Friday, December 30, 2005

[Event] Weekly Guest Bloggers

I just announced my first event, so please take a look and if you're interested in participating contact me via my email link.

Michele ~ Chef Michele's Adventures

A better ad network?



Hey all, I am sure lots of you all use adsense, as I have, but I wanted to let you know about this other adnetwork called Chitika eMiniMalls that I cruised by today and added to my blog at Nika's Culinaria (you can see two different types of ads from them throughout the blog).
They have a higher payrate than adsense and the ads seem to draw people in by ther interactive nature as well as their targeting ( am waiting to see how well it does that but you do get nice ads for wine and Fois Gras on my site now)

In addition to those, I also suggest putting up an affiliate button because the number one thing people say about our visitors is that they are very likely bloggers too and might be interested in a new blog ad network.

Check it out at:


Get Chitika eMiniMalls



Remember that they are dynamic so each page load brings different ads to different people.


This post was written by Nika at Nika's Culinaria.


Thursday, December 29, 2005

[RSS] New Desktop Reader



For those new to RSS reading (simply put an RSS reader gets updated with site content (either partial or full) automatically when someone publishes a post on the site you subscribe to) or those still looking for a decent reader may be interested in BlogBridge.

Its free and works on all operating systems.

This post was written by Andrew from spittoon etc


[Event] Euro Blogging By Post 3

Just a prompt that this weekend is the closing date for entries to Euro Blogging By Post 3. This rounds exchange of food parcels is being ably managed by Johanna at Passionate Cook; if you wish to participate just drop her an email with your name and address, your blogs URL and any food allergies and wotnot. Due to postal charges, non-European parcels not arriving and so forth we have decided to limit participants to those residing in Europe only. Sorry to all those elsewhere who have asked to join in the fun.





This post was written by Andrew from spittoonextra.biz


Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Media: Food Blogs hit the Christian Science Monitor

Good coverage for a few food bloggers is in Thursday's issue online here.


This post was written by Alanna from A Veggie Venture.


Friday, December 23, 2005

(Podcasting) A Fun Way to Use Podcasting

I am guessing that most bloggers are interested in learning about new technologies. I am way behind most of you in this area, and have appeciated all the help I've gotten from many of you. I have learned so much! I recently had a chance to take a class in podcasting at the University of Utah. I came up with the idea of making this podcast of a Christmas Message for the people who read Kalyn's Kitchen. I thought other food bloggers might be interested in seeing this use of podcasting.

This post was written by Kalyn from Kalyn's Kitchen.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

[blogger] Pictures
I can't for the life of me get a picture into my profile. I went through the whole "hello" file and still can't get it to work.
Any clear help?


This post was written by heather
from eating4one


Chronicle article on making $ off your blog

In case you don't live in the SF area, the Chronicle had a story about bloggers selling merchandise and in other ways trying to make a living off of their blogs.

The link is
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/12/19/BUG07G9CT61.DTL&hw=blog&sn=030&sc=346

The story ran on 12/19, so if you are interested, out of inclination or horror, check it out soon in case it becomes unavailable in the future. I believe there is also a podcast on the topic.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

[Event] Announcing a new Photo Challenge for 2006



After much debate and the odd stamping of foot the delightful Sam of Becks and Posh and Andrew of Spittoon/SpittoonExtra/Slashfood have hammered out details of Foodography a new and terribly exciting photography challenge for 2006; a regular event based solely around food and drink. The aim is to stretch our creativity and, though practice and comments, hopefully improve all our photography over the year.

A theme will be set at the beginning of each month and continue for 6 weeks. Andrew and Sam will select a theme on alternate rounds with an overlap on each to alleviate any 'pressure' to meet a monthly deadline. The first round is to run from January 1st to around the 12th February, the second from the 1st February to around the 12th March. We have plenty of ideas for themes which will hopefully encourage lateral thought and creativity but welcome suggestions too.

You can, of course, post your entry on your own blog but flickr will be the home for each round. You can register at flickr for free and are offered several easy to understand methods to upload images. Pictures on flickr can be assigned to groups, each monthly theme will have a different group. It is very easy to assign a picture to a group but if you need a little guidance we will be happy to help.

Flickr also allows the posting of comments. These we encourage all to use in giving constructive criticisms, suggestions for improvements and the like. We are looking for more than a simple 'nice pic' or 'good work' - although these are welcome too, as we all like a little praise and encouragement occasionally.

If an image is particularly noteworthy either Andrew or Sam or both will pick their favourite and detail why they selected that particular picture. Again you are encouraged to share your thoughts on why one image or another is your favourite. Comments to pictures are easy to add.

The other advantage of utilising flickr to host each round is that it alleviates the often heavy work-load in hosting such events on an individuals blog.

The challenge is open to all regardless of expertise or equipment from a simple compact or camera phone to function-rich digital SLRs. You can enter as many photos as you wish; in fact some themes may specify a series of images or the theme may inspire you to 'tell a story'.

As well as commenting on others submissions you are encouraged to include (in the description field under each of your photos) some technical details - the light source and angle (natural? spotlight? candle?), use of tripod, water spray, reflectors and such-like. The inclusion of these specifics, coupled with comments, will enable us all to learn by example and perhaps pick up tricks and ideas to improve our own techniques.

Entering a picture to this challenge certainly doesn't preclude you entering the same picture in Does My Blog Look Good In This or writing up a normal blog post around it but all we are interested in on Foodography is the photograph or the series of photos, the interpretation of the theme and the technical expertise shown.


[Analysis] Readibility

Interesting 'tests' to reveal the readibility of your blog...

http://juicystudio.com/services/readability.php


This post was written by Andrew from spittoon etc


Tuesday, December 20, 2005

[blogger] Recent Comments hack when viewed on Safari



Is anyone on blogger using the Recent Comments hack on BloggerHacks? I've noticed that in Safari, the recent comments are in some random order, it works fine on MSIE and Firefox though. I've seen other people noticing it too, but haven't found a fix. Anyone?

This post was written by Gerald from Foodite

Monday, December 19, 2005

[Stats] Question about links

.

So yesterday my stats indicated hundreds and hundreds (and hundreds) of people came to my blog via a post on Slashfood from August, that I had left a comment on with a link.

It just seems super-super weird to me. I am (just out of curiosity) wondering if anyone knows if that post (About Grilled Cheese Day) was featured in a newspaper or a magazine or something? (Andrew? Sarah? Beth? You all post on Slashfood...don't you?)

I looked around at Technorati and whatnot couldn't find anything that would explain this (excellent) phenom.

I know this is silly, but I really am curious why a post from August with a comment and a link would suddenly have people swarming to my blog.

Thanks!

Rachael

This query brought to you with lovin' care by Rachael from Fresh Approach Cooking


Sunday, December 18, 2005

(Misc) Blog Polls



Help! I'm doing a contest this weekend, and need Blog Poll to cooperate. It's having trouble with the code - can't get the results graph to appear. Anyone have any experience with it/Blogger before?


This post was written by Sweetnicks from Sweetnicks


[RSS] OPML file for download


I have just uploaded a new version of the foodie feed list. You can download this file and import it into your RSS reader. It is still not totally complete but now contains 141 feeds - more than enough to keep you going! Download file

This post was written by Andrew from spittoon

[RSS] OPML file for download



I have just uploaded a new version of the foodie feed list. You can download this file and import it into your RSS reader. It is still not totally complete but now contains 141 feeds - more than enough to keep you going!

Download file

This post was written by Andrew from spittoon



Botched Recipes via Firefox...

Hey there, blogging brothers and sisters ~

I have a wacky weird situation on my hands:
It seems that the Firefox browser fails to list certain elements in my recipes. It's so bizarre! For example, some time ago I adapted a pumpkin spread from Catherine of 'Food Musings'. She was confused by my post... until I copied and pasted the text as it appeared in my browser. I had begun to suspect Firefox by that point from past complaints.
Suggestions or related experiences anyone? Im so irritated at the idea of my posts coming out botched that it's taken till now for me to discuss it. Grrr.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

[idea] would anyone like to?

I've just been brainstorming ideas for my blog and have something I want to try for the first week of 2006. If this works out well I will make it a weekly event on my blog. This is what I would like to do. Each day for week 1 of 2006 I would like to feature a guest blogger. Each guest will write a post for my blog. In exchnage all that I ask is that the day before your post appears that you mention (with a link back), on your blog that you will be guest posting for me and on what day. Seems to me this will be a great way to help each other gain more readers. If interested, please email me at chefmichele@gmail.com. I will accept posts with content related to my blog subject matter and pictures are certainly welcome!

Michele from Chef Michele's Adventures

December DMBLGIT?



Does anyone know who is hosting DMBLGIT this month, when the submissions are due, etc?


This post was written by Stephen...


Friday, December 16, 2005

Typepad down: Menu for Hope campaign pages gone!



Hi everyone!

Those of you on Typepad would have known this already, Typepad went down last night. When they came back up they used a backup copy from a few days ago, and lost all the posts from the last few days!

The problem is all the Menu for Hope pages are GONE! They might come back, I'm sure folks at Typepad are working on it, but I don't want to lose momentum on this. We've been doing so well and go up by over a thousand every day! The last I checked we were at $6,473.00 and unfortunately there had not been any donation since Typepad went down. People must be wondering what is going on when they come to Chez Pim and couldn't find any of the post on Menu for Hope.

Would those of you NOT on Typepad put a post up about this? Please inform your readers that the fundraising page is temporarily down, and we are working to get it up as soon as possible. In the meantime, the donation page at FirstGiving is still up.

Is there anyone who has a copy of the entire menu? If you do you might want to speak up so the rest of us can point to your copy while Typepad works on the problem. Thanks so much.

keep your fingers crossed!
Pim



This post was written by Pim from Chez Pim


Wednesday, December 14, 2005

[Blogger] HELP! My page is off center!

What am I doing wrong? When I look at IE part of my page is not showing properly. How do I fix this problem?

http://chefmichele.blogspot.com


Michele

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

[RSS] new reader in gmail



Read more details here.

I haven't tried it out yet. Will do.


This post was written by Sam from Becks & Posh


FeedBurner Update

Feedburner have added FeedFlare - a selection of additions you can add to your rss feed (if you run it through feedburner of course). They include an email this link, email author link (not going to add this one), technorati links (doesnt display if there is none), save to del.icio.us, count comments (for wordpress blogs only) and a couple of other bits.


This post was written by Andrew from spittoon


MT Image problem

Movable Type problem - notice how the images are not displaying on spittoon? well thats the problem. Any ideas? Have just moved the site over to a new server - spittoonextra needed all the images reuploaded for them to display. I have tried this on spittoon with no effect.

The fact there are over 900 images to load fills me with dread in reloading them individually. I have tried a few but they are still not displaying.... I dont think many people here use MT but any ideas? Unless the images are displaying for everyone else except me...

This post was written by Andrew from spittoon



[Event] Slash Food - Spirited Cooking

Not just spirits but wine and anything else with a dash of alcohol in it. Next Monday 19th - no details of prizes as yet but as all the other slashfood events have awarded something (eventually) the lilkehood there will be 'something'.



This post was written by Andrew from slashfood and a pictureless spittoon


Monday, December 12, 2005

VenderPro.com: BEWARE!



On Friday, I was very excited to receive this e-mail:
I've spent a lot of time at the Gastro Gear website and I think your T-shirts are perfect for our stores. I especially like your "Garlic me all over" and "Great legs" designs. We work hand in hand with the largest stores in the country, plus thousands of small to medium sized specialty businesses stretched across the U.S.. If you want the opportunity to sell your products through major retailers like Sears, Macys, Nordstrom, Robinsons May, JC Penney, Target, QVC, HSN, etc ... plus the other 51005 gift stores, 11329 men's clothing stores, 39089 women's clothing stores, 7129 children's clothing stores, and over 24000 mail-order catalogs ... check us out at http://www.VendorPro.com

Sincerely,
Mark Adams
VendorPro.com


And I mean really excited. I called my husband and told him about it (he also has a line of t-shirts designed around poker and playing cards), and we were considering whether to pay the $350 and join this outfit.

Thank goodness my business mentor told me, "Google them and see what you find out." I did so, and learned that they have a Better Business Bureau rating of F. More than that, complaints are scattered all over the internet, discussing how disreputable they are.

The moral of the story is: "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

Beware. Most of the complaints were that the letter is just a template into which the slurky salespeople insert Your Name Here...although this guy clearly had seen my designs, which he cited.


This post was written by Tana from Small Farms: A Blog from the Heart


Sunday, December 11, 2005

Using an image as your title *on a modified* blogger template


Due to bandwidth issues, I have to change from typepad to blogger for one of my sites.

As far as I can tell, I cannot just copy and paste the template into blogger. So I found a suitable
modified template from an online source to use.

My problem is the fact that previous food blog
school posts about how to use an image for your title/header are no longer applicable to this modified
template (at least that is what I think, forgive me if I am mistaken)

Can anyone tell me what to change in my template (that follows) so that the image i want to use (found here: http://static.flickr.com/34/72546532_fe0d06bbeb_o.jpg )
shows up as my title/header for my blogger site?

Modified Template


This post was written by Ali from Something So Clever


Requesting Opinions on Convection Ovens

This is not a blog related question, but it is a food-related question so I hope no one minds me asking it here. (I don't know of a better place to get opinions from highly skilled home cooks.)

Every year for Christmas "Santa" brings me some kind of new cooking toy. I have a 1940's era gas stove that I love and want to keep (especially since Dr. Biggles taught me via the internet how to turn up the burners), but the oven is not that reliable. It's ok for something like a casserole, but anything where you need to cook it at a very specific temperature is iffy.

I was thinking of getting one of those new countertop toaster oven - convection oven combinations since I have tons of counter space. I like the idea of the convection oven cooking more quickly. I'm wondering if any of you use a convection oven, and do you like the results? Are they mostly just for baking, or are they good for roasting? I'd love to hear from anyone who has one.

Thanks in advance.

Posted by Kalyn from Kalyn's Kitchen.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

(Misc) Graphics Help



I want to make business cards and labels that feature my banner. I have it as a jpeg, but when I shrink it down small enough, it gets either fuzzy or distorted or both. Can anyone help? I need it small enough to put on the upper half of a business card, so I can put text on the bottom. I'm also trying to make labels to put on Sweetnicks Cookie Care Packages for the holidays. Suggestions? Advice? Help?!


This post was written by Sweetnicks from Sweetnicks


Blogger won't upload my images!



I was so excited tonight because I just wrote up my first restaurant review. And then I was completely deflated when I could not get Blogger to upload the one pic I wanted for the post. Everytime I try to upload and it completes it (with the blue button that says "Done"), but there's not image in the post! Has anyone dealt with this before? Is it just Blogger being finicky or something I'm doing?


This post was written by Rose from The Hungry Rose



[Blogger] making the extended post link

I was looking around the FBS archives as well as on Blogger's help page but couldn't find any information on the code to shorten my post and create a link to extend it. Is it done in the template or can it be done in the post itself?



This post was written by Rose from The Hungry Rose


New Photo Contest for 2006

Before spittoon and spittoonextra give up the ghost entirely (I have had to put them on a new server and have had no end of problems - images not loading, links not working, rss feed not working...) I thought I would just sound out here if anyone would be interested in another monthly foodie photo contest?

It is not supposed to replace DMBLGIT but rather act as a catalyst for ideas. You could use the photos in DMBLGIT afterwards for example.

What I thought is that through 2006 each month would have a theme - say spoons or sandwiches, fruit or hand whisks and you would post a picture of your interpretation of the theme on your blog (with or without recipes/full post info). What do you think? Anyone interested?

It would be hosted on spittoonextra each month - if I can get the damn thing to work properly and I would ask a random blogger or friend to select one entry as that months 'best'.


This post was written by Andrew from spittoon/spittoonextra allegedly.



[Feedburner] What Am I Doing Wrong?

I have a Feedburner animated graphic that I use on some message boards but often times it will display "JP: Watch This Spot For Future". When I log into feedburner it says my atom feed is obsolete. It says I need to update it, but there in no info on HOW to update it. Any ideas? Usually this happens when I post any type of pic on the blog. If it's just a text post this does not happen. You can see the graphic I am speaking of at http://crockpotadventures.blogspot.com on the left side towards the top.

Michele - Chef Michele's Adventures







[Digital Cameras] Shopping For A New Camera?

When my digital camera had a massive stroke two weeks ago, I panicked (because I knew next to nothing about buying a new camera.) And then I posted a little cry for help on my blog, asking for advice from readers. The response was overwhelming and incredibly helpful. Several readers told me that the info helped them, too, so I thought I would share it with my school mates.

My two main criteria were that the camera cost $300 or less and that it have a fully automatic option so I could use it right away and figure out the rest at my leisure. People offered up advice on everything from specific models (including great sounding pricier ones) to buying rechargeable batteries. There are also several excellent links. So if you're in the market for a new camera and don't know much about the zillions of choices out there, click here to read all the comments.

For more info on digital cameras, you can do a search through the Food Blog S'Cool Archives.

So what camera did I end up buying? The Canon PowerShot A520 from Amazon. $175, no tax, free shipping, and tons of favorable reviews from various sources. So far I love it. All the photos posted on Farmgirl Fare from 12/8/05 to the present were taken with it (and none were retouched, etc.). Downloading photos into the computer is a snap (even for me).

I also followed the advice to invest in rechargeable nimh batteries and a charger. I bought this Sony Battery Charger with four 2300 nimh AA batteries for under $20 at Amazon. It works great. You can charge two at a time and always have two fully charged and ready to go.

NOTE: I have also discovered that nimh batteries burn out a LOT faster in very cold weather.


This post was written by Farmgirl from Farmgirl Fare


Friday, December 09, 2005

Sidebar issue?

Hi,
I have a problem with my sidebar pushing into the main frame or text. And also, there is this dotted line breaking into the top of my most recent post. I don't know what's happening there. Can you help?

[HTML] Columns?



Does anyone know how I can have columns in my post. Is it possible.
I am thinking of two or three columns going down instead of one body of text. This is just for a one off post - I am not planning to be columned for the rest of my blogging life.
Ta, tarra...

This post was written by Sam from Becks & Posh


Thursday, December 08, 2005

Writers needed for new Food Blog Network



As some of you already know, Megan of I Heart Bacon and myself are in the midst of starting a food blog network. We're working on releasing 48 new blogs covering a plethora of topics, from cookbooks and Food Literature, to blogs covering the various food scenes across the world.

This network will be a little different from others, in that we are allowing writers to submit posts to any blog within the network. This will allow us to focus on the quality of posts, rather than the quantity.

Writers (and editors) will be paid. Without going into too much detail here, the network has currently pledged that 50% of all ad revenue will go to paying the people who provide the content. We thought this a better model, as it will help ensure that as the company grows everyone benefits.

We are looking to release four initial blogs at the beginning of 2006. They are:

  • Sugar Savvy - A chocolate and Candy blog

  • The Spirit World - A blog about bars and liquor

  • Paper Palate - A blog dedicated to covering food sections of newspapers as well as food magazines

  • Growers & Grocers - A blog about farmers, and the infrastructure that gets their products to the markets.


  • Several of the editors have told me that they would like a few more writers to fill out their blogs. That's where you come in.

    If you are interested in blogging for this network, feel free to e-mail me at Kate@accidentalhedonist.com. I will connect you to the appropriate editors.

    To put all of our cards on the table, you should know that it may take several months, even a year or so, to make this a worthwhile venture for you. We are considered a "ground up" operation, as we have no investment capital to start this project. Everything that is currently in place has come out of our pockets.

    But we do think that there's a tremendous potential here. If you feel this way as well, please contact me for more information.

    I will answer any and all questions, both those posted here, and those sent to my e-mail address.


    This post was written by Kate from Accidental Hedonist


    [Event] Food Fete

    Are you going to the Fancy Food Show in January in San Francisco? If so, you may also want to attend the Food Fete. I went last year, along with a few other bloggers and it was a good event. Head over to the web site if you are interested. At the site, click on "press" for more information about attending.

    Food Fête is a public relations and marketing event for the gourmet food and beverage industry. We produce sponsored press receptions that showcase gourmet food and beverage products driving current food trends.

    Oh! to attend the Fancy Food Show, pre-register here. FYI a business card with your title and blog is about all you need as "credentials" to qualify as press.

    This post was written by Amy from Cooking with Amy

    (Misc) New Blog Directory



    Got an e-mail today about a blog directory (as I'm sure some of you also received). I assume it's new since when I went to register, I was the first food blogger (!), but I thought you guys might be interested.

    Add URL Blog


    This post was written by Sweetnicks from Sweetnicks


    Wednesday, December 07, 2005

    Blogger and photos

    This may be old news to some, but I was delighted to discover that I could use the blogger image uploader to put in a series of photos and then go to the edit html (as opposed to the tab labeled compose) and then cut and paste the photos to where I wanted them in the post.

    Since I have been having issues with Hello and haven't tried flicker yet, it seemed a simple solution.

    If you try this, I think it is easier to write your post and then move the photos.

    Hope this helps someone.

    Posted by FJK of Blog Appetit

    WBW Logo Design Contest



    Okay all you crazy S'cool kids. I'm having no luck drumming up submission for the Wine Blogging Wednesday Logo Design Content and Sam, one of the judges suggested I post something about it here.

    It's really just for fun (and the deadline has been extended to December 31). If I had any sort of graphic-creation ability, I'd just make one up. But, if you're looking for the fame and fortune (I may just have a prize up my sleeve...or in my wine rack) associated with the WBW juggernaut, Food Blog Scool


    [Blogger] Too Many Posts?

    Last night as well as this morning, Blogger has been running extremely slow for me. I now have over 700 posts so I am wondering if that is the problem and if so, will switching to a paid service take care of it? (Switching all my posts over is not something I look forward to, but I'm willing to pay the price - literally and figuratively - if that will resolve the issue.)

    Thanks in advance!

    This post was written by Cathy from Chief Family Officer



    [Recipe] Stollen MEME


    Hi Guys,
    I know as foodies most of us are very "prepared" for christmas and have the finer details down pat. But just incase there is any extra room on your Christmas table, or you feel like trying something different, I have posted a recipe for Weinacht Stollen (A yeasted german christmas cake). If any other bloggers want to make the stollen and share their experiances then I will post a round-up.

    Merry Christmas Everyone!

    This post was written by Clare Eats from Eatstuff


    Tuesday, December 06, 2005

    [Posting] Help! How do I make the pictures, links?

    Hey kids,

    I have a Mac (gack) and use Firefox.

    While trying to do my round up for My Blog Went Up In Flames, I thought it would be super nifty to have the photos be links, only I have no clue how that could happen.

    Can anyone explain this in super layman's terms?

    Merci!
    Rachael



    This query was written with lovin' care by Rachael from Fresh Approach Cooking


    Google Adsense - Promoting Your Blog to Advertisers



    FYI - For those of you who use Google Adsense on your blog, Google is now putting an "Advertise on this site" message on many of the ads. You can can customize to some degree the look and content of the landing page when someone clicks on this link from an ad on your site. Advertisers can now specifically request your site to have their ads run on in the Google Adwords program.

    To find out how to customize the landing page with your logo and content, log into Adsense and select, "My Account" from the menu options. Scroll down to the bottom to "Onsite Advertiser Sign-Up" to edit.

    This post was written by Elise of Simply Recipes




    Folks have been having some trouble finding my blog off of google and yahoo. Searching for the name isn't a problem. Rather when they search for "food blog (my geographic area)" it doesn't include my URL. I'm curious because I know that there aren't alot of bloggers in my area, so I figured I would show up with the others.

    Any ideas?


    This post was written by Vanessa from she craves


    [event]Menu for Hope II: last call for participation


    Hi there,

    I'd like to drop another note to invite participation to my Menu for Hope II. We are raising money to support the victims of the earthquake in northern India and Pakistan.

    You can read more about it in my previous Foodblogscool posting here. Basically, I'm asking food bloggers to offer up a gift for your readers to raffle. Each $5 donation will get a virtual raffle ticket. The donor can specify which gift they want. Each blogger will only be responsible for coming up with the gift, and the shipping cost to send that gift to the winner. Oh, right, and for a blog post about their gift, I will run the roundup of everything on offer on our Menu for Hope II next Monday.

    I've already got a lot of bloggers who agreed to participate, but most of them are of the usual suspects variety, which is a good thing, mind you. Who wouldn’t want to be in the company of Clotilde, Adam, David, Alder, Heidi, Sam, Kate, Amy, to name but a few? But I'd really like to include a lot more of you whom I don’t' normally have an opportunity to play with. The more the merrier, no? And it's also for a very good cause.

    Don't be afraid that you might not have anything fancy enough to offer. I've got pledged gifts ranging from a jar of home-made jam, to cookbooks old and new, to a fancy basket of goodies solicited from gourmet shops --and even to a chance to 'own' your very own sheep (guess who that's from). Anything you think your readers wouldn't mind giving just $5 for a chance to win it would be enough.

    Please email me, chezpim@gmail.com, or leave a comment here to let me know you'd like to participate. And tell your blogging friends! As I said, the more the merrier! Hopefully we could raise a good amount of money for this very worthy cause.

    Thanks so much,
    Pim

    This post was written by Pim from Chezpim.typepad.com


    does anyone know some shortcuts.

    Does anyone knows some shortcut ? I have created several blogs to sort out the category of my posts, now, I decided to have 1 blog that I call home.. I just knew recently that it doesnt show my old post when u search in technorati under "search this blog" I'd like to have my other posts to show in my homepage when being searched for the sake of filing... is there anyway I could do some shortcut other than posting old posts in my home page? I dont like to post a list of links either in my home page. The thought of doing everything again is getting into my nerve especially that hello isnt working.

    Monday, December 05, 2005

    [RSS] new Reader (Beta) from google



    Check it out here at Reader/lens. I just started playing with it.


    This post was written by Sam from Becks & Posh


    DNS for typepad



    I know someone must have worked this through and I am getting absolutely nowhere with Typepad support and today's the deadline to switch things. I am hoping for a simple answer here.

    Typepad recently sent out mail saying they needed DNS changes for all their mapped domains; all they are asking for is a single CNAME that maps the subdomain to their server, like this:
    blog (points to) kitchenmage.typepad.com

    This is how I tried to set it up when I first mapped my domain to the blog and it fails, so I added an A record to point to the IP address of kitchenmage.typepad.com, which works. However, the address is apparently subject to change so it may not work for long.

    When I go back to just the CNAME it all stops, due to no DNS resolution. (duh)

    Their help says stupid things like, leave the A record at the default. Default? There is no *default* for A records.

    I've got five blogs mapped and if they all stop working I'm going to be a very unhappy mage. (and it's seldom good for people when mages get unhappy, for people are crispy and taste good with ketchup...no wait, that's when dragons get mad...never mind)

    So, who wants to show me their DNS settings? I'd prefer to hear from someone with a DNS server, not DNS set up at a registrar, mostly because I need to know what was done and registrars are notorious for doing things behind the scenes where you can't tell that they did it...so stuff works, but not for a discernable reason.

    This post was written by kitchenmage from Kitchenmage


    2005 Food Blog Awards

    This is a duplicate post, orginally published at my site at Accidental Hedonist. I am now shamelessly pimping the awards.

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    "It's back! You've spent precious time working on your blog. You've traveled 175 miles in order to find that one special ingredient for a recipe. You've eaten food at less than reputable institutions. You've been hammered by requests from Hefty-Trash bags to pimp their plastic plates.

    We think you need to get some kudos for all of your hard work.

    It's time for the 2nd annual Food Blog Awards! Here's the chance to say "Hey, my food blog is worthy of attention!" Conversely, it's also the chance to say "Hey! My favorite food blog is also worthy of attention!"

    Over the month of December, we're going to ensure that people recognize the quality writing and photography that go on in our community.

    Here's how it's going to work - Between now and Friday, December 16th, we're accepting nominations in several categories, that are listed below. After the 16th, a group of judges will review the nominations, and submit five sites for your approval. From Dec 21st through December 31st, the polls will be open for people to vote.

    We're excited about these awards. Last year, the awards and some of the winners were featured in dozens of newspapers and magazines world-wide.

    We will announce the judges in a post later this week, as well as explain their duties, in order to maintain a fair amount of transparency.

    So, here are catgories . Start nominating as the 2005 Food Blog Awards begin...now!


    Sunday, December 04, 2005

    Photography Help Needed

    I would love some tips of how to photograph food to get a good clear picture with nice bright lighting. Just ordered my first digital camera and have no idea about photography. Hoping to add some nice pics to the blog. any tips appreciated! TIA!

    Michele from Chef Michele's Adventures


    New Style of Comment Spam



    I came back this evening from a delicious, icy, snowy weekend vacation in Seattle to discover a new type of comment spam on my blog.

    These are comments that are relevant, don't contain links, are personal, have obviously read the entry and are typically responding favorably. So why did they set off my spam alarms?

    In the field for a commentor's url, name, and email, this commentor has put in a blog address that leads to a content non-sense blog that looks to be up only to drive search return ratings.

    So... approve the comment? Delete as spam?

    Sweets gave me a good suggestion to try at first. He says keep the comment (since it is relevant, and not the part I am objecting to), and break the commentor's url by changing http to hxxp and putting a space after every character in the url.

    I'll see how that goes. I definitly get the impression that these commentors are watching to see what my response is before they flood me.

    Example of the comment change is exhibited with the last two comments on this Harry Potter recipe.


    This post was written by McAuliflower from Brownie Points Blog


    Message from Noodle Cook re Paper Chef



    HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAPER CHEF!!

    Dear Headmistress

    I couldn't work out how many people are particpating in this weekend's Paper Chef based on the low number of ingredient nominations and no announcement on Is My Blog Burning?

    I have organised an Aussie judging panel, with some "secret" surprises :) to help celebrate Paper Chef anniversary and the holidays, it would be disastrous if everyone has forgotten... Would you be kind enough to put in a reminder for Paper Chef participants to head to Tomatilla for nominations and details. Thank you in advance.

    Noodle Cook


    Note from Sam - people who wish to announce things on Food Blog S'cool are encouraged to simply sign up and join the Scool for full posting priveleges. Food Blog S'cool Mail is only checked once a week or less. For more urgent issues email me directly via Becks & Posh.
    This post was written by Sam from Becks & Posh


    Saturday, December 03, 2005

    Adding video to your blog?



    does anyone know of an easy way to add a small video clip to your blog?


    This post was written by Darell from Darell Eats


    Friday, December 02, 2005

    [Event]


    Hey kids,
    If our headmistress Sam is willing to show her un-glam shots, why not you?

    Email your bad food photos to me, Rachael@FreshApproachCooking.com, for My Blog Went Up In Flames. So far I have six awesomly bad entries...but somehow I'm sure there are more icky pictures out there!

    Thanks ev'body!

    Rachael
    (Bitter Melon)




    This post was written with lovin' care by Rachael at Fresh Approach


    Thursday, December 01, 2005

    what to do with a heckler?

    Hey everyone, I'm wondering what you would suggest I do with someone who's leaving insulting comments on my blog. It started yesterday, with a post I put up about beets. He critiqued my cooking method, then my writing, and then questioned whether or not I have celiac disease at all. I probably made a mistake in responding to that comment, given that it goaded him, but what he was saying was medically inaccurate. And my readers need to know that. Now, he has come back twice more, saying that my site is indecent (with all these hungry people in the world, I shouldn't be posting about all these "feasts" I have). And now, he's making comments about a typo I made. (As a writer, he says, I "...obviously care more about quantity than quality.")

    I suppose this happens to all of us, doesn't it? If so, what do you do?

    I have to say, as well, I sort of think it's a hoax. I think someone is hiding behind this persona of someone with celiac disease. It doesn't ring true, and now it's so ridiculous. Do I delete the comments? Never answer him? What do you think?


    This post was written by Shauna from Gluten-free Girl