Happy 6th Anniversary to the blog!
I always like to take a moment to acknowledge how long it’s been and also reflect on what’s happened. I also think it would be nice if I baked a cake or something fancy for the occasion, but I’m always too lazy to do so. Maybe one of these years it will happen.
Every year I talk about how grateful I am to have my readers and my blog and I really mean it. The experiences I’ve had, the knowledge I’ve obtained, the people I’ve met, all of it is truly priceless. This last year has been particularly wild.
I met Anthony Bourdain.
I cooked with Top Chef finalist Brooke.
I hugged the Pillsbury Dough Boy.
I finally got to meet in person several food blogger friends.
I went to New Orleans! What an amazing food city.
Oh, and I became a published author. It still doesn’t seem real. I drag Mr. K to every bookstore we pass by to see if my book is there. And I get ridiculously giddy every time I find a copy.
When I was a kid, I spent most of my summers and weekends at the library. I loved to read and I would fill up pages upon pages worth of stickers from those Summer Reading Programs. For most of my middle school years, I was convinced I wanted to be an author. It was only after my parents and teachers strongly advised me towards a more stable career that I temporarily gave up on that dream.
Initially, the blog started as a creative outlet from my day job and as a way to let that author dream continue. I never actually thought I would become an author out of it—I just thought it would be a way for my writing to reach other people in the world.
So yes, having this book published means more to me than I can describe in words and I am so thankful for all the support of my readers. So many of you bought my book for yourselves, as gifts to friends and family, etc. My friend CC bought 6 copies to gift to others! She is such a wonderful friend and it was because of blogging that we became friends.
It was particularly thrilling to see the book translated into other languages and seeing the different covers. A reader sent me this image for the Italian version.
I loved the German cover so much, I bought myself one even though I can’t understand any German.
Last year, I ended my anniversary post by sharing a few random things about myself. I wanted to do the same again. Since this is the 6th year, I’m listing 6 things you likely don’t know about me.
1. My favorite meal of the day is dinner. I love the variety of dishes available and my stomach seems to have so much more room to eat in the evening.
2. I think dessert is a separate part of the stomach. No matter how full I am, I have room for dessert.
3. I like to snack in bed. It’s mainly because we have a TV in our room so I’m often on the bed watching TV and I like to snack when watching. But this eating on the bed habit drives Mr. K nuts, especially if I spill crumbs.
4. I own 18 Hello Kitty plush dolls. That’s not too many, is it? I’m trying to collect one for every occasion/holiday.
5. Apparently I can’t wink. My siblings tell me that when I attempt to wink, my other eye also briefly closes.
6. I eat a piece of chocolate almost every day. This is probably why I get so excited when I stay at a hotel that offers turn-down service with chocolates. The last time this happened, I requested if we could have extra chocolates and they responded by bringing me an entire bag!
That’s it for now. Thank you again for following along and continuing to read my blog, support it, comment, share it with others. I hope to continue doing this for many more years and I hope you will all continue along the ride with me.
Happy blogiversary!! I’m so happy that we got to meet through blogging, and so proud of you for achieving your author dream! Looking forward to reading about all your food adventures in the upcoming year 😀
Thanks Jinxi! I’m so glad we got to meet also. Looking forward to sharing more meals with you!
Happy blogiversary! With all the time and effort you’ve put into the blog, it’s no surprise you’ve been able to go on all these different adventures. I’ve got a copy of your yummy book on my shelf too! Wishing you continued success.
aw, thanks so much! I’m glad people appreciate all the time and effort I put into the blog. it’s fun to do, but it’s nice that people are acknowledging that I do put so much of my time. Wishing you continued success too!
Happy blogiversary! To many more delicious recipes!
Happy Blogiversary!! You sure had quite a wonderful year and lots of adventures! Great recap post and here’s hoping to many more! 🙂
thank you =) =)
Happy 6th Kirbie! It’s been such a joy watching this blog become what it is today. Remember the good ol’ days when only family & friends read our blogs 🙂 Didn’t you also meet Richard Blais (your blog was the reason I did!) ? I haven’t been to the bookstore in ages but will definitely go to the cooking section and put your book front and center when I do 🙂
I did meet Blais too. And Thomas Keller! I didn’t add them though because it was more of a “hi I’m a huge fan, can I take a photo?” whereas the other ones I actually got to sit down and chat with. But it was cool to meet them also
Happy Blogiversary!! You had a fantastic year 🙂
thanks! I feel super lucky and definitely don’t take any of my experiences for granted!
Happy blogiversary! I’m so glad I got to meet you. 🙂
Aw thanks! I’m so glad I got to meet you too. I should have added a sentence about all the new blog friends I got to meet this year!
Congratulations on completing year 6 of your blog! And I had no idea that there were foreign versions of your book! Where did you get the German copy?
Thanks Sandy! I found it on Book Depository. They have a lot of books in diff languages and they do free shipping worldwide!
Man ,six years already! Congrats Kibrbie!
thanks Kirk. It all started 6 years ago when I first came across your blog =)
Happy Blogiversay!! Wow! Six years of amazing reviews and delicious recipes! Thanks you! Here is wishing you many more years of blogging! I,and my family, really enjoy your recipes! P.S LOVE your book! :0)
Thanks Judie! Thanks for always retweeting and liking my posts =)
Yayyy happy 6th year blogiversary!!! I am constantly impressed by how consistent you are with frequent great content and mug cakes are a godsend for a dessert lover that lives with a boy that hates sweets 🙂
Aw, thanks! I really try to be consistent, though it can get hard sometimes when life gets busy. =) Glad you like the mug cakes so much!
Hey Kirbie; Many Congratulations on your Sixth year Blogging Anniversary!!!! Your Book looks absolutely Stunning!! I must look for it, when I am out looking for Cookbooks!!! 😀
You have no idea how very much I appreciate that you share recipes, which I am looking for!!! You make my life and so many others so much easier!! Thank-You so very much. Take Care 🙂
aw, thank you! It really makes my day when I hear such kind words and I’m so glad I’ve been able to share my recipes. =)
Happy Blogiversary Kirbie and congratulations to all of your accomplishments this past year. That is so cool that your book has been published in different countries (with different cover art to boot! Nice!). You are a great friend and I’m glad we met through our mutual love of food and desserts!
I’m so glad we got to meet through our food blogs! Blog friends make great real-life friends =) =)
Happy blogiversary! It’s been fun watching your blog grow and expand!
Thanks Leanne! It’s been so fun and I especially love meeting so many other bloggers and foodies, like you!
Thanks Leela =)
Wow! 6 years already? Wish you a continue bigger blog success!
I went to New Orleans twice, never realized they have so many amazing food. I should go there again – just for the food!
Thank you! You should definitely visit again. So much food!
Congrats on year 6! Keep up the good work!
Thanks you for being a reader for so many years!
Congratulations on your 6th Blogiversary!! 😀 Love the Italian cover as well, so festive 🙂
Thank you! Isn’t it interesting how each version has a diff cover? I need to collect them all!
Happy 6th Blogiversary, Kirbie! So proud of your accomplishments, especially your wonderful cookbook. I am hoping that we’ll get to meet one day and share a delicious meal. 🙂
Aw, thank you! Yes we need to meet one day and share a meal. I love seeing the adorable pics of your baby on IG =)
Happy blogiversary! It was fantastic meeting you this year, and I hope the next few years being you even more blogging success!
Thank you! I’m so glad we got to meet. I wish we weren’t so far apart!