Blogiversary!

jayasree said...

Congratulations, Aparna. Wishing MDK many more of blogging years ahead. I shall surely join you in the celebration.

Simran said...

Happy Birthday! Isn't first birthday the most special of them all.

And you can be sure I am coming to your party!

Vibaas said...

Happy Birthday! Nice post and i'll think of something special for the event ;-)

Purnima said...

Aparna, wishing your cute blog and you a very special FIRST Anniversary! With your kind of posts, surely you wd hit more centuries! Congrats again!

Jude said...

Congratulations on your first year!

Jayashree said...

Happy birthday to "My diverse kitchen".

Sia said...

congrats Aprana and wishing u many more yrs of blogging :) first b'day is always special, so celebrate it in style :)

Deepika said...

Congrats Aparna! This event will be very challenging for me, at least; but since I so very rarely get to make sweet things, it would be really wonderful to submit a recipe for such an important occasion.

TBC said...

Wow! It's been a year already!

Congratulations, Aparna, and here's to many many more! :)

Aparna said...

Thank you all, for the wishes. I have to see I'm happy to see so many of you ready to celebrate with me.:)
So I'll be waiting for all your entries, then.

And HC,
I've updated my post. Europe has been included. In fact, the whole world is. :)

Rachel said...

Happy Blog Anniversary Aparna..Nice to have known you...

Maria Jose said...

Hi Aparna

Wish your blog a very happy b'day!! All the best for the coming years...

Cheers
Maria

Srivalli said...

Congrats on your first year aparna..I have always enjoyed your posts..wishes for many more years to come!

FoodyGuru (Srimathi) said...

Hey Aparna, good job and Happy Birthday to "My Diverse Kitchen". Must say that your blog looks good and very inviting to read and try out the recipes. Will send in my entry to your event.

sunita said...

Congrats on your first blogversary, dear Aparna. Now, let's see what I can contribute to the party ;-)

Lore said...

It was fun reading about how your blog came alive. I really think most of us didn't had a plan either but somehow it all worked out beautifully. Congrats on your blog anniversary and many more to come, here's to you Aparna!

Divya Vikram said...

Happy Blog birthday Aparna..And that is a nice event to celebrate!

Sunshinemom said...

Happy Birthday - Dear Diverse Kitchen!! Speaking of copy and paste, Aparna - you have written in the same material I would be writing in Jan, so why not just copy and paste;) No I wouldn't, of course!!

Gift announcement ne kaan khade kar diye!! Something ordinary wouldn't do for you my dear!! Will look out and send something nice:)

Sailaja said...

Happy Blog Anniversary, Aparna and wish you many more in the years to come. :)

Ivy said...

Happy blogoversary Aparna and I wish you many more years of blogging. I am sending you my entry today.

bakinghistory said...

Dear Aparna,
happy first blogaversary! I always enjoy reading your blog, the recipes are great and the pictures beautiful.

Nidhi said...

Congrats Aparna!

PG said...

Hearty congratulations on your first! It is a fabulous blog that you have! I always look forward to your recipes, haven't I said that before?! And wishig you all the best for the blogging years to come..

Rosie said...

Congratulations Aparna!! You certainly captured the feelings and thoughts of posting for the first time!

Rosie x

Cakelaw said...

Happy 1st blogiversary Aparna.

zlamushka said...

I ll be there :-)

Rajee, irving, tx said...

Congrats Aparna. First time, I visit ur blog and celebrate ur first birthday with me. I'll come to celebrate with u by participating ur event.
Cheers,
Rajee
exotickitchen.blogspot.com

Usha said...

Hey Aparna...Congratulations on reaching your milestone and becoming famous with a mention in the Indian papers...the event sounds delightful and I think I have just the thing to contribute to it....

vidya joshi said...

Hi Aparna,
I am just too curious with my first entry ever into a blog event.'tachani besan' is my entry for the event and hope u like it!

Mansi said...

Congrats on the first blog anniversary Aparna! you've done a great job with this blog, and your recipes, and have inspired many of us! wish you & your blog the best!

Suganya said...

Better late than never. Congratulations on your blog birthday, Aparna.

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Congrats on ur blogs birthday. Today only i saw this announcement. will surely send you many entries.

Yasmeen said...

Aparna,are you allowing more than one entry? I'd like to send a savory and a sweet entry.

Vaishali said...

Happy anniversary, Aparna. And do count me in for the event!

Madhuram said...

I didn't know about this event until now. Congrats Aparna. It's definitely a milestone worth celebrating!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Happy B'day Aparna's My Diverse Kitchen. I just sent you a mail with my entry dear. Keep Rocking!!!!

Aparna said...

Thank you all for all these wishes. I am a bit overwhelmed and happy at the same time. :)

I'm looking forward to all of you celebrating with me.

Sig said...

Congrats on a great year Aparna! Wishing you many many more years of blogging glory!

TBC said...

Hey Aparna,
I just sent you an e-mail with the details of my entry. Hope you have received it.:)

Vcuisine said...

Congratulations Aparna. A nice write up about your experience. Oh! an event with a prize. Even I am tempted!Have a great day dear and wishing you all success and happiness. Thank you for your support to Vcuisine. Viji

Suzana said...

Happy blogversary, Aparna! A blog does change one's life. Love the idea to post a dessert for you! ;-)

Arfi Binsted said...

Happy Blog anniversary, and I think I'll have something to post for you.

vidhas said...

Happy Birthday My Diverse Kitchen. Congrats Aparna.Nice event, i will also think something cute and creative for the event.

LG said...

I have sent an email to you with the details of my entry. Happy Blogiversary :)

Gayathri said...

Congrats and Happy Frist Year Blogiversary!!!
First time taking part in this event,
will try to send. :)

Soma said...

Congrats & many more to come...
Just sent in entry.

Miri said...

Happy Birthday Aparna - I have enjoyed your recipes, especially the baked ones - keep blogging! :)

Miri

Veda Murthy said...

Happy Blogiversary Archana!!!!!!Congratulations!!!!!u r doing a great job here! let me see if i can participate in ur event!


Veda

Dibs said...

Many Happy Returns Aparna. Have sent you a sweet treat :-)))

Kitchen Flavours said...

I just sent you my second and final recipe to the event. Please check out dear.

Rosie said...

I have just sent you via email my entry Aparna on the 26th 11 08.

Rosie x