• Blogging

    I started Carrots ‘N’ Cake to keep me on track with eating well and exercising in preparation for my upcoming wedding. My blog started as a personal food and fitness journal. I really had no intention of anyone ever reading it, and I definitely didn’t think that it would become such a huge part of my life– let alone my job!

    If you’re a new blogger and would like some tips, check out these posts:

    So, You Want To Start a Blog?

    Get Your Blog On

    Ways to Increase Your Readership

    5 (More) Ways to Increase Your Readership

    Blogging: From Hobby to Career 

    How to Market and Promote Your Blog

    Tips for Hosting a Giveaway on Your Blog 

    Tips and Takeaways from TECHmunch Boston

    How to Improve Your Photos

    5 Tips for Photographing Your Pet

    What Goes Into Writing a Post

    Blogging Tips for the 9-to-5

    Blogger Responsibility: Where Do We Draw the Line?

    How Blogging Became My Job

    Tips for Getting Freelance Writing Opportunities 

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    Lady In Motion November 23, 2011 at 9:01 am

    This information is FANTASTIC! I started my blog last month so I’m still very new to the blogging world and so far I love it. There’s so much to figure out and to play with to make your blog interesting and fun and I just can’t read enough tips and tricks that seasoned and successful bloggers provide! Thanks so much for sharing and I absolutely LOVE your blog :).


    kalee December 1, 2011 at 11:54 pm


    Thank you so much for these great tips! I just started my blog about 2 months ago after being inspired by your blog and a few others I’m constantly reading. i LOVE your photos! Did you always have a knack for photography?

    Also, I was a little intimidated to reach out to my favorite companies, but after this post I am going to do it!


    Chloe January 29, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Thanks so much for the great advice, the way you’ve managed to turn your blog into your career is really inspirational!


    Shalilah February 2, 2012 at 12:01 am

    it’s late tonight and I stumbled on this blog. Too late to read all the post but I can see that It’s lots of support on weight loss which I need. So without saying you’ll hear more of me.


    nicole March 16, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    thanks for this! I just started my own fitness, health and travel blog. And I needed some help. 🙂


    Debbie Morgiewicz April 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Hope I am entering the right place…I’d love to try the Hydroxatone Facial Rejuvenation System, thanks for letting me enter for a free one. I am 61 and would love to take a few years off it.


    Lauren September 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Thanks for all the great tips! I just started getting more serious about my blog, so this was a great page to find! I’ve been following your blog for years and love it (I work for diet.com and loved the video you did with us)! Congrats on all your success – you deserve it.


    Kammie @ Sensual Appeal September 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Checking out the links, thank you! It’s actually my first time on your blog and I love it! xo


    Joe Natale October 30, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I really enjoyed the information you posted! The links regarding the blogs on the page for tips are very helpful! Keep up the good work and keep on the track of healthy living!

    – Joe


    Joe Natale October 30, 2012 at 9:52 am

    The links to blog tips are very helpful. It is good to see more people involved also in ways to improve life and health!


    Paige January 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I am so happy that I came across your blog & better yet your blogging tips! I am working on my 1st blog ever- I thought it would be much easier! So thank you for the tips- they are most defiantly helpful!


    Chiara January 25, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks so much for these tips! I just started a blog about going from a journey of hating running to running a marathon in four years. I just started and would love any insight. I love your blog, and it was inspiration to start mine! Thanks for sharing your story from girls like me, who need that little nudge of motivation (also coming form someone who has dietary restrictions).


    Niven February 18, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    These posts were really helpful for a beginning blogger! Thanks for the advice. Do you have any suggestions for how to find bloggers in your area? And how do you approach companies to do product reviews?



    Allen @ Allen's Fitness Blog February 22, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Thank you for all of the helpful posts. This is exactly what I needed to get me started on the right foot. I have also noticed some great recipes you have posted. I’m about to check those out. Thanks again! Allen


    fitbugorb April 3, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Thanks for the helpful advice, it was really useful.Also enjoyed the recipe page.Will be making some soon.


    CourtLeanne @princessandthejog April 22, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Thanks for all of the great insight from the journey of starting a blog to making it your career. I have just started mine a few months ago, and more recently really trying to figure out what is going to become of it. It is so helpful to read from other bloggers about the decisions they have struggled with along the way. You are so awesome and I love reading your stuff 🙂


    Kim @ BusyBod May 4, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Thanks so much for collecting these together and sharing your experience! I just started blogging and there is so much to learn, but so far I’m loving it 🙂


    Heather May 22, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Hey Tina,
    I just wanted to say thank you so much for these tips. I just started my website/blog and I’m totally lost. I thought that if I just looked at a few blogs it would get me started on some of my own ideas but it has been a long and slow process. Just when I think I have it figured out BAM! not so much.
    Reading these tips will help me out considerably.

    Keep doin what you do!! You have definitely inspired me in more ways than one.


    Kelsey November 11, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Hey Tina! Do you have any posts on Giveaway “etiquette”? I just received some free goodies and was thinking about doing one on my blog. I really don’t have many followers 🙂 but if I do one not sure exactly how to go about it.


    Tina November 11, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I don’t, but I’ll write one this week!


    Kelsey November 11, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Perfect. Thank you!


    Ali November 13, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Thank you so much for all of your tips! I just recently started a blog and found all of them so helpful! I was wondering how you decided how much was appropriate/safe to share on your blog and how you came to that. I started a blog because I’ve been reading them for yours and thought it would be a great way to reach out to people who have similar interests and fitness goals. At the same time, I’m worried about sharing too much like what city I live in, where my family is, where I go to school, etc. How did you decide what you think is safe and what isn’t? Thank you!


    Rory Lazear December 16, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Thank you so much…. just started my blog and will use some of your tips to get me going!! So very kind of you!


    Tim April 24, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Love the site. Keep up the good work!


    Christine S July 4, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    My favorit


    Christine S July 4, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    My favorite moment of June was fining out my own little peanuts is on his or her way!


    maria disuza October 13, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Congratulation for your blog success, i think reason for your blog success is , your passion for fitness and to passion for sharing quality tips, information.

    Cheers 🙂


    andrea October 21, 2014 at 9:13 am

    thanks for sharing tips.. it helps for a newbie like me


    Suzanne Andrews November 6, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    What a fabulous site! I was once 60 pounds overweight and found journaling what you eat also helps keep one on track. I’m the founder of Functional Fitness on Public Television and also make sure to work out consistently because consistency is key to success in every aspect. With home, work and travel, it’s not always easy, but eating right and working out are a must to stay functioning at my best.
    Healthiest blessings,
    Suzanne Andrews


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