Wednesday, November 30, 2005

RSS Comments Feed

Can you tell that I am really hung up on RSS feeds this week?

Ok ... does anyone know if there is a way to offer an RSS feed of the comments on your site? There are a very few blogs ... this one is one of them ... where I would like to receive a feed ping whenever there is a comment added to the site ... and to be able to read them through an RSS feeder.

If you don't know of a way, have you ever seen this on any blog? Could you point me there?


P.S. For those of you who have questions about RSS feeders in general, I just stumbled upon a great explanation page by Elise. For those of you who don't know, in addition to her recipe site, Elise has a fantastic Movable Type tutorial site -- she is quite a renaissance woman!

This post was written by Jen from Life Begins @ 30

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Organizing RSS Feeds

Ok, for the moment let's put aside the "do you or don't you" discussion and talk about the organization of RSS feeds. IF you use an RSS reader on a regular basis, have you figured out a good organization system for said feeds?

I am a database person by profession, but I am having a hard time with the overarching organization for my groups of blogs. If you have a system that works for you, would you share?

My categories, flawed as they are:

TECHNORATI (This is just keyword searches, etc)

This post was written by Jen from Life Begins @ 30

Monday, November 28, 2005

[Event] My Blog Went Up In Flames!

My Blog Went Up In Flames!

While trying to rationalize posting my hideous looking (but delicious tasting) Shortbread Cookie pictures for this months IMBB/SHF I had an idea.

I thought as a one off, people could submit your WORST food shot. Obviously, it does not have to have been posted, but bonus points if another more glam version was.

Winners will be judged on the following:

- Is is obvious what it was? The less obvious, the better
- Lighting
- Backstory
- General Unappetizingness (Not a word, but you get my point)

I certainly have a huge back log of terrible shots (Pallid Swedish meatballs in garishly violet lingonberry cream sauce with a blinding glare, anyone?) and would love to see what YOU have too. Like the owner of the worlds ugliest dog, we should take pride in ALL of our foodie photos and share!

So, if you dare, please email your shots, links and/or stories to by December 4th, I will compile a list with links for the next week.

Happy Holidays!


This post brought to you with lovin' care by Rachael at Fresh Approach Cooking

Sunday, November 27, 2005

[Blogger] Self-linking

I tried to run a search on this forum, and I discovered that in order to categorise and archive my recipe links I have to start a new blog for each section.
However, above and beyond that, why can I not link to my own archives? Eg. I created an archive page for each recipe subcategory, but when I try to link to them in my sidebar, I get an error message. Am I missing something? Or is this just Blogger being Blogger?

(if you look at my blog, to the right hand side, first section titled recipes, I tried to link)
This post was written by Linda from Kayaksoup

Saturday, November 26, 2005

(Blogger) Posting Pictures

For some reason, Hello hasn't let me log in/post pictures for the last few days. In the meantime, I've used Flickr, but don't really care for it. Any other programs out there that fellow bloggers can recommend? I love Picasa for editing the pictures, which is why I've been using Hello, and have never had any problems before but it keeps telling me it "cannot connect to the internet," while, of course, the cable modem is running fine and I can access every other site. Suggestions? Getting desperately behind with picture posting...

This post was written by Sweetnicks from Sweetnicks

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Your Blog's Listed Info on Amazon

I was trapsing around the web tonight, checking on some referals and came across a food blog directory at

What was notable on this directory is that every blog listing has a thumbnail (a lot of them really crappy screenshoots with the food blog site overlapping a different site).

Actually, that wasn't the really notable part... each blog listing has a set of links at the bottom that give each blog's popularity stats (Technorati listing, Google links, etc). One of these links is called AlexaInfo.

The AlexaInfo link goes to an listing of blogs. I urge everyone to check out their blog's listing as I was quite surprised at the explicit contact info listed for mine. I think this info is editable, though when I tried to edit mine, the system coughed a hair ball and now my entry isn't in the system at all. While I know that smart people can deduce my home phone number and home address, I don't want it to be posted so blantantly.

Here's a sample listing for IMBB.

This post was written by McAuliflower from Brownie Points

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Now, I know that many of you reading this aren't in the States as you read this. I hate to be Americentric and wish everyone here a holiday you may not be celebrating. But this is really the only holiday we have that's solely centered on food. And who couldn't use more time to stop and be grateful?

So I just want to say how grateful I am to this marvelous food community. You are a feisty, funny, alive bunch of people. Discovering this world has been the best part of my year.

Enjoy your turkeys! (Or Tofurkeys. Or gluten-free stuffing, as it may be.)

This post was written by Shauna from Gluten-free Girl

[Blogger] New Book on Hacking Blogger

I found this blog and book, Blogger in a Snap, and thought I'd pass it on to the other Blogger users here. I'm a total idiot when it comes to HTML and Blogger so my site is a bit on the boring side (from a design standpoint, of course!).

Once I get the book and read it, I'll post a short review.

This post was written by Valyn
from Hope It's Good!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

IMBB looking for volunteers

Ronald over at IMBB is looking for kind and enthusiastic volunteers to help keep the IMBB events calendar site up to date. It would be great if one or more of us could take this bull by the horns and help out Ronald. It's information we all rely on, after all. If you have the time and the inclination, please consider volunteering to help him out. I for one would love to see Sarah's Dine & Dish, and the French Blog Appetit up on his list too. I am sure there are others.

Thanks to anyone who considers helping him out

This post was written by Sam from Food Blog Scool


I've lost every email for the past 72 hours or so, which means EVERY SINGLE DMBLGIT?#11 ENTRY.

If you've sent a me a link anytime in that time period...basically from Saturday, 11/19 until now (11/22 @ 10 pm GMT)...please resend it asap. I'm so sorry that this has happened, but I think it's still early enough to be o.k.

dmblgit [dot] wws [at] mac [dot] com

Thanks everyone!

This post was written by Moira from Who Wants Seconds?

[Connection speed] Sprint 1 : SBC 0


For the last few months I have been having internet problems making it very difficult to blog. If I tell you I resorted to driving to work with my laptop open in the passenger seat, my post written offline and ready to publish, making sure to pass through a favourite set of traffic lights (Seventh and Folsom) where I had just enough time to connect to a wifi hotspot and publish my post before driving on, maybe you will think I am just a little bit crazy. Just a little.

After we got back from our vacation we got to the bottom (finally) of what our problem was: Check this out. It's crazy. SBC have distance limitations for their DSL customers. If they are more than a certain distance away from the hub, the DSL is not provided. For 6 months we had a perfectly acceptable DSL connection. But then SBC decided the quality of the service they were providing to the people on the furthest stretches away from the hub was not acceptable/good enough. So. What did they do? They shrunk the distance at which they would provide internet access. As we were in the outer area, we got our DSL connection cancelled.

Unfortunately we have no cable in our block. It is an industrial area and they don't deliver. We tried Covad, they couldn't do it either. SBC were our saviours but not anymore. They told us we could have dial up instead. Hang on a minute - they cancel our perfectly reasonable DSL because it is "not good enough", and then offer us dial up instead???? Their bad version of DSL was a zillion times better than dial up, but they force us to have no other choice. Have they ever tried blogging on dial up???? Talk about a return to the dark ages.

When I said no other choice, that wasn't quite true. For anyone in a similar position to us, there is an alternative. We have discovered the Sprint PCS Aircard 580 and it it is totally cool! I just plug this card into my laptop and I can have internet access where ever I go. Itis amazing. It is not quite as fast as DSL, but I don't notice it being slow. It is fast enough for me and a world ahead of dial up. It isn't the cheapest, but blogging is my hobby and so I decided it is worth spending the money on. I totally recommend it to anyone who finds them in a similar frustrating situation.

This post was written by Sam from Becks & Posh

[syndication] Knowing your rdf from your xml from your atom

I'm interested in other people's experience of syndication. Have many people signed up for it, if so through which service e.g. Rojo, Newsgator etc? Or do most people read your site by visiting it directly? I find I get an equal mix of both, although personally I like using an aggregator - it makes it much easier to read a lot of posts, on numerous websites, very quickly.

Also, can someone explain what exactly is the difference between rdf, xml and atom? As far as I can tell, rdf and xml are interchangeable. All the aggregators seem to read both sorts of urls. However, I don't really understand what an atom feed is and all the wikis I have read haven't really helped. Can anyone put this into plain English?


This post was written by Silverbrow from Silverbrow on Food

Friday, November 18, 2005

Guess My Weight Event

Well, not my weight exactly, but the weight of the giant pumpkin I posted a picture of at

Bonus points for figuring out how many pumpkin pies you think it will make. If you have something at your site that you think would make an appropriate link (pumpkin recipes, pie crust tips, thanksgiving thoughts, etc.) please include the link in your comments.

Just a little fun thing to thank you all at Food Scool for the great support and encouragement I receive from this site.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

[Formatting] How many front page posts are enough?

As a blogger user, I have an option as to how many previous posts appear on my front page. I think at this point, it's like 12. Some sites (example, 101 Cookbooks or C&Z) have one. Some have more.

My question is, how many do you have, and why did you opt for that number?

I personally find when there is only one post on the front page, that I spend less time at a site and have a harder time finding past posts I was interested in. Are you like that too? Archive browsing is rare for me...

Just curious!

Thanks ev'body!


This question brought to you by Rachael of Fresh Approach Cooking

[Event] Slashfood's Lovely Leftovers Day

Monday November 28. Show us what you made over Thanksgiving weekend and earn a cool $50 delivered right to your Paypal account. We are offering three prizes: Most Creative, Editor's Choice and Best Use of Turkey....

Full details at SlashFood.

This post was written by Andrew from Spittoon/SpittoonExtra

Crap, not Craps!

Evil Nasty Popups that landed on my blog :(
Yesterday a kind Annymous commenter left this worrying message on my blog:

At 9:12 PM, Anonymous said…
maybe it was just me, but today when i went to your page i got a flash floating pop-over for an online casino on top of your page. that made me sad.

I wasnt quite sure what they meant until today when the same thing popped on my blog when I was checking it at home. It made me more than sad. It made me angry.

photograph picture of Pierre Herme's patisserie on the cover of Eux magazine

I have no idea how it got there. But my first suspicion lies at the door of the free software that allows you to see how many people are currently looking at your blog. I don't know if it is possible that by having a link to them, they could send pop-ups, but I don't have anythig else to go on right now. I am certain it wouldn't be blogger. So, right now I am going to go and delete that facility from my personal blog. I am going to leave it on this blog now so we can all look at it for investigatative purposes. If anyone knows for certain that it couldn't be that, then please let me know. Or if anyone has any other ideas as to what caused it, also please let me know. And if anyone still gets these popups once I have deleted the code please let me know that to. I am certain it wouldn't be blogger themselves.

This post was written by Sam from Becks & Posh

Banner/Browser problems

Banner Help

I have two banners at the top of my blog and they look fine on IE 6.0 but both are too far the the right on Firefox and Netscape. Any idea how I can fix this?

This post was written by Michele from Chef Michele's Adventures

[Event] Does My Blog Look Good This Month?

Is anyone hosting Does My Blog Look Good In This, this month?

This post was written by Andrew from Spittoon/SpittoonExtra

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Another camera post...

I know a while back there was a discussion about buying a new camera, but since it's been quite a number of months and new models have come out, I was wondering if anyone had bought something recently that they liked, didn't like, found useful etc. I'm in the process of getting a new camera.

I'm looking for a pocket size (i.e. one that will fit into a moderately sized handbag) model with good macro settings. A sizable screen and fairly easy to navigate function buttons are other aspects I am looking for in a camera.

I'm dissappointed in my Canon A70. It doesn't do very well with macro shots (i.e. my food shots are always from quite a distance). And it's too bulky to carry around and too conspicuous in a restaurant.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

The post was written by Rose from The Hungry Rose

(Ongoing Event) Weekend Herb Blogging

I was hesitant to post a notice earlier about Weekend Herb Blogging because I honestly didn't know if it would catch on since it basically started as a joke between Sweetnicks and myself. If you don't know what I'm talking about, WHB was born when I left a comment for Weekend Dog Blogging saying I would have to post a picture of my plants, since I didn't have a dog or a cat. The next week I happened to have a whole bucket of fresh basil I picked in my garden, so I posted a photo and called it Weekend Herb Blogging. Gradually others joined the fun, and we are now in the seventh week of sharing photos of plants on the weekend. There have really been some interesting submissions from around the world, with recipes and information about the herbs or veggies.

This is an event with no real rules. Simply write about an herb, plant, veggie, or flower sometime on the weekend, post a photo, and send me the link by mid-afternoon on Sunday (Utah time) and I will include you in the roundup on Sunday night. Use your imagination if you don't have any live plants growing. (It's getting very cold in Utah so I will soon be scouring the local ethnic markets looking for interesting plant ingredients to blog about myself.)

This will continue as an ongoing weekend thing until people get sick of doing it and stop sending me links, but so far participation has been increasing every weekend. If you don't want to enter anything, the posts are really informative and fun to read.

This post was written by Kalyn from Kalyn's Kitchen

HCE #1 Holiday Cookie Exchange #1
There are several of the newer bloggers who wanted to sponsor an exchange and this is the very first one. SoCal Foodie will be hosting Holiday Cookie Exchange #1. Please check out her site for what the concept is.

This post was written by vlb5757 from The Moveable Feast

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

[event]Menu for Hope II

Pim of Chez Pim sent me this to post on her behalf. She hadn't signed up for FBS yet. I'm sure she'll be happy to answer any questions/concerns in the comments section.

Hi blogging friends,

It's that time of year again. Last year, with the help of many of you and your readers, we raised a substantial sum of money for the victims of the Tsunami with our first Menu for Hope campaign.

This year, the holidays are near again, and while we celebrate our good fortune with our loving family and circle of friends, I propose that we, as a food blogging community, do something together to help some of those who are less fortunate.

You must have heard of the devastating earthquake in the Kashmir region of India and Pakistan. With the remote nature of the region and some political stupidity on the part of the two governments, help still hasn't come quick and adequately enough to the victims. Now, the fast approaching Himalayan winter is yet another menace to the survival of these people. Perhaps we could all pitch in to do something for them?

I have an idea that I think might help us collect a lot of money to donate to this particular cause. It will be our second Menu for Hope, and this year it will be a little different, so that we could have more participation from this ever expanding foodblog community. I will
again use the Just Giving site, which we did earlier this year for the first Menu for Hope, Adam also used it successfully for his campaign for Katrina.

This time, I would like to ask each of you to donate something to be added to the menu. It can be anything, an old or rare cookbook, a special gadget, a treasured recipe, even an autographed photo or a chance to have dinner with you. Anything that you think your readers might want to have, and might be willing to donate 5 dollars for a chance to participate in a drawing to win it.

My plan is to have people donate $5, or the equivalent in other currencies, and buy an 'electronic raffle ticket'. When they donate the $5 they can choose from the menu and specify which one of the donated gifts they would want to have. At the end of the campaign, we have a drawing and pick a winner for each item.

I am a big believer of micro donations. I think a lot of people each helping a little can add up to a huge helping hand. Before I settled on this idea I thought about doing an auction for each item on eBay, but I think getting more people to give $5 would probably be easier than getting people to outbid each other.

When we have a list of winners, I will ask each of you to be responsible for the shipping cost as well. If this shipping cost is too much of a burden, please do not let it stop you. Email me
privately and I will find a way to help.

As for the recipient organization, the Red Cross comes to mind, or perhaps UNHCR. I am willing to hear suggestions and perhaps run a vote amongst those bloggers who will participate. If anyone has a lead on a local organization, I'm willing to look into that as well.

Let me know if you want to participate, and let me know what you want to donate. I'm going to ask some graphic savvy friends to create the menu, with the listings of all the donated items from all of you. In a few days, I will send out the file so we can all post it on our blog and try to entice our readers to donate. We should try to wrap up sometimes before Christmas, mid December or something, so people can get their gifts before the end of the year.

Thanks so much for your help!

This post was written by Derrick from An Obsession with Food on behalf of Pim from Chez Pim

Please Click on My Profile

I think something is up with my Blogger profile view counter. (I refuse to believe no one has looked at my profile in weeks.)
Has anyone else had this issue with Blogger? How did you resolve it? I searched help to no avail and sent an email to support but have yet to hear.

Meanwhile, do me a favor and click on over to and check out my profile.

You don't have to, but it would be good to know you where there so I can get a better picture of the issue. You can email me from the profile, leave a comment below or let me know at

Thanks for your help.

Faith from Blog Appetit

Jumping to the Top?

Link question...when I have scrolled down to the bottom of my website and I click on a link to an outside website, the new window opens up from the link, but I automatically get jumped up to the top of my website (the website I got the link from) page - therefore I lose my place on my original website.

How can I write a code to prevent this Jumping or is there something in my code I should look out for and delete?

This post was written by Shanna from Fine Dining Solutions

Monday, November 14, 2005

[Calender] One off MeMe

Fancy a MeMe? Next Sunday - What I had For Breakfast MeMe -

We wanna see pictures, what time you ate (lazy Sunday morning with the papers or an apple on the way to Church?), what you ate (full cooked breakfast, a fruity smoothie, a slice of cheesecake or a bowl of porridge?), the provenance of the food and where you ate it (in bed, standing up while shaving, full family meal?). Was it good for you? And did you have a cigarette afterwards?

A one off.

This post was written by Andrew from

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Managing Long Posts

I've caught a few threads dealing with longer posts--showing the first few lines and then including a link to open the entire entry--for folks using blogger, but I need advice on how to accomplish this with TypePad. Cheers.

This post was written by Vanessa from she craves

[Admin] Blog Roll Update

I took an opportunity to update the blog roll for this site.
In order to neaten it up a little bit, I decided to use dropdown blog link menus.
I divided the s'cool members into classes of 15 pupils, since this is a "s'cool"
The sites are listed in the order in which the request to sign up for the s'cool was received.
Please just oblige me and simply smile sweetly at my attempt at having a little fun with the class names.

Unfortunately - I don't think that linking in this way shows up as a "proper link" whatever that means. Ie, after doing some tests, I think if you click on a site in the pull down, it will only show up in their stats as coming from "unknown". I don't know why this is. Maybe someone can explain?

Also - I don't think these links are recognised by technorati and the likes.
Still, I think they make the site look cool and more organised and that is more important to me, at least. Hope everyone else agrees.

I plan on putting links to Sweetnick's new Sticky Date and IMBB and other community resources on the blog rollsometime in the future too.

PS - those blogs marked with an * have administrative capabilities too, you know just in case.

PPS - if I left any of you off the blogroll - it is not on purpose.
If you are a member all signed up and you appear to be missing - please let me know,

This post was written by Sam from Becks & Posh

[Blogger]Categories for posts

I have started a team blog for a local supper club and am wondering if I am able to create categories for the posts. For instance, I would like to have the option to put all posts related to a specific month's meeting in one category. Or any posts with pictures of the evening in one category. Thank you for any information you can give me.

This post was written by Punky from 2 Drinks Minimum Supper Club

Friday, November 11, 2005

Problem with Masthead

A short time ago, I changed my blogger header by adding an image to it, and changing the font to small caps. It looks fine in Internet Explorer; in Firefox, however, the top portion of the font turns black, and the stroke has disappeared.

Would anyone have an idea as to how I could fix this?

Thanks so much.

This post was written by s'kat from s'kat and the food

Thursday, November 10, 2005

StickyDate is Born

OK, Ed, I swiped the title after all - hope that was still ok. Sam's right, The Date Place sounds like a single place -- we just looking for something easy for everyone to remember.

StickyDate will be a place for any and all food and wine blogging events, big and small, one-time or regular.

If anyone wants posting capabilities, just shoot me an e-mail (at for now) and I'll take care of it.

My thought was to list the events in date order by month, i.e., have a post for November and the events listed underneath it in date order, with links to the hosts.

Open to any and all ideas. Just seems to be so many events that I keep missing because I forget about them and they're not listed everywhere, and I know I'm not alone. For instance, I blanked about the Donna Hay event, and definitely want to join in the fun for that one, and Jennifer's Entertain MeMe and I always forget about Stephanie's Blog Party until it's too late.

Pass on the info about StickyDate to your fellow bloggers, so everyone knows about another place to spread the word about their event.

Nothing on the blog yet, but will work on it tonight and tomorrow to get November events up.

This post was written by Sweetnicks from Sweetnicks

[Misc] Special Weekend Cat Blogging Edition For Clare & Kiri

Just a note to invite everyone (even if you are catless) to join in Weekend Cat Blogging this weekend. This event is usually hosted by Clare at Eat Stuff, who, you have probably heard, has been in the hospital for the past week after sustaining serious injuries while trying to save herself and her cat from an attacking dog. For more information about this special WCB, please click here. Thanks.

This post was written by farmgirl from Farmgirl Fare

[calendar] november events

** a few updates **

sweetnicks has been posting about a possible central calendar, but until we get one going here (or there, or anywhere!), here are a few events that are coming up that i've spied...if i'm missing any, drop a comment in the box and i'll edit this list.

NOV 07-11 entertain meme

THU NOV 17 blog party - holiday party

SAT NOV 19 hay, hay! it's donna hay

SUN NOV 27 sugar high friday a joint with...

SUN NOV 27 is my blog burning? it's a holiday cookie swap!

WED NOV 30 end of the month eggs on toast extravaganza

FRI DEC 02 the paper chef - the holiday anniversary edition

and all this so i could slip in a little announcement that DINE & DISH is back from its lazy summer vacation... *giggle*

TUE DEC 06 dine & dish no. 5 - asian persuasion

WED DEC 07 wine blogging wednesday no. 16 - judge a bottle by its cover


we still have to see announcements for another theme day for slashfood and does my blog look good in this?

:: this post was deliciously brought to you by sarah from the delicious life ::

Adding Site Name to Images?

Just curious as to how many people add their web site name to their photos and the reasons for it. Is it to deter people from using it as their own? Has anyone noticed a decrease in people passing off photo's as their own, consequently?

I notice that most times the web site name is in the bottom/top corner and seems to be easily cropped out if someone were to want to copy it. Any thoughts?

This post was written by Alicat from Something So Clever

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Anyone been fed to the lawyers?

Just wondering, has any food blogger been threatened with legal action for a bad review or anything. Or been kicked out of anywhere for taking pics or writing bad things?

Posted by Ed from Tomato

[Stats] URL Trends

For all you stats lovers out there a (nother) stats site - but this one doesnt need additions to your blog. It trakcs google rank, links, search engine placement and the like. Just noticed that there is a paid for section.... altough I didnt even need to register to check spittoon.

This post was written by Andrew from

(Misc) Calendar ... Just a Thought

The comments lately last week and today about calendars to keep track of events has got to me thinking. I'd be willing to put together a completely separate blog and maintain it just to list upcoming food/wine blogging events. It could be separated by month, with a link for each event going to the host/info. Would you guys be interested in something like this? Then you can just e-mail the info of your events and we'll have everything centralized. Thoughts?

This post was written by Sweetnicks from Sweetnicks

[Events] There is a website called that is effectively an open source calendar. It works a bit like other websites such as del.ic.ious and flickr, that use tagging to link particular themes, in this case, it links those themes through events.

There are so many food and wine related events that it's quite tough to keep track of them - so this is my attempt. I've organised a group on the site called Global Grub and stuck in some events I've been able to find. This will only work if people add their own and join up.

Whether it's full-on food fairs, local food festivals, conferences etc etc. Also if you join it will stop me feeling like billy no-mates. The site is particularly good, because you can add some events that are public for all and sundry to see, and others that only registered members can see. So for example I put in a dinner hosted by the forum Opinionated About as private - it can't be viewed by all - but other things, like a Slow Food event, is public. It's worth taking a look.

edited to clarify that this is aimed at real world events, I'm not recommending competition for IMBB.

This post was written by Silverbrow from Silverbrow on Food

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

[Promotion] wants food articles

Hi kids,
I got this email from (the very sweet) If you are interested, check it out. They are looking for people to post to their site. I asked and she says all content remains your own...

I wanted to get in touch with you about possibly re-posting some of your content
on our site,

Gather was founded in 2004 in conjunction with American Public Media
with a mission of bringing all of the U.S. public radio listeners together in an online forum (a la Friendster and MySpace), where they can share their views on everything from travel and wine, to religion and politics. The public radio audience is informed, intelligent, curious, and passionate and Gather gives them a space to discuss things they have heard on the radio or read and to post their own thoughts, reviews etc. Posting articles on Gather is a great way to reach a new audience, drive additional traffic to your blog, and contributors
receive a percentage of the advertising revenue we collect. At this point, writers are earning points which will be redeemable for goods and services in the next few months. Power writers, who post large volumes of highly rated content, will eventually be able to redeem points for cash. I have attached a link for the Gather site below and would love for you to take a look at the site.

Although I am just beginning to contact food bloggers, we are already working with Lynne Rossetto Kasper of public radio's The Splendid Table; and have had significant interest in additional food and cooking content from the Gather community. Given this initial feedback from our members, we are looking to expand the breadth and depth of content in this area.

If you are interested, go on and email her...I sent her this link and she is looking forward to hearing from you!

This post was written by Rachael from Fresh Approach Cooking

Monday, November 07, 2005

McDonalds Around the World Round-Up

For anyone outside of the Tri-State area who reads my blog, I need your help. Do you have a local McDonalds? If so, please take a picture of their menu board or some featured items (particularly ones you think might not be available elsewhere) and send it to me via e-mail (as a jpeg). I'm working on a future event and thought this would be something fun. One of our employees is a recent college graduate and returned from some exciting trips to India, Cambodia and Thailand. He's actually worked with us off and on since he was in high school and is a big help in the office, especially to me since things are kinda hectic there now. Anyways, he has gorgeous photographs from all of his trips (he's done 11 countries in the past 4 years), each in its own album. I happened to be going through the India album the other day and spotted a picture of a menu board from a McDonalds he visited, and it was really interesting to see the differences in what they offer there versus here. Being a worldwide chain, you kind of just assume that they all carry the same basic items. Of course I know they don't, just not to what extent. In fact, even the McDonalds in Massachusetts, just a few hours away, have things we don't have here (lobster rolls!). So, take a picture of your local McDonalds menu board and send it in. Feel free to highlight your favorite items, or point out unique selections. If you have a blog, include a link to your blog so I can include that in the round-up. I'll post a McDonalds Around the World Round-Up at the end of the month. Can't wait to see what you all send me!

This post was written by Sweetnicks from Sweetnicks

[General] "Clare Eats" is in the Hospital

Just a head's up for anyone who knows Clare Eats from Eatstuff -- she is in the hospital after a freak accident with her cat. If you have a chance to go leave her a comment or send her a card electronically, Casey is printing out all notes for her. Clare is a frequent contributor to this forum.

(via Farmgirl Fare)

This post was written by Jen from Life Begins @ 30.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Paper Chef Reminder!

Hey everyone -- Just a quick reminder that this is Paper Chef weekend! I noticed that the event isn't posted over at IMBB, so I thought I'd mention it here. There's still time to participate as we'll be happy to take entries till Monday evening. (And if your excuse is creative enough, we might even let things slide till Tuesday!) For details and the four ingredients, head over to Belly Timber.

This post was written by Mrs D from Belly Timber.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Blogger updated with new comment control

Just a quick heads up for people who use blogger as their host. They implemented a moderate comment switch that allows you to approve or reject comments left on your blog. Click here for more information.

This post was written by Joe from Culinary in the Desert

Thursday, November 03, 2005

[Stats] Measure Map

Oooo its like a kid in a sweat shop!
Measuremap is new, still under beta, but you can request a log in - they are slowly releasing the package to the masses.

It is one of the best stats packages I have found both graphically and in the lay out of the stats, lots of little things to click and discover - a roll over map for example, list of links, clicks, where visitors came from, country etc etc. All the usual info but perfectly laid out. I'm impressed. At sign up it gives the lines of code required depending on your blog-host - very easy.

As I said still in beta so some bits are not working or working quite correctly but its great.

This post was written by Andrew from

Refreshing instead of auto. updating in sidebar

Hi all,
For some reason the blogs I have in my sidebar are not being updated. When I click on a link, the link takes me to old posts, and I have to click on the refresh button to see the most recent posts on my friends' blogs?! It never used to do this. Does anyone know what might have happened? It happens with some blogs and some not. SO WEIRD! And aggravating!

Mona from Monas Apple

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Movable Type Format Bar Question

Movable Type Format Bar:

I use Movable Type with Safari and was never able to get the 'format' bar to appear (the one above on the right, where you Post New Entries in MT, that allows you to italicize, link, bold, etc..with buttons rather than HTML).
They didn't apprea in Explorer either, but did in Firefox (which I don't use, though.)

So I upgraded to MT 3.2 and I still can't get it those buttons to appear.
Anyone have this problem or a solution? I'd like to continue using Safari...


(I use a Mac with 10.4)

This post was written by David from

[General] Chopstix is back

Chopstix, my Chinese food website, is back as a weblog with a new design at

Any thoughts really would be appreciated.

All the best,


[Blogger] Help with template, please!

On my sidebar the months of my archives all appear twice (March March, April, April, and so on) any clue how to fix it?

Thanks ev'body!

This post was written by Rachael
from Fresh Approach Cooking

[Cook's Illustrated] Looking for Cooks

Just received this e-mail from Cook's Illustrated ... others may want to sign up as well!

"We need more folks to join a group we call Friends of Cook's. We
e-mail the members recipes before they are published to give real home
cooks the chance to test them. Click to join.
Many thanks."

This post was written by Alanna A Veggie Venture

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

(General) Two Questions

1. Is there a way/interest in having a Calendar section permanently on the Food Blog S'cool site, somewhere on the sidebar? With so many events, I find I end up missing some that I want to participate in. It could include regular monthly events, once-in-a-while events, weekend events, etc. Thoughts?

2. Puppy Glare. I can fix the red eye on my people pictures, but how the heck can I fix the blue/green/yellow glare that routinely shows up in puppy pictures (see my 10/31 post for example). Any ideas?

This post was written by Sweetnicks from Sweetnicks

Bringing Up Blog

Dear Food S'cool,

I am the proud parent of a beautiful new bouncing baby food blog. Little Blog Appetit still has a lot to learn and so do I!

I would appreciate any comments and feedback on your experiences or suggestions for the following:

1. Visit counters -- Blogger doesn't offer this but they seem to have a tie in with several services that do. Is there any one service you'd recommend? It would be great to see exactly how many people are visiting my blog, but I don't want to load people with cookies or worse. Is there a downside?

2. Technical issues -- All this is new to me and this talk of RSS feeds, link backs, pings and the like is very confusing. Is there a resource that can explain what these are and how and why to use them?

3. Experience with moving from Blogger to MyBlogSite -- I lust (blush) after category archives. It looks like MyBlogSite provides those. Does anyone have experience with MyBlogSite and Blogger who can give me an idea of the pluses and minuses of the different services? Is there another free and easy service you'd recommend instead?

Thank you for all your help.

Blog Appetit