Blogger friends who kept the light shining

by Ashvini on January 10, 2013 · 19 comments

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This blog is now more than 2+ years old. Its done well at least by the fact that it managed to survive and build a small community around it.

Well none of it would have been easy if it were not wisdom and friendship of a few, who have stayed on with me in this journey. They have been source of inspiration, wisdom, tips, hacks and everything else under the sun. The best part is that they are putting their knowledge about blogging , business , tech and life for the benefit of the world. They spend days and nights to hear from the world and to engage with their readers. All out of love of helping others.

I have compiled a list of my blogging friends. Unfortunately a lot of bloggers whom I interacted with last year took their blog offline or stopped writing. The listers below however kept marching on, building new relationship and gaining respect in the cyber-world.  Let us see who they are:

Adrienne Smith

Adrienne Smith of has been a great friend for over two years now. Her blog is like an encyclopaedia of everything about blogging. She is a very kind person who will answer your queries like a good friend would do. Go to her blog to get tonnes of information on blogging wisdom

Carolyn Nicander Mohr

Carolyn Nicander Mohr of If you want honest and detailed review of all things “tech” , you must visit her blog. She is a great friend too and inspiration, visionary for my wordpress plugin software development. If you are into tech, you can always be updated with latest at her blog.

Lori Gosselin

Lori Gosselin of writes about life’s situation. Whether you are stuck in a problem or you have something positive to say, you can say it all there. With a lot of thought provoking posts , she helps us make sense of the world. She is a business women too and sells Terra Cotta pendants at

Sonia Winland

Sonia Winland of : Her blog is all about passion and energy to be a successful entrepreneur. She herself is an entrepreneur having tried her hand at various business. An awesome friend too . Her blog is full of wisdom from her experience.

Daria Steigman

Daria Steigman of : Daria writes about business , being a businesswomen herself. She provides some great insights into workings of business and gives us a lot of tips on creating great businesses. Her blog is the one I look at when I run out of ideas ;) . If you want to learn about business, learn from no one other than her.

Jan Bierens

Jan Bierens of Jan writes about technology and his posts are very thought provoking. He adds a dash of humour to make his point and often succeeds in making you smile. A great guy to hang out with ( if I was in Holland ever :) ). Thanks Jan for your awesome posts.

Swami Ji Balendu

Swami Ji Balendu of : Swami ji writes about ills of superstition and intolerance that is pervading all around us. He has a direct and logical style of writing which makes a great impact on you. He is a great friend and guide. Recently his little daughter completed one year. Congratulations for that Swami Ji.

Hemanth K

Hemanth K of : Hemanth is owner of tech blog and is passionate about mobile technology . He loves Windows phones but also keeps an open mind about other technologies. I hope he provides us with more of his tech knowledge in this year.

I enjoyed communicating with you all and hope this continues this year too. Thanks all for making blogging world such an awesome place.

(Please let me know if I committed a typo in links )

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Zalando June 11, 2013 at 11:49 am

This must be a great feeling for all the listed bloggers. Getting honored this way is super cool. I have started using this blog last month and have continuously checked out the new and old posts since then and I have found great topics and discussions. I feel good that I am part of this community and get to learn new things daily.

S M Omar Habib January 28, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Hi Ashvini,

It is very good list of regular blogger and good to see that Adrienne Smith is on top position. Yes, I came here from her blog. She is providing awesome blogging tips on her blog and I am learning new things from her blog.

Sonia Winland also running a very good blog which is very useful for newbie.

Thank you for sharing the list of blogger.

Ashvini Kumar Saxena February 5, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Hi Omar,

Sorry for late reply. Thanks for your comment. Adrienne is a great friend, excellent blogger and engagement star. You will always learn something from her.

Sonia has a great blog. She writes almost blog post sized comments on my blog which really feels good you know :). She has been a great friend from last 2 years

Great to see you here.

Daria Steigman January 23, 2013 at 7:15 pm

A very, very, late thank you (been in/out sick for a little while) for building such a wonderful community on your blog. And I’m glad that I provide some inspiration. Keep wowing your readers.

Ashvini Kumar Saxena January 25, 2013 at 8:57 pm

You do provide a lot of inspiration. It was great to have met you online and learn about business from you because you have such a good practical experience :). Thanks for being there.

Praveen Rajarao January 11, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Asvini – This is a wonderful act of thankfulness for all the awesome bloggers you have mentioned. I do follow most of them and yet some are new to me. I will surely visit them and check them out soon.

You are doing a great job with your blog and hope you have many more such anniversaries. Good luck dude.

Ashvini Kumar Saxena January 14, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Hey Praveen,

Nice to see you again. Thanks for all the appreciation. Comments such as yours are real motivators and help me keep going on . Hope you like blogs that you are going to visit.

Christian January 11, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Great share, I was looking for a few new internet marketing/business bloggers to read. Can’t believe I know none of them.
I get most of my ideas, news and info from blogs.

Carolyn January 11, 2013 at 1:44 am

Wow, thank you very much for your very kind words and the mention here. Yes, we have had our blogs almost the same amount of time and I feel so blessed to have met you along my blogging journey. You know I probably wouldn’t still have The Wonder of Tech except for you and your generous work in keeping me going last year. I will be forever grateful for your efforts on my behalf.

I am also honored to be in the company of such amazing bloggers mentioned here. You keep good company, Ashvini, which isn’t surprising because you truly are a man of great character.

I wish you the best in the coming year with all of your endeavors, especially with your new plugin. I am very excited to begin to use it!

Ashvini Kumar Saxena January 14, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Hey Carolyn,

Thank you so much. Exactly the same thing applies to me as well. It was great to having found you, working with you and sharing online space with you. You are an excellent blogger and your blogs keep getting better and better everyday.
You don’t have to thank me for all the help. Friends help each other all the time. I also thank you for the vision about developing the new plugin. I am glad you are actually liking it.
Thanks for being such a great friend and inspiration :)

Adrienne January 10, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Thank you SO much Ashvini for the lovely compliment you gave me. I’m so very touched.

It’s been such an honor having met you. I’m so thrilled that I’ve actually had the chance to speak with you over the course of our friendship. You have come to my rescue when I needed some help and advice and there aren’t a lot of people that will do that for you.

It’s great to be among so many other wonderful bloggers, many that I know as well. Again, thank you Ashvini for the mention and you have a fabulous year.


Ashvini Kumar Saxena January 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Hi Adrienne,

You are most welcome. I am truly honoured to have met you and learned from you and your blog. I enjoy meeting people who have big hearts and are only interested in helping others. You do a superb job of it. Thanks for being my friend from last many months now :).

Sonia Winland January 10, 2013 at 9:40 pm

ASH! Thank you my friend for your friendship and wisdom too. Your posts are always packed with information from an entrepreneur’s perspective and it has helped shape me today. So much has happened to me in 2012 (offline conversation) and it taught me allot.

This year is going to be a game-changer for so many of us and I know great things are going to happen to you too! Thank you so much for always being a great support to me and including me in this post.

Ashvini Kumar Saxena January 14, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Hi Sonia,

You are most welcome . Your comments add a lot of perspective to my posts and give them more authority. Its great to be your friend. This year it is definitely going to be an awesome year. I wish you well and see you soon at your blog.

Lori Gosselin January 10, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Hi Ashvini! It so brightened my morning to see the pingback and follow it here! You and I have been blogging for about the same amount of time! Can you believe it’s been 2+ years!?! I’m so happy to have met to hear and to learn from you and interact with you.

I’m going to want your submission to my new series, The Life of a Blogger (you too Adrienne, Carolyn, and Sonia (whom I do know) and your other honored blogger friends as well! Thanks for the introduction to some other of your blogger friends! I have my work cut out for me today – and some new porches to visit!

Adrienne January 10, 2013 at 11:20 pm

You just let me know Lori and I’m there! Thank you!

Ashvini Kumar Saxena January 14, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Hi Lori,

I cannot believe 2+ years of writing which is still going strong :). Its been my pleasure too to first interact with you on your blog and then to talk to you face to face. It has been an awesome experience.
I am going to send you the mail for life of a blogger post soon. Thanks again for being a wonderful friend :)

Hemanth Kumar January 10, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Hi Ashvini, Thank you bro. I will defiantly reach your expectations this year. You are a good friend, brother. I never forget your encouragement, and inspiration you created in me. Ans thanks for sharing your other friends, Its time for me to interact with them and build relationship. All the best to your blog, I hope it will reach new heights in this year.

Ashvini Kumar Saxena January 14, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Hey Hemanth,

Oh yeah I am sure you are going to make it . I am very happy to be your friend . Hopefully we will meet when you come to Bangalore. The bloggers I have talked about are one of the best in their fields. Do stay in touch with them and take your blogging career to great heights :)

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