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Hi!  I’m Hannah…

Oh wait.  Most of you already know that.

Anyways, moving on from that slightly awkward moment… let’s get a little more serious.  But serious in a good way.

It is easy to get caught up in the “I’m not good enough,” “I’m not popular enough,” “I wish I had more unique views/page views/followers, etc.” talk, but when it comes down to it, blogging is a lot more than just that.  I think it is time that we all check those negative thoughts at the door and focus on the positives.  Blogging sure has brought a lot of things and people into my life that I cannot imagine being without.

I’m Hannah and I May Never Be a Famous Food Blogger

…but blogging helped me discover and cultivate a passion for vegetarian and vegan cooking that I might never have developed otherwise.

I May Never Be a Famous Food Blogger…

…but I have learned a wealth of information regarding health and nutrition from the blogosphere and am now aware of my love for sharing this with others.

I May Never Be a Famous Food Blogger…

…but I have stepped outside of my comfort zone on many occasions and have learned how to cook numerous dishes/foods that used to be completely “foreign” to me (tempeh, tofu, seitan, etc.).

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I May Never Be a Famous Food Blogger…

…but I have learned far more than I ever thought possible when it comes to technology, WordPress, being self-hosted, etc.  Granted, my knowledge is still very limited.

I May Never Be a Famous Food Blogger…

…but I have been given the opportunity to work with so many amazing restaurants and companies who share my passion for a healthy lifestyle.

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I May Never Be a Famous Food Blogger…

…but I have been given the opportunity to express myself through my writing, and have been able to do it for fun instead of simply for work.

I May Never Be a Famous Food Blogger…

…but I have gone from being Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram opposed and ignorant to actually embracing and enjoying what it has to offer me as a professional, friend, and individual.

I May Never Be a Famous Food Blogger…

…but I have grown as an individual, professional, and team member by becoming a part of the Omaha Bloggers community.

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…but I find happiness and support every single day in what the blogging community has brought to me, especially during tough times.

I May Never Be a Famous Food Blogger…

…but I have friends all over the world, and not many people can say that!

I May Never Be a Famous Food Blogger…

…but blogging has forced enabled me to step outside of my comfort zone on many occasions.

I May Never Be a Famous Food Blogger…

…but I was fortunate enough to have a blog that connected me to my first friends here in Omaha.  Without blogging, I would still likely feel incredible lost in a city five hours from “home.”

lululemon spin class(Yes, we work out together!)

I May Never Be a Famous Food Blogger…

…but I will forever have an online collection of my recipes, and am prepared for a lifetime of delicious plant-based cooking and eating.

I May Never Be a Famous Food Blogger (and likely will not)…

…but I am amazed by all that I have accomplished and how my blog has transitioned and improved over the past almost two years.  And that is something that I am quite proud of!

Why do you blog?

What have you gained from blogging?

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  • Heather @fitncookies May 15, 2014, 6:40 am
    This is too true. I love to blog to have that outlet to share my knowledge. I love sharing my workouts and having people tell me they did them. I love hearing others who are going through similar things, or get advice from others. I love sharing recipes when I have any (ha not too often!). I just love every person I have met and become a "blend" with! Heather @fitncookies recently posted...Something about the smellMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 15, 2014, 7:14 am
      The people you meet through blogging are amazing, aren't they? It's so cool to have friends all over the world! And I totally understand what you mean about hearing that someone has tried something you have posted. It is very rewarding.
  • Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite May 15, 2014, 7:40 am
    I feel like it's far too easy to get into the comparison trap in the blog world - but I love that you can look past that and instead focus on the things that you have learned and why you love blogging. You're doing a great job and you never know what can happen in the future! Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite recently posted...3 Spring Salad Recipes {Gluten Free, Paleo}My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 15, 2014, 6:50 pm
      Thanks so much for the kind words Alisha! Yes, I will always hold out hope for even more goodness, but if that doesn't come along then that is okay because I have already gained so much.
  • Lucie@FitSwissChick May 15, 2014, 7:43 am
    You're so right - blogging is so much more than just writing and hoping that someone reads. I can not even believe how many wonderful connections I made through blogging and how much it helped me in my recovery! Lucie@FitSwissChick recently posted...Weal and Woe.My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 15, 2014, 6:51 pm
      The connections we make through blogging are absolutely amazing, aren't they??
  • Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures May 15, 2014, 8:41 am
    HOLLER. And PREACH. Haha, I wouldn't ever want to be famous because that's just way too much work and it's just not for me - but kudos to those who devote themselves to it! I blog for fun and to keep up my fitness level. I was reading so many of them, it was time to join in on it!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 15, 2014, 6:52 pm
      Yes, being a "famous" blogger certainly sounds quite exhausting and like a lot of work. Plus I am sure that they feel a lot of pressure/stress at times!
  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat May 15, 2014, 9:03 am
    This is so, so true! For me, blogging is an outlet to get creative and do something that I enjoy, which is writing. I also love the people and have virtually "met" some awesome bloggers! Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat recently posted...Totally Random Bits of Info #15My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 15, 2014, 6:53 pm
      Blogging is just altogether super amazing... especially for those of us who LOVE to write :)
  • Ang @ Nutty for Life May 15, 2014, 9:50 am
    This is wonderful. I honestly was nodding my head along to most of these, because I don't necessarily blog to eventually become famous. I do this because I really do like it and get so much out of it! Ang @ Nutty for Life recently posted...A Whole Lotta RandomMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 15, 2014, 7:16 pm
      Good for you!! I am glad that so many of us have benefited greatly from blogging and all that it has to offer :)
  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles May 15, 2014, 10:49 am
    Love this post! I may never be a famous blogger, but over the past couple of years it's brought me friendships, opportunities, and my own little space on the internet to rant on and engage in my creative side that I never would have had otherwise. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles recently posted...Lemon and Dill Pasta with Shrimp.My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 15, 2014, 7:24 pm
      I don't know about you, but I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would meat and develop friendships with people through blogging. It is so cool!
  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness May 15, 2014, 1:57 pm
    This post is so true, like you I loe the connections I have gained through blogging. While I love connecting with others, my blog is more about having something that I can look back on, a way to document my fun, an sometimes not so fun, experiences. I would never have tried kabocha or chia seeds of it weren't for blogs!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 15, 2014, 7:29 pm
      That is such a great point, Nicole! It's like we will forever have a journal/scrapbook of important parts of our lives! Very cool :)
  • Erin @ The Almond Eater May 15, 2014, 3:01 pm
    Awesome post! It's so true--it's too easily to get caught up but it's not about being 'famous' at all. I've made a handful of "blends" and have grown a lot as a person, and I haven't even been blogging for very long! It's crazy in an amazing kind of way. Erin @ The Almond Eater recently posted...5 Tips for Apartment HuntingMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 15, 2014, 7:36 pm
      So crazy and SO amazing all at the same time! We are very blessed :)
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine May 15, 2014, 3:06 pm
    I love this post so much, Hannah! It's not about becoming famous with your blog (plus I feel like the "famous" blogs get boring!), it's about what you gain from the experience :) I have found such great friends through blogging that I don't know what I ever did before it! Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted...The most important piece of running gearMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 15, 2014, 7:37 pm
      Such a great perspective, Becky! And you are probably right... some of the more "famous" blogs often are not my favorite ones to ready anymore...
  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. May 15, 2014, 5:28 pm
    Perfect :D I can relate to so many of those things that you've gotten for blogging, and it's become such an important part of my life that it's honestly hard to imagine being without it. And hey! You never know what the future will bring :) Amanda @ .running with spoons. recently posted.... thinking out loud #78 .My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 15, 2014, 7:42 pm
      Haha, well thank you for the positive thinking! ;) And isn't it crazy to think about our lives without blogging? What in the heck would I be doing with all of my free time? So strange to think about...
  • Dietitian Debbie May 15, 2014, 7:24 pm
    This is exactly the post I needed to read today! I can completely relate to everything you shared. It can be so hard not to constantly compare yourself to big, popular blogs. It's best to be content with what you have achieved! I know having a blog has challenged me to become a better photographer - something I may never have tried out if I hadn't blogged! Plus, I agree that it has been a great way to meet new people! Dietitian Debbie recently posted...5 Reasons to Shop the Bulk BinsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 15, 2014, 7:47 pm
      Unfortunately it is SO easy to compare ourselves to others and much more difficult to be proud of all that we have accomplished. We should definitely work towards focusing on the positives! Isn't it great that blogging has helped so many of us find a passion for photography? I love that!
  • Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen May 15, 2014, 7:33 pm
    LOVE this post girl!!! I feel the same way. I sometimes get discouraged that I've been blogging for 4 years and have never made it "big". But then I think about all that I've accomplished and experienced thanks to my blog, and it's pretty cool to think about! Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen recently posted...Del DenteMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 15, 2014, 7:54 pm
      Thanks Chelsea!! Yes, the experiences we have gained and the friendships we have made are worth everything all by themselves. Everything else is just an added bonus :)
  • Khushboo May 15, 2014, 11:33 pm
    Super post Hannah! A key realisation has been that at the end of the day, I am blogging for myself. And while it may not have monetised for me, blogging has enriched my life beyond my imagination!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 16, 2014, 4:51 pm
      And THAT is what matters!! I am trying my best to keep that as my main focus :)
  • Katie @ running4cupcakes May 16, 2014, 8:03 am
    Love love love love love this post. And it is so true. I am so amazing and thankful for all the things blogging has brought me - a wonderful online community, the ability to share my life with others, blends, and real life friends, and I wouldn't change any of it for the world. :) Katie @ running4cupcakes recently posted...Friday Favorites: 5/16/14My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 16, 2014, 4:52 pm
      SO true!! We are so blessed! I never thought in my wildest imagination that I would have gained so much from something as "simple" as blogging.
  • Brittany May 18, 2014, 8:46 am
    YES YES YES! I was literally JUST thinking about this 5 minutes ago before coming to your post, SO crazy. Actually to be fair, I think about it here and there..I love blogging, and at times I THINK about how I can make my blog grow, but for now my itty bitty space on the web works for me! I really can't imagine my life without blogging, and it's made me so many amazing friends and introduced me to ideas and products I love!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 18, 2014, 1:42 pm
      Yes, I was just thinking the other day.. "what would I do with my time if I did not blog." And I honestly had no idea. I guess I would have A LOT of lazy/free time on my hands! ;)
  • jill conyers May 18, 2014, 9:25 am
    Just realizing my passion for vegan/vegetarian nutrition and recipes I'm a newbie at the food blogging thing and so many of the points you made apply to me perfectly! Because of blogging I have formed incredible friendships and support networks. jill conyers recently posted...Spring Gardening and RecipesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 18, 2014, 1:43 pm
      Isn't it crazy how something like blogging has helped us gain so many friends? It is amazing and so special :)
  • Elizabeth May 18, 2014, 1:07 pm
    It is so easy to get caught up in the "I am not good enough..." As a new blogger, I see others with thousands of followers and sometimes get discouraged. My little "drop" in the sands of the desert can seem insignificant. But, we do make a difference, even if it is to one person. You obviously are significant. 20 years old, putting yourself out there, lots of experiences. Good for you!! So glad I came by today. This was a great post!! Elizabeth recently posted...Guest Post: Childlessness IS an optionMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 18, 2014, 1:48 pm
      Yes, it is helpful for me to think about how far I have come. Going from very few followers to quite a few hundred (even if it is not thousands) is something that I can and should be proud of. I try my best to look at the positive when I am having those "down" moments. Thanks for stopping by Elizabeth! Don't be a stranger :)
  • Joanna @Makingmine May 18, 2014, 3:02 pm
    Well, I think you WILL be a famous food blogger, but selfishly I'm most happy that you blog because I now have an awesome friend :) ps - already excited to get cooking for our next 3C1K Joanna @Makingmine recently posted...Tequila Dinner with Cantina LaredoMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 18, 2014, 4:13 pm
      Haha, well thank you for the confidence!! ;) But in all seriousness, the best part about blogging is definitely the friendships :)
  • Sarah Pie May 18, 2014, 3:16 pm
    Great post and great attitude! Sometimes it's hard to not get caught up in the popularity trap, but this is an awesome reminder of all the good that can come from blogging no matter the size of your audience. Sarah Pie recently posted...Spill it Sunday: Taking over the Big Man’s WorldMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 18, 2014, 4:11 pm
      Thank you Sarah! It is definitely tough sometimes, but looking at the positives and how far I have come in 2 years always makes me smile :)
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien May 20, 2014, 9:55 am
    Fabulous post, friend! It's really hard not to get caught up in the competition of blogging, especially when it seems like constant comparison is rampant. Your blog is amazing, and I love your honesty!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl May 24, 2014, 1:55 pm
      Thank you, Alexis! I seriously appreciate that. Your blog is amazing, too!!! :)

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