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My blog is going through a change.

(No, not that change!)

I started this blog for fun. As the number of readers climbed, it made me a little nervous. I became much more cautious about privacy; I stopped posting friends’ photos and shared much less of my own personal life as well. But I’m afraid this might’ve made my blog rather boring. Recipes are fun and all, but everyone and her brother has recipes to share. I want to put the personality back in my blog.

Hence the change. Obviously, this doesn’t mean I’m going to start listing all my personal info in posts like a naive idiot. Hello blogworld, here is my credit card number. Here is my social security number. But you won’t use them, right, because I trust you.

There’s another reason I’ve shied away from getting too personal: I’m overly worried about hurting others. I know full well that a large number of people who read my blog are girls (and boys) recovering from eating disorders.  So I worry, hating to think that they might find something in my posts upsetting. They struggle enough as it is; I would feel awful if one of my photos or posts added to their suffering. But the fact is that no matter how careful I am, someone is going to be offended/upset at something I write at some point. I can’t always worry about posting certain words or photos because it might upset someone. That’s not fair to anyone.

I am healthy. So why should I feel like I have to hide my body?  Yes, I have a responsibility, since I’ve chosen to publish information publicly (as I wrote in my first Hello from CCK post). But you, as a reader, also have a responsibility to take good care of yourself. Only you know what type of blog content upsets you or isn’t healthy for you to read. If you don’t take good care of yourself, who will?

What does all this mean? It means, from now on, my blog is going to be less fluff and more real. The recipes will still be there, but I’m also going to share much more of my day-to-day real life.

“Being real” means showing not-so-perfect photos: I’m talking “no-make-up” pics, monochromatic meals, foods on mismatched plates, and sweaty post-run photos. It means allowing you to see the true me: I’m not perfect and do not have all the answers. If you’re thinking, “Ugh, Katie, I have enough real-life issues of my own. I don’t want to hear about yours. I’m only here for the recipes,” then please feel free to skip my posts on the days I write more personal posts. As I said above, I promise to still share many more recipes. But I’m also excited to share more than just recipes.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Leighanna says:

    I am excited Katie! Its nice to have a real, funny and vegan gal to look up to. Keep being chocolate-covered awesome!

  2. Leslie says:

    I do love your recipes, and I am EXCITED for the new fudge babies!!! But I have to say that I am such a huge fan of yours that I’m even more excited to see more of the real you :).

  3. Jennifer - jcd says:

    This is such a wonderful post. I look forward to the new and more personal blog. This blog is yours and it is entirely up to you waht you do with it, but I like your confidence and attitude towards this new chapter. You Go Girl!

    As for your question, I’m fairly guarded around people I don’t know. I try to keep things quiet and down low most days.

    On Wednesday I’m going for an hour-long run. It will be difficult for me, as I normally only do 30 minutes, but when the going gets tough I’ll think you and keep going. You’re a great inspiration. Have a wonderful day!

  4. Jenny says:

    I read your blog everyday, and this is very exciting. :)

  5. abby says:

    katie you are so brave to write this! i have a hard time even sharing my personal self with my friends, so i can’t imagine how brave you have to be to share so much with thousands of people reading every day that you don’t even know! thank you so much for caring enough about your loyal readers to put yourself out there like that :).

  6. Can’t wait for the new posts! I’m glad you feel free to be more “you”!! :)

    I’m not a very open person unless I know someone really well. I’m more of the shy and guarded type, lol, but maybe you’ll inspire me to share more too!

  7. Sarahishealthy says:

    Not to sound stalkerish, but I adore everything about your blog and am so excited you’ll be sharing more!

  8. Sarahishealthy says:

    Oh, and I’m excited for the Crazy Oatmeal recipe too :) :) :)

  9. Amazing post Katie. I look forward to the changes in your blog. :)

  10. VeggieGirl says:

    Girl, you rock – period. Your blog has always been great, and now it will be even BETTER since you’re doing 100% what you want with it. :)

  11. Exciting news :) Well, fluff is fun to!

    I have to admit that I haven’t done my “blogging coming out” yet and it kinda scares me. I’ve told a couple of friends but I don’t know, I feel more at ease with total strangers than people around me? How crazy am I?

  12. Sarah says:

    Bring on the “meat and potato” boys’ stories!
    :)

  13. Devyn says:

    I am so excited for futuren posts! I think that confessionals are healthy and make a blogger more “human?” lol. You are so sweet for taking this as such a responcibility

  14. Dame Noire says:

    Wow! This once more shows what a cool and brave young lady you are! I look forward very much to seeing more of your day-to-day stuff… somehow the more mundane things are the most fun to share :)

  15. Dianne says:

    Good for you! I’m very excited about the changes. It looks like your ideas are something a lot of people would want to read, so don’t be worried!

  16. MaryZ says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing more of the real Katie! Exciting! I loving peeking (or peeping) into other peoples lives. Looking forward to more recipes too.

  17. itstartedwithafish says:

    I say, go for it, girl (as if you needed my permission 😉 )!!!!

    I myself am more guarded around the people I know actually, – well, more guarded that I am around strangers, that is, because I really am shy and 100% certain of my non existent worthiness lol but being around strangers always gives me the chance to show a ray of my true ME and test, what they’ll think of it, – see, I am so afraid of losing someone I like for who I am… the ones that don’t know me yet get to see more of ME than anybody else, – talk a bout one sick puppy lol

  18. Amy says:

    I am a daily reader and am very excited about this! :) As for sharing the ‘real me’ with perfect strangers…I had to think. Really it depends on my mood at the time, my first impression of the person and the situation. I have a very bubbly personality which isn’t readily acceptable in the business world, so at work I am very professional when meeting new people which is definitely not the real me. However, my closest coworkers (department buddies) and I are our true selves behind closed doors. In a social setting it depends on my first impression of the other person. It seems about half of the time I perceive the other personality as too stuffy or arogant for me to want to get to know better. Other times they have me at hello… I’m like a box of chocolates that way I guess. lol :0)

  19. anonymous says:

    you once wrote that you had a personal post that you still needed to find the courage to publish. will that be one of your future “being real confession” posts?

    1. anonymous,
      As a matter of fact, yes it will :).

  20. eatandrun says:

    Sweaty post running photos? LOL you ARE brave!

  21. Mitri says:

    Your blog is one of the first I started reading over a year or two ago. :) As much as I love trying recipes now & then, what I REALLY love about bloggers is that I can relate to them as honest people with similar interests. I like hearing stories about people’s lives. But I also understand the privacy issue, as I have often flickered back and forth between a boundary of “tell much” and “tell nothing.”

    The point of having a blog is for you to enjoy writing, photographing, expressing, being creative, interacting with community members. You don’t have to be some online vegan image with upkeep; you can just be Katie, who happens to be vegan. 😉 Maybe your posts will include vegan stuff, maybe they won’t. Doesn’t matter. KATIE is where it’s at!!!

    If people get offended, then they should have the common sense to stop reading your blog. Ta da!

  22. Sydney says:

    Am I definitely one of the guarded types. I absolutely hate it when anyone finds out about my personal life because I’m always afraid they don’t know the whole story and may come to the wrong conclusions, etc. By being guarded, I have been able to avoid many problems and conflicts that many of my friends have had in the past. However, by closing off my personal info to the world, I may be shutting out potential new friends and experiences that I would truly enjoy. You’ve really gotten me thinking about this, Katie! Anyway, I envy your courage to open up to us a little more and I’m looking forward to reading your posts. Way to go girl!

    1. Sydney,
      Haha don’t envy my courage… I don’t have it yet! I figure that if I say on the blog what I’m going to do, then I can’t back out ;).

  23. Sydney says:

    Whoops… my previous post is supposed to begin with “I am”

  24. maxinthegym says:

    I’m glad you’re going down the path of more personal posts :) I can’t wait to hear more about you and your life in Texas!

    I’m amped to read upcoming posts :)

  25. Mo says:

    Your posts weren’t boring but I look forward to seeing what happens next. :)

    I’m pretty guarded… more so in real life than on the internet, though, for some reason. o.O

  26. Laura says:

    I love reading your blogs, not just for the recipes (although they’re great too!), so i look forward to your future posts!! I’m a very guarded person….. i am hoping that blogging will help me be more open! x

  27. jqlee says:

    Katie, this is sooo awesome to hear!! One of the reasons I like reading blogs is to learn more about people. Recipes and stuff? I can google those. I would LOVE to hear more about your life and what you do and stuff. You are totally healthy and you exercise for fun and you eat! I know first hand that just because you are thin does not mean you have an ED. My sister is 5’3″ and barely weighs 100 herself. She is trying to put on 10 lbs and eats like it’s no one’s business! So lets see those beautiful pictures of you and your life :) Sans make up and all, trust me I do it too. It’s not pretty sometimes but even when I re-read my blog sometimes, it’s fun to read and FUNNY to reflect.

    But you’re absolutely right though, you shouldn’t have to filter yourself THAT much because its other people’s responsibility to take care of themselves, not for you to baby anyone. Of course that doesn’t mean we can go about saying anything and be offensive, but you get what I mean.

    I think Im pretty open, pretty real. I have a bit of a “attitude” sometimes so for new people, I try to reign back on that at first. Wouldn’t want to scare anyone off.

  28. katie says:

    i think ur taking ur blog to new heights and I LUV IT!!!!!!!!!

  29. Jess says:

    I’m really looking forward to the “Dating “meat-and-potatoes” boys” post!! 😀

    <3 jess
    xoxo

  30. sal says:

    good for you! one of the reasons I enjoy your blog is because of your “voice” and writing style – I am looking forward to hearing more of that through your stories.

  31. Jo says:

    I love your blog and you must feel to only post what you feel comfortable with. Don’t feel you need to share more than you have to.

    Also you are not responsible for other people’s actions and although it is important that you take care in what you write, you are not responsible for how people react to it – that is in respond to what you were saying about people with EDs. Also you are healthy and what better than seeing the thoughts of a person with a happy healthy attitude to eating? If you know you are healthy then you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

    Looking forward to all the topics you mention. Esp about dealing with people’s comments – as someone who is pretty skinny I am used to people making comments about what I eat and my weight. Although it can be pretty annoying, generally it really doesn’t bother me as I know that I’m ok and that I’m healthy (although it is really annoying sometimes!). My doctor isn’t worried and I’m happy – that’s all that is important!

    Re being guarded – I’m way too open! I always regret telling people things about myself and I wish I could be more guarded.

    1. Jo,
      Maybe you could give me some of your “openness” and I could, in tern, give you some of my “shyness” and then we could both be perfect ;).

  32. Anonymous says:

    You already WERE my favorite blog! I didn’t think it was possible for your blog to get better, but you’re proving me wrong.

    -A friend

  33. Audrey says:

    Although I LOVE all of your recipes, i’m very excited to see your upcoming posts! :) You seem like such an awesome, real person and I admire you! I’m looking forward to outings with friends, because i have that same problem :(

  34. Danielle says:

    I love the changes you want to make and support you 100%. This is YOUR blog. It should be a personal outlet & a place to share things. Some people go the “blog business” route but I know that’s never been your intention. So, do whatever you want with your posts and I’ll keep reading cuz I love ya :)

    And never, ever feel hesitant to post a picture of yourself in fear of triggering someone with an ED. You should be *proud* of your body, how well you treat it, and all that it can do!

  35. Hey pretty one, so looking forward to reading more about the “real” Katie!! But of course your recipes will still be my number one choice to turn to when I´m hungry and uninspired :)
    I love the fact that you cherish food the way you do and are a vibrant and healthy role model for so many of us!

    Have a great day,
    xoxo Mel

    P.S.: I stopped blogging @ Urban Girl Scout Cooking and this is my new blog! Please feel invited to take a peek if you like! <3 <3 <3

  36. Holy crap Katie…this speaks volumes to me! I am so that girl that keeps her guard up! I just recently started posting pictures of myself and my family. I never want to offend people (with my weight) and I hid myself to keep from being judged! I am so glad to hear others say the same. I feel like I have to be me and people will either like it or not, but that is their choice! Thanks for saying this…it makes me feel more comfortable in doing what I have started doing which is to share my life experiences with my family’s eating restrictions and how our food enhances our lives…not hinders it!

  37. Caroline says:

    Goo Katie!

    The topics you are planning sound really interesting, and I can’t wait to read them. Friends occasionally give me a hard time about trying to eat healthfully, and I can’t even imagine trying to eat vegan at parties where you have no clue what you’ll get.

    I stopped reading a few blogs (even…gasp….the famous ones) because they lack personality. I would rather read a blog I don’t completely agree with but that is unique and interesting…then I get to learn about someone who rocks a very different lifestyle.

    And honestly, you are one of the sweetest, most intelligent, most interesting people I “know” (because I suppose I don’t actually know you, even though I have read for a long time)…so I’d love to read more about your lifestyle. I won’t ask for your SSN, though.

    Oh, one of my favorite things about your blog is your impeccable grammar :) But I’d expect nothing less from a girl with perfect SAT scores.

  38. Hela says:

    hi katie!!
    hopefully this will help you feeling more secure and not worrying about everything a person might think when reading your blog.
    i absolutely love it and especially right now, when i´m so busy at uni, i love taking a couple of minutes off to enjoy reading your posts :)
    you seem to be such a lovely person that, and i´m sure loadsa people will agree here, i´m already looking forward to see more of the real you :)
    and to answer the question, i am more a showing-people-the-real-me-side 😉 though of course there are a few things i keep for myself until i´m friends with a person.
    all the best for you and i really am excited to see what the change on your blog will be like!
    x

  39. Katie says:

    YAY YAY YAY!!!!!!!!! I am super excited for the new blog change! I am excited to learn more about YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! U are a beautiful, smart, kind, and sweet girl and will be nice to learn more about you and your daily life!

    I do draw a line on what I share about my life and what I dont! It’s how I roll! : )

    love ya!!!

  40. Michelle says:

    I try to always be myself so i guess I do let everyone see the real me. I feel like it will eventually show anyway. I’d rather be hated for who I am then loved for who I’m not :)

  41. McKella says:

    You’re right, protecting everyone’s feelings isn’t your responsibility, so I say onward with the change.
    I’ve only been blogging for a few months and I’m careful, but I don’t worry too much about offending anyone with my blog or in real life. I’m pretty much “what you see is what you get” most of the time, inside the blogosphere and in the real world.

  42. Katie, YES YES YES! this is extremely exciting. I understand where you are coming from in terms of the line between ‘role model’ and ‘regular joe’. even just starting out with blogging i was worried that certain photos might make people feel uneasy.. or if i say “ive got muscle” and someone looks at my body and says “no you dont!” uno what i mean? its like what i see and my family sees, can come off in a different light to people, or if i post pics of me that i find beautiful, people might think im ego-tistical. but letting all those thoughts go and saying “no, this is me, this is MY blog” you must feel free to sharing the parts of you that you love. if people get offended or they start judging themselves in turn, then thats their issue, we cant please everyone and those who are offended are going to get just as offended by the next blog they see. its kind of like when i post about meat, i used to get so scared but then i realized “no, this is the path i chose because its MY path, and those who dont accept me for who i am and only accept me for what i eat, they can leave my blog and stop reading.” im so glad you’ve come to this realization and found the strength. I support you fully 100% and I think a lot of the possible anxiety you may be holding onto will now just melt away because u’ll feel more free to be who you are, bikinis or not hehe :)

    xoxoxoxoxo <3

  43. Katie says:

    Aww Katie-girl, I’m SO excited! You are a genuinely fantastic person, and I will read your blog no matter what – I’m looking forward to seeing the “real” you, too!

    I’m pretty guarded around strangers, too. But once I warm up, I’m an open book! :-) Happy Monday.

  44. Mandiee says:

    Katie, I am SO proud of you! Not because you are confident in sharing personal things or anything like that, but because you are doing what you want to do. Your blog should be fun for you and not a source of worry. No matter what you post about, if you are being true to yourself and having fun, then you are bound to have readers. Genuine bloggers are something I look for in blogs! Honestly, I’ve missed your posts that were more about your meals (beautifully plated or simply thrown together–that’s real, and that’s what I like) and you vegan journey. I am so excited about all of your future topics. I really do hope you decide to go through with this (though, of course, I support any of your decisions because this is your blog afterall. Heck, you don’t even need my consent! This is all up to you!) As for possibly offending others, don’t worry too much. If they can tell that you don’t mean any harm, I’m sure they will be fine. We all get offended at times and with such a large world out there, it’s hard not to offend at least someone. But don’t worry, hunny. Your a great blogger and you deserve to do what feels right!

    Have a lovely day!
    xox

  45. Chelsey says:

    Good for you! I am excited to keep reading your blog. It’s hard when something that was meant “for you” becomes public. You seem like a down to earth, sweet girl. I can’t imagine anyone getting upset about writing about the life you lead! If they don’t like it, they shouldn’t read it, right?

    I’m typically pretty open with everything. I find it easier to share things with strangers than with people who are closest to me! Maybe there’s a fear of rejection or reprimand from the people I hold dear? Who knows!

  46. Good for you, Katie! I am excited to see the changes…as I feel you have so much to GIVE that is totally over and beyond recipes. As I have been posting about for quite some time. I really dont read “food blogs” for the food. I read them b/c i develop a connection w/ the person and that’s what keeps me going back. Can’t wait to see what you’re gonna share!

  47. Jenny says:

    My favorite blogs are the ones with a little more personality mixed in with food talk. I think we should all be a little more honest and open so I think the new direction you want to take is admirable and fun. I think I am pretty real in my blog, although I was just telling somebody I do try to position the camera sometimes so that people won’t see my messy house. But I don’t mind telling people it’s messy.

  48. I’m so glad that you feel comfortable making these changes! You should certainly feel free to post what you want and not worry about what people are going think. You’re such a sweet, genuine person and I’m looking forward to hearing more about you.

  49. Emily says:

    I think the blog-author has the right to post whatever he or she wishes, and the reader can choose to read or not to read. I’ll look forward to reading your posts, Katie, even though I already like reading them a lot the way they are! It’s fun to see how blogs evolve and change over time. :-)

    Hope you’re keeping cool in Texas!

  50. Natalie says:

    hey katie! i began my food blog not too long ago but was struggling with the same thing. for me, most of the reason i was trying not to get too personal on my blog was that i felt like that would make me vulnerable to judgment/criticism – people telling me i ate too much or too little or not too regularly or not too healthily, etc. etc. i didn’t even want to post pictures of myself. but i finally did it. yesterday. i posted a picture of myself, and i think i’m ok with it! i really appreciated this post a lot and related a lot to everything you said, but i am glad that you are going to make this blog more personal – i am really looking forward to your upcoming posts and i think that in general, i have discovered that the whole blog community is sooo supportive and does genuinely embrace each personality, not just the blog persona.