Shalini@Kohl Eyed – A day in the Life of a Blogger

September 11, 2016
life of a blogger

There are many Bloggers out there who inspires me – they take up challenges, they manage to do well on all the fronts while not missing on Life.

God found some of the strongest Women

and paired them with Soldiers

Today we have versatile Shalini, a voracious reader who is successfully running 2 blogs – An Army Wife Blog and a Cooking Blog .Β  She loves to share her experiences being an Army Wife and her passion for good food.

Thanks Shalini – Its my 100th post.

Her Day in her own words-

I remember waking up at 4 in the morning and heading out for work. It was not so long ago when my life was demanding, as an IT Professional, a Blogger and an Army wife. But, I loved the challenges that brought with it. Time was a constraint and 24 hours didn’t seem sufficient. I used to write on the go- whenever inspiration struck me. It would be two posts a week or two in a month depending on how and when my muse decided to bless me.

But three years into blogging, and I have learnt that being organized helps you a great deal lot in terms of viewership and connecting with readers. Therefore, I jot down ideas on a journal, plan a schedule before hand and do the needful. Nevertheless, I love blogging because of the chaos in meeting deadlines and the adrenaline rush I get when my phone beeps with a notification. Oh Boy! I get high whenever a reader send an email appreciating my work or when they head over to the post and leave their thoughts.

My day as a blogger begins as I wake up to the cacophony of mynas, sparrows and squirrels. In my lawn would be peacocks dancing and pigeons cooing. I would put on my shoes and take a stroll down the road with my husband. The Army Cantt is lush green with beautiful birds and animals everywhere. It is a sight to behold! This is how I spruce up my day.

I sit down with a cup of green tea and my journal opened by my side. As I take a sip from my teacup, I know I have a long day ahead. I check my journal to see whether there are any pending posts or reviews to be written for the day. Since I manage two blogs, a Personal blog at and a Food blog at I have scheduled at least one post to be written on all weekdays.

army wife blog

On a lazy Sunday, I select the recipes that I could try over the week and plan for the grocery to be purchased. Preparation of the recipe and the photo-shoot happens in the mornings as there will be sufficient natural light and the recipes look delectable. Mornings also mean going about with checking the notifications on social media, replying to the comments I have received on the blogs and replying the emails. Instead of taking a nap in the afternoons, I read a book either on my Kindle or the paperback itself. On some days, it would be about hosting a party or attending welfare meets-donning the hat of an Army Wife.

My writing and sharing the posts on social media often occurs in the evening over a cup of coffee. I make it a point to read and share my favourite blogs as well. I believe that blogging is about community and making friends. It is about loving and sharing. It is about giving a helping hand and learning in return. I am fortunate to be part of few close-knit communities where like-minded bloggers come together, read and appreciate each other’s works, help in trouble and there is always joy and glee.

In this part of the country where I live, the sun sets late. It’s a boon for me as I get time for an hour of walking/cycling or dancing which I prefer to do these days. That solid one hour of me-time rejuvenates my soul and keeps me sane, I should add. Evenings are mostly tied up with attending or hosting parties or if not, at least a guest or two always comes in for a cup of tea. I sit down again after dinner, to read few more posts and get on with my reading until I sleep and wake up to a beautiful morning again.

I also am taking this opportunity to thank Upasna for asking me to share a day from my life as a blogger.

Hope you enjoyed reading it. If you have any questions for Shalini- You are most welcome.

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  • Reply SHALINI BAISIWALA September 18, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Whoa Shalzz – this is way too many hats.
    Upasna – what a wonderful writeup on a fellow blogger – kudos!

    • Reply Shalini September 22, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks, Shalini πŸ™‚

  • Reply obsessivemom September 16, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    We all have such full days that being organised is important. I need to take a page out of your book and set aside time for each of the blogging activities.

    • Reply upasna September 17, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      My first year of Blogging was not organized but I am trying to bring the things into order. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Tulika

  • Reply Rashmi Lingappa September 16, 2016 at 4:47 am

    Happy to read more about Shalini. Enjoyed reading this post!

    • Reply upasna September 17, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      I am glad Rashmi.

    • Reply Shalini September 22, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Thanks, Rashmi πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mealtotheheart September 15, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    nice post enjoy every bit of this

    • Reply Shalini September 22, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  • Reply Aditi Kaushiva September 15, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    I need such discipline in my life and blogging. I am not such a good planner but your words have truly inspired me Shalini!

    • Reply Shalini September 22, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Thanks very much, Aditi. Trying to do my bit πŸ™‚

  • Reply dramrita September 15, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Enjoyed this day in the life of a blogger.Enjoyable Love to hear how people organize their days

    • Reply Shalini September 22, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Thanks Amrita πŸ™‚

  • Reply Abhinav Kumar September 15, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Hats-off to her to manage 2 blogs and that too in such an organised manner. Keep writing!! πŸ™‚

    • Reply upasna September 17, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      Truly said Abhinav… She manages bot the Blogs well.

      • Reply Shalini September 22, 2016 at 8:36 pm

        Sweet of you to say that, Upasna πŸ™‚

    • Reply Shalini September 22, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      Thanks, Abhinav. Only trying my bit πŸ™‚

  • Reply Prerna Sinha September 15, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Always good to know about fellow bloggers. Shalini seems to be doing so much, kudos to her.

    • Reply upasna September 17, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      Yes you are right Prerna.. Her writings are simple and enjoyable. I love your Twitter handle πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Shalini September 22, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      Means a lot coming from you, Prerna πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kala Ravi September 15, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Hi Upasna, I like this series idea of yours, its so thoughtful of you! Congrats on your 100th post! Shalini is indeed an inspiration to so many of us! Multi-talented, bubbly and so full of life, love you Shalzz!

    • Reply upasna September 17, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks Kala, In this 1 year of Blogging- I feel so connected to all of you guys. Thanks to social media.

    • Reply Shalini September 22, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      Love you too, Kala <3

  • Reply Modern Gypsy September 15, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    I love this idea of having a featured blogger!! And I really enjoyed reading about how organized Shalini is when it comes to running her blogs!

    • Reply upasna September 17, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks dear. It started with a curiosity. Shalini is a very down to earth blogger.

      • Reply Shalini September 22, 2016 at 8:37 pm

        You made my day, Upasna πŸ™‚

    • Reply Shalini September 22, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks very much. Yay πŸ™‚

  • Reply Roma Sinha September 15, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Dear Upasna, I loved your idea of capturing a day of the blogger , Keep it up πŸ™‚

    • Reply upasna September 15, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks Roma- This idea originated from my curiosity to know about how other Bloggers are managing. Happy to connect with you

  • Reply Manisha Garg September 15, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    multitasker wow.Happy to connect #zarahatkeblogreads

  • Reply Anshul Taran September 15, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    That’s interesting blog, I have learned a lesson to schduled my blog by start preparing early, and proper management of my time.
    #Inspired πŸ™‚
    Thank you Upasna and Shalzz

    • Reply upasna September 15, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Whoaaa! I am glad Anshul that you got inspired. My purpose for starting this series is met πŸ™‚
      We will have this dose of inspiration every week. Keep visiting.

      • Reply Anshul Taran September 16, 2016 at 7:49 am

        Sure πŸ™‚

    • Reply Shalini September 22, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks, Anshul. It takes hardly ten minutes of your day to think and prep. That’s why I love my journal very much πŸ™‚

  • Reply Menaka Bharathidasan September 15, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I am going to follow the journal idea, though I write a lot, it is like flow of thought and topic that comes to mind on the day. Thought of the day- Maintain a journal! E / njoyed reading

  • Reply Dixita Mour September 15, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Loved the line
    God found the strongest woman and paired them with soldiers.

    My fav. It is noe .
    And shalz is really very inspiring ❀

    • Reply Shalini September 22, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks, Dixu. Means a lot <3

  • Reply Subha Rajagopal September 14, 2016 at 10:33 am

    That was a great post!Yes,being organized helps a lot,especially when we have to manage multiple roles

    • Reply Shalini September 22, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks, Subha. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Atulmaharaj September 13, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Dedicated an Passionate Blogger. Enjoyed every bit of this.

    • Reply Shalini September 22, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks very much, Atul πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sumit Sharma September 13, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Good to read about you Shalini. Feeling inspired by this write up!


    • Reply Shalini September 22, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Means a lot, Sumit. Thank you.

  • Reply Ruchi Verma September 13, 2016 at 10:51 am

    SO good to see shalini featured on this great blog πŸ™‚ superbbbb

    • Reply upasna September 15, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks Ruchi. It gave me and other Bloggers a chance to peek into her life and get inspired.

    • Reply Shalini September 22, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      All thanks to Upasna for inviting me over πŸ™‚

  • Reply Awkward Earthling β„’ September 13, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Shalini is a perfect example of a dedicated blogger πŸ™‚ & happy to read more about her πŸ™‚

    • Reply Shalini September 22, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      Aww.. that’s so sweet of you to say. Thanks, Sam πŸ™‚

  • Reply twinklingtina September 13, 2016 at 1:22 am

    That is great Shalini, nice guest post

    • Reply Shalini September 22, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks, Tina πŸ™‚

  • Reply Deepa September 12, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Nice..It came as a surprise..Its a good idea Upasna to feature other bloggers on your blog πŸ™‚

    • Reply upasna September 13, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Thanks Deepa…It all started with my quest to know- How other Bloggers are managing their Lives with Blogging. I am loving it.

  • Reply Vasantha Vivek September 12, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Really enjoyed your post as I am spending a day with you. Lovely it was, Shalini to know about you more. Thanks Upasna for featuring Shalini in this post. Nice idea.

    • Reply upasna September 15, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks for the appreciation Vasantha.

    • Reply Shalini September 22, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Means a lot, Vasantha.

  • Reply Shalini September 12, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks again, Upasna. I am so glad that you asked me to share a day of my life as a blogger. Means a lot. Keep writing <3

    • Reply upasna September 12, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      I am thankful to have you here Shalini – My readers would be happy to have an insight into your Day.

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