Time flies. Four years ago today, on March 16, 2008, this blog was born.
The opening post subject? Baby kiwi. Yeah. Things have changed a lot since then. 😉
I’ve changed from food journaling to…whatever “this” is now.
Four years. It’s almost as if I’m “graduating” from blogging school. OK, that
might be is a lame joke. But I certainly have had an education from this experience, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Once upon a time, Eating Bender looked like this:
A few months later, it looked like this…except pretend it also had my strawberry header:
I’m a little bummed that The Wayback Machine somehow neglected to include the header in all the shots it took of the above version of my blog. Thankfully, it got it right once the blog changed over to the “red” look in February 2009:
Of course, the most recent change happened just last Friday.
It’s fun to look back at how the design has changed, but it’s even more crazy to look through old posts and see how I have changed. For starters, I can’t believe how many colors I used to use on my posts. No, really – almost every food mentioned got its own color. Spinach = green, banana = yellow, strawberry = red. That took a lot of time, let me tell you!
I’m sure from the reader’s perspective I am no less kooky, but thank goodness you’re all still here. The most amazing thing about blogging has been the friendships I’ve formed, both on the blog and off. I have met so many AMAZING people, and I am truly grateful to be given the chance to interact with you every day.
You’ve given me so much joy, which is why I’d like to give you something in return!
Some of you have noticed the change in my tagline this year. Originally it was “a lifelong healthy eating spree,” but it has since evolved into “a voracious appetite for food, writing and life.”
I’m combining these two loves into a giveaway, and it’s probably my favorite giveaway of all time.
Bender’s Bamboo Bottle + Book Blogiversary Giveaway
Remember my Bamboo Bottle review?
Remember how obsessed I am with books?
(You definitely need to watch the above video. It is guaranteed to make you want to read.)
The team at Bamboo Bottle has graciously offered to give a free bottle to one lucky reader, and I’m throwing in a bonus: the winner will also receive a fiction book of their choice from me!
Here’s how to enter:
- Must do: Leave a comment letting me know which fiction book you would most like to read next. The only caveats are that the book must be sold on Amazon.com, and you must also live in the U.S. or Canada. Sorry to anyone reading internationally!
- Must do: Additionally in that comment, let me know how you would use the Bamboo Bottle.
- Could do: Earn an extra entry by following Bamboo Bottle on Twitter or liking them on Facebook and then leaving a comment letting me know that you did.
The giveaway will run through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 23, 2012.
I cannot thank you enough for giving me the motivation and courage to blog these past four years. It has improved my writing and cooking abilities, fostered countless friendships and allowed me to discover how wonderful life is – and I really mean that. Even on my worst days, I can turn to blogging, whether my own blog or the hundreds of other incredible people who write them, and know that everything is going to be OK.
Thank you for keeping my glass half full. More often than not with some form of wine. 😉
Cheers and hugs to you all.