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Five Years!

AS AN AMAZON ASSOCIATE I EARN FROM QUALIFYING PURCHASES

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Today is my five year bloggiversary! I usually never remember the actual date but I’ve started to make it a point to put it on the calendar because it’s a big deal (to me)!

The blog has evolved and grown so much the past five years. I’ve grown and evolved so much in the past five years and all of which has been documented on the blog! I got engaged, got married, traveled the world, bought a house, wrote a cookbook, got a puppy, building our forever home, and much, much more! It’s just so crazy to look back in time to see how far I’ve come and how much change has happened since this blog first started back in May of 2011.

Table for Two in 2011

I also want to say that this is part of why I write stories in all my blog posts. So I can look back on it and reflect; just as I am doing now. I post not only recipes, but I write about my life. I know it’s not exactly popular when most people come for the recipes, but to me, my blog is my journal and a way for me to document my life. So, when you come to my blog for recipes, you get stories of my life thrown in, too. Obviously, you don’t have to read it; I don’t expect anyone to. I’m just explaining why there are always paragraphs of text before the actual recipe! Over the past five years, I’ve had many comments about how I should just post the recipe and photos and not talk about me and well, there’s a reason! :)

Table for Two in 2012

As of today, there have been 795 posts that have been published on this blog. 795 posts! More than half of those are recipes so that means there are at least 400 recipes on this blog to choose from. Holy cow. Actually talking about these stats out loud makes it seem so bizarre and crazy to me that I have produced that many in the five years the blog has been alive. Not to mention developing a cookbook, too!

While I’m getting all stat happy (and taking you on a trip down memory lane with all the blog design iterations), I decided to open up my Google Analytics to see how many pageviews I’ve had since May 2011. 45,609,127?

Table for Two in 2014

And there’s more in store! I recently redesigned my own blog. I didn’t hire out this time for the design. I did it myself and the ever lovely Kristin Falkner is making the magic happen. We’ll be launching some time next month but here is a sneak peek:

Table for Two in 2016

I’m so excited to see what’s in store for the next five years! Thank you for reading ?

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Lisa J McCarthy

Friday 13th of May 2016

Congratulations Julie! I have enjoyed reading your blog very much, and am inspired to write my own. (Not there yet, just in the research phase-but my friends will be so glad when I stop posting food and recipes on my Facebook Page-haha) Thank you for the kind words, creative inspiration, and just pleasantness that is your blog. Wishing you another stellar 5 years on your blog!

Julie

Saturday 14th of May 2016

Thank you so much Lisa!! You are the kindest! I always see you pop up on my Facebook page with a like or comment. Thank you for the support and can't wait for you to start your blog!!

Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze

Friday 13th of May 2016

Congrats on your 5 years!! Love watching you on snapchat and seeing your adorable dog. :) Here's to many more blogging years and good food. PS will you be at the EFC next week? Would love to meet you!

Julie

Saturday 14th of May 2016

Aww thanks so much Cyndi!! Unfortunately, I won't be at the EFC next week. It'd be great to meet you someday though!

Peggy

Wednesday 11th of May 2016

I may not comment often but I do enjoy following your blog. Congrats on five years.

Julie

Thursday 12th of May 2016

Thank you so much, Peggy! :)

Gaby Dalkin

Wednesday 11th of May 2016

Happy bloggiversary Julie! Can't wait to see the new look :)

Teri K

Wednesday 11th of May 2016

Congratulations on your 5th bloggivesary! Looking forward to the next 5 +++ years. ?

Julie

Wednesday 11th of May 2016

Thank you so much!!!! xoxo