The Tasty Gardener: A Look Behind, A Look Ahead.

CraveTOWOW!

That’s the first thing that comes to mind when I think about this past year on the blog.

Where did it all begin?  A redesign to start it all off definitely helped.  This is what it use to look like.  I think a fresh start is always a feeling of renewal.  I was stagnant on the old site, recycling the same content over and over because I wasn’t happy with it.  Once the new design came together (which I did mostly on my own) I felt like I had a whole new blog.  It had me look into more opportunity to promote my blog.

That’s when I came upon the Food Bloggers of Canada and their first ever national conference.  This is where everything changed.  I met some amazing people, learned some outstanding tools for my blog and before, during and after was given the chance to work with sponsors.  From that conference on things just snowballed.

I went to the Eat, Write, Retreat conference where I competed and won in the Culinary Apps contest. I also met an amazing blogger Gwen from Devour and Conquer who to this day is a great friend of mine and guest blogger on this site.

The summer brought blogger events where I met even more amazing people.  Jenny from The Brunette Baker, Christina from Buffy and George, Meg from Sweet Twist of Blogging, Robyn from Planet Byn, and Rhonda at Olive and Ruby have all become close wonderful foodie friends of mine.  People who understand the joys and frustration of blogging, who support and encourage each other and who are always up for laughs and adventures.

As the year changes I can’t help but have a sense of pride for what I do and the successes I have experienced and am happily imagining how the upcoming year will unfold.

This is the first time I felt the need to reflect and share with you, my wonderful followers, how the past year has gone.  I want everyone who has contributed to my joy to be acknowledged and applauded for their pieces of this pie.  And I want to share with everyone my plans for 2014.  I want to continue this momentum and continue getting better and bigger and I look forward to the journey we continue to take.  I see amazing things happening here.

Top Five Posts 2013

5) Strawberry Rhubarb Cookies

Strawberry Rhubarb Cookies from The Tasty Gardener

4)Peanut Butter Muffins

Peanut Butter and Banana Muffins - The Tasty Gardener

3)Chicken Fried Chicken

Chicken Fried chicken - The Tasty Gardener

2)Lemon Butter Cake

Lemon Cake - The Tasty Gardener

1)Parisienne Potatoes

Parisienne Potatoes (1)

New for 2014

Here is just a taste of some of the things I hope to bring to the blog in 2014

*Cookbook Reviews

*Healthier and fresh recipes

*more guest bloggers

*more garden content

*more restaurant reviews

*contests

*blogger events

*monthly theme recipes

I hope when I look back I can say I accomplished all this and more.

Cheers 2014 !!!!

 

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Comments

  1. Looking forward to everything you'll bring to your blog in 2014! Would love to do a guest post for you! I tend to kill all my plants, so something on the tasty side, rather than the gardener side! haha
  2. Happy Neeeewwwww Year! What a fun post and I just have to say I love, love, love your photography. I'm going to join Robyn and say I'd love to do a guest post for you also. Yahoo!!! Looking forward to a fun 2014!
  3. Sounds like you had a great 2013 and that this year is going to be even better!! Yay! I'm looking forward to following along - so glad we've gotten to connect over the past year! xo
  4. Happy New Year, Heather! Loved learning more about you and seeing how your old site used to look. You have come a LONG way BABY! Great work! - You could add your reflections to The Canadian Food Experience Project and your goals for that to this post and that would work for this month's challenge, too - adding the links as well. More good things in 2014 to come! XO V

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