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Five Year Blogiversary

Blogiversary/ Bloggaversary/ Blogaversary? Which way do you write it? I can’t decide which spelling is best, but either way, today marks the fifth anniversary of my little blog.

I like taking a moment each anniversary to reflect on all that has happened. The blog started as a little side project, but has obviously evolved into something much more.

I’ve said this many times, but it still holds true. I could never have imagined all that has happened since I started this blog. The people I’ve met, the friends I’ve made, the foods I’ve eaten, the places I’ve been. I’m still amazed and forever grateful that people continue to find the blog and read it. Without readers, I don’t think I would have the motivation to continue to post, and to work on improving on my photos, writing, food knowledge, baking skills, etc.

It’s always fun to look back and to see how the blog has changed. I cringe when I read old posts– it’s like going through my high school year book. But I guess that is also a positive sign. If I was satisfied with the photos or writing from previous years, then it means I’ve stopped making any progress.

This last year has been a pretty fun year. I’ve made more friends, met more people, had many more memorable experiences. I’ve also spent the last few months on a very exciting project related to the blog. I’ll be sharing the news later when I have more details.

On the personal front, I recently became a first time homeowner! It’s been pretty exhilarating, though also very time consuming.

Since becoming homeowners, I’ve seen sides to myself and Mr. K that I didn’t even know existed. I’ve never thought much about home decor, but now I found myself constantly on pinterest looking for design ideas. And Mr. K, who never showed any signs of being handy or good with repairs, has been churning out sketches of all these things he wants to build for our home. And there really is something about owning a home. When I was renting, I questioned if I even wanted to own a home. Why did I want a giant mortgage and other monthly expenses. But now that I own one, I get it. I feel such an attachment to it, feelings I couldn’t understand before.

Over the next few months, I’m hoping to share some parts of the home when they are finished, especially some of my favorite rooms and the garden. But that’s for another day.

For this post, I just wanted to keep it simple. But I also wanted to do something a little different to mark the occasion. So I thought it would be fun to share five random facts about me:

1. I dislike any candy that is orange flavored. I don’t mind eating oranges or drinking orange juice, but I just don’t like the artificial orange flavored sweets. Gummy bears, skittles, etc. That also includes orange colored M &M’s. Yes, I know that all the M &M’s are the same flavor, but the green and blue ones just taste better.

2. I am a serious late-night snacker. I probably consume more calories the hour before bed than I do the entire day, which I know is really bad, but I just can’t seem to stop myself. For a while, I tried to make Mr. K stop me from snacking, but that didn’t work out too well because I just got really angry at him when he tried. Poor Mr. K.

3. I don’t pour milk in my cereal. I like to eat my cereal dry with a glass of milk on the side. I think it’s a cultural thing. My parents hadn’t been living in the US that long when they had me. So when they first started giving me cereal, they would just pour some into a bowl. When I started going to school, I saw that kids poured milk in their cereal, but by then I was already used to eating it a certain way and couldn’t stand the taste of milk after it has been mixed with the cereal.

4. When I buy fruit snacks or gummy bears, I like to open up the bag and let them sit out for a few days so that they begin to harden before eating them. Mr. K finds this quirk really crazy.

5. When I’m eating a meal, I’ll save a little bit of my favorite item for last so that I can end my meal with that taste in my mouth.

And on that note, I’m going to end this really long post.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I really, truly appreciate it. I am so thankful for all the reads, the comments, the emails, the shares of my posts with others. I hope you will continue to follow with me on my journey.

My previous anniversary posts:

Fourth Year

Third Year

Second Year

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36 comments on “Five Year Blogiversary”

  1. Hooray for blogaversaries! I have loved being around with your blog this past year, you’ve inspired me and my family to go to exciting new places to try new delicious things. Here’s to another exciting year πŸ˜€

  2. Congrats on 5 years! I’ve had blogs in the past but could never stay consistent with my writing / sometimes would forget about them and realize it was too late to start again. Hopefully with my latest one, I can make it last 5 years too πŸ™‚

    • I think it’s hard to stay consistent at anything for a long number of years. I don’t really have many hobbies that I’ve stuck to for many years without taking a break or stopping altogether. So it definitely helps that I have readers and comments that drives me to continue. I hope you can make your latest one last too!

  3. Happy Blogiversary!!

  4. Very Happy Blogiversary to you, Kirbie! Congrats on another year of crazy blogging πŸ™‚ Your 5 things made me chuckle. For me, it’s grape flavored anything that I can’t stand and I totally do number #5… Here’s to another year for you! πŸ™‚

  5. Congratulations on your blogiversary AND home ownership!!!!

  6. Congrats on 5 years and thanks for all the awesome food tips and photos!

  7. Happy 5 Year Blogaversary Kirbie! πŸ™‚

    What a milestone this is! I’m so glad we met and became friends through our blogs. May you have many more years of blogging! I love your gorgeous photos, great recipes, cool food finds and recommendations!

  8. Happy Blogiversary! And congratulations on becoming a homeowner. We’re just hoping that, one day, we get to a point where we’re done with house projects. But, that’s also part of the fun!

    ps – I also make sure my last bite of my meal has all the best parts. I do the same with desserts, too!

    • I like reading about your house projects. I think it’s probably good to always have more. I’m just hoping we have enough momentum to get some done before “giving up.”

  9. Congratulations on 5 years of blogging! (I don’t know which spelling to use, either). Thank you for all the work you put into the blog – it’s a great resource for me! And congratulations on becoming a homeowner, too.

    • Urban dictionary and Google tell me it’s “Blogiversary” but I see “Bloggaversary” the most. Thanks for all your comments and helpful ideas and inputs. And your emails! I appreciate them all.

  10. Congrats Kirbie on hitting the 1/2 decade mark of blogging! I loved your 5-things-you-didn’t-know-about-me : especially the 3rd and 5th one. I hated milk in cereal b/c it made me nervous watching the cereal get soggy and also the taste of milk was always weird to me. So your method is kinda cool. And #5: it’s like the way I save duck skin at the end of every 8 course meal. Thanks for all these years of blogging πŸ™‚

    • Wow, the half decade makes it sound so much longer! haha. I was really debating whether or not to share those five things. I thought people might think I’m really weird but it’s funny to find other people with similar quirks.

  11. Congratulations on your success!! Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? Enjoy your new home. πŸ™‚

    • thanks Michael! It’s been so great to reconnect through the blogs. I know I keep saying this, but we need to get lunch one of these weekends!

  12. Happy blogiversary! What a fantastic milestone. Looking forward to reading your blog for many more years to come!

  13. Congrats on the 5th year! I’m quite like you as far as eating habits go. I really dislike orange flavored chocolate. That is the worst. I prefer my cereal dry. I like to let the fizz go out of my soda so I”ll open it and leave it for a few hours haha.

    • Ooh, I let the fizz go out of my soda too! I don’t like all the carbonation, it fills me up with air. It’s fun finding out I’m not the only one with some of these quirks.

  14. Congrads on 5 yrs. I found you 1 year ago and was instantly hooked. Is this your FT career now or this is still a personal hobby.

    1)I dont like ‘orange drink’ which is just chemicals. I never noticed for skittles9which i love) or mms. I didnt know all the MMs are the same flabour.
    2)If you dont eat your calories all day long and then eat them all at night I dont think that is bad.
    3) Cereal: i ‘m different too. i pur milk 1st then the cereal as the milk determines how much cereal.
    4) Hmm, maybe you prefer hard candy ?
    5) That makes sense.

    Where is this pic from, the giant gingerbread.

    • Thanks! I like to call the blog my full time second job. The gingerbread is from Google Campus. I previously did a post on that. All the android program updates for Google are named after sweets and one of them was Gingerbread.

  15. Happy five years, Kirbie! πŸ™‚ I love reading your posts and I look up to you as a fellow food blogger. Congratulations on your new home with Mr. K! I look forward to reading about more exciting adventures to come in the world of Kirbie and Mr. K.

    • Aww, thanks! I love following your blog as well. I don’t know if I could keep up a blog after having a kid, so I don’t know how you have time to do any posts with a baby.

  16. Happy anniversary! I love reading your blog:) as a former San Diego resident, I enjoy seeing your photos of the area and of course, the FOOD!

  17. Happy blogiversary Kirbie!! I’m so thankful that we got to know each other through our blogs and have really enjoyed our eating outings together! πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to hear about your new project, and looking forward to another wonderful year!