5 Year Blogiversary of ErinCooks.com

September 25, 2011 · 17 comments · Print This Post

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Today marks the five year anniversary of this blog! Five years ago CK and I had just moved in together, I’d left a job I hated with every fiber of my being, and had rekindled my love of blogging (in between endless resume submissions) with a now defunct service called Vox. I’ve talked about the fact that I’ve been blogging (aka journaling as we called it back then) online since 1999 before, but for some reason I left out the details in my bio as to how ErinCooks.com actually came into existence.

One night, for some unknown reason, I took step-by-step photos of the preparation of Ellie Krieger’s Chicken Cacciatore. At that time I didn’t read food blogs and I’m pretty certain that I didn’t even know they existed. I almost exclusively read personal blogs, most of which I’d been reading for years. So, anyway, I had these photos of me making dinner and being the good little blogger that I am I promptly put them up on my Vox account and called it a wrap. I can’t show you the actual post unfortunately as the Wayback Machine is not cooperating, but I do have a screenshot of the ErinCooks.com catalyst. You see, shortly after posting those step-by-step images my story was featured on the front page of Vox under their infamous “This is Good” section. Or as I like to think of it: the original “Like” button.

This seriously made my year and random people commented on the post and left lovely comments and I thought…hmm…maybe I could do that all the time? At first I tried using another Vox account to just post pictures of things I was baking and cooking, but that didn’t really seem to be enough. Plus I missed owning my own domain. So in the end I took the title of my food post account on vox (ErinCooks) and bought the .com. The chicken post was of course the first entry on ErinCooks.com. And no one commented on it. Thankfully things did improve with time though.

Over the last five years I’d have to say that some of my most proud moments included:

Thank you all so much for sharing these memories with me! Please know that your kind words and encouragement have meant more to me then you’ll ever know.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 julie September 25, 2011 at 11:21 am

Happy Anniversary. Although I haven’t been following you for 5 years, I think it’s been at least 2+!


2 A Plum By Any Other Name September 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm

5 years: wow! You’ve had some pretty impressive blog-related joy. Congrats on all your success!


3 Rob September 25, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Hooray! A great milestone! Can’t wait to read more.


4 April was in CT now CA September 25, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Congratulations on your 5 year blogiversary!! Kitteh looks quite enamored with those salad greens!


5 Nick (Macheesmo) September 25, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Happy Blogiversary Erin. Five years is freakin’ epic.


6 Cindy B. September 26, 2011 at 5:40 am

Happy Blogiversary!!!!! 5 Year Wow!!


7 tracy September 25, 2011 at 8:36 pm

5 years is really too remarkable.
I am new here, but really think this is great.
Congratulations ~~!


8 Nancy Wolf September 26, 2011 at 7:52 am

Congratulations, Erin, on your five year anniversary of the blog! Good for you, you brave girl, for following your dreams!


9 Nicole September 26, 2011 at 8:42 am

Happy Blogiversary, Erin! Five years is a huge milestone in the food blogging world 🙂


10 Emily September 26, 2011 at 9:20 am

Congratulations! Five years food blogging is definitely a notable milestone! Love your story and looking forward to what comes over the next five years!


11 Sharon H September 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Congratulations to a well-deserved awesome cook and blogger! I always enjoy reading your posts and look forward to another five years!


12 Kathie September 27, 2011 at 5:28 am

Happy Blog-i-versary! Are there cards for that?

What’s the non-traditional gift one must send?


I’ve followed you for a while Erin and I’m so happy for all of your successes. I look forward to 5 more years of cooking with you!


13 Kelly September 28, 2011 at 9:19 am

Happy anniversary! I find it can be both thrilling and cringeworthy at times to have a chronicle of so many years, but mostly it’s nice to see a reflection through food of where I was at a particular place in time. Congrats!


14 joan September 29, 2011 at 11:07 am

Happy Day to you! And thank you for sharing with us these past years.
My daughter moved to Somerville a few years ago, I started reading Boston.com, and that is how I found your blog.
Hope you are enjoying your new city and state!


15 Kerstin October 1, 2011 at 10:38 am

Congrats on 5 years!! Blogging can be so fulfilling 🙂


16 Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) October 5, 2011 at 6:43 am

Congrats on five lovely years! I’ve only been reading for a few months, but love what you do here. Here’s to five more! 🙂


17 My kids recipes October 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Wonderful milestone to reach! This inspires me to keep going.


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