Wednesday, February 01, 2006

A special day

I slapped myself hard on my cheeks, rubbed my eyes and opened them wide. Oh come on, you should be kidding me! It can’t be a year so soon! Holy Christ, it indeed is a year since I started blogging and my child is a year old today!

May be a slightly exaggerated display of excitement for, there are many more experienced bloggers around! But, given the shockingly small number of things that I pursue with such fervent passion, this is a happy moment for me.

Coming to think of it, my first experience with blogging came as a typical academic exercise. As I vaguely recollect, it was one of those simply ordinary days during my journalism course in 2004 when we were asked to create our own blogs. As with many people, I put up two posts and abandoned the poor thing then and there.

And suddenly, on Feb 01, 2005, God knows from where a small thought to revive the activity popped up! [May be I saw, my blog father, who was my classmate and the proud owner of a dozen and odd blogs then, glued to the screen writing about anything and everything, probably even including an ant that crawled near his comp..:p and oh yes, it was also Rathish’s wonderfully creative blog!]

My sis who is a month senior to me in the big blog world, initiated the commenting system on the first post, one about my mom! I was deeply intrigued by this comments thingy and I landed up on her blog leaving a comment on a post she wrote on me! And Lo, on my next post, I saw Saranyan’s comment and was thrilled beyond description! The activity kept me so mesmerised that I went on to put a post almost everyday and Feb 2005 still remains the month in which I have had the maximum posts up!

I grew to love this child so much over the days. I cared for her, adored her, gave her all that I could and felt bad if I didn’t see her for days together. Funny it may seem, but truly speaking, what started off as a mere idea of keeping record of things, has evolved into a beautiful relationship, that I have grown to refer to my blog as my child.

Through the year, I saw my thoughts, dreams and aspirations take shape into what stands before my eyes now and I feel I could just hug this blog and thank her for being so wonderfully flexible! The last one year has been so eventful and my blog holds a special place in my heart for she has been a part and parcel of everything!

The idea of trying on anything fascinated me so much that I felt like a child who wanted to splash colours across the wall and merely stare at it and feel innately happy about the sheer joy that colours can bring to one’s life. Since then, my blog has been more of a writing experiment and I have tried my hand on whatever I wanted to.

There are more reasons than one for which I am grateful to this blog. I made some really nice acquaintances through this thread and it gave me some of the deepest relationships that I would treasure and hold dear all my life. It taught me many lessons, saw me happy, found me cracking up at times and remains one of my most treasured experiences.

I take this moment to personally thank each one of you who has patiently taken the time to leave a comment. Thank you for being the wonderful audience that you have been! Thought Pallette has indeed been a spicy journey and it shall continue..

Warm regards,


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Thought Pallette :)

REFLEX said...

Happy Blog Anniversary. Keep the blog rolling. We r eager to see u continuing ur blog for more years and some one will say that "Thought Pallette" is their inspirational blog :).

Prabha said...

Happy Anniversary :)

biju said...

a fab happy birthday!!! keep going, girl! And get that book out soon!

Suudhan Rangarajan said...

Many more happy returns!!
btw, just curious... where do you get these Getty Images from? I am working on a product which revolves around Stock Photography..will like to know which tool you use to search these images.

@reflex: Anu's blog had been my inspiration!

யாத்திரீகன் said...

Happy Birthday and Happy Blogging !!!

i dont remember from where i landed on your blog, but it was This post that made the first impression, then i started visiting regularly and got mesmerized to the language and ofcourse i couldnt forget to mention the pictures to each post :-)))

hey, you've got lotsa hidden readers who dont have internet access but read and praise your blog posts when i fwd them... so congrats from them tooo.....

Karthik said...

Iniya pirthanal Nalvalzthukkal for Though Palette.....
though am blogging for arnd 4-5 months hav read most of ur blogs..and the best one wld be Moments to grasp..
keep it goin..

Anupama Viswanathan said...

Hi Anon, thank you for leaving the first comment, on this special day! :)

Reflex, thanks and thanks again for your regular visits! :)

Hey Prabha, long time no see, thanks a lot! :)

Biju, thanks! :) book?? ah well, still lots that's left to learn!..:)

Hey Suudhan, no big tool or anything. My saviour is google images and getty images site..Btw, thanks for your wishes! :)

Senthil, :)..really nice of you to have forwarded my posts to your friends..(I wasn't aware of this!)My special thanks to them too! :)

Karthik, my blog says thanks! :)

Krish said...

All the best...keep the good work coming!

Vani Viswanathan said...

Happy Birthday Anu's blog!! :)
>>May be a slightly exaggerated display of excitement
Maybe? C'mon, you gotta be kidding, it went much farther! ;)
And what do I get for being the one who gave the first comment in your blog, sis?

Ramya said...

Happy Blogiversary to Thought Palette!!! Here's me wishing you many more blogiversaries to come! :o))

Vijay Ramamurthi said...

happy av AV!!

Ricky said...

Happy Birthday Thought Pallette! Keep blogging..

saranyan said...

hey thanks for the mention :) wow, can't beleive its a yr already. your posts were always good. I expect more from you Ms. Journalist :)

Sunita said...

Hi Anu,

Happy Birthday Thought Pallete!!!
I dont know how I blog hopped to your blog but it was This post that I landed on & had me coming back to read more. Havent missed a post ever since :). The photos uploaded are equally beautiful & meaninful, wonder where you get them?

Hoping to read more for a long long time

Hellboy said...

Congrats on your one year of blogging. its no easy task :-) keep 'em coming

Manoj said...


MrGonSings said...

Feliz Aniversario!!!

I knew it was your blogiversary and I had plan to land first here, but I couldn't connect before and people seem to have taken advantage of me and all the good praise words, so I guess I'll just better turn around and leave... Ha, ha, ha! Just kidding... I wouldn't miss this party for anything in the world... Any cakes or drinks coming out to celebrate???
Indeed your blog is a beatiful child!!!
Congratulations, oh you wonderfully talented engineer turned journalist turned blogger...

Just for the record, I'll let you know I got to your beautiful baby by clicking on the NEXT BLOG button up there... Can you believe how lucky I was??!!!

Just like I promise you almost a year ago, "I'll be around"!!


Anupama Viswanathan said...

Whoa!! :O..I am like dumbstruck looking at sooo many comments! Thank you all guys!!

Krish, thanks! :)

Vani, I will give you a biiiiig hug, ok sweetie? :p

Ramya, thanks a lot!

Vijay Ramamurthi, only the short form eh? thanks! :)

Ricky, thank you!

Hey Saranyan, so good to see u here! seems like ages! Thanks for your comment! :)

Hey Sunita, it's a wonderful attitude to keep visiting someone's blog..thanks for being around! :)

Hellboy, thanks! :)

Hey Manoj, thank you!

MrGonsings! :)..shall I pack some cakes and send them across to Spain? :D..

So, that's how you landed? The next button blog?? It's been fun having you around MrG and thanks for all your long and elaborate comments, all through the year! :)

Sriram said...

Hey...Congratulations on a successful year! Many happy returns... :)

Vani Viswanathan said...

biiiig hug?? just that?? *raises left eyebrow hiiigh up*

Sriram C S said...

Congratulations!! :-)

Amrita said...

hi dear,

congrats to ur blog, since i had also attended the class where we were taught to create blogs, it holds a special significance for me also. It really feels special to have a web diary to and see it grow gradually. but firstly, where is the b-day cake?

Sumit said...

well it's no mean task to be regular in blogging and that too for a year...i have experienced that in a month of my blog life...and one confession yours was an inspiration for me...:-)

mo said...

I have learnt to ignore the ants dear dotter :)

DD said...

Hey Annu, happy blogiversary! May I find you more vetti and read more of your wonderful posts ;) I too find blogs as a part of oneself... every word you have written about your feel for it is just so true

MrGonSings said...

Hola Anu!
Don't forget my cake!
I'll be checking my mailbox every morning!

Anupama Viswanathan said...

Sorry about the delay folks!

Sriram, thanks! :)

Vani, that's the best gift you can get! :p

Sriram C S, long time! thanks! :)

Amrita, good to see you around in the blog world again! You want cakes? You could meet me in person and take it! :)

Sumit, glad to see your comment! Good luck and keep blogging! :)

Mo, :), glad!

DD :O, you want me to be more vetti?? Trust me, it's tough to stay vetti!'s fun to blog between those hectic schedules and find small gaps to sneak a visit to your blog! :)..

MrG, I have to figure out cakes that stay fresh for years together! :D..Come down to India, shall get you a special box of cakes..:p

Shriedhar said...

Happy blog anniversary!!!

keep blogging :)

Anupama Viswanathan said...

Hi Shreedhar,
Thanks! and welcome here..:)

Skely said...

Happy Birthday Anu..
keep blogging and entertaining your reader....

Sandhya Ramachandran said...

Hey.... 'Appy 'Appy Budday!!! :)

Anupama Viswanathan said...

Hey Skely and Sandhya,
Thanks a lot!

Eroteme said...

Wish you a great many more years of blogging and providing us with such interesting articles...