FAQs: Blogging

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

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 tina@carrotsncake.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.



  1. I love blog Q&As! I always find it so interesting to hear about how long it takes others to write a post. My average is probably around the same as yours, but sometimes a post that I think will be done in half an hour takes for-ev-errrr!

  2. I’ll second Angelas experience with writing blog posts; sometimes they can be bashed out in no time, and others definitely take waaay over an hour. I’m currently working on an ab training blog post that has just gone beyond 3 hours (although an hour of that was a lost hour when the draft didn’t save properly!).

    It’s also great to know that there are many people out there making a full time living from their blog (because that’s just what I’m working toward), and it seems that those that do are also the ones giving the best information away, just like this blog 🙂

    Keep up the good work,
    George Super Boot Camps

  3. Great tips. I actually started using Windows Live Writer because of you. It is truly the best blogging tool ever. Before that I was uploading each image and I was spending so much time on each post. You saved me like 1/2 hour to 45 minutes on each post. Thanks!! 🙂

  4. It’s cool to know it takes you an hour or more to write posts, too. Sometimes I wonder if it’ll ever get faster..(and it definitely has since first starting!) but there are some blogs that take DAYS working on them a little at a time.

  5. This will sound pretty goofy, and maybe a bit narcisistic…but I really look forward to being out and about and a stranger recognizing me from my blog photos. I think it would feel a bit like my own little “15 minutes (more like seconds) of fame”. SOOO Tina…if you are ever in Vancouver…and see me walking down a street…sigh, I’d recognize you first…but oh well!

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