I found this interesting article on the behind-the-scenes processes that occur when you post to your blog.
"The wonderful journey of a blog post" over at Weblog Tools Collection.
Its been helpful for me to understand some of what happens and how it might be optimized. Sometimes awareness is enough to help solve this or that issue.
Edited to add:
At the same site you will find another instructive article, "The Need For Substantive and Well-Written Blog Content", that will likely help the newer bloggers here in becoming better writers. I know its not food-specific but good writing is simple and universal.
This Post was written by Nika from Nika's Culinaria