First Bloggiversary

Today is a very very important day for me. Yes, you guessed it right. Aayisrecipes completes its one year today. So I thought of writing a few things about it in this post.

Aayisrecipes is a small way of saying thanks to my mother. Yes, I feel she is the best mother in the world. if anybody knows me personally, they would also know that my world revolves around my family. (Well, I do not want to continue talking about it, I would become too emotional). She is the master of innumerable mouth watering dishes. When I started cooking, though I could prepare few dishes properly, I was pathetic in the traditional cooking. I would add whatever came to my mind, whether it is necessary or not. Finally I would end up in a mess and still I would expect all to eat it quietly and if possible appreciate :D.

So we (meaning my brother and I) always thought of preserving those delicious recipes in some way. We thought a lot about opening a restaurant, but we both were very busy and there was no way we coculd get capital investment for our restaurant. I thought of publishing a book, but that too required a lot of work. Finally I asked my mom to write down all her recipes in a diary so that I would get them easily. Since she was always busy in one thing or other, she hardly found any time to write πŸ™

Last year, my interest in cooking reached its peak. I started watching all the Cooking shows on TV. My brother and hubby repeatedly told me to send my entry to a Kannada TV show, but I was all too hesitant. Mainly because, I thought people would say ‘what is this kid going to cook?’, that was the thing my friends said when I told them about my culinary interests.
Before my marriage, I never knew anything about blogging. It was my hubby who introduced me to the blogging world. But yet, I didn’t know about foodblogs. So when I refused to go to TV shows, hubby started telling me about starting a food blog. But I was never interested in a blog. I told him, I am fine with a recipe site, but not blog. One fine day, without my knowledge he started a blog for me. He casually asked about ‘site name’. I first thought naming it after my mom, then I thought it wouldn’t give that impression as ‘aayisrecipes’ would give. It would be my tribute not only to my mom but to all moms in the world.

Though we had created a blog, I never knew what to write in a post. I started by posting some of the easy and very famous recipes (like cauliflower-carrot pickle, coriander gojju, pav bhaji, appe, potato dosa, ankre tambli, soyi polo, cabbage vada, egg pepper and many more) . I never had time to take pictures. Few friends were very happy to see this blog. Then, one fine day, I got a comment from Courtney of Naughty Curry and I felt on top of the world!!!. She was the first outsider (I mean a person who didn’t know me personally) to comment on the blog. Next was VKN from My Dhaba and it continued from there. I still don’t know how they came to my blog. VKN suggested to post pictures of the dishes. In my busy schedule, I couldn’t take even a minute to take pictures. So I continued posting without pictures until I came to US.

In US, I got much awaited break from my career. So I got all the time to develop my blog. I started reading other blogs too. When I started getting more and more visitors and a lot of mails from my readers, I thought of moving to my own domain (again it was a forcible move from my hubby, who had bought a domain and moved the entire contents to the new domain).

I had never thought ‘aayisrecipes’ would get so much attention. The entire credit goes to all my readers and fellow bloggers. I get a lot of encouraging mails daily from all around the world, sending recipes, requesting recipes etc. It is such response from all of you which encourages me to keep going. To tell the truth, I have learnt a lot of recipes(to be precise, traditional recipes) in last few months and I have become a better cook, if I can put it that way. Whenever I get a request, I call my mom to get the recipe and I am trying my best to post all of them.
I hope all of you will continue to support and encourage me with all your feedbacks/comments and suggestions.

Thanks again.

30 thoughts on “First Bloggiversary”

  1. Congrats ….on your wonderful job of keeping the Konkani Tradition alive. I guess this is the only site which has a collection of maximum number of Konkani recipes. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO AAYISRECIPES.COM

  2. Congratulations! You have done such a fantastic job and accomplished so much in one year. I have tried some of your recipes and they turned out great! I love your blog- site Γ’β‚¬β€œ it is very well presented and the photographs are wonderful. You have such noble intentions. Keep up the good work!

  3. Congrats, Shilpa! It’s been quite an achievement! Keep those recipes coming and tell your mother that through you, she has touched all our lives in a way that only mothers can. Your husband deserves kudos, too, for being a strong silent supporter of your efforts! Thanks to you all!

  4. shilpa, happy First Bloggiversary and i guess its your anniversary too..i remember reading it..happy anniversary.. waiting to see more of interesting recipes from you shilpa..

  5. Hi shilpa
    Congratulations for your first bloganniversary.
    Your blog opened a new light for learning konkani style
    cooking.Very informative and sweet wishes for continuation,

  6. Happy Anniversary, Shilpa!
    Here’s to many more!
    Lets also raise our glasses to all moms in the world !
    They’re simply THE best !!:)

  7. All the best for the future, Shilpa. Wish you lots of fun blogging. I will always look forward to new posts from you. Thanks for sharing all those great recipes.

  8. My hearty congrats shilpa and loved reading about how you came into blogosphere. You have got a great supporting husband. Way to a mans heart is of course thru this stomach. πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰
    Keep on going and I love reading your little tidbits always .

  9. Aw, Happy 1st Anniversary Shilpa! Am looking forward to many more recipes from you. Am planning to make your Date Cake this weekend, will let you know how it turns out!


  10. Happy 1st bloggiversary Shilpa… wish you many more to come and girl, you have been doing great work with so many posts and hats off to you πŸ™‚ Keep up the great work. Congrats again!

  11. Hi Shilpa

    Typed an entire comment and this laptop backfired on me.

    Anyways hats off to your hubby for being so supportive and to you for the gratitude u carry for ur aayi and her cooking –

    Happy anniversary !!

  12. Congratulations on this joyous occassion and I pray for many more to come. All the very best. and keep up the good work. I am ur fan. πŸ™‚

  13. Hello Shilpa,
    I am from Bangalore, living in Northern Virginia now for the past 26 years and have been looking to see what Aayi has posted on a daily basis. Certainly enjoy the site as I cook alot of south indian fare at home. Keep it up and good luck.
    Thanks for sharing.

  14. Hi Shilpa ,
    Your site is really amazing. My native place is also Kodkani. I felt good to see a person from my native place hosting such a wonderful website. I wish to know ur surname(maiden). May be my parents know about you and your parents. They were born n bought up in Kodkani. They live in Mumbai now. I stay in Pune now caus of work. I recently joined a company in Pune.Hope to be in touch with you. Bbye c ya. Please Reply.

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