Bloggers Unite: Meeting My First Fellow Blogger


imagesCAAMXIQQ Last weekend was a very special weekend and a first for me. It was the first time I had met one of my fellow bloggers!

The lovely Chitra who blogs at the fantastic Chitra’s Healthy Kitchen follows many of my blogs and she has always been extremely supportive; showing a genuine interest in many of the posts she reads and leaving kind and helpful comments. She’s basically every blogger’s dream follower!

By chance, Chitra and I discovered that we lived practically around the corner from each other. That was a pleasant surprise and it goes without saying that a meet-up was in the works! However real life kept getting in the way as it has a habit of doing, and the tasks of our day-to-day lives meant that despite living so close by, we had to wait until a less hectic period in our lives for that natter over cake and coffee – although with Chitra being a huge fan of healthy eating – as the title of her blog suggests – I figured that I’d be gorging on the cake and coffee while Chitra would be the one doing most of the nattering!

But meet we finally did on Saturday, and not only did I get to meet the great lady herself, but also her family. And what a lovely bunch of people they were. Obviously our discussion turned to blogging, and I asked Chitra about how she got started with Chitra’s Healthy Kitchen. I was amazed to discover that she’d only been working on her blog since the beginning of this year, as it seems to have been around forever and has become quite huge for something that’s still only a baby. Chitra then went on to talk about all the planning, hard work and effort that goes into  Chitra’s Healthy Kitchen – not to mention the huge weekly shop and the last minute changes that sometimes need to be made. She cooks a dish every single day before writing about it; listing the recipe; taking photographs, and editing the post. In the past, Chitra did two posts a day but because of the amount of work that went into each post, she limited it to a reasonable one a day, which to be honest is more than most of us do, even though we have good intentions to blog every day.

One of Chitra's fabulous dishes. Image from Chitra's Healthy Kitchen

One of Chitra’s fabulous dishes. Image from Chitra’s Healthy Kitchen

One of the best things about Chitra’s Healthy Kitchen – aside from the fact that it’s focused on achieving a healthier diet and lifestyle – is that it really is a family affair, with Chitra getting a great deal of help and support from her family, who assist with the shopping, photography, editing, and of course, the tasting! I was astounded by the amount of work that went into Chitra’s Healthy Kitchen, and how dedicated Chitra is to maintaining the blog. Every recipe that features on Chitra’s Healthy Kitchen is her own creation – there’s nothing that’s come straight out of a recipe book. Could she be the hardest working blogger in the blogosphere????

All too soon, it was time to leave. But I left knowing that not only had I just met my first fellow blogger but that I’d also made a new real-world friend. As talented a blogger as she is, Chitra is also a lovely, down to earth lady and it was lovely getting to know her and her family. And yes, another meet up is being planned. It also got me thinking about the other bloggers I interact with. They come across as genuinely lovely people and I hope that one day in the not so distant future, I’ll be able to meet them in person too!

And if you haven’t checked out Chitra’s awesome blog, what are you waiting for? You can check it out here. imagesCAHZOS9O

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Posted on December 24, 2014, in Coffee Talk and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. It was my pleasure to meet you up…I am so happy looking at the post…I didn’t know most about myself and the blog very well articulated and am blessed to such a great support…Thanks my friend..

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    • You’re very welcome Chitra. It was a pleasure meeting you and your family. Hope to see you soon. In the meanwhile, merry Christmas and a happy new year, you lovely lady xx

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  2. Reblogged this on Chitra's Healthy Kitchen and commented:
    Bloggers Unite: Meeting my first Fellow blogger Lesley was an wonderful experience. She is an amazing blogger who hosts 4 – 5 blogs each with unique objectives. I had such a nice time sharing the experience and a great moment to recollect…Check out one of her food blogs – The Recipe box – https://boxofrecipes.wordpress.com/

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  3. How lucky and wonderful that you and Chitra are neighbors and got to meet. Now through Chitra I have found your blog. Happy Holidays!

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    • Thanks for the follow. So glad you enjoyed the post, and it was indeed a delightful experience meeting Chitra. A very merry Christmas to you xx

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  4. Chitra is indeed a genuine, lovely lady who has a keen interest in many of her fellow bloggers and friends. I was delighted to learn you were able to meet in person! Cheryl “Cheffie Cooks” Wiser -Florida USA (http://clwiser.wordpress.com
    Happy Holidays!

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  5. I am amazed how many posts Chitra makes. I also met a fellow blogger shortly after I started blogger. We had such a wonderful time. I guess we have to have many things in common to start blogging.

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    • I totally agree. And yes, it is amazing how many posts Chitra comes up with. I really don’t know how she finds the time but I could learn an awful lot from her! So glad your own experience of meeting a fellow blogger was a wonderful one 🙂

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