Baby is 1 year old! My First Carnivorous Blogiversary!

One year ago to day, I made my first blog post on TheCarnivoreGirl.com. And what a year it’s been!

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At first, I had a very general idea of what I wanted to do with my blog. Basically,  1) write some tips and 2) show off my collection. But this little online space has evolved into so much more. It’s really become my baby!

I was a pretty casual Venus flytrap grower for a few years. For some reason, having this website was like a vehicle down the carnivorous plant rabbit hole and and I’ve loved every part of it!

I read and researched because I wanted answers to my questions. I figured other people would have those questions too, so I started writing about them.

Turns out, the more you read about plants, the more you want and the more you buy! My growlist exploded in the last year. I started raising genera that were completely unfamiliar to me like Pinguicula and Utricularia!

Utricularia blanchetii, carnivorous bladderwort.
Utricularia blanchetii, one of my first and favorite bladderworts!

At some point, I was saddened by the lack of carnivorous plant schwag available. So I started making my own! Turns out, other people like them too and I’m super flattered by all the support they’ve received!

Cephalotus follicularis botanical art mug
Cephalotus mug, one of the most popular items! Click the photo to get yours!

I also really wanted to meet other growers in person, since I’m possibly the only carnivore person in my city, and talking about it on the internet can only satisfy so much! I joined the BACPS and have met an awesome bunch of growers and new friends! Who knew talking about plants with other people would inspire me to write even more!

And how about those awesome giveaways, am I right? I really, really like going all out with gift-giving, so I love sending out something carnivorous plant-related whenever I want. And yes, the next one is coming up soon and will be open internationally! 

And most recently, I started officially offering plants for sale. I only had a few available but still did not expect to sell out in the first day! I’m blown away by how amazing and supportive my blog readers are!

As promised, I donated a portion of plant sales to SEANSRF (Southeast Asian Nepenthes Study and Research Foundation). Here’s the screenshot!

710 Thai Bhat is approximately $20 USD.

SEANSRF

Whenever I earn money through this website, I will donate a portion to carnivorous plant conservation. It’s the least I can do for how much this community has given to me!

What’s in the future for TheCarnivoreGirl.com? I am a bit of a branding/packaging nerd too, so I’ve been trying to make a cohesive, consistent identity for this blog, including a super sweet logo.

Psst! Logo stickers available in the shop! Click the image to get yours!
Psst! Logo stickers available in the shop! Click the image to get yours!

And more awesome schwag with said logo! Coming soon!

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In just one short year, I feel my little blog project has evolved into something bigger than just a personal blog. My new goals include offering the best carnivorous plant items not available anywhere else, along with few, carefully selected plants of the highest quality!

I’ll never be a big nursery, but I hope I can offer unique gifts and items for carnivorous growers while still providing useful growing tips and peaks into my personal collection! I can’t thank you all enough for your readership and support over the past year! Even if this is the first blog post you’ve seen from me, thank you for visiting and reading! 😀

If you’re just as excited as I am for the future of TheCarnivoreGirl.com, please share this post with your friends!

8 comments

  1. Alexis Wallick says:

    Congratulations! I am so glad I stumbled across your blog when I first started getting into these amazing plants. I love everything I’ve gotten from you, all my plants are doing great. Thanks again, and here’s to many more years of your awesome blog!

  2. Paige says:

    Woohoo! Many congrats!! 😀 If it weren’t for you and your blog, I would have never dreamed of stepping into the world of carnivorous plants. Cant wait to see what content you have in store for the future ♥

  3. James says:

    Hi there and congratulations!

    It’s been a pleasure to follow your blog and I’m looking forward the years to come.

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