Six Years Later

by Jenn (eating bender) on March 16, 2014

With Love Cards


Today marks the 2,191st day that I have been blogging on Eating Bender.

Six years and 913 posts later, it still amazes me that a pretty lame post about baby kiwi written anonymously from a college student’s apartment could kickstart a journey that has lasted nearly a quarter of my life. A journey that has resulted in amazing opportunities and incredible friendships with people who live in the same city, the next town over or thousands of miles away.

Back then, I was grateful to have an outlet for my newfound passion: food journaling. I blogged as much as four times per day (not sad to say the low quality photos on those posts didn’t make it through these six years) and introduced recipes like Coffee Cocoa, which I still drink daily. I experimented with ridiculous condiment combinations like humbecue, fell in love with an Ebleskiver pan and reveled in coming up with pun-tastic post titles.

The latter hasn’t changed, but the focus of the blog certainly has – gone are the days of multiple postings (I’m lucky to get one up each week) and frequent recipe experiments (thank goodness for Pinterest parties and book club). Slowly but surely, this blog has become less about “eating” and more about “living,” and I’ve loved having the chance to share even more “pieces of my life with you,” which has been and remains my ultimate goal.

So, as I like to do every March 16, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for reading. Thank you for sharing pieces of your own life with me. Thank you for inspiring me to keep writing. I can never say enough how grateful I am for all that blogging has given me.

I look forward to another year of great memories!



1 Cara (Twinthusiast) March 16, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Cheers, Jenn! Happy Blogiversary. Who knows where this site will be in a few more years? 😉
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2 Jenn (eating bender) March 18, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Adventure awaits!! :)

3 Caroline March 17, 2014 at 7:30 am

Happy blogging anniversary! Congrats!
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4 Jenn (eating bender) March 18, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Thanks, Caroline!

5 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) March 17, 2014 at 9:18 am

6 years is a long time! Congrats! I’ve been blogging for 3 years and I am constantly wondering how long I’ll do it for. haha.
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6 Jenn (eating bender) March 18, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Haha – I’m with you! Your blog is awesome, though, so please keep it up. :) Thanks, Kelli!

7 Cindy March 17, 2014 at 9:35 am

I really enjoy your writing style and content. Looking forward to following you in the years ahead!

8 Jenn (eating bender) March 18, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Thank you, Cindy! I’m so glad that we’ve connected!

9 Katie March 17, 2014 at 11:41 am

I love this! Not only because I feel like I went on the journey with you while reading your posts (and even while not commenting) and also because this almost exactly mirrors my own experience and history of blogging! Even the timing of the shifts in focus, you and I have seemingly been on the same trajectory. It’s weird that that doesn’t seem weird. 😉

10 Jenn (eating bender) March 18, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Love everything about this comment – thank you so much, Katie! I completely agree that our blogging journeys have mirrored each other, and you’re right that there is nothing weird about it at all. :) I’m really glad that we’ve met via the blogosphere – but I hope it can also be in person someday!

11 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner March 18, 2014 at 8:26 am

Happy Blogiversary! I love reading about your food, your life, and your holes-in-one. 😀
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12 Jenn (eating bender) March 18, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Haha!! Thank you, Chelsea. I’m so glad that blogging has connected us – I always love and look forward to reading your posts, too!

13 Melissa @Tryingtoheal March 18, 2014 at 11:48 am

I’m so happy I’ve been here for the whole thing!!!!! :D:D:D:D:D:D
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14 Jenn (eating bender) March 18, 2014 at 8:28 pm

I’m so LUCKY you have been here! Grateful for our friendship every day, lady. <3

15 Dave March 26, 2014 at 9:51 am

Your blog journey makes sense as food is a part of life, and an important one at that, but not life itself. Happy to be along for part of the journey.

16 Toronto Girl West April 6, 2014 at 11:56 am

You know, I think I’ve been reading your blog for most of those six years! Crazy how time flies!! :)
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