Happy November – Looking Back and Looking Ahead

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Happy November to you all!

This month, I am celebrating Dine & Dish being 5 years old! It’s hard to believe 5 years ago I started this baby blog of mine. What’s even harder to believe is how much joy it has brought me over the past 5 years. I have come to connect with so many treasured friends, have had the chance to work with some pretty amazing magazines and brands, and have cultivated a love for photography, cooking, and creative writing in the process. Most importantly, I’ve tossed aside the idea that I will ever be a scrapbooker and have given in to letting my blog be where I store my memories for myself and my family.

With 5 years of blogging under my belt (which is ever tight, thanks to food blogging) I’ve spent some time reflecting on where I’ve been and what I want to accomplish moving forward. With that reflection, I’ve decided there are going to be a few changes around Dine & Dish.

Last month I had a random glitch when I was doing my iPhone update onto my MacBook Pro and I unfortunately lost the thousands of photos stored on my hard drive from January through last week. Needless to say, I was devastated. Sure, I still had some pictures from my Photo Journey blog and Instagram, which is much better than nothing, but all the priceless moments and everyday captures, I lost. Guess what I did have though? I had all of my food pictures because that is what I blog about. Do you think in the end I really cared that I still had all of my food photos? Yeah… not so much.

With that being said, I wanted to give you fair warning that Dine & Dish is going to expand some. I’m going to share more than just food with you… I’m going to share family life, things that make me happy, product reviews, books that I’ve read, travel experiences, recipes, photography, etc. Everything that is important to me in my life is now going to be part of Dine & Dish. And, I’m not going to do it on a separate blog… it’s obvious by how many dead websites I have out there how that’s worked out for me in the past :)

The month of November is going to be a great one…my blog is getting a big makeover (going back to basics with a simple blog design) and I have lots of amazing giveaways to show appreciation to you all for sticking by me through the years. Dine & Dish has never been the biggest blog out there, and that’s ok. Traffic isn’t what drives me. What drives me is the connection with each of you, and I truly appreciate you sharing in my journey.

If you choose to shut the door on Dine & Dish with it’s new direction, I completely understand. If you plan on sticking around, I am grateful to have you here. Feel free to subscribe via email for updates or follow me on Twitter and Facebook so you can determine what’s worth clicking through for you.

Thanks again for an amazing 5 years. I hope to enjoy many, many more!

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  1. says

    Congrats on 5 years! Looking forward to seeing the new blog and everything you have in store for us. I love this “letting my blog be where I store my memories for myself and my family” I think that’s a wonderful idea and a treasure that your kids and family members will cherish for a long time to come.

  2. says

    Hi Kristen,
    Congratulations on 5 years!! And with all the changes you are making? I am still with you, and look forward to seeing more about your life and what makes you happy! Keep it coming!

  3. says

    Oh all your photos! I’m always scared that’ll happen so I try to do a backup to ext hard drive every 3 months but u don’t wanna hear that! Happy 5th birthday and the future sounds fabulous cam’t wait to see and read all about it!

  4. says

    Congratulations! You were one of the first food blogs I ever read so I’ll definitely be sticking around. This food blogging thing is a constantly changing journey and I’m excited to be on it!

  5. says

    Congratulations on five years! What an amazing accomplishment! A newbie myself, I love looking at such an established blog and find inspiration from it! Wishing you the best in your big changes here on the horizon! Good for you!

  6. says

    Congratulations on this blogging milestone. Five years is definitely noteworthy. Your new direction sounds wonderful. Follow your heart and your follows will follow you :)

  7. says

    congrats Kristen!! and i cannot imagine anyone not wanting to keep up with what you hope to do starting in January – i think it’s FABULOUS and i cannot wait to follow along!!

  8. says

    Congratulations on five years of blogging! It’s not easy to maintain a blog for that long, and it’s only natural to change direction from time to time. May the blog continue to bring you joy as you have brought joy to your readers.

  9. says

    Why would I EVER leave you????

    You’re stuck with me, friend. Whether we’ve met or not. (maybe 2012 will be our year to finally embrace each other in person)

  10. says

    Congratulations on 5 years! One of the things that I love about you is that you are YOU, always true to who you are in every aspect of your life. I will absolutely stick around and cannot wait to read more about your sweet family.

  11. Roxana GreenGirl says

    Happy 5th anniversary to Dine@Dish. Such a wonderful and heart felt post.
    I’m a new follower but that won’t stop me from reading your blog with the new changes. Already excited.


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