Do you photograph everything that you eat?
I try to photograph most of what goes into my mouth, but, as you can probably expect, this is not always possible. Sometimes my camera isn’t handy, sometimes I am just lazy, and sometimes I’m enjoying the moment and don’t want to ruin it with a photo. So, what you see on CNC isn’t always everything that I ate for the day.
How long have you been blogging?
I started Carrots ‘N’ Cake on February 3, 2008.
Do you have any tips for new bloggers?
Yes! Check out my blogging page!
Was your blog successful from the start or did it take a while to get popular? How long and do you have any tips for new bloggers?
I started my blog to keep me on track with eating well and exercising in preparation for my upcoming wedding. My blog started as a very personal, online journal, and I had no intention of anyone ever reading it. I definitely didn’t think that it would become such a huge part of my life.
Like many new bloggers, I started with just a few readers, but over time, my audience grew. It’s taken me nearly 3 years, blogging 3 times a day, to get to this point. If you’re a new blogger and would like some tips, check out my blogging page.
How long does it take you to write a blog post?
It depends on the post, but, typically, anywhere from an hour to two hours. Some posts have taken me up to five hours to write. Check out this post to see What Goes Into Writing a Post for me.
How did you start writing for Health? Do you have any advice for finding writing opportunities like that?
My writing gig with Health was 100% luck and good timing! I emailed Health to inquire about some freelance work and, at the same time, they were looking for someone to contribute to their Feel Great Weight program. A few of the Health editors were readers of my blog, so I think that helped too!
Nearly all of my writing opportunities (Health, NuVal, my book deal, etc.) have come about because of my blog. Basically, my blog is a live resume for potential writing jobs, so it helps me market my skills for new opportunities. My best advice: put a lot of time into your blog (if you’re a blogger) and reach out to companies/organizations that you want to write for and show them examples of your work. You never know what might happen!
How did you go from working full-time to blogging? Do you have any tips for those of us who work full-time, but have a blog too?
In October 2009, I quit my fancy-schmancy, full-time job at Harvard to blog for a living, but resigning from my job didn’t happen overnight. It took months and months of planning and calculated decisions, which I explain in this post. Basically, I made a list of what was important to me and then came up with game plan to achieve my goal. It wasn’t easy (there was plenty of stress and crying involved), but, eventually, it worked out. As for tips, check out this post: Blogging Tips for the 9-to-5.
What kind of camera do you use?
I actually use two cameras. My “fancy” camera is the Canon Rebel XSI, which is awesome! It takes amazing photos. My everyday, does-all-the-work-for-you camera is the Canon PowerShot S90, which I absolutely LOVE! (Here’s the post where I profess my love for it.) I originally bought it because the lighting in my old apartment was terrible, but this camera has been my savior, especially when dining out. A good example of its low-lighting capabilities is when I went to Drink. It was SO dark inside, but I was still able to take a number of photos without the flash. The camera seems to pick up on even the smallest sources of light.
What kind of computer do you own?
I have a HP Probook as well as an HP desktop computer.
What blogging software do you use?
Windows Live Writer. I bought a PC just so I could use this program. It has changed the way I blog. Best tool ever!
What’s your email address?
You can contact me at email@example.com.
How do you run with a camera?
I don’t run with a camera. I run with my iPhone to listen to music on Pandora, so I also use the camera app on it to take photos. I hold it in my Spibelt.
My Google Reader won’t update anymore when you write a new post. How come?
Try adding http://carrotsncake.com/feed/ to your Google Reader.
Do you ever get sick of blogging?
Yes and no. I really enjoy blogging, but like any job, there are times that I don’t want to do it, like after a late night (and perhaps a couple of drinks) when I’d rather just go to bed.
Have you ever been recognized by one of your readers?
Yep! It actually happens quite a lot, especially at road races and other big events.