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I’m so excited I can barely type but here goes.

On August 21st, 2007, a year and a month after Gy was born, I took the first baby steps myself, as a blogger. Diary of a Doting Mom, the place many of you know and shower your love upon each week, began on that special day.

Fairly simple, almost inconspicuous, was the very first post that made its debut. I had no grand dreams for the blog, no vision as a writer but just wanted to put a few things down for myself to read years later.

Come 2013 July and all of that changed. From a fledgling bird the blog grew to become a confident bird, trying new heights, flying just a bit higher with each reach of its wings.

Within the next 3 years it has done so much for me that I cannot possibly put it all down here at one shot, so I’ll save that for a separate post or page on the site.

But there are two things I must shareΒ today and both give me immense joy.

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Diary of a Doting Mom is now officially self-hosted. After my long stint with Blogger, I have finally moved to my own self-hosted website and the thrill is beyond compare. Words fail me at the moment and if you know me, you’d understand what that means exactly.

All my gratitude for this must go to twoΒ very important people: One, my wonderful, amazing husband who always encourages me, come what may. He proudly shares with people he knows, that his wife is a blogger and to me, that’s true love, right there! πŸ˜€

Two, a very dear blogger friend, Vishal Kataria, who took care of the entire migration process from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress for me. Blogging has brought me many, many, many friends and I don’t use the word ‘many’ lightly here. Vishal is one of the best people to have in your team and his blog is a testament to the kind of person he is. Vishal, I am still overwhelmed with gratitude for everything you’ve done. Trust me.

I’d be remiss if I didn’tΒ mention a few very staunch behind-the-scenes supporters and fellow bloggers during this process. So, thank you, Rachna, Sid, Aparna, Vidya and Nabanita. I can always count on you all.


For the first time ever, I am hosting a giveaway on the blog and what better way to kick start the new hosted space than with books to be given away, right?

Since this is a blog about Gy and since she does have a LOT of books, I figured that it would be ideal to let her do the deed. Here are 8 of her books up for grabs for you, dear readers.

Β So, check out the books below and mention in the comments which title you’d prefer. Winners will be chosen by lucky draw by my daughter.

{The only catch is that it is restricted to those with an Indian mailing address.}

Wait, there’s more.

Amazon gift card

Winner: Deepa Malhotra Gandhi

I am also giving away ONE Amazon voucher worth INR 250/= in addition to the books above. Those who don’t get the books in the lucky draw will have their names entered in the voucher draw. So hey, you might win that! Fingers crossed.

Thank you to everyone who reads my blog and who gave me the belief that this was a move worth making. Thank you for your support, your kind words, your comments, your shares and all your love.

I’m always in your debt.


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Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.


Uma · August 26, 2016 at 11:39 pm

Yay, Shailaja! I can feel your excitement and happiness. Congratulations once again and all the very best for a thrilling writing future. Site looks very clean and chic.
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    Shailaja · August 30, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Thank you so much Uma πŸ™‚ So happy you liked the site πŸ™‚

Shantala · August 26, 2016 at 11:41 pm

So so happy for you. Self-hosted is the best decision ever.

Wishing you the very best- now and always πŸ™‚
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    Shailaja · August 30, 2016 at 10:37 am

    You are a gem and a peach and everything else in between! Thank you! πŸ™‚

Parul · August 26, 2016 at 11:43 pm

Awesome and congratulations! Here’s wishing you the best, always.
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Pooja Rao · August 26, 2016 at 11:44 pm

Congrats to you and Gy and everyone else in the support system. Winning a book in Gy’s lucky draw could make P smile, fingers crossed.
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    Shailaja · August 30, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Thank you so much, Pooja! Can you please confirm if you have a preference for any book?

Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life · August 26, 2016 at 11:48 pm

Congrats on the move and the 9 years! Great news! And here’s to many many more!
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    Shailaja · August 30, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Thank you so much, Sanch πŸ™‚

Inderpreet Kaur Uppal · August 26, 2016 at 11:50 pm

Congratulations! Just super that you decided to move. You have motivated me too to reconsider my status πŸ˜‰
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    Shailaja · August 30, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Yes yes you absolutely should, Inderpreet! πŸ˜€

Rachna · August 26, 2016 at 11:51 pm

Congratulations, Shy. So happy for you πŸ™‚ Good luck and all the best.

Lata Sunil · August 26, 2016 at 11:53 pm

Congrats Shailaja. I can understand the excitement of a self hosted blog. It’s worth it.

    Shailaja · August 30, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Thank you so much Lata πŸ™‚ The excitement metre is at a high! πŸ™‚

Nabanita · August 26, 2016 at 11:54 pm

So happy for you. The blog looks awesome and I’m beyond excited to see the changes. Many more years of writing to this wonderful doting mom.
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    Shailaja · August 30, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Thank you so much, Naba! Waiting to hear when you’ve made the shift πŸ™‚

Vidya Sury · August 26, 2016 at 11:56 pm

Congratulations , Shailaja. Wishing you lots of happiness and success! πŸ™‚
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    Shailaja · August 30, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Thank you for everything, Vidya πŸ™‚

Obsessivemom · August 26, 2016 at 11:57 pm

Congratulations Shailaja. This is HUGE. The site looks wonderful. Wishing you many many happy years of Doting Mom.
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    Shailaja · August 30, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Thank you so much, Tulika πŸ™‚

Archana · August 26, 2016 at 11:58 pm

Congrats!! This is the first time I am coming across your blog and you have earned yourself a loyal follower.

My lil one A, would love the 101 Grandmother Tales!

    Shailaja · August 30, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Thank you so much, Archana! I am thrilled to have you here. Definitely glad to see another reader πŸ™‚

    Noted the book for Lil A. Good luck πŸ™‚

Vishal · August 27, 2016 at 8:37 am

Honored to have contributed in a small way to something so historic for you, Shailaja. May you and this blog continue to scale new heights in times to come πŸ™‚

    Shailaja · August 30, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Thank you so much Vishal! I am so very happy that you helped me out with this πŸ™‚

Gowri · August 28, 2016 at 8:38 am

Hi shailaja, when blogger site kept saying nothing is found here…I panicked…cos this blog is my go to ready recent for parenting lessons….what a relief it was to indeed find the blog……..either if the karadi tales books would be something I would like for my 6 year old…..thank you once again for all your guidance in the not so easy parenting journey…all the best

    Shailaja · August 30, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Oh Gowri! How wonderful that you found me again! What did you search for when you got the error message? Let me know so I can fix it. Also, noted your name for the books πŸ™‚

      Gowri · August 30, 2016 at 9:09 am

      I went to your Facebook page and found the new link

        Shailaja · August 30, 2016 at 9:24 am

        Whew! Thank God for Facebook then πŸ˜€ So glad!

Hema · August 30, 2016 at 5:38 am

Your new space looks beautiful! It now does justice to the words on it πŸ™‚ Good luck!

    Shailaja · August 30, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Thank you so much, Hema! You’ve made my day πŸ™‚

Vasantha Vivek · August 30, 2016 at 11:03 am

Loved the new elegant look of your blog. A big congrats to you !!! Keep blogging since your words are really radiating positive vibes around !!!
And I love 136 Grandma Tales !!!
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    Shailaja · August 30, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Thank you so much, Vasantha! You are really kind!

    I have added your name to the book list. Good luck πŸ™‚

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