Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Chocolate Log Blog - Three Years On

Can you believe it? I certainly can't. This blog is three years old today!

Thank you so much to all the wonderful folk who follow my blog, leave comments, bear with me, visit and join in the We Should Cocoa challenges. I really couldn't do it without you. Much as I started this blog as inspiration to make me bake a more diverse range of chocolate goodies, it has morphed into something else and I don't think I would have come nearly as far as I have if it hadn't been for all of you.

For this, my third blogiversary, I wanted to take a highlight from each month of the last year. This proved to be much harder than I'd anticipated - there were a number of significant events worthy of inclusion, but I made myself stick to only one - cue applause. Here they are:

February 2011 - really excited by the quality and quantity of entries for the We Should Cocoa tea challenge and to have the brilliant prize of a box of Matcha Chocolat tea chocolates.  
March 2011 - having fun playing with some of the words associated with my blog on this wordle cloud

April 2011 - rolo cake for a friend's 3rd birthday

May 2011 - baking with my first ever goose egg

June 2011 - a triple chocolate matcha cake for a dear friend's birthday

July 2011 - weather and time permitted a miracle tea party down at our plot
August 2011 - my first time joining in with Celia's wonderful In My Kitchen series

September 2011- another friend's birthday and a 2nd and more successful attempt at piping with these chocolate and ginger cupcakes

October 2011 - my mega baking session for a friend's all weekend party

November 2011 - a weekend of food blogger meet ups with Vanessa's Lets Make Christmas in London and Annie Ko's Bite n Write in Birmingham

December 2011 - one of several Christmas Hampers I made - a true labour of love

January 2012 - not much of a picture, but I was inordinately proud of these top tea cakes - the most delicious I have ever eaten

February 2011 - hooray and just in time for the double celebration of my blogiversary and Valentine's Day, I won this amazingly hug box of chocolates from Simply Food - and I haven't touched a one yet! The chocolates that I made for CT and in anticipation of this post will just have to feature another day.

74 comments:

  1. Congratulations on 3 wonderful years and for creating a place we all enjoy so much and love to visit..and for making yourself known to me and becoming someone I would like to think of as a friend...
    Here's to many more years of creativity. xxxxx *chinking of champagne glasses*

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    1. I readily drink to that Susan. Thank you so much for your lovely comment and you are a friend indeed.

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  2. Happy 3rd birthday! Here's to many more!

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  3. Happy Blogiversary - a worthy set of highlights indeed!

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    1. Suelle, thank you, but I feel like a real Mrs Doughty now ;-)

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  4. Congrats to the best chocolate blog in town! Three years is AMAZING!! You are amazing and happy blogaversary!!

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    1. Dear Dom, thank you so much and for sticking around so long too :)

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  5. Aw happy birthday chocolate log blog. I love you and here is to many more years of chocolate loveliness and maybe one day that other blog that you have in you with all the savoury delights that you conjure with. xxxx

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    1. Kath, you did make me smile - smile with pleasure and then I had a good giggle over my 2nd (don't think I can mange that too) blog. Thank you.

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  6. Happy 3rd blogiversary! I love your blog full with choco delights & amazing recipes. Talking about recipe, I'm really tempted to try your Triple chocolate Matcha cake! Looks really yummy! Have a lovely day! :)

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    1. Thank you very much for your lovely comment. It's much appreciated. Do let me know if you make the matcha cake, I've had positive feedback from others who have attempted it.

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  7. Congratulations on a lovely blog - three years wow.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer, it does feel a bit like wow!

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  8. Happy blog anniversary! You continue to amaze and delight me with your never ending chocolate inspired posts. Keep em coming! :)

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    1. Katie, thank you very much. I will do my very best ;-)

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  9. congrats choclette - that year round up is so impressive because there are so many interesting things you have done - as well as great recipes - wishing you many more choc-ful posts (ha ha)

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    1. Thank you for being such a strong supporter of my blog Johanna. I really do appreciat it, especially as I've been so bad lately at visiting your fantastic blog.

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  10. Congratulations, and what a way to celebrate with such a fab collection of posts. Happy blogiversary!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment Susie and thank you also for following :)

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  11. Happy 3rd Blogiversary Choclette!
    You are such an inspiration with your never ending supply of fantastic chocolate creations and I hope to still be going strong myself after 3 years! x

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    1. Laura, my goodness, it's hard to think of this still going in another three years, but at the rate my list of things to make is growing, it may well be. Thank you for your lovely comment and your ongoing support.

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  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the BEST CHOCOLATE blog around and to a lovely, warm and wonderful chocolatey person!
    Karen

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    1. Thank you Karen - warm and lovely is how I'm feeling after reading your generous comment. Thank you for being such a regular visitor to my blog.

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  13. Happy Blogaversary, Choclette!! Thanks for the lovely stroll down memory lane - it reminded me that I'm STILL excited about your goose egg! :)

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    1. Ha ha, thank you Celia. It reminded me that I'm still excited about the goose egg. Will hopefully be able to get some more this year.

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  14. Happy Blogiversary. Now I want a goose egg.

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    1. Thank you. Do try and find a goose egg if you can - they are fun.

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  15. Congratulations and thank you for writing such a fab blog! Here's to the next three years!

    Charlotte
    @gofreecakes

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    1. Thank you Charlotte and thank you too for always saying such nice things - it definitely helps :)

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  16. Happy Anniversary to you blog! The blogsphere would be much poorer without it, although possible somewhat thinner!

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    1. Ha ha, thank Janet - this had me giggling for ages!

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  17. Happy 3rd! I love that little trip down memory lane too - lots done ... lots more up your sleeve I bet.

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    1. Thanks Gillian - there is just SO much to do ;-)

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  18. Many Happy returns of the blogbirthday xxx

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  19. happy blogiversary Choc! Now get cracking with that box of chocolates from Simply Food :-)

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    1. Ahh, CityHippy, you know what? I took your advice ;-)

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  20. Happy blogoversary! And many happy returns of the day.

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  21. Congratulations Choclette - I'm looking forward to the next three years!

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    1. Thanks BVG - we'll see who can out compete each other on the brownie front ;-)

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  22. Well done and i'm sorry if this comment appears twice...blogger just rejected my comment!! Congrats on your fantastic three year old blog that has become such a wonderful choc and baking resource for lots of people worldwide. Your writing, baking and pics brighten up my day.

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    1. Kate, what a lovely thing to say, thank you. Blogger comments have been a right pain in the proverbial in recent months - not really sure what to do about it.

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  23. Many congrats on your blog anniversary , heresishing you mamny more wonderful post next year. Glad you enjoyed the chocolates.:)Happy valentines day.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment and thank you also for my wonderful chocolate win which really helped to celebrate the day.

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  24. Congratulations on an incredible year! Here's to the next three, and many more beyond :-)

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    1. Thank you Little Loaf and thank you so much for returning to my blog and leaving such great comments - it's very much appreciated.

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  25. A very Happy Chocoblogoversary to an inspirational blogger. Congratulations and looking forward to many more years of posts and wonderful recipes.

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    1. Thank you Sheelagh, that's such a lovely thing to say. Much appreciated.

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  26. Three years is excellent - you're a vintage blogger. (I mean that in a nice way). I'm looking forward to what might appear in the next year.

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    1. Phil thank you, I'll take that as a compliment.

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  27. HAPPY BLOGGOVERSARY! What a wonderful achievement to create such a delicious chocolate treats week after week for three years us all to admire and desire! With very best wishes for the next three years!

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  28. Kate thank you very much. Both mine and CT's waistlines are proof that those chocolate treats just keep coming ;-)

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  29. Happy BLOGGOVERSARY! That green tea chocolate roll looks extremely delicious.

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    1. Thanks Angie - as I remember it, it was ;-)

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  30. Congratulations on three years! What an achievement. And so many memories there. Great re-cap!

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  31. Happy Bloganniversary all loook amazing and delicious!!

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  32. Happy Anniversary to your blog,.. wow! these are really mouth watering :)

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  33. Congratulations on your anniversary! Huge applause on that round-up of last year's highlights. Love your chocolate creations, combinations and cheerful blog! Cheers to another year and biting into these heart boxed chocs.

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment and good wishes Jill. Really liked the idea of a cheerful blog - must remember to keep it so ;-)

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  34. happy blog anniversary, belated though! Wishes for many more chocolate years :)

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  35. Congrats on your Third Year of blogging Choclette. We started blogging in the same year a month of each other. I missed my bloggy birthday as I was distracted with the moving, maybe next year I will remember. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching your blog grow and the chocolate inspiration you provide.

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    1. I hadn't realised we were as close as that Shaheen. Goodness, you have done so well. Sorry you missed your blog's birthday, but you have a few things to celebrate - not least, I noticed you had over 1000 followers - fantastic!

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