Happy Blog-Birthday to Me!

That’s right, bloggies! Carrots ‘N’ Cake turns 1 today! My first blog post was on the afternoon of February 3, 2008. 

I still can’t believe that I’ve been blogging for an entire year! Time flies when you’re having fun! :mrgreen: It’s even harder to believe that I have photographed just about every meal that I’ve eaten for 365 days! Think about how many photos I’ve snapped– including the ones that never made it onto the blog! 

History of Carrots ‘N’ Cake 

I orginally started this blog as a way to keep me on track with a healthy diet and exercise for my upcoming wedding. Back then, I was more interested in counting calories than eating wholesome, nutritious foods. In my early posts, I counted every calorie in all of my meals. Boy, how things have changed! 

Back then, my blog was “technically” called Carrots and Cake, and it was hosted through Blogger. (It actually still exists at my old blogspot domain.) On February 29, 2008, Carrots and Cake changed its name to Carrots ‘N’ Cake for a very simple reason: the domain name www.carrotsandcake.com was already taken! Who would have guessed?! So, I made the executive decision to officially change the blog’s name to Carrots ‘N’ Cake with its very own domain name. 

Carrots ‘N’ Cake kept trucking along for the next 7 months at Blogger with no major changes. It was a cute, little blog. But, with the help of my friend Blain, I realized that there were bigger and better blog platforms out there, and I moved over to WordPress with my very own custom template that I designed myself (with the technical expertise of Blain). In October 2008, Carrots ‘N’ Cake got a full facelift, which is the same design that appears today. 

In the past year, Carrots ‘N’ Cake has come a loooooong way! And, as cheesy as it may sound, so have I! For those of you who have been reading since the early days, you’ve seen me plan a wedding, contemplate (and attempt) a career change, achieve a 5K PR, wean myself off Splenda, surpass 1 million pageviews, resign from a job to start a new one, plus soooo much more! It’s amazing to look back and see all of the changes I’ve made and the things that I have accomplished. Through it all, I have enjoyed sharing both my personal life and food experiences with all of you! Of course, it hasn’t always been easy. Having a food blog is a lot of work, but what I have received in return has been well worth it! I’ve learned so much, become healthier and smarter about my food choices, received countless new exercise and recipe ideas, and made new friends– in cyberspace and in person.

And, without further ado, I give you my very first post

Sweet Ending 

How fitting is the title of my first post?!? Without even realizing it, I summed-up my daily habit of eating something sweet at the end of every meal in my very first post! 🙂  

Having a food blog has been one of the most rewarding projects of my life, and I want to thank all of you who read every day. You have helped make CNC what it is today! Plus, each of your comments, emails, and conversations motivate me to continue blogging and better myself each and every day! So, thank you readers!!! :mrgreen:


112 Comments

  1. LOVE this post. Congrats to you Tina! It has been great watching the transformation of the blog in such a few short months. Can’t wait to see what happens in 2009!

  2. Congratulations Tina and Happy Blog Birthday! I had no idea you calorie counted like that! It seems to be quite the opposite of the way you are now. Do you think you enjoyed eating less back then?

  3. Congrats! I started reading your blog in 2009 and I love it. I’ve been enjoying oatmeal with almond butter regularly thanks to you!

  4. Happy 1 year anniversary, Tina!!!!
    I think you deserve to celebrate with a PUG! Haha.
    No actually, I was thinking there should be another get together – I’m sure there are a lot more readers from the Boston area since this past summer or who have their own blogs now (Elina!) and we should all meet up again!

  5. Wow! Congrats! You have accomplished so many things in such a short amount of time. I can only hope that my new little blogs is as successful and meaningful as yours!

    Thanks for sharing with us!

    Kaneil, Balance is Best

  6. Happy Blogday, Tina! I’ve been a reader since the start and appreciate all of your hard work maintaining this awesome site. Keep it up!

  7. Happy Blog Birthday! Delurking to let you know I love your blog and look forward to many more posts! Keep up the great work!!

  8. congratulations tina!! your blog is so entertaining & so informative! I’ve incorporated so much from your workout page– THANK YOU!!
    i had a question, when & how did you decided to stop counting calories?? i started recently, but i can tell it’s becoming a bit of an obsession now

  9. Happy Birthday CNC! I have always been so impressed with your blog and I appreciate all the hard work and time you put into it. Your hard work really shows. Yay you!

  10. Congratulations! You’ve got such a wonderful blog. It’s a great coincidence that your blogiversary and National Carrot Day are the same day!

  11. AWW HAPPY BL0GGY BIRTHDAY T0 Y0U, TINA! I adore not only your blog, but Y0U and your wonderful, endearing words, as well. They ALWAYS brighten up my day… You have become such an A.MAZING blogger. Your pictures are always superb, your wit and charm, divine, and you carry such positivity throughout your posts, making them such little treasures.

    C0NGRATULATI0NS! Here’s to Many, MANY, More 🙂

  12. Congrats to you! I have been following along for several months and always look forward to my daily reading your fitness & food tips. Great Job = Encouraging & Inspirational!

  13. Teen, your blog is truly the other love of my life. I’m hopelessly addicted to it and like to think we’re real friends 😉 It’s no exaggeration when I say you’ve changed my life. You have no idea! You’re wonderful. Thanks for being a total inspiration and bring me may-juh joy several times a day!

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