Saturday Snapshot August 25: Fifth Blogiversary

Five years ago in this last week of August I started Ripple Effects on WordPress. I still remember that first prompting from my son that I should start a blog.

“What’s that?” I asked.

I just can’t capture all that have come along since then.

To all of you who have visited, subscribed, followed, read, commented, and shown your support and encouragement in ways you might not have realized, I thank you all.

Here’s a cup of latte to celebrate and a teaser: How do you drink the latte without disturbing the beautiful foam art on top?

Well, it was pure serendipity that I managed to do just that. This is the photo during that occasion. I only have the ‘Before’ but not thought of taking an ‘After’ shot. But trust me, it wasn’t a mirage when I got near to the bottom of the cup.

What did I do? I was chatting away with a friend for maybe 10 minutes before I started sipping it slowly. By that time the top foam had been cooled down a bit and slightly ‘dried’. Disclaimer: I haven’t tested it again, but I will. Just to see if it really wasn’t a mirage that I saw.

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce of At Home With Books.

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If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

52 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot August 25: Fifth Blogiversary”

  1. Congratulations!
    I have been reading this blog for quite a while – one of the ones I have stayed with the longest over the years and one of the few I always read through. My fifth this year as well. Keep it up!


    1. Congrats to you too Michelle! And O what changes there have been. For you it’s a totally new geography and artistic pursuit. All the best in the coming years!


  2. I hear you, my kids helped me set up my blog too. I think they like that I’m occupied and not bugging them to clean their rooms. Love your coffee pic. Congratulations.


    1. Thanks for pointing to the subtext. My son was going away to college after that Aug., maybe he was intending something to occupy me too. πŸ˜‰


    1. Let’s test it out, on both sides of the Atlantic. Who knows, maybe the tides have something to do with it. πŸ˜‰ I’ll hop over to your post right away.


    1. Paulita,

      You’ve some fascinating spider photos there on your blog… I was one of the earlier commenters. Thanks for coming over to Ripple Effects. — Arti


  3. Congratulations on five(!) years of proving the Ripple Effect πŸ˜‰
    You’ve introduced me to so much, Arti, from movies to sculpture to new ways of examining the impact of culture on our lives. Thank you so much. May all of your lattes look as beautiful–and taste as delicious!
    Many more blogging years to you as well.


    1. ds,

      My heartfelt thanks to you for all the support and camaraderie all these years, my friend. Your poetry and the sharing of your views from the third-storey window are inspiration for me. May we all continue to read, write, watch, and blog… for many years to come!


  4. Congrats! I hope I can keep mine going too! glad to have stumbled upon your blog albeit a bit late. but better late than never. Cheers!


    1. Stefanie,

      Thanks for your camaraderie all these years. I’ve learned a lot from ‘So Many Books’ . Look forward to more mutual visits… and yes, Anna Karenina.


    1. nikkipolani,

      Thank you for your support all these years. I’ve enjoyed and learned so much about photography, food, recipes, gardening… from your blog. I look forward to more interactions in the years ahead. πŸ˜‰


  5. Happy Bloggiversary – five years is a tremendous milestone! What would I do without your movie recommendations? I’d never find films I actually want to watch!


    1. Thanks litlove. So glad we’ve found each other in the blogosphere. I’ve learned so much from your insightful literary reviews. Let’s continue to spread many more ripples…


  6. Congrats!! I am approaching the five year mark as well. It seems like such a long time in one sense, but in another… seems like just a blink of the eye. So glad to have gotten the chance to know you through blogging. It’s definitely one of the perks of being a blogger.


  7. Arti, I’m very behind in catching up with any blogs these days, but yours is always one of those at the top of my list! I love what I’ve learned on Ripple Effects and especially appreciate the cyber-friendship that has come my way through our sharing stories through our blogs. I look forward to five more years! Or more!


    1. Thanks Jeanie for your encouraging words. I’ve truly enjoyed our interactions. It hasn’t been long since we found each other but hey, I look forward to the days ahead… only 132 days to Downton Abbey Season 3. πŸ˜‰


    1. Bellezza,

      The feeling is mutual. Thanks for all your support all these years and most recently, in our group reads… I know, things may not work out as we plan, it’s the spirit that counts, right? So here we go again, with Anna Karenina, and I’m excited to have you join me on this fun ride.


  8. Well, here I am – the one who always drags in late! Congratulations on your five years, Arti. No matter how long we blog, I’ll always be a few months behind you, but there’s no one I’d rather tag along alfter!

    You’ve had a rich mixture of lit, art, architecture and film here, wonderful jumping-off places for the most interesting discussions. I’m looking forward to years more of it all – and perhaps some surprises, too. Who knows? In five years, you may be producing a film and I may have published a book. Five years is a long time!


    1. Linda,

      You’re right, five years is a long time. These past five you’ve certainly come to know my mind…. in the next five years, I’ll have my screenplay produced, and you a book published, all doable. Then I’ll be happy to say “Oh, I know the author of that book, we’ve been blogging friends for ages.” And you, you can always help promote my film on your blog. πŸ˜‰ Keep the ripples coming…


    1. Rebecca,

      I’ve enjoyed our interactions these past years. Keep up your blog, I love to read your insights… esp. now with a new journey ahead. πŸ˜‰


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