• 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:

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    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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    Lindsey January 2, 2011 at 9:06 am

    This is very helpful, thank you Tina! I started a blog 3 days ago, so this couldn’t have been timed more perfectly!

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    Jennifer @ shesafitchick January 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    This is so helpful, thank you so much Tina! :)

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    Robin January 2, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Just started a blog yesterday! I figured it was fitting – new year, new goals, new blog. Thanks for your help!

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    E (from One Twenty Five) January 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Great tips!! Thanks Tina, I esp. liked the photo tips! :) E

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    lauren January 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I just started a food blog — thanks for your tips and helpful information…I look forward to reading more of your posts. Cheers!

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    Baking 'n' Books January 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    This is great. I am going to check out those links now. It’s always nice to see the links – because otherwise I’d just ask you (and annoy) you with the questions answered there :)

    A big thing with me is focus and name. What do I want to make my focus on? And do I want to change my blog’s name…? Not really sure if I like it…but if I did change it, would my (little) readership already go down more!?

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    Nicole @ Making Good Choices January 17, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Great links and posts. These are super helpful!

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    karlee February 10, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    eeek. i just started my first blog today! thank you for including this section in your blog. it gave me the confidence to do it!

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    Nicole @ A Vegan in the House February 15, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Thank you so much for the informaiton. I am a new blogger and appreciate the advice.
    Nicole

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    Katie @ running4cupcakes February 21, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Great advice. Inspired me to start my own blog! Check it out. :)

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    Jen @ What's on Jen's Plate? April 11, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Thanks so much for this! I’m glad to see that the blogging community is so great! I’ve just started to really invest in my blog. I’ve dabbled in it a bit throughout the years but it never turned into anything. These tips are so helpful. I really enjoy your blog and I’ve learned a lot just by browsing through some great ones!

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    Megan @ On The Road Again April 11, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I just spent 30 minutes reading through all of your posts on starting and beefing up a blog. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Your tips and ideas are very helpful! I can see why you’ve become so successful.

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    Kristin April 20, 2011 at 3:47 am

    I’m new into this whole blogging world. Thanks for the inspiration. I really need to sleep, but……………….. I’m hooked. You’ve inspired me! Can’t wait to have fun in the kitchen with my babeis tomorrow morning!

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    Ginger Wiggins April 20, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Thanks for the tips – as they are helping me in my newest adventures of blogging!!!! If you ever get chance check out my new blog over at counrtycookingnsb.blogspot.com. I would love some feedback on how improve my website. Thanks

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    Cara May 1, 2011 at 5:41 am

    Have been following your blog religiously for months! You helped inspire me to start my own! Thanks for all this advice! your so kind!

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    Jayme @ Runner and Spice May 5, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Hi Tina,

    LOVE your blog. Do you do the wordpress html coding? Or do you hire someone for that? I’m just getting into the grove of blogging, and would love to teach myself how to host, and design my own site. Wondered if this was a CRAZY idea :)

    Cheers!

    ps: oops, I by an accident posted this on another page. Was supposed to go here !

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    Katherine Pennington May 17, 2011 at 6:58 am

    I am starting a blog and all this information was sooooo helpful- thank you!!!

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    James May 19, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Hi Tina,

    Love your all around approach on health and fitness :) Can one contact you directly?

    Cheers

    James

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    Kaitlyn @ 7 Plates May 22, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    You’ve got the best job ever! :)

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    Parenting Advice May 23, 2011 at 11:53 am

    The articles you linked to for bloggers just starting out are priceless. Thanks so much.

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    Amanda May 23, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this, I love your blog and I just started one too!!

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    T.Lee May 29, 2011 at 5:19 am

    Thanks so much for these posts! My blog isn’t at all in the same genre (or the same level!) as yours, but many of these tip are applicable to any new or inexperienced blogger. Very helpful.

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    Tara Mazanec June 10, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Hey Tina!!

    Congrats on the book! Want to get together?? I went to IIN in 2008 and LOVED it. Did you ever find anyone to discuss it with you? I would be happy to help:)

    Tara

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    Katie @ cookiesandkimchi June 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you for all of the helpful information – I’ve always wanted to start a blog after reading yours and others constantly over the past year. Your advice was really insightful and definitely helped me!

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    Divya @ Saved By The BEHL June 22, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Thank you so much for giving back to all of us. I just started my blog, and love! all of your tips.

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    BPositive June 30, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Tina,

    I’m so thankful for finding this post today. Sometimes you find exactly what you need when you need it. I’m a blogger and in a short period of time my blog has gotten some good notoriety. I was featured on alicia silverstone’s website last month and now I’m a finalist in a blogging contest. It’s really awesome but a little overwhelming. I want the blog to grow but I feel like it’s my own uncertainty that hold me back from really going huge. I’m glad to have found your website so I can find some tips and someone who knows what this is like. How long after you started your blog before you wrote your book? Thanks for sharing!

    Love,
    B

    bpositivebfree.blogspot.com

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    Mathew Focht July 11, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Tina- thats for mentioning Meal4Meal. We are working to make an impact on Boston community that needs support. Your support means a lot to us.

    Thanks, MF

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    Fotini July 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Your tips are great! Thanks for sharing! Just started my blog and your tips so helpful! :)

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    Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Thanks so much for this collection of tips and advice Tina – they’ve really helped me with getting my blog going!

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    Angela July 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Tina,
    Thanks so much for sharing all this information with your readers. I really liked today’s blog (How to Market and Promoto Your Blog). Right now, my blog is hosted on blogspot but I’m finding some annoying limitations (like not being able to “reply” to comments). Any suggestions or tips on web hosting? I saw that you use Wordpress and started researching it. I’m just not sure how to go about getting started and moving my blog (and the readers with it!). Thanks again for taking such care to share your wisdom with us!
    ~Ang

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    Katie July 31, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    This is great info for me, a new blogger! I really appreciate all the tips and how to’s you’ve given. Thanks!

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    Groomed Journalism July 31, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Long time reader, first time commenter. Thanks for curating such useful tips! I’m fairly new to blogging and it can be so overwhelming, what with all of the widgets and recommendations about maximizing traffic. Do you have any “lessons learned” on web design services to use for taking a blog to the next professional level? Some are so much more costly than others.

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    Tina July 31, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    @Groomed Journalism: I used Revive My Blog for my recent blog design (contact info is at the bottom of my blog), and they were great to work with! I highly recommend them!

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    Kevin August 6, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Hi,

    I saw an awesome t-shirt the other day – Front said: Drink Beer Be Happy-Boston. The back said: I’m The Reason The Beer Is Always Gone.

    Does anyone know where I can get one?

    Thanks,
    Kevin

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    Ellen August 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I just bought the book Carrots ‘n’ Cake before coming up to New Hampshire (taking a small vacation)….and I have to say that it resonates with me more than any other book on a similar topic has…for a long long time!

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    Jenna August 18, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Hi Tina! I tried to look for this but I couldn’t find an answer anywhere on your site. Did ReviveMyBlog design your site so the first post is shown and the rest are condensed, or is that a plugin you use? I’d love to do the same on my site!

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    Melody August 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Thank you so much for all the information! I’m working on reading it through now. I just started posting on my blog pretty recently and all the tips are incredibly helpful.

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    Baby Freebies September 9, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Love your blog! Keep up the good work.

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    Drew October 31, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Hi Tina,

    I wanted to write to you and tell you that I recently finished your book, Carrots n Cake, and although I’m a dude (the book seemed primarily geared towards girls) I did enjoy reading what you’ve put together.

    I like your approach towards running & nutrition – that you have to make it a priority like “brushing your teeth” and that it’s easier to adapt to when you treat it as a lifestyle change and look at it as a way towards acheiving balance.

    I read about your history going on and off from counting calories daily. I feel that counting calories does work when trying to overcome a plateau in your weight loss program. Otherwise, I generally agree with you that it’s also important not to obsess over the numbers to the point where you feel guilt when you want to have a nice desert from time to time.

    The main reason I picked up your book was to see the recipes. I like that it included some very simple, quick & cheap recipes (Strawberry
    Orange Shake is a favorite post-run smoothie of mine) along with a mix of more complex and creative recipes.

    However, some of the posts I wouldn’t really classify as a recipe, per se (for example: coffee beans and water to make coffee). Otherwise, I thought the rest of the recipes were really creative.

    Overall, I think many of your readers (including myself) can identify with your struggle to devote more time to your blog and treat it as a path towards a full time career. I hope you’ve found your way there (or at least closer to it since publishing your book).

    Can’t wait to read some of your posts,

    Drew

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    Antonia November 12, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Thanks for the great tips. I just recently started blogging and I’m loving it so far and your tips will definitely come in handy! Love your blog by the way!

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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 :).

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    kalee December 1, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Tina,

    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!

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    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!

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    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.

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    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. :-)

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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!

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    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!

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