Monday, 14 February 2011

Chocolate Log Blog - Two Years On

It's hard for me to believe that my blog has been going now for two full years. Last year, at the grand old age of one, I thought I'd achieved a lot. This year, I've done even more. Chocolate Log Blog has undergone some changes and is evolving all the time; it is quite a different beast to when it started in those dim and distant days of 2009. My blog is first and foremost about baking and cooking with chocolate, but not exclusively. I've really enjoyed reviewing a number of chocolate products over the last year and hope to continue with this. I've attended my first chocolate tasting and sampled some top notch chocolates.  I hosted my first giveaway in 2010 and have organised another competition. In my quest to find good cafes and teashops, I shall continue to make the odd mention of favoured localities.

Six months ago, Chele of Chocolate Teapot and I started the We Should Cocoa challenge which I've really enjoyed doing. I've discovered new blogs I didn't know about and am constantly amazed at how inventive people are and how many things there are to make. As a result, my list of chocolate goodies is now bigger than it has ever been.

My blog is by no means one of the greats and my daily hits are modest. However, I have made it into the top twenty of Wikio's gastronomy blogs and Cision's top ten UK confectionery and baking blogs. I'm not really sure how meaningful these are, but it has been a welcome ego boost nonetheless. Over the last few months I've received a number of blog awards from some valued blogger colleagues. As some of you may know, I am a bit ambivalent about blog awards, but I would like to give heartfelt thanks to the following people who very kindly passed them on to me.

Dom @ Belleau Kitchen
Johanna GGG @Green Gourmet Giraffe
FreeRangeGirl @This Yorkshire Life
Ann @Apples and Twinkles

One of the real joys of blogging and one I hadn't at all expected, is interacting with others and getting to know a bit more about the people behind the blogs. I'd like to say a big thank you to my followers and everyone else who visits, but most of all I'd like to thank those who leave comments. It is this interaction that makes it feel like fun.

I would not like this occasion to go uncelebrated, so I have a birthday gift for my blog: a new page of links to blogs that I particularly rate.

48 comments:

  1. Happy second blogiversary. May you chocolate on for another year x

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  2. Happy 2nd Birthday Choclette! I am a great fan of your blog and have no doubt that it will continue to delight me in the future :)

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  3. Happy Blogiversary!

    I hope the next year is as enjoyable for you and all your followers!

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  4. happy second birthday! Here's to (at least) the next two years

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  5. Happy 2nd Blogiversary! Best blog-wisghes for the future!

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  6. Happy birthday!! You know how much I love your blog, here's hoping for more years of happy blogging. xx

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  7. My congratulations! Lots of tasty ideas!

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  8. Well done! 2 years is an achievement. We enjoy reading your posts as much as you like writing and creating them :)

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  9. Happy Blogoversary! May there be many more!

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  10. Happy Happy Blogaversary!... love reading your blog every week and have had many many inspirations from you, particularly my current beetroot obsession (although my red hands and red stained shirt don't thank you quite so strongly...)... thanks for the link but not thanks for the wikio link which I am now obsessed with!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. Happy Blog Birthday!

    Doesn't time fly?

    I bet that two years ago you did not realise how addictive it would be and how important your blog would become to you.

    Importantly have you backed the blog up recently?

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  12. Happy Birthday. The blogosphere would be poorer without your consistently good blogging.

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  13. Happy birthday, Choc!! It's been wonderful getting to know you through your fabulous blog! :)

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  14. Happy Birthday ... and here is to many more chocolate coated years to come ;0)

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  15. Happy 2nd! Here's to many more chocolate filled posts!

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  16. Happy Anniversary Choclette! Here's to many more years of chocletting!
    I tried the chestnut brownies over the weekend. They were very good but crumbly and a bit dry. Maybe my oven is too hot? Something. Anyway I salvaged everything by making a bread pudding out of the crumbs that is quite good!! Keep up the excellent work. Its a joy and an inspiration. Love, holtvolts!

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  17. Happy 2nd Blogversary! It's wonderful meeting fellow bloggers!

    Happy Valentine's Day to you! If you have time, please stop by for dessert! It's sinfully delicious!

    Mary

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  18. A very happy 2nd 'Blogiversary' Choclette - I'm just a bit younger than you as it happens! Keep it up - here's to a happy third year of blogging...
    hopeeternal
    'Meanderings through my Cookbook'
    www.hopeeternalcookbook.wordpress.com

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  19. happy birthday - you have made some fine inroads into the blogosphere - and continue to demonstrate that you can never exhaust the possibilities for chocolate baking - look forward to many more delicious posts

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  20. ps and it seems just right for a chocolate blog to celebrate a birthday on valentine's day

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  21. Happy blog birthday! Hope that you celebrated with lots of chocolate ;-)

    And I thoroughly agree with you, one of the best bits about blogging is the people you get to know, I've made some truly wonderful friends through it :)

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  22. Happy 2nd!

    I love following your blog esp love the way you begin the recipe by saying 'This is what I did' :-)

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  23. Awww, happy 2nd Blogiversary! :D Here's to another full and exciting (and chocolatey) year!

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  24. A very happy birthday and many more chocolicious years :)

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  25. Happy Birthday!
    Great photos, great blog and keep doing it because it's a happy thing and I hope gives you as much pleasure to write as it does to read.
    Plus all that amazing cake (and related products) you make - your friends and family are totally lucky, still in awe of your Christmas present productivity.

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  26. Thank you all so much for the lovely supportive comments you've given - I'm truly touched and it really made my Valentines Day. And yes, I did manage to consume a fair amount of chocolate -chocolate I'd bought for CT as it happens ;-)

    Dom - with your world takeover quest, you'll be up there as No 1 on Wikio in no time.

    Helen - thanks for the back-up reminder. Must get on to it.

    HoltVolts - really sorry those brownies didn't turn out well for you - they really were the best I've made and not at all dry.

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  27. Happy Birthday to your blog! It really is an exciting blogging world. Look forward to reading your blog this year.

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  28. Happy Birthday to you Choc - it's always a pleasure to read your blog and get your take on the latest chocolate happenings xx

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  29. Happy B'day Choclette! and congrats on completing two year, its seriously is a wow! many more years to come good luck for that! i have always love and drooled over your decadent chocolates, will keep doing it :D

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  30. Happy anniversary - time flies when you're enjoying yourself. But there's plenty more chocolate in the world so here's to the future....

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  31. Congratulations!!! Yeah to you & your tasty & lovely recipes!! It was nice & great to meet you in this tasty chocolate love blog!

    I really dig you!!

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  32. I Love reading your blog and I have awarded you a stylish Blogger award check it out at www.cupcakesmile.blogspot.com

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  33. Happy blog birthday! Here's to many more. :)

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  34. I'm sending anniversary wishes your way. Your blog will continue to grow in popularity because it is unique. I hope you have a wonderful evening. Blessings...Mary

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  35. I love your blog Choclette. You do it rather well! To another great bloggy year :-)

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  36. Thanks again for all the lovely comments I've received - they are all very much appreciated.

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  37. What a lovely post Choclette - you deserve all the good wishes and recognition.

    Wishing you many, many more happy years of blogging :-}}

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  38. Congrats on your 2nd blog anniversary. It's amazing what you have achieved! You have a lovely blog. Keep Cooking Keep Blogging!

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  39. Jings, thought I would never get to the end! I can tell by the comments you are well-loved Choclette, but then I already knew that. Happy 2nd blog birthday my friend. xx

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  40. Happy 2nd Blogiversary Choclette - long may your lovely, inspiring blog continue.

    I know what you mean about how it's evolved - you've done so much in just two years! I also understand what you mean about the comments and the interaction with other people who share your passion. It's certainly what keeps me blogging!

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  41. Thank you BVG, MaryMoh, Jac and C - your comments are all very much appreciated.

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  42. A belated happy 2nd blog birthday! Keep on blogging.

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  43. Happy Blogoversary!!!

    We have got lots of very good Chocolate recipes from you and we hope for the same in the coming years as well...

    All the very best and Keep up the good work.

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  44. Hi I have only just read this and then seen MY blog on YOUR list...I've teared up love I have! Thank you x And well done on your successes (always enjoy your posts). x

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  45. Susan - thank you, you silly! You have a lovely blog, of course I'd want it on my list.

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