Saturday, December 30, 2006

How to (and how not to) market to bloggers

Hi all,

I'm gathering ideas for an upcoming conference panel (see BlogHer Business 07) on blogger relations, specifically how business should talk to and market to bloggers, and how NOT to. I certainly have my list of ridiculous emails from companies wanting my attention, as well as effective approaches. I would love to get your input on this subject.

What are some examples of what you would consider effective approaches that companies have made to you, trying to promote a product?

Conversely, what are some examples of what you would consider ineffective approaches?

The conference isn't until March, so over the next couple of months if you get approached and the promotion falls into either "effective" or "what were they thinking?" please feel free to pass those on to me (elise AT elise {dot] com).

Thanks in advance!

This Post was written by Elise from Simply Recipes

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Non-Latin Fonts in New Blogger

Has anyone had any experience using non-Latin fonts in the new Blogger? Can it now work with right-to-left texts?
Also, are you able to edit your post HTML and template HTML in new Blogger , or are you confined to the "easier" drop-and-drag editing?

This Post was written by The Chocolate Lady from In Mol Araan

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

[Event] Are you a Bay Area food or wine blogger?

Please excuse this interruption of our normal curriculum.

If you are a Bay Area food blogger and did NOT receive an invitation to the Summer Picnic you probably were not on the email list. Please send me your email so I can include you in an event that Sam and I are planning for February. (see the calendar for more details)

This Post was written by Amy from Cooking with Amy.

[New Blogger] Blogger Won't Let Me Switch To The New Version

Because I have been unable to upload photos to my old blogger blogs for the past several days (using Blogger Add An Image button on the create/edit page or the Picasa BlogThis! button on Picasa) I decided to bite the bullet and switch to the new blogger today using the link invite that has been appearing on my dashboard--hoping this would solve the uploading problems.
It wouldn't let me switch to the new version. I got the same message someone else wrote about a few weeks back saying my blog might be too big--they mentioned blogs with a couple thousand or more posts.
I've read through past posts here and see that apparently the problem isn't my fbs membership which is what I thought at first as others did.
I do have two personal blogs with about 1000 posts each, as well as another one with about 200. One of the larger ones only holds photos I uploaded one at a time using Picasa Hello and Blog This!
Is anyone else getting this message when they try to switch to the new Blogger? Do you think the combined number of my blog posts is the problem? They're all on one account.

This Post was written by farmgirl from Farmgirl Fare.

[Blogger] [Uploading Photos] Alternative ways to upload photos to Blogger?

Can anyone suggest a way to upload photos to my OLD blogger blog besides:

1) the ADD AN IMAGE button on the blogger edit/create a post page? (Not working at all for me anymore.)

2) Picasa BlogThis! (Also not working at all for me anymore.)

3) Flickr

I am in the US

use Windows XP

and IE6 (I just switched back from IE7 thinking that might have been the cause of the uploading problems--it wasn't)

I am on DIAL-UP.

I am very HTML/computer challenged.

Thanks so much!

This Post was written by farmgirl from Farmgirl Fare.

Reporting an Adsense Violation

I've found a website that I believe is scrapping rss feed content and using generic searches to post a couple lines of content to their site. And seemingly from their source, they have a Google Ad up. This site seems to carry no original content.

Is this in violation of Google's Adsense? If so, where do I find that text to include in my email to Google?

Should I just drop it given that three clicks away is my actual site?

thanks for helping educate me on this process.

This Post was written by McAuliflower from Brownie Points Blog.

Blogger comment emails

I think somebody may have asked about this before. For the longest time I couldn't figure out what post a comment might have been added to, especially if it was an older one, because the email notification from Blogger didn't specify the original post. Well, I just clicked on the link in the email that only lists my blog name, and it was actually a link to the specific post with the comments. Am I the only person who didn't know this? Surely Blogger could have given the post name in the link--feedblitz manages that for my subscribers.

This Post was written by Peter Cherches from Word of Mouth

Monday, December 25, 2006

(Blogger) Border Help

If you scroll to the very, very bottom of my website, there is a smidge of a piece of border that is repeated. Anyone know how to remove this? Help! Thanks in advance.

Written by Cate from Sweetnicks.

(WordPress) Adding Captcha or Something Similar

Does anyone know how to add captcha or other security image to WordPress? Ever since I switched Well Fed over to WordPress, the spam has been a little much. Help!

Written by Cate from Well Fed and Sweetnicks.
Hello, all,

Can anyone please advise why my updated post does not show up shortly after it has been published?

Just curious if the NEW Blogger has anything to do with it. As with other Food Bloggers, I'm still waiting to see if I want to do the switch until I have to, eventually.

Thanks, in advance, for your input!

This Post was written by Anni from Life is a Banquet.

Sunday, December 24, 2006


Has anyone switched over and had any issues? I've customized my sidebar and header quite a bit, so i fear it getting all mucked up. Has anyone had any successful / bad experiences with the switch thus far, and how is your situation now?

This Post was written by Garrett from Vanilla Garlic

Friday, December 22, 2006

[Blogger][Publishing Blog]Error message in new blogger

I switched to the new blogger last night, and I thought everything looked fine. Then I tried to publish a new post this morning and got this message:

login failed for user: aminglin with reason: 200 TYPE is now 8-bit binary

On the blogger help group (see here:, it appears that other people are seeing this error, but no solution has been found. Also, I am getting comments emailed to my gmail account, but they are not showing up on my blog. I'm so frustrated, but I guess that goes without saying. Has anyone else had this problem, and have you found any way around it? Thank you so much for any help you can offer.

This Post was written by Julie from A Mingling of Tastes

Vaporized Blog :(

I went to make a tiny edit in yesterday's post and my blog vaporized!?
I see it on my dashboard and all the 146(!) posts but not when I hit the link.
I'm not sure where to turn.
I am not on Beta.
Is it just me that sees a blank page?
Carolg from

Thursday, December 21, 2006

[Blogger] [Picasa] [Uploading Photos] Picasa Blog This No Longer Working For Me

Hi Everybody,

Several weeks ago I started uploading photos to my Blogger blog using the Blog This! button on Picasa. Worked fine as of two days ago. Last night I went to upload a photo, opened Picasa, clicked on my photo, clicked on Blog This! and the Blogger sign in page came up as usual. But then, instead of the photo showing up on an html page, I was redirected to my Blogger dashboard. So it looks like I'm just in Blogger, but the tag at the top of the window says I am really still in Picasa. Only there's no sign of my photo or any way to upload it.

I closed down Picasa and tried again today from the beginning thinking perhaps it was just a fluke. Same thing happened.

I'm still using the "old" version of Blogger. I did notice that the sign-in page once you hit Blot This! now has the option for new and old Blogger users, just like when you sign directly into Blogger. I didn't notice any other changes with the Blog This! feature or Picasa in general.

Is anyone else having this problem? Do you think Blog This! is no longer working for those of us still using the old version of Blogger? I could find no helpful information in the Picasa help pages.

I use Windows XP, Internet Explorer, and I am on dial-up.

I did manage to upload a photo a few minutes ago using the upload images button right in Blogger, but it took 15 minutes. I assume because I am on dial-up. I was just about to give up. At least that option is working.

Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks and Happy Holidays to everyone!

This Post was written by Farmgirl from Farmgirl Fare

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

I moved over a blog to the new blogger and lived to tell about it

I have a small, personal blog under a different blogger sign in and I switched it over just now and I was very pleased. I am not ready to deal with changing over my much larger main blog, mostly because of my many template customizations and my sheer terror of either Blogger or me goofing something up .

Here's what I have to report:

Save your current template as a text file and print it out so it is in front of you. (Blogger also save a copy of the original, but this way it is in front of you if you need to type in or change anything)
Take note of any special colors you might have used
Think ahead of time about what labels you might want to use

When you change over your template appears unchanged and you can use the label function immediately. If you want to have a list of the labels you are using you will have to change to the new page elements format and chose a new format, which are based on the templates previously available. (No new looks, unfortunately.)

You can then add in all sorts of goodies such as links and your list of labels by using the page elements button. When you are done, go to fonts and colors to customize. My test blog had some sidebar colors that seriously needed to be changed after the conversion but it was a simple fix.

A note, think about the style of your labels before you begin. If you type labels, LABELS, LaBels, lables, or whatever, that's what the actual label will look like on your post, any subsequent post you use it in and on your blog home page if you display your label list.

Adding labels to old posts looks relatively painless as long as you can tell from the title what the labels should be. There are check boxes and drop down menu on the edit post page to enable adding labels to published posts. You can add the same labels or label to multiple posts at the same time or add labels post by post.

There are differences in how past posts and blog archives are displayed, but for me they were minor. I'll continue to play with my "test" and will let you know if I uncover any issues.

Blogs Combined

I switched from the old Blogger to the new Blogger out of Beta yesterday. I have 3 blogs, two of which are connected, Christine Cooks and Raven Ridge Gardens, and one that I thought was a separate account, Box Car Odysseys.
Now all three blogs are on the same Blogger account and the user stats on my profile are now from the newest blog that I thought was a separate account, effectively deleting the fact that my cooking blog has been on Blogger since 2005! I don't know how to fix this. Can anyone help?

This Post was written by Christine from Christine Cooks

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

[Blogger] How did my side bar get resized?

I cannot for the life of me figure out how come the left hand side bar of my home page is suddenly TINY. I didn't make any changes!

Can anyone explain to me how to make the text bigger? In the plainest English possible? (I still really have no clue about any of this html/rss/who-knows-what-all stuff)


Happy Holidays!


This Post was written by Rachael from Fresh Approach Cooking

Sunday, December 17, 2006

YOU Are Time Magazine's Person of the Year

Time magazine has named YOU as person of the year if you're a blogger.

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

Saturday, December 16, 2006

More Innapropriate Appropriations (stealing)

You might want to cruise this person's site for wholesale stealing of your content. I can not give you a better link because I got lost in the crappy navigation on her site. There is a link on the left side for reporting abuse.. if yours was stolen you might wish to let them know.

For those of you who are Flickrites, there is a nifty toy to help search for image stealing.

Flickr Inspector

This Post was written by Nika from Nika's Culinaria

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Blog Etiquette

I've noticed a non food blogger is using food bloggers photographs on their site without giving credit to the original blogger. I would notify them directly, the etiquette of giving credit where it is due but they do not have an email address on their site. I don't feel comfortable leaving it in the comments section. I'm hoping said blogger will read this and take note.

This Post was written by Barbara from Winos and Foodies

Internet Blacklist? Watchlist?

I interact with the internets as a consumer (spend LOTS of money through it thats for sure) and as a micro-content provider (thats blogger to you and me). I blog for my own reasons and do not make any money directly from it. I could walk away from blogging tomorrow in terms of real life impact because it doesnt support my family, it just serves as a great way to meet new people (you guys).

My career would not be negatively impacted by my blog, I am a scientist.

But I have to tell you..

I am getting creeped out that my blog is being cruised by "Internet Crisis Management" companies. I can see their footprints with StatCounter. I see them surfing my pages (its sorta like seeing dead people, sorta, only creepier).

I gotta wonder why supposed tech-savy companies would use their alphabetic addresses instead of numeric IP addresses.

I gotta wonder just what they think they will do if they find that I am saying something their clients dont like.

I gotta wonder how much money they make off of simply surfing the web, finding mentions (pos and neg) about a company or industry, and serving it to their clients like its fresh red meat.

Talk about derivative after-market trash.

Many of you may have likely first been spidered or fingered by such a company a few months ago if you participated in the Save the Internet campaign.

Now I have these same sorts of companies cruising a recent post I did on my issues with the use of carbon monoxide on any hemoglobin-bearing meat. This is intelligence gathering for the meat lobby (huge bux).

Does anyone have any experience or knowledge about this sort of thing? I cant suppress my gut-response creep-out to the big brother aspect but is it really benign or should it be something I should worry about? (I will likely just stay with the creep out and disgust but not worry)

This Post was written by Nika from Nika's Culinaria

Non-beta blogger comments on beta blogs

Hi, I just discovered the issue yesterday and the solution today so I thought I'd write in if it's any help.
My blog is non-beta, I haven't switched over yet. The blogs I wanted to comment in suddenly began rejecting my comments saying "Could not log you in. Double check or try later." Below it says 'No Google account? Sign up here' and 'You can also use your blogger account" but that is not a link. Then today, it struck me that I could try using my gmail ID - and it worked. But I still need to use my Blogger ID and password to get into blogger - the gmail ID didn't work.
This Post was written by Sra from When My Soup Came Alive.

Another sidebar?

I'm using a version of the Minima template on blogger, and I'm thinking about adding another sidebar, on the left of the main column. Is that even possible? And if so, how would I go about it? I'm fairly template-knowledgeable, but I don't really know any css, and I don't really want to change my entire template, just add to it. Any help would be great. :)

This Post was written by Anne from Anne's Food.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Paper Chef Limbo Land

OK - first my blog decided that it would not show comments properly - to see this in action go to, click on the (1) comment link at the bottom of the first post - you'll see one comment - now click on post a comment (you can back out - no need to actually post a comment) and now you see 8 (at last count) comments.

BUT - when I decided to write a quickie post explaining that to everyone and that I would do judging later in the week for the current Paper Chef - I got an error from blogger. Now that post sits there taunting me in the list of posts within blogger, claiming it is merely the most recent post. BUT it isn't on the live site! And now I can't publish to my blog at all!

SO....Paper Chef is on hold until I sort this out - or until I migrate to WordPress which I now fully understand and where I am in the middle of making a theme for another project so I might as well make a new one for Tomatilla!

This Post was written by Owen from Tomatilla

[Blogger] Beta - Food Blog S'cool Clarification


As I understand it and according to the information I have seen (please correct me if I am wrong)...

Bloggers are now able to make the switch to Beta without losing their access to food blog scool, it is not an issue any longer for beta bloggers as it once was. You no longer need to unsubscribe from FBS before making the switch.

If I switched this blog to Beta (I can't since blogger have NOT invited me to) it WOULD be an issue to all those members who also have not yet been invited to Beta, since they would then lose their FBS membership and i would have to sign them all up again. (I don't want to have to do this).

I imagine that this blog will switch when ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE has been invited to join Beta, and there is a consensus that it is stable enough to be generally acceptable.

Am I right in thinking you still can't switch to Beta until blogger have invited you to do so?

This Post was written by Sam from Becks & Posh

Monday, December 11, 2006

(Misc) New Info on Beta Blogger/FBS

There is new information regarding team blogs (i.e., FBS) and Beta Blogger.

Team blogs move when the blog’s original creator moves to the new Blogger. When that happens, team blog members will also have to move to the new Blogger in order to post. Team blog members don’t have to wait, though! If you move to the new Blogger, team blogs you didn’t create will still show up on your beta Dashboard. You’ll be able to post with them as before, though they won’t have the new features of the new Blogger.

Here a link to more info.

Posted by Cate from Sweetnicks.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

[FBS] unsubscribing members for blogger beta

It would appear that I no longer need to take any action, according to new info from blogger. Unsubscribe is now cancelled.

I understand that many of you want to unsubscribe from food blog scool so you can sign up your blogs with the new Beta. This is a problem caused by blogger, not by me or the scool, but it is, as I hope you can sympathise, causing me it certain amount of work I am not prepared for.

I would love to be at everyone's beck and call to one at a time unsubscribe anyone who asks me, but because I am so ensconsed in Menu for Hope preparations with barely a second to pee, let alone do anything else, I just can not. I am sorry.

I will unsubscribe in batches, the first on Thursday this week. Anyone who wants to unsubscribe, please email me at the FBS email address with the word UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject and the email address you used to subscribe with in the main body of the post before 6pm PST on Thursday next. If you have already written to ask me at a different email address, or without the word UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject, then please re submit the request. If you do not follow these instructions, I can not guarantee I will unsubscribe you.

Once that batch is complete, I will set a time for the next batch.

Thanks for your understanding

This Post was written by sam from becks & posh

Tags & Archiving

Can I just ask: who uses Technorati tags either on their blogs or to search for blogs? Ages ago I 'claimed' my blog on Technorati, but don't use the tags on my posts cos it seems a bit labourious, but I'm now wondering if it helps people find my blog, or readers search for specific articles better it might be worth it?

Apart from technorati tags, are there any better ways of archiving posts in blogger? I have so many posts now and would love to be able to sort them into catagories by type of recipe etc rather than just by date!

This Post was written by Fahara from Souperior

Saturday, December 09, 2006

[event] DMBLGIT

Would anyone like to host the food photo competition Does My Blog Look Good In This for this month (that covers photos posted on blogs during November)?

I have hosted twice this year and do not really want to do it two months in a row. And would anyone like to be a judge for this round too?

Please email wine.scribbler AT gmail DOT com asap

This Post was written by Andrew from spittoonextra

Hi, two issues:
First, is there any way to find out who has subscribed to our RSS feeds? (I use Feedblitz and I couldn't find an answer to this in the FAQs.)
Second: If we ever need to establish that a blog is ours (as many of us don't reveal our identities), how do we go about providing proof?

This Post was written by Sra from When My Soup Came Alive

Friday, December 08, 2006

Tracking IP Addresses

I am signed up with as well as I would like to know how to find out someone's domain through their IP address. Although statcounter does give me details on their location, I'm still not able to find out their domain or even if they have one. Could someone help me with this since I'd really like to be able to get intouch with some of my visitors domains rather than having to google them out.


This Post was written by Meena from Hooked on Heat.

a nifty tool for displaying flickr photos

I found this very nifty tool to display Flickr photos on the blog. It's uses flash but in a very good way.

The tool is called Pictobrowser and this is what it looks like:

You can get your own just by clicking on the Info link on the bottom right corner.
(Thanks to Josh at The Food Section who brought it to my attention.)

This Post was written by Pim from Chez Pim.

(Misc) 2006 Food Blog Awards Coming

I've received quite a few e-mails asking about the Food Blog Awards and yes, they will be done this year, and yes, they will be on Well Fed again. Official announcement going up Monday with the list of categories in a call for nominations, but since this is such a great gathering place of food/wine bloggers, I thought you might want a heads up as well. Some wonderful prizes have been donated, including LeCreuset cookware and Sil-Pins for the winners of the different categories.

Just one question ... below is the list of categories that the FBA had last year. Are there any suggestions for an overlooked category? Want to make sure everything gets included.

Best Food Blog by a Chef
Best City Blog
Best Non Blogging Food Site
Best Group Food Blog
Best Food Blog - Writing
Best Blog Covering Wine, Beer or Spirits
Best Food Blog - Theme
Best Food Blog - Restaurant Reviews
Best Food Blog - Recipes
Best Food Blog - Photography
Best Food Blog - Humor
Best Blog Covering the Food Industry
Best New Food Blog
Best Post - Reader's Choice
Best Overall Food Blog - Reader's Choice

This Post was written by Cate from Sweetnicks and Well Fed.

[Blogger] Beta Issue

So, I was going to make the leap to Beta today (after working out some template issues with my template designer). When I tried to make the switch, I got a message saying one of my blogs was too big. Do you think it's because I am a member of FBS? My blog certainly doesn't have anywhere near even a thousand posts. But FBS has 891 (well, I think 892 now).

I am really eager to switch to the Beta because I can't wait to use the labels function for organizing posts. Anyone have any great ideas? Maybe Sam could remove me as a member and I can rejoin when FBS switches to Beta?

Here's the message I got:

Why can't I switch to Blogger in beta?
While the new version of Blogger is still in beta, some users with certain types of blogs will not be able to switch to it. We'll be adding support for these blogs as soon as possible, so everyone can join in the fun. But for now, if you have any of the following on your account, you'll need to hold off for a bit:

A very large blog. (More than a couple thousand posts + comments.)

Note that, even if your blog is eligible to switch, you may not have the link to do so on your dashboard. We are starting out by just switching over a limited number of accounts, but we'll add more and more as time goes on. However, if you still want to try out Blogger in beta, what you can do is to visit and create a new account. Later on, you'll be able to merge this account with your original Blogger account.

Thanks for your patience, and we promise it will be worth the wait!

This Post was written by Madeline from Everything Rachael Ray.

UPDATE:In the comments to this post, Trig mentioned that maybe Blogger is not letting group blogs migrate. However, I am a member of another team blog and got this message when migrating it:
Other authors will be invited to move their accounts to the new Blogger when they sign in. They must use the new Blogger in order to post to these blogs.

So, I think it's just the fact that are wonderful community is so big!

TypePad Photo Problems

I couldn't find this exact issue addressed in the archives, but this is causing me a major headache.

I normally upload my photos to Flickr, then have been linking the images into my TypePad blog.

When first using TypePad, I uploaded a few images, then took that HTML. I've been copying that, just replacing the URLs and sizes. I'd show an example, but it keeps showing the picture!

Lately when I do this, I keep receiving error messages saying that my HTML is overly complex or malformed, then it freezes up. I've literally been trying to work on a single post all week long, and can't seem to get anywhere.

If you use TypePad/Flickr, how are you getting your images up? I know you can just upload to the blog, but I'd rather avoid having to upload the pics twice in a row. And really, I'd love to get back into blogging, and not fuss with all of this image placement!!

This Post was written by s'kat from s'kat and the food.

sample code:

[a href=""][img src="" width="200" border="0" style="float: right; margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;" /][/a]

[Blogger Beta] Change is gonna come

I logged into Blogger a moment ago and was greeted with this:

Your new version of Blogger is ready!

The new version of Blogger now has all the original features you're used to, plus new post labels, drag-and-drop template editing, and privacy controls. And, it's a lot more reliable.

After you switch you'll need to sign in with your Google Account, but your blogs will stay the same. Their content and layout will not change.

(And a link to switch me over)

Um, what if I don't want to because I am still not sure if I'll lose my spot in FBS and I like everything just fine, thanks?

I don't recall if we ever decided what would happen if there was a switch, only that folks in Beta can't accept the invite to FBS. Has any existing member switched and retained their membership?

[Apology] From Your Head Mistress

I apologize for the fact that Menu For Hope was beginning to over run our S'cool. As many of you know, I have a policy of not allowing bloggers to use the S'cool to promote their own events. I made an exception for Menu For Hope, because I hope it is an event than can bring the community together, the whole community and for a good cause. But I think we went to far in using the S'cool as a kind of notice board for the event, many of the posts caused by our own iinsufficient organisation skills that we are learning as we go along. This needs to take place elsewhere really, not here.

As a compromise, I have assembled all of the Menu for Hope information in one long post which I will link in the side bar too. If anyone needs to find out information about menu for hope, they can simply look in that post. If anyone wants to add to the information to this post, please email me and I will add it in.

Heartfelt apologies everyone, we all learn by our mistakes, please forgive me.

This Post was written by sam from Becks & Posh

[YouTube] How Do I Delete A Video On My Blog

I was playing around with the You Tube functions and published a video on my blog (Robbie Williams - so go and check it out LOL!) That was the easy part. However I was wondering if I ever wanted to delete it how do I go about doing that. I simply tried to delete the post in Blogger but the video is still there. The problem now is that I cannot go back to the post and make any changes as Blogger has deleted it!

Can anyone help me here?

[Update] I take this back! It has been deleted. After I deleted the post it seems like it actually takes some time for the post/video to disappear. Also just a tip for "YouTube" newbies (yes there are still a few of us out here) do NOT use the "Post Video" function at the bottom of the video. This posts the video immediately and automatically publishes it on your Blog. Use the embedded HTML snippet on the right of the video. Here is more!

Sorry if this was a bit lame!!

This Post was written by Meeta from What's For Lunch, Honey?

Thursday, December 07, 2006

My Blog Won't Load for Some People

Recently I replaced the standard Blogger Metadata in my blog template with some more specific data so that when someone picks up the rss feed they are directed to feedburner, not the original blogger feed. I had a very knowledgeable person helping me, so I think it was done correctly.

Ever since then my brother has been unable to get my blog to load on his computer, using Firefox 2.0 on a Mac. When he tries to load the blog, it either gets to a certain stage and then gets "stuck" or it says it is loaded but the screen is blank. (When he uses safari it looks just fine, so it's not his internet connection or his computer.)

Other people who use Firefox 2.0 on PC are fine. I can load it fine with PC using old firefox and several versions of IE. We have looked at the code again and can't spot any errors.

If anyone has a Mac with Firefox 2.0 I'd greatly appreciate if you would check to see if you have any problems loading my site, Kalyn's Kitchen. Also any of you experts who might be willing to look at the code and see if you spot anything I'd be so grateful. It's driving me a little cuckoo.

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

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

A Great Article on Food Blogs in Sauce Magazine

There's a great article on Food Blogs in the latest issue of Sauce, a St. Louis based food magazine. Written by our own Alanna, this should be required reading for any food editor contemplating taking on this topic. In fact, if your own local newspaper has a food editor, consider forwarding them the link!

Here's Alanna's announcement about the article and the online version of Gather Round the Computer: Foodies Come Together in the Blogosphere from Sauce. Be sure to scroll down all the way to see what a great job she did compiling a very comprehensive list of food blogs by category.

(Please don't be upset with Alanna or take it personally in any way if you don't see your blog listed. She asked me several times for feedback about blogs to feature, and I know she agonized over trying to decide who to include. Ultimately she came to realize that there are simply so many good blogs that any list that was created would always be leaving out some worthwhile, high-quality blogs.)

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

Monday, December 04, 2006

Beta Codes for hiding the top nav bar and spaces

I posted a code for old Blogger here.

Here is the code for new Blogger Beta users. I had to create me a Beta account for this. Maybe a certain person will even thank me for my efforts this time. :)

To hide the navbar, insert the code that is
highlighted in red in between the codes highlighted in blue (this is located at the bottom of the template).

< /div >< /div > < !-- end outer-wrapper -- >

< type="'text/css'">

#navbar-iframe {

height: 0px;
visibility: hidden;
display: none;

< /style >

< /body >
< /html >


To take the blank space out of the top of the header and make the header flush to the top, insert the codes
highlighted in red as shown below within the codes highlighted in blue (that is located on top of your template).

body {

font:x-small Georgia Serif;
font-size/* */:/**/small;
font-size: /**/small;
text-align: center;

position: relative;
top: -10px;




This Post was written by Mae from riceandnoodles.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

[copyrights] How much for that kitty on the website?

At Sam's suggestion, I'm moving my query regarding photo rights to a new post so it doesn't get lost within a longer comment thread.

Here's the semi-short version: A photo I posted last February on Belly Timber appeared in the Friday edition of my local paper. I'd uploaded the photo onto Flickr, and up until quite recently all my photos on my Flickr were listed as "all rights reserved." Just this past week or so, I changed that to a Creative Commons license that allows only for non-commercial, non-derivative use with attribution. Needless to say, the Oregonian didn't ask, didn't attribute, and didn't pay.

I'm now trying to figure out just how much to ask of them along with my request for a printed attribution/correction in next Friday's A&E -- as the Friday A&E is where the photo appeared, and it is one of the most popular sections of the paper.

Further information: The paper's weekday circulation is, I believe, about 350,000. The photo is in B&W and is just under a quarter page. (There's a scan of it up on Belly Timber now -- it's a cat picture and I couldn't resist a snarky response from my cat for Weekend Cat Blogging.)

In the Serious Eats comments thread, Nika mentioned a useful resource: the Stock Photo Price Calculator at This gives me a good ballpark to start with, but I'm also interested in hearing if anyone else has gone through the same thing and how their, ehmm, "negotiations" with clueless print media types fared -- because, frankly, it stuns me that staff members at a paper this large should still not get something so basic as the utter wrongness of stealing photos off the web for a for-profit publication.

This Post was written by MizD from Belly Timber

Hiding the blogger navbar and taking the space out on the top of the page

Trig [Aidan Brooks?] posted a question here about hiding the navbar button which is on top of the blogger page. I thought instead of answering his question on the comment, i thought it would be more useful for anyone else who might want to apply this code to their blogger account.

Here it is... (works on firefox and safari - i haven't tested it on ie and beta [i haven't got a beta account])

To find out how it looks, i've used my old blogger account as a dummy - check it out here.


To hide the navbar, insert the code that is highlighted in red in between the codes highlighted in blue (this is located at the bottom of the template).

< !-- End #footer -- >

< type="text/css">

#b-navbar {





< /style >

< /body >
< /html >


To take the blank space out of the top of the header and make the header flush to the top, insert the codes highlighted in red as shown below within the codes highlighted in blue (that is located on top of your template).

body {
padding:40px 20px;
font:x-small Arial;
font-size/* */:/**/small;
font-size: /**/small;

position: relative;
top: -50px;


I hope this helps. If you are not tech savvy and find it a little tricky to make changes to your template, i can offer some help by way of letting me get to your account and i will make the changes. Email me on maegabriel at googlemail dot com. You have to disclose your password to me to do this changes. I will treat them with strictest confidence and you may change your password later. This offer is only valid til 13th December as i will be away for a long well deserved holiday.

Sorry, this post is a little short and abrupt, i have 2 chocolate truffles in the fridge that is ready for rolling and photoshoot to be posted on my blog and to be boxed ready for demanding friends... :)

This Post was written by Mae from riceandnoodles.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Farm dinner tomorrow: I have tix, am sicks, need to nix

I hope this is okay for me to post: it's an opportunity for someone in the SF Bay area to buy my seats at the last Outstanding in the Field farm dinner for the 2006 season tomorrow. I am really sick with bronchitis and laryngitis, and it's kept me from working for over a week. So I am selling the tickets, hoping someone will want to go to a ranch in the Santa Cruz mountains, take a tour with a couple of local foragers, eat a five-course dinner made by a gifted chef from many foraged (and locally farmed) foods, and drink six kinds of wine from Bonny Doon Vineyard. (All this in the afternoon: the weather is supposed to be lovely.)

Details—including some of the dishes and all of the wines—are on my blog, which is at

I'm not trying to make a killing: my husband's been sick and worked less this month, too, and we're scrambling to pay boring bills. Thanks in advance for letting me post here: I know we all don't read all the blogs, and this is a very limited window of opportunity. I only decided today that I am too sick to go, and can't think of a better group of people than food bloggers who'd be interested in going.


Friday, December 01, 2006

Serious Eats

Has anyone seen Serious Eats? I just went there for the first time, was going to register an account and went to look at the TOS. At first glance, it seems rather heavy-handed in some ways.

There are lines like:
"Images published on Flickr or other public photo sites, with an implied license for use under the Creative Commons license associated with such sites"

Which is all fine and dandy, except that flickr lets you choose your copyright terms and you can choose NOT to use CC licensing. So it's not implied, it's explicitly chosen.


"Please note that you will be liable for damages (including costs and attorneys' fees) if you materially misrepresent that any material on our sites is infringing your copyrights."

They go on to say that someone had to pay $100,000 for such a claim and then note that "a copy of each legal notice we receive will be sent (with your personal information removed) to Chilling Effects for publication."

Talk about chilling effects!

I am going to register and lurk a while to see what the site is actually like, but I am unlikely to post anything there unless they lighten up a bit. (and I wouldn't be surprised if they did, so much shakes out at the start of this sort of venture) Protection is one thing, but geez!

Besides, I couldn't find an answer to the question that led me to the TOS to begin with: Do they claim copyright over the content of comments? Does anyone know?

This Post was written by kitchenMage from kitchenMage

One more go at the Blogger beta navbar issue

Thought I'd try again for a techie to solve my problem, as I got no responses at all to my posting of November 18th. I won't repeat it all.

Some time ago I searched out some code that I put into my Blogger template to hide the navbar at the top. Recently I've been looking at migrating from Blogger to Blogger beta and a search of the web quickly turned up the new code needed to hide the navbar in beta. It came with an add-on that gets rid of the space left at the top of screen.

The code can be found at - Technique 1, with the extra bit that you will find after Technique 3.

Testing the code on someone else's blog that has just migrated, I was very pleased with the result. That was until I realised that the code works properly in Firefox, but in IE it hides the bar but does not remove the white space at the top.

So does anyone have code that works properly in both browsers?


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

What is Stumbleupon?

I'm a new blogger with only 3 months of posts under my belt. Last night I got over 700 hits and it appears that much of that traffic is being driven by something called Stumbleupon. I googled it and it seems to be a Firefox extension. I could sink some time I don't have into further research of this but I thought I would first ask here if anyone has any knowledge or experience with Stumbleupon.


This Post was written by Vanessa from What geeks eat...