Thursday, October 30, 2008

Giving Out Google AdSense Publisher ID

I received a solicitation today from a site that appears to be legit. As part of their affiliate program, they said that they'd require my Google AdSense Publisher ID. Is this information that I should be giving out?

This Post was written by Bill from Tea Guy Speaks.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Blogroll Software?

I was using Bloglines feeds for both of my blogs -- the lists would pull directly from my Bloglines blog roll so that I could add/delete blogs direct on Bloglines and the blog lists would pull from there (in different categories -- ie., photography, local food bloggers, general, etc).

I ended up having to yank the blog rolls because the feed from Bloglines was hanging up, causing my blogs to not load.

Any different options for blog roll maintenance that will publish to my blog? I'd like to keep the categories if possible, and hopefully maintain the list outside of my blog software. I liked Bloglines because I use it on a daily basis so it was a bonus that it would feed to my blogs.

The blogs are both Typepad. Thanks!

this post was written by jen maiser from life begins @ 30 / eat local challenge.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Food bloggers who cook with their kids

Does anyone know of a list/directory of parents who have food blogs where the kids are involved in the cooking? The release of my cookbook has unfortunately coincided with a badly broken arm which totally hosed my plan to spend the last few weeks doing research and carefully targeted offers of review copies. (and I told my publisher that I was writing those email messages, not them!) Three shattered bones later, I am in too much pain to do all that clicking and am trying to streamline the process.

Anyone know where the intersection of food and family lives online...?

(this is not an ad: book info in top post at my site...go there so we leave Sam's space adfree...)

This Post was written by kitchenMage from kitchenMage

Post a Comment Not Working

As of today, comments are not working on my blog. I looked through known issues on Blogger and didn't find anything listed. I also didn't find any answers after searching help. Any ideas of what's wrong? Thanks for any help!

This Post was written by lisa from lisaiscooking

Twitter Widgets

I use Wordpress 2.5.1 and would like to put a Twitter feed in my sidebar. But, there are so many widgets to choose from and I am pretty technologically inept, so I was wondering if y'all had any suggestions on which to use and where to find it.


This Post was written by Rachel from

Search Gadget

Since the 'new' TypePad unrolled my BlogBar search gadget has disapeared. I can't seem to get it back up and running. What gadgets do you use to allow readers to search through your posts? Are there any that are better than others?


This Post was written by EB from SpiceDish

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

If you get lots of unwanted emails from PR flacks

I've been receiving a ton of unsolicited emails from PR people hawking products (many of which have nothing to do with food or cooking at all...) and press releases. I've been emailing them all back to ask them to take me off their distribution lists. One guy finally responded that he'd gotten my info from Cision (formerly known as Bacons) a media contact info database that PR folk can subscribe to for money.

I just called them to ask them to remove me from their listings which they said they would (apparently, I was also listed under "holiday gift guides" which explains all the random tech gadget holiday gift guide emails I've been getting...)

Just wanted to pass this info on to you all in case you're suffering from similar deluges of unwanted email from people promoting things. It may not be the only way people are finding you, but hopefully getting off their database will help cut down on the volume.

Here's their contact info:

Media Monitoring and Evaluation Content Support
Phone: 800-252-1427

It's worth a shot!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Companies wanting to advertise on my site

Hi there,

I've been approached by a couple of companies to advertise on my site. I am very flattered but have no idea what's reasonable. Any thoughts? Thanks!

This Post was written by Heather from The Culinary Chase

Friday, October 10, 2008

My photos and words are posted on this website

I know this is a common problem, so how do you deal with it? This website has several of my recipes/writing and photos posted (my photos are actually hot-linked). What can I do about it? I noticed nearly all of Elise's posts are there also. Is this just how it is? We just ignore it? The hot linking irritates me more than the content theft, frankly.

So what do I do?

Katie from

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Content theft

This topic is a nightmare for all bloggers who are so protective about what they publish and who shouldn't be, right?

I don't check for content theft regularly, but now I think I should. When I searched for the websites that I have copied my content. I found that there was a recipe of mine copied and pasted on a forum (Taste of Home). Although I have commented there (after the long drawn signup - ugh!) and email the editors, etc I'm worried.

What are the actions you take when you've discovered something like this? Do those guys take such things seriously and take quick action? It would educational to know how you guys react to this.


This Post was written by Shaheen (Coco) from Ambrosia

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Offline Blog Editor

Hello all- I've fallen tremendously behind in blogging lately, and it's largely in part due to the ever-tightening NetNanny at work: most blogs, flickr, etc. have been blocked.

Now, I always completed my work before catching up on blogs, or working on a post, but of course, the head honchos don't see it quite like that. However, if there were an offline blog editor I could use, then simply upload the post when I get home, life would be a bit more cheery.

Does anyone have any experience with any editors? I would be using a PC & Internet Explorer.

This Post was written by Shelley from Bistro 613.

Saturday, October 04, 2008


Have any of you been contacted about putting a recipe up on  I'm just trying to figure out what the benefit of putting one of my recipes up there would be, thinking it does more for that blog than for my own, but I thought I'd see if anyone had any experience with the blog.  

This Post was written by Curt from Bucky's Barbecue and Bread

Is there something beyond Technorati?

I used to find Technorati quite useful for checking out links to my blog, it was a good way of finding new blogs but also find the ones that scraped your content but nowadays Technorati seems to have gotten worse and worse, I get these flashing ads that tell me (n.b. every time) that I am the 1.000.000ieth person visiting and I have won a prize, not to talk about the badly updated blog reaction list. So now I wonder, is there some other site out there doing the same kind of job but better? I do use google alerts and they work well but I want a place where I can go and search myself. Does any one know something?

This Post was written by Ilva from Lucullian Delights