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 blogging! A huge milestone! I love that you’ve adopted your blog as your virtual scrapbook. Blogging is much more fun anyhow – we get to share it with so many more people. :)

  2. says

    It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. And with every turn along the pathway, there are new discoveries, realizations, hopes. It’s great to have those as travel companions!

    Congratulations on 5 years of blogging. Wow! I look forward to the new you!

  3. The Husband says

    Dineanddish is a member of our family. You care for it like a mother cares for a child: you take care of it when it is sick, you share you highest highs and your lowest lows, and it brings you to tears ( joy and sadness). Your readers get ideas and love your pictures and stories. You get have a platform to make friends, share your thoughts, fears, hopes and dreams. I get the best wife in the world who is creative, determined, independent, beautiful, talented, smart…

    I am so proud of you. For staying with it, learning something new, finding something you love but mostly for being you. I love you.

  4. says

    Congrats on 5 years! I know personally I keep all my photos on my external hard drive, and I try to be diligent about updating, but that’s only ONE hard drive. I worry if I should have a second backup, like perhaps an online company? Oh, how I long for the days of my parents when my mom put pictures in an album, or in a shoebox. THE.END! haha

  5. says

    Happy blog birthday, Kristen! Yours is one of the first blogs I started reading, and one of the few that I still read regularly today! I love the direction that your blog is going – I always love seeing and hearing about your kiddos, and I’m excited to hear more about your life. I’m so excited for this next chapter!!

  6. says

    Congrats on five years, and of course I’ll keep reading as you pull more of your life into the scope of the blog. Also? Those are some fierce boots your daughter has on in that picture. Dang.

  7. says

    Congratulations on 5 years! While I’ve only been a recent follower, I’ve really enjoyed browsing through your archives. In particular I’ve loved reading the little tips here and there on how to be a better blogger and your support of other bloggers. Wishing you another 5 years (and many more) of blogging!

  8. says

    I love this post. Mostly because you hit on a key point that I don’t see enough of – you blog for the impact you can have on others, not the traffic stats you can earn. I feel the same way about my blog and oftentimes I find that is the exception, not the norm. I’m so excited to see the new changes ahead :)

  9. says

    Congratulations on five years! Amazing, isn’t it?
    I came to a similar point when I hit five years. I think it blogs are to continue to be relevant to those who write them, they must evolve and change—as our lives do.
    I’m looking forward to seeing your new directions.

  10. says

    Wow, 5 years! Congrats. And I don’t think a soul can blame you for taking your blog in a new direction. It’s your blog and you have come this far, you should enjoy it! I love hearing about people’s families, quite honestly. ANd your comment about scrapbooking made me laugh…I have so many scrapbooking supplies upstairs, which have not been relegated to blogging props, for the most part. I don’t know if I will ever get back into it!

  11. says

    Congratulations on 5 years! I too have thought about all the food pictures I’ve taken versus pictures of my family. I usually just reserve the good camera for food. lol I’ll look forward to your new posts. Food blogging hasn’t been good for my waistline either. I’m thinking in January I’ll start doing less baking and more veggies.

  12. says

    Congratulations on five years! That is such a feat:) I am embracing all the changes you are envisioning and looking forward to learning another thing or two from you and about you.
    Because of my blog I have been unofficially elected to be the main archivist of the extended family and have spent hours scanning thousands of old photos while in Serbia. So I greet your new approach wholeheartedly!
    So sorry you lost so many photos! It happened to my sister and she was heartbroken for weeks:(

  13. says

    My blog is an extension of a ‘recipe website’ I started almost 17 years ago and it has constantly evolved. If not for an injury that robbed me of both the ease of walking but in that difficulty I’ve lost so much time…or I would have done something similar. I”m not on the family track so much because my girls are grown but the gardening track. It’s a passion of mine as well as food and I hope to share more of ‘how my garden grows’ in coming years.

    I applaud your expanding to what you love and I’m sure your readers will be delighted to stick around. Happy anniversary!


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