It’s been two years since I started Kirbie’s Cravings. I completely missed the one year mark, so I made sure to calendar this second year. To help celebrate the occasion, I did some redesign of the banner and added a couple of items to the page tabs of the blog.

It’s hard to look back at my original posts and photos without cringing. I get the same feeling I get when I read my old high school year book. The blog has evolved a long way since I first started (hopefully for the better).

I wanted to use this day as a sort of reflection into this little hobby of mine that has taken over so much of my free time. I often get asked why I blog or how I got started.

My goal in the beginning was simple: I wanted to add to the San Diego food blog community. There are many wonderful bloggers in San Diego, but the community is quite small, so I wanted to add my little contribution.

Things started quite innocently. I’ve always loved food and eating out. I was reading restaurant reviews one day when I stumbled upon a little blog you might have heard of called “mmm-yoso“. Mmm-yoso was the first food blog I had ever read. Ever. I had heard of personal blogs before, but didn’t pay much attention to them. When I came across mmm-yoso, I was stunned by the amount of posts, knowledge and details about restaurants in San Diego. Reading mmm-yoso was a million times better than reading yelp reviews.

For the next few days, I tried to read through all of the posts on mmm-yoso. It was no small feat as there were about 8 years of posts to read through. When I finally finished, I had a list of restaurants a mile long that I wanted to try.

After mmm-yoso, I searched for other food blogs. I found many great ones that I soon began to follow. As I tried new restaurants, I began writing about them on yelp. But the yelp reviews weren’t very satisfying. A seed of thought began to creep into my mind, toying with the idea of joining in the San Diego food blogging community.

While I loved the food blogs I found, I also noticed that the San Diego community of food bloggers is quite small. So I wanted to add to that community, with the idea of providing other San Diego food lovers another source for reviews of restaurants. So that was the goal when I started my food blog.

From there…things just sort of kept evolving more than I had ever imagined. I began adding a cooking/baking section when I realized I enjoyed posting daily but didn’t dine out enough to post daily. This gave me a whole new set of readers that I wanted to give frequent posts to. As I got more involved in the food blogging world, my list of restaurants and foods I wanted to try grew exponentially and I found myself baking and eating a lot more to check off items on my list.

I also began noticing gorgeous photographs on other blogs, and I soon found myself buying a new camera, and then eventually getting a dslr camera so I also try to take pretty photos.

So now two years have passed. I’ve reviewed hundreds of restaurants and baked hundreds of desserts. I’ve gained weight, emptied my wallet, but I’ve enjoyed the ride and hope to continue. I have met some great people through food blogging and it’s so nice to meet others who share the same passion for food. I’ve gotten great tips and advice on places to dine at whether in San Diego, or when I’m roadtripping to LA or vacationing outside of CA. On the cooking side of my blog, whenever I post a problem I have or a recipe that didn’t turn out, tips and advice are quickly provided by readers solving my dilemmas. I’ve even gotten a few free meals and products, a perk I didn’t know existed when I started, but have definitely enjoyed.

And best of all, through this blog, I’ve been able to reach out and communicate with people that I would never have been able to do without this food blog. Whenever I get a comment that one of my recipes was a huge hit with their family, or they are happy they discovered something through reading my post, it really makes my day.

For those of you who follow my blog, I hope you continue to do so. I wanted to say a few mentions to people who have made this blog possible. Maybe because I just finished watching the Oscar’s. To the readers, thanks for reading and commenting. I love getting comments and I encourage you to keep commenting and reading. I also want to mention Kirk, because his blog is really what inspired me to begin blogging and if I never stumbled on his blog, I probably never would have started blogging. I was lucky enough to meet him in person a few months ago, and he is as knowledgeable, funny and kind in person as he appears on his blog. I want to mention Dennis of A Radiused Corner and Roger of The Fifth Deadly Sin.  Kirk, Dennis and Roger were the first to welcome me to the San Diego food blog community, immediately putting me on their blogrolls and giving me a warm welcome to the community during the blog’s infant days, giving me the courage to continue. Their initial warm welcoming is something I always remember, and I’ve tried to follow their example when I encounter new bloggers.

Of course I have to mention my family, who come along on these eating adventures, help polish off the baked goods and read all my posts. And finally, I have to mention the boyfriend, who provides the biggest support for this blog. He is my constant dining companion, my driver on LA trips, my photo assistant when I’m photographing, my tech support when my site goes down, and my graphic designer for the blog.

   

31 Responses to “Second Blogiversary”

  1. snippets of thyme — March 1, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Happy Blogiversary. I loved reading your story. You gave me an idea. I should try to find other food blogs here in Houston. I’m not sure how to do that but figuring everything out is getting fun. Your blog is wonderful and even though I don’t live in San Diego, for some reason I get a kick out of reading the reviews. Congratulations!

    • Kirbie replied: — March 1st, 2011 @ 9:49 am

      You can try doing a search on google, looking up a restaurant and typing in “blog” as one of your search terms. That’s how I found a bunch. I love connecting with people outside of San Diego!

  2. SewLindaAnn — March 1, 2011 at 6:26 am

    I just found your blog from someone who made your raisin bread and it looks like it came out of a baker’s oven. So happy I did. Looking forward to browsing around. I love to cook, and all other domestic diva activities (garden, sew, etc.) Right now I’m obsessed with finding a way to make a really good pretzel type bread. Probably because I don’t want to pay $2.00 for a pretzel bagel and I love making my own stuff anyway.

    • Kirbie replied: — March 1st, 2011 @ 9:51 am

      Hmm, I’ve never made pretzel bread before. I’ve only made soft pretzels. The Alton Brown recipe is great for soft pretzels. Good luck on your search for a pretzel bread!

  3. Kirk — March 1, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Hey Kirbie – Happy Blogga-versary! In the ever changing world of blogging, two years is like forever. I really love that you’ve always got something new to share. Thanks for the kind words and the mention. And let me say; it was an immense pleasure to meet the both of you. I’m looking forward to the next two, or twenty years of wonderful posts!

    • Kirbie replied: — March 1st, 2011 @ 9:52 am

      Two years does seem a long time. I have no idea what my blog will look like in a year’s time or more. I’m definitely looking forward to continuing!

  4. Julia — March 1, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Happy Anniversary! Please keep up the wonderful work – I love reading along!

    • Kirbie replied: — March 1st, 2011 @ 9:52 am

      I’m so glad you still enjoy reading along!

  5. Mary — March 1, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Congrats on your 2 years! Sometime its hard to keep plugging away but I think it’s worth it in the end. Cheers!

    • Kirbie replied: — March 1st, 2011 @ 10:15 am

      Yeah sometimes I get into ruts, but so far I’m enjoying it!

  6. Rosa — March 1, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Happy Blog-iversary!

    • Kirbie replied: — March 1st, 2011 @ 10:13 am

      Thanks!

  7. Cliff — March 1, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Yay!! Happy blogiversary! Did you go anywhere/bake anything special to celebrate!?!? like a giant blogiversary cake!? :D

    • Kirbie replied: — March 1st, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

      Nope. I thought about baking something but I couldn’t think of something that really represented the blog as whole so I just ended up not doing anything.

  8. caninecologne — March 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    hi kirbie
    Happy 2 Year Blogaversary!!!!!!! Congratulations and here’s to many more posts/years!

    Kirk’s blog was the reason I started blogging as well. I still remember the post- it was for Ben’s 1615 restaurant in National City. That was back in Jan 06 and I started blogging 2 months later.

    • Kirbie replied: — March 1st, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

      Wow, I can’t believe you remember so well the post! I don’t remember which was his first post I read..I think he is the reason almost all of us started blogging in San Diego.

  9. KirbieBF — March 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    HORRAY! Happy Blogiversary!!!
    I love all the food you make and it makes more of me to love! =)

    I’m so happy you’ve so many friends who enjoy eating as much as you do! Horray Foodie Friends! Thanks for making Kirbie’s entrance into the Foodie-verse such a welcoming experience.

    Happy 2 years Blogging and many more to come! (so I can enjoy more nutella infused goodies) =) hahahaha! *SMOOCH*

  10. Lauren at KeepItSweet — March 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I love how you compare your early blog posts to your yearbook, I totally understand what you mean! Happy blog birthday:-)

    • Kirbie replied: — March 1st, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

      I wonder if that ever stops…looking back and stuff you did before and cringing. Haha. Thanks for following my blog =)

  11. Sophie — March 1, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    great job! I love your blog!

    • Kirbie replied: — March 1st, 2011 @ 10:21 pm

      Thanks! So glad you decided to start blogging!

  12. Dennis — March 2, 2011 at 4:20 am

    Happy 2nd Year Kirbie! Wow that was a fast two years, but as Kirk says, in blogging that’s a really long time. The blogs that last are usually the ones you can tell the person is immensely enjoying themselves. Here’s to many more years and posts to come, Cheers! :)

    • Kirbie replied: — March 2nd, 2011 @ 10:26 am

      Thanks! Two years really does fly by…I could have sworn it was only a few months ago that I realized I forgot to mark the first anniversary.

  13. Kim — March 2, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Happy Blogiversary! I read your blog everyday and love your recipes! you have been a great inspiration for me to try new things to bake. Keep up the awesome work on your blog :-)

    • Kirbie replied: — March 2nd, 2011 @ 10:25 am

      Thank you! I hope I can continue to provide yummy recipes for you to try.

  14. Marissa — March 2, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Happy second blogiversary! I’ve been reading your blog for a few months and really enjoy it. And there are now tons of restaurants I need to try now :) Keep up the great work and I look forward to reading more!

    • Kirbie replied: — March 2nd, 2011 @ 10:24 am

      Thanks! I’m glad you are enjoying the blog!

  15. Faye — March 2, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Happy 2 years! Kirk’s site was the reason I found you! You two have really inspired me to write my own blog soon. But yeah, I did same thing as you – I stayed up all night to read all his posts (as I did w/ yours too!). Thanks for taking the time and effort to write such wonderful reviews and recipes :)

    • Kirbie replied: — March 2nd, 2011 @ 11:04 am

      Thanks! I hope you do start blogging soon!

  16. joanh — March 5, 2011 at 8:24 am

    happy blogiversary!! i know what you mean about looking at early posts! but it’s also funny to me how i’ve grown and also learned more about everything- not only food and photography, but for me, also Taipei, the language, the streets and areas and more! hope you have many more years of fun blogging!

    • Kirbie replied: — March 5th, 2011 @ 11:57 am

      Yeah, it is crazy how much you learn. I thought I knew a lot when I started blogging and then realized how clueless I was about everything, even taiwanese food. But I’m learning so much now.

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