Inspiration - Urban Outfitters

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A Popular Question: How do I manage to get comments?

This is the most common question or remark I have been getting for sometime now. On most instances I reply, "I don't know!" but now I think thats just dumb! I mean how the hell do I not know? It is my blog so I ought to know. Right? So after much thinking ... this is what I think ...

To begin with let me just say there are TONNES of bloggers who are way popular (practically celebrities now) and get bucket-load of comments which count 200++ ... So in comparison to that this is really nothing, in case you are really into the number game! Also, I would continue to blog even if there were zero comments on my posts, 'coz honestly this is the ONLY activity in the world, that I do purely for myself. It is an added bonus that I have support from so many of you!

My first post had 13 comments, all of which were from my own family and friends [14th is from Leia from last year] and there after it varied from anything between 1-10 comments. So this has been over a period of time, and not an over night miracle!

Most of the people who comment today are actually my blogging buddies. They have been reading my rants for over two years now and actually know all about me and my life. They comment 'coz that's what friends do! Some of the readers comment 'coz I believe they have an opinion about what I write and wish to share it. And then there are few passer-bys who comment 'coz they randomly land up on my blog and/or wish for me to visit their blog back. 

Up until earlier this year I had a vast online presence, which has slowed down in last couple of months, as I really cannot keep up! God knows why, 'coz I was actually much busier than I am right now *hmmmm* So, I truly am not feeding traffic to my blog by visiting more myself.

It is hard to dissect others' reasons for their actions. So by that logic this question should actually be asked by the people who comment but ... in my opinion, right or wrong, this is what I am doing:
- My blog represents who I am as a person
- I try and maintain transparency in my writing
- I have an open communication with everyone   
- I have simple and easy to read blog template
- I have a fabulous husband who take lovely pictures

Feel free to disagree with me! :) 

Met my husband for a Lunch Date on a weekday, at Quarry Market! Sweet, right? ;)
Shoes making a second appearance in the same month? That's a first on this blog! 
Inspiration via the Urban Outfitters Website
Top - Banana Republic [11']
Skirt - Via a Gift Card from Lulu's [11']
Necklace - Gift from Anita [11']
Shoes - BCBG [07']

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82 comments

  1. haha !! well Even I would love to know the reason behind your success !! :P ;)
    anyways I loved the skirt a lott !!! The color is my fav !! : )

    http://shopaholicutie.blogspot.com/

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  2. I have another point to add... The topics that you write about and the way you write them always leave room for something to be added, or shared or to be agreed/disagreed upon... ummm... i dont know how to put it but most of your posts feel like a conversation or a discussion where you feel like you want to comment or talk.

    Its more than just reading a few lines of text about you and your life. Which is great! I dont know how you do it, but you do it! ;)

    Love the necklace!

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  3. sweet skirt. and i'm with you on all fronts about blogging/commenting and the whole nine yards. you have to have a balanced life. xo

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  4. well I comment 'coz I really admire ur blog and ur style...and at so many levels I can relate to what u have to say through your posts! Also u are very regular at posting...sometimes I just wait for you to publish your next post...I'm not kidding :):)

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  5. oh yes...love the outfit, as always!!:)

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  6. You have fantastic style so it's hard not to comment on it! :)

    Love this pastel look. That skirt is darling!

    GTBB,
    http://www.badjoan.com
    http://www.badjoan.blogspot.com

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  7. Well explained. i think the main reason of your blogs success is that whatever you write, people relate them self in some way or the other and you have both type of people that come here for fashion as well as reading.
    Its going to be around 5 months and i am reading you regularly. love your blog.

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  8. You have an awesome blog! Thats why I'm sure most of us comment... Honest.. Straightforward.. And stylish :)

    Let me know when you put those shoes in the shop... Lol!! ;)

    xoxoxo
    Ritcha

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  9. This is an amazing post and I love how honest you are. I think the way you write and your template and personality definitely draw in the comments, plus you have a great blog in general :) Your outfit is adorable too and so on trend. Pleats are one of my favorite looks right now, nice inspiration :)

    xoDale
    www.savvyspice.blogspot.com

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  10. wow very nice collection ur dresses i like the blue one.......
    http://fashionstyle-pk.blogspot.com/

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  11. I love this look! everything works for me, especially the colours! And I comment cos I want to, I feel there's something I want to share about what you're writing too! :) *almost sound dumb as a reason*

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  12. I love how you make everything so clear about yourself! I'd say we comment because we love you! ;)

    And, that skirt is mighty gorgeous. Love the peach/blush colour.

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  13. Love pastels! That color combination is really soothing and that necklace helps to bring everything together!! Nice!!

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  14. loved the skirt and loved the answers...as always in your face and so you!

    and loved the attitude in the last post too...way to go!:-)

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  15. very sweet :)

    i like this blog so much because it's not only fashion, it's not only the outfit posts but you have something interesting to say with every post! which is sone pe suhaagaaa *filmy*

    lovely necklace!

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  16. your honesty and openness combined with great fashion is what i love about your blog.

    you're looking chic in that get-up.

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  17. love the colors and the skirt you are wearing. so fun :)

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  18. I always visit and leave a comment as you're honest, engaging, interesting, intelligent and beautiful.
    You look fabulous in those delicate ice-cream shades. x

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  19. Your look is very refreshing in these pics :) And your writing is impeccable. I have not come across many bloggers who have such varied horizon when it comes to writing abt anything and everything. Specially, keeping the reader interested till the last full stop.

    Comments or no comments... U r loved by hundreds...admired by thousands.


    P.S- I was thinking of writing MILLION..but too much hoo jata.

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  20. I will always be coming back here, commenst or no comments. You always have something to say, are honest and write about stuff that can also be thought provoking/engaging.

    Besides, quality comments are way better (and make your heart smile) than the quantitive ones that say 'follow me/check out my blog' which is pretty much what's written on celebrity blogs these days!
    x.o.x.o
    p.s looking pretty in pastel - so used to seeing you in bold colours!

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  21. Totally love your skirt, so beautiful!!

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  22. I try to avoid getting into the number game with comments as well. Although, I don't think I could handle being one who gets 200+. I would feel the need to visit everyone, and I'd never get anything else done!!

    Absolutely love that skirt!!! I think I may need to buy it from Urban Outfitters! Love your inspiration from the look (you look cooler than the model.)

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  23. Your blog is unique in itself with Fab content and fashion, the fashion is actually a plus cause I am more attracted by the content and love all your old posts without pics too.

    p.s: very cute outfit and I love mid week lunch dates

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  24. I'm so glad people still like these pleats.. was shocked to see everyone trashing pleats like these on Project runway.. love the necklace too

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  25. There are a few reasons which I should honestly elicit here :D
    1. Most of the times, it feels like being in a conversation and hence I want to relate/agree/disagree/add to stuff.
    2. And your style sense wows me, most of the time! For a jungle person like me, your creativity, your magic in mix-matching stuff feels outta the world!

    And I had the SAME skirt when I was 8-9..was a gift from my grand-dad :)

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  26. haha :D I think you get comments because you are just yourself :) and since you are such an adorable person, it is all the more easy to comment on your blog!

    Those shoes *sigh*

    xoxo
    Anusha

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  27. Love those shoes(both appearances) and I love your blogs...

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  28. Aww...lunch date sounds so sweet. And you look sweet, hehe I sound like creepy man 'baby you look sweeeet'. But I mean, you look like an ice-cream. The colours and how they look together, reminds me of ice-cream on a hot day :)

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  29. I love ur blog, the honest posts u write and the way u put outfits together. Its amazing!!

    Love the skirt and the necklace. :)

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  30. ahh, lunch dates are the sweetest and so is your lovely pleated skirt! i want one:)

    xx

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  31. I love your skirt! Those heels are so much fun, great look!

    Erin
    www.simplyjustlovelyblog.com

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  32. Oh, that outfit is adorable! Really cute.

    Yes, you attract many comments here. I think it's because of your personality. People want to communicate with you 'cause you're charming and you sparkle with life.

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  33. A few more reasons:

    - You're not fake
    - Your photos teach the fashion challenged (like me) how to put outfits together.
    - it is evident in your posts that you really love what you do and that you do it for yourself :)

    Gayatri
    http://doubleexpat.blogspot.com/

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  34. Such a nice cupcake coloured post. Love the minty shades :)

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  35. A very sweet outfit for a very sweet date with what seems like a very sweet hubby! I love the mint and pink. What a great combo!

    I've only been blogging for three months now and I have to say, it is hard not to get caught up in the number game. I don't get many comments, but every single one I enjoy and appreciate. EXCEPT the ones that just comment "follow me I'll follow you" or have nothing really to add other than "nice dress" when I've been talking the whole post about how it's a jumper . . .

    Anyhow, I read/comment on your blog not only because I think you are gorgeous and love your style, but also because you always have something thought provoking to talk about. Keep it up!

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  36. wow... lovely blog.....n wow u have so many comments!!!u have an awesome sense of styling...

    btw...M hosting an international giveaway, the winner of which would get a US $40 gift voucher to shop for anything from a clothing website .Take a look ...it might interest you. :) http://www.dazzleandsizzle.com/2011/07/international-giveaway-gift-voucher.html

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  37. Tanvi, I think you are a very honest writer and that's what attracted me as a reader. Plus, you don't hold back, so that cracks me up :P

    Cute skirt! I have too much junk in the truck to pull off that skirt :)

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  38. Your outfit reminds me of sherbert ice cream - I love it!!

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  39. This outfit is delightful, my favourite part has to be the skirt!!

    Eda ♥

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  40. i love that these shoes are making a second appearance in the same month--they are fab.

    and i think you're completely right about why people comment. i think the majority of your comments come from people who are genuine readers of tanvii.com!

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  42. Im not really a shoes person ... but those beauties on your feet have got me hooked for quite a few minutes now :)

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  43. well written..The success of your blog is the fact that you write about things of 'substance' AND you are a fashion blogger..You know what I mean..Most of the fashion blogs( i am not judging)are just about fashion and I find it superficial and vain..But yours has this beautiful balance of beauty and substance ..And I love your 'inspiration' posts..Love the skirt! :)

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  44. Whatever you've said is so true!You chirpy style makes the reading so unique!And not to forget,I'm so jealous of you!You're blessed with one hell of a husband!He wears such crisp white shirts,takes you out for lunch amidst such a busy schedule,wow!I actually have never been much of a marriage person but seeing you so happily married has changed that a bit.I won't say that I'm actually 'looking forward' to marriage but sometimes I wonder that maybe,some day,when I'm 65,it won't be such a bad idea to have such an awesome husband!You're so lucky!P.S.Though my mom doesn't know you,she's an absolute fan of yours for making me reconsider the idea that marriage,if works,might be pretty great!

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  45. I totally love the way you mix and match things and appear to look smartly dressed (which something I just cant get myself to try doing). And me commenting is just another way to appreciate your dressing skills :)

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  46. Great post, as usual. I think a lot of the reason people comment is because you have interesting, original content! I always love to go to your blog and see what your recent post is about.

    Have a great day!
    -Ellie

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  47. This is the 50th comment for this post... that if nobody else does it before me!! You sure have a way of writing which makes your blog interesting. I read a lot of blogs daily but I comment on only those which touch my heart.
    The pics you upload catch attention instantly but to tell you the true, it's what you write that keeps me hooked. :)

    Coming to the dress you are wearing... it is truly inspiring. A pastel skirt with a pastel top is soooo not me. I am a total contrast person but after seeing this, I definitely feel that I need to do some rethinking about my combinations.

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  48. You are doing everything right lady! LOVE the mint!

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  49. i am LOVING how great you are at taking inspiration and re-creating looks from your closet! i love your pleated skirt!!!

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  50. It makes perfect sense. You also are 100% real and I just love that. I'll be your blogging buddy for as long as you continue to blog. And I hope that's a very long time :)

    Oh and I just love this outfit. The color combo is perfect and the pleats are fab. And your husband's a lucky man that you wear that for a date night!

    xoxo

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  51. Such a beautiful skirt, I love Urban Outfitters. I love the combination of fashion and real life on your blog.

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  52. the skirt is absolutely fabulous!

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  53. Yes, absolutely right... interesting themes and a capturing personality are the best road to comments - plus pretty pictures. And you've got it all, Tanvi.
    Re personal blogging activity. I think in the beginning one is like an excited puppy - running around enthusiastically, making friends left, right and center. After a while (about a year for me) comes the consolidation phase - you found your blogging buddies, some blogs you like and are not quite as curious anymore to check out new blogs every day. After that? We'll see... Haven't reached that stage yet.

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  54. Loving the color combo! You are right friends are suppose to support one another. They can come to see what's going on so they can leave a comment!

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  55. "People often ask me why my style is so simple. It is, in fact, deceptively simple, for no two sentences are alike. It is clarity that I am striving to attain, not simplicity. Of course, some people want literature to be difficult and there are writers who like to make their readers toil and sweat. They hope to be taken more seriously that way. I have always tried to achieve a prose that is easy and conversational. And those who think this is simple should try it for themselves." - Ruskin Bond.


    Need I say more? :)

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  56. I love the soft colors in your outfit:)
    Aww how sweet to meet up for lunch:)

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  57. Adore these pastel shades on you. Nicely done. And yeah, I had to find a balance between blogging and real life too.

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  58. lunch date is definitely sweet.. and oh.. totally agree with what you said..I comment on your blog coz I love reading what you write and connect with it..

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  59. Such a cute outfit...you know, I actually like your take on the Urban Outfitters look much better than the original! I love that you are so "you" here and I agree it's nice not to get too caught up in the numbers game, although it is also nice to know that people are reading :)

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  60. Okay, I will hold on to your shoes for you. PS I used your little linky thingy from your comment on my blog to get here, so maybe you're on to something! ;)

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  61. Well.......as for me, I LOVE everything I see out here....everytime!!! And that's why I comment.... :)

    That pleated skirt has such soft, feminine & romantic vibes.....love the way you've worn it! You must have been such a refreshing sight for your hubby on a weekday afternoon! ;)

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  62. I totalllly love it. The colors are so HAPPY and so warm and fairytale-ish.

    U look great!

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  63. Hey! I had no idea I was one of your first commenters. How cool is that?! :D

    I comment on blogs only when I feel a personal connection with the blogger. There are lots of blogs that I read but don't comment on - with those it is more like reading a magazine, you know what I mean? Maybe that's another reason why people comment on your blog - you are very personable!

    I LOVE this outfit. The hues are just so perfect and I love the way your accessories match so well! The shoes are just swoonworthy, too.

    I'm wearing the pink trousers again today! Every time I wear them I think of you!

    Leia

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  64. I'd like the skirt in black.

    Aditi,
    http://mysartorialsecrets.blogspot.com/

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  65. i actually prefer the color combo in your outfit as opposed to urban outfitter's..


    www.glisters and blisters.com

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  66. Tanvi,

    Caught up with all pending posts. So you pinched his shirt. As you travel a lot to meet friends, how about looking us up on your next visit to Delhi? You have rightly pointed out secrets of your success in this post. May you keep enjoying more success always.

    Take care

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  67. Great answer!!! I love reading your posts!! It's always so very interesting.
    I think more people comment when you interact and meet new blogger friends through twitter or events!! But like you said, I have friends who have known me (read my blog) since day 1.

    Your skirt is so pretty.

    Happy Friday!!

    xoxo,
    Mel

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  68. its always sweet to meet up hubby on a date..my husband says he feels as if he's got a girlfriend(and not his wife) coming up for a lunch date or friday evening date when we meet up like that!!!

    your outfit is pretty!!!

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  69. I love love that skirt is super pretty! I'm with you I'd continue blogging even if there weren't any comments, but I do appreciate when people comment a lot, second c'mon girl you are like a blogstar, so many people I read love your blog!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

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  70. I love this! my blog has improved since I started. at first I was trying to be a big blogger, but after meeting you and other real bloggers now I use it as a platform to express my ideals and such. I am happy with my readers and the comments I receive because I know they are from people who actually care. Amazing post!!


    XX!
    YvonnaLivianna
    YvonnaLivianna,blogspot.com

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  71. I really like the name of your blog for a start... and I love you skirt... I just purchased a skirt very similar and can not wait for it to come!!! :)

    great blog hun

    Kavita

    www.truehaven.co.uk

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  72. I find it easier to comment on yours because you appear to be so true to yourself and reading your posts is more like talking to you.

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  73. i really love pleated skirts!

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  74. I think you get so many comments because you're so real. and because you're a great commenter yourself!

    I love the pastels in your outfit!

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  75. Love the skirt, but more importantly, loving the shoes!! Been following your blog posts avidly, though I haven't had time to put up comments! Great job, as always!! xx

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  76. Tanvi! This is a gorgeous outfit and I'm pinning it onto my Pinterest!
    Your blog is like an extension of you.. It feels like one is talking to a person, not reading a blog... and as is true for every conversation, you've got to reply when you're spoken to. How can anyone not leave a comment when chatting up with you :)

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  77. love the color block with pastel colors :) just admire your honesty and it comes across in every post :)
    love
    megha
    http://meghafashionista.blogspot.com

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