Saturday, June 30, 2007

Posting /Editing Problem

Hi everybody !
Since Tuesday, June 26, 2007 I have 3 problems with posting normaly :
1. refering to last Blogger Status here ,my compose mode in every new and old post in my 3 Blogs is still missing.I got only HTML mode to edit my posts. I wrote them, without any realy solution, also wrote to the Blogger Help group about that problem ,I know I'm not the only one. do you have the same problem ?
It's for 4 days now, my last 2 posts look terrible :-(

2. Some of the time (since june 29), there is a delay (of few hours)in time when you write a new post or edit an old one, until you can see it updated.

3.Since this morning My left side Bar (I have only 1 side bar)-the letters are smaller then always..(I mean all the lists) BUT , looking in the archive ,you can see them as they should be. any idea , please ?

I'll be thankful with any help , thank you !
* I delet any cookies, temporary files, restart my computer and so on.. :-)

This Post was written by Chanit from My mom's recipes and more

Friday, June 29, 2007

[Blogger] Problems publishing via FTP?

Hey, is anybody else out there having problems publishing via FTP in Blogger (i.e., not Blogspot accounts)? I haven't been able to publish all day long -- figures that I've got three posts ready to go today. Every time I publish, it looks like it's doing it--indeed, the post has an ID--but then it tells me that it's taking longer than expected and never actually uploads to OWF. My other blog on that server is having the same problem. I'm trying to figure out if it's a problem with my account, Blogger, or Earthlink (where OWF is hosted).

This Post was written by Derrick from Obsession With Food

Monday, June 25, 2007

Hosting/Traffic Question

I have two food sites, one with my domain name pointed to a Blogger site and the other domain mapped to a Typepad site. Is there any drawback, with regard to traffic or page ranking, to do it this way, as opposed to hosting the site elsewhere?

This Post was written by Bill from Tea Guy Speaks.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Spam-swarm anyone?

I just today have deleted more than 200 spam.. thank goodness I have akismet and spam karma 2. I usually see maybe 5 in a day.

Was wondering if anyone else has seen a very recent bloom in spam?

This Post was written by Nika from Nika's Culinaria

Monday, June 18, 2007

Blog backup online

Has anyone used Blog Backup Online? It is supposed to keep daily archives of your blog, which would be really handy, but having never heard of them, I thought I'd check in with the crowd.

This Post was written by kitchenMage from kitchenMage

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Firefox - glitch??

I downloaded the latest version of Firefox & now when I access it goes into a Chinese format. Does anyone know a fix for this or a setting I can change? I live in Hong Kong so it looks as though the new version isn't picking up my English settings. Thanks!

This Post was written by Heather Chase from The Culinary Chase

Here's What's on the Menu at Blogher 2007 in Chicago

(Edit on 6-20-07, with some exciting news for those who live far away or just can't attend the actual conference. Blogher announced yesterday that there will be a virtual Blogher 2007 Conference using Second Life. You need to download Second Life and register to attend virtually, but it's free. Follow that link for more information.)

Many of you know that Elise, Alanna, and myself are writers for the site Our job there is to spotlight food content we find on the web, an assignment that has us reading lots of food blogs looking for something unique. Besides running a website to spotlight women bloggers, the folks at Blogher produce conferences about blogging twice a year. (Men are welcome to attend the conference, too.) Some of you may remember hearing about food bloggers at Blogher 2006. This year the ladies of Blogher have allowed us to give a lot of input to create content specifically of interest to food bloggers. Last year I learned an amazing amount about blogging in two days, and this year there's even more food-related content. Below is a post I wrote on my blog about the conference offerings, which I thought would be of interest to FBS readers. (Full disclosure: I do get paid a very minimal amount for writing for the Blogher site. They have not asked me to post this notice here, nor am I being paid to do so.)

Learn About Food Photography
The talented Bea from La Tartine Gourmande and Lara from Still Life With and Cook and Eat will share some of the ways they get those fabulous photos, with Photoshop expert Jan Kabali leading the discussion and throwing in a few tips of her own.

Learn about Technical Tools to Build Blog Traffic
The lovely and generous Elise from Simply Recipes and Vanessa Fox from Google will do a repeat of their popular session from the March Blogher Business Conference about ways to help more people find your blog.

Relive the Menu for Hope with Pim
The charming and well-traveled Pim from Chez Pim will touch down in Chicago long enough to speak at a session on fundraising where she'll share her experiences in raising money through the popular food blogging fundraiser A Menu for Hope.

Hear Food Bloggers Dish About Foodblogging
There's sure to be a lively discussion when Shuna from Eggbeater, Alanna from A Veggie Venture, Susan from FatFree Vegan Kitchen, Nupur from One Hot Stove and Jasmine from Confessions of a Cardomom Addict talk about the ins and outs of blogging about food. That's a lot of food blogging talent, and I'm the moderator for this session, so if you're planning to be there, I'd love to hear what you'd like me to ask this crew of well-known bloggers.

There's more, including sessions about writing reviews, establishing a "brand" for your blog, Blog-to-Book, the business aspects of blogging, web design, and moving to a self-hosted blog, to name just a few. If you want to read about all the other sessions, check out the schedule for Day One and Day Two. Visit to register or get more information about hotels and venues.

Let Us Know if You're Coming!
There are plans to organize some kind of Food Blogger Meet-Up during the conference, although we don't know for sure where or when. I am also keeping an ongoing list of the bloggers who are coming in this post about the conference on my own blog. If you're coming to Blogher, leave a comment here or on my blog to let us know so we can include you in those plans.

This post written by Kalyn of Kalyn's Kitchen.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

[Copyright] Protection & Creative Commons

Chez Pim's recent exposure of a blog thief who stole her work caused me to double check the terms of my own Creative Commons Licence. I found out it was out of date so I immediately updated it. You might like to check and do the same if necessary.

I was using 2.5 when the latest version is 3.0. If you are in the same boat, you'll note that Creative Commons Licence will warn you that you are not up to date with the following statement:

"A new version of this license is available. You should use it for new works, and you may want to relicense existing works under it. No works are automatically put under the new license, however."

Relicensing existing works sounds like a lot of palaver to me, but maybe I have inadvertently found a way around it. At the bottom of every post I have written since January 7th, 2007, I have included the following statement:
© 2007 Sam Breach at "Becks & Posh", This RSS Feed is for personal non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this material in your news aggregator, or at the aforementioned url, the site you are looking at might be guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact[AT]gmail[DOT]com to report any suspected violations. Thank you.

So in every post I have been linking to a piece of text in my 'about page' that clearly states the terms of my copyright. This way, if I update the terms of my licence on the about page (which I did) - it automatically updates the information on every post I have written which included my copyright terms. [I think I will change the wording to make it even clearer - ie instead of copyright infringement I should change to infringing my terms of copyright to be a little more clear].

If you want to be sure that your readers and potential users of your content are absolutely clear about your terms then the onus is on you to make it quite clear what those terms are and what any attributions should be and if you choose 'Share Alike' instead of 'No Derivative Works' (which is what I have), then potentially, other people can change your work to fit their own purposes. I am not a lawyer and don't pretend to be, but it might be worthwhile making some consideration about which of these terms sounds more suitable to you as an individual.

This Post was written by Sam from Becks & Posh

Monday, June 11, 2007

how to link pics?

hello all.
i am sorry to bother you with a total rookie question: but how do i link a picture with a web-adress / post /.... like - the picture of my browniebabe event & when i click on it i am automatically linked to the page where i find all the info about the event? or a picture of a book and when i click - it directs me to amazon where i can buy it?
i use new version of blogger - and i still have no clue how to do this. anybody out there who can explain so even i understand? - thank you truckloads!

This Post was written by myriam from once upon a tart

Friday, June 08, 2007

Outrageous blog thief: see if your stuff is stolen and what to do about it

I've found a particularly nasty blog thief, Voncigars, and there's a good chance he's stolen from some of you too.

He took the photos and texts from my recent post on Paco Meralgo, a tapas bar in Barcelona, and reposted the pictures and edited the texts to appear as though they were his. There was, of course, no mention of Chez Pim as a source to any of this. A quick search in his archives revealed a picture and some texts he lifted from Clement of A La Cuisine, and a wine tasting note he copied word for word from Cellartracker.

There's such a mishmash of style in the photos and texts on his blog that I suspect that he's stolen from many other people too.

You can read my detailed post on this on Chez Pim, or just go ahead to the nasty thief's blog to see if he's stolen from you too. If he did, please report him. The best way to get back at these people is to run them and their sorry excuse of a blog out of existence. There are links to report him to Blogger and Google on the post on Chez Pim.

This Post was written by Pim from Chez Pim

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Restaurants v. Bloggers Article

Hey all, I rarely write in but thought this was a fun piece. The more publicity food bloggers get the better!

Check out this article at

TGIAF (thank god it's almost Friday)!!!

This Post was written by Mona of Mona's Apple.

Blogger Draft Posts

Looking at the full list of posts on FBS this morning, I see a significant number of repeated drafts prior to final posts by several contributors. Although these drafts don't show to external readers, they will cause Sam an administrative problem if they are allowed to build up like this.

As far as I can see the problem originates from a change made recently by Blogger and does not affect users on other hosts. In response to complaints from users who neglected to save their own work and subsequently lost it, the change means that Blogger now auto-saves draft text as you type it. Unfortunately, certain changes (and I'm not sure exactly which) result in the system creating multiple drafts. I generated one from this post by delaying before writing a post header.

It would be a good idea if everyone on Blogger checks their recent posts and deletes unwanted drafts. Otherwise Sam will be drowned with admin work. I'll leave mine on display for a few days to illustrate the problem.

This Post was written by Trig from Aidan Brooks: Trainee Chef.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

[General Temple Central] I want a Recipe Index!

Hello all -
My site,, is a year old now (hurrah!) and I'd love to have a nifty Recipe Index. 95% of my posts are recipes and I'd live to create an easy-to-read and visually appealing index where visitors could quickly scan for recipes that fit a certain criteria. Or just browse.

I use Wordpress.

I'd like to include the fields: photo, recipe name, recipe type (soup, dessert, etc.), cooking time, and season.

Here is a trial index that I made with a wordpress table with code and help (thanks!) from the author of trial index is only a test blog that I made for these purposes. My real blog looks similar but has actual content.]

So, here are my questions:
1. what do other wordpress users do for a recipe index?
2. does anyone have a blog or know of a blog with a beautiful recipe index for inspiration?
3. any comments on my trial index? Do the thumbnail photos make the page take too long to load?
4. Do any wordpress geniuses out there have an easy way to workflow one my standard recipe posts into a single entry into a compendium of fab vegetarian recipes?

Thanks in advance for your help. I love this forum.

This Post was written by Vanessa from

Why is my blog ranked high in search on Google but not Yahoo?

Most, if not all, of my traffic to my blog Central Florida Restaurant Mom comes from searches on Google. I did a test putting in "five guys burgers fries review orlando FL" (one of my recent reviews) in both Google and Yahoo. I come up at the #1 spot on Google and am NOWHERE on Yahoo. Does anyone know why this is happening and how I can improve my ranking on Yahoo? I know Yahoo gets my feed because I have a myYahoo page and it comes in correctly there. Is it because my site is on Blogger and that is owned by Google? Does Yahoo not incorporate blogs into its search index and Google does?

This Post was written by RestaurantMom

Monday, June 04, 2007


I'm having a nightmare with tables. I'm trying to put one into this post, but above the table there seems to be an enormous blank space that I can't get rid of.

Additionally, when I view it in IE there seems to be text wrapping on, especially in the notes column. Can anyone please help??

From Anthony from Silverbrow on Food

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Email Subscription

Is it possible to get the email subscription feed to show only part of the post and include the photo? I played around with both Feedburner and Feedblitz and when I limit the number of characters a feed shows, the photo is gone. Also, I'm not sure if this has been covered in the past but which is better, a partial feed or full feed for emails?

Is one feed service better than the other? Some bloggers use Feedburner for feed reader subcriptions and use Feedblitz for emails. Right now I use Feedburner for both.

This Post was written by Amy from Nook & Pantry