Tuesday, September 22, 2009

For the love of Food Bloggers...

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I've been food blogging now for almost 3 years and ever since, the whole concept of food blogging has really taken off in society. So many food blogs have been created and let's face it, people love talking about food! As a food blogger, I've compiled some great resources over time and wanted to share them with others. I'll be including these in my menu to the right for future reference so feel free to check these sites out. There are probably more I've missed but feel free to comment and share sites that have helped you or are not listed below!


For some comprehensive food blogger topics and issues:

Food Bloggers Unite! - "FOOD BLOGGERS UNITE! Is a hub for budding food bloggers in search of tech tips, ideas, and questions about food blogging! Blogging about food can be an isolating activity, so this blog is created to foster community and serve as a resource for beginning food bloggers."

Food Blog Alliance - "Here experienced food bloggers share their expertise with the community, by offering tips, tutorials and observations about food blogging. Sort of like a problogger.net but for food bloggers. At least that's the general idea. Many of us are trying to improve our blogs, to better serve our readers, to make the experience of blogging more fruitful and enjoyable, and to build our readership."

ProBlogger - "This site is dedicated to helping other bloggers learn the skills of blogging, share their own experiences and promote the blogging medium."

Food Blog Code of Ethics - "As the blogging world expands exponentially, more and more people in the culinary world believe that food bloggers—as a group—are unfair, highly critical, untrained and power hungry individuals empowered by anonymity. As trained journalists who happen to be food bloggers, we feel it is unfair to be labeled something we aren’t. By creating a food blogger code of ethics, we hope to draw attention to the food bloggers who hold themselves to higher standards."

Food Blog S'cool - "Food Blogs may be cool, but here it's back to School. Join this forun and together we can learn more baout the technicalities of blogging and make our collective blogs even more delectable than they are already."



Online food communities to talk, learn, share food related topics, specific to blogging:

FoodBuzz - "We aggregate, organize and curate more than 1 Million blog posts from 10,000 food blogs worldwide. We partner with food bloggers to provide a platform for growing their blogs, making money from advertising, and fostering foodie camaraderie and community around our shared passion for food and dining. We also partner with food brands to bring the best products into our community in a way that is engaging, compelling and rewarding for both foodies and the companies making the food we eat."

Foodie Blogroll - "The Foodie Blogroll is the first of its kind and is one of the fastest growing online communities for foodbloggers. With close to 2000 members spanning the globe in less than a year, there is a reason for its popularity. It is the first blogroll created just for foodies like you by a foodie like you. When I started my food blog, I went looking for a blogroll for food and cooking related websites and there were none to be found. So I decided to create my own! This is all about building the best community online for foodbloggers! Imagine what being exposed on over 3500 blogs about food would do for your traffic."

FoodBlogs - "FoodBlogs.com keeps track of hundreds of food blogs (or foodie blogs, as they are often referred to) from around the world."
BlogHer Food & Drink - "BlogHer's mission is to create opportunities for women who blog to pursue exposure, education, community and economic empowerment. Today BlogHer is the leading participatory news, entertainment and information network for women online, reaching more than 15 million women each month"
Chef's Blogs - "More than 1500 culinary web sites have been submited to the directory by their owners, making ChefsBlogs the world's largest fully moderated food blog directory."
Blog Readabilty - "Gunning Fog, Flesch Reading Ease, and Flesch-Kincaid are reading level algorithms that can be helpful in determining how readable your content is. Reading level algorithms only provide a rough guide, as they tend to reward short sentences made up of short words. Whilst they're rough guides, they can give a useful indication as to whether you've pitched your content at the right level for your intended audience."



Online food communities to talk, learn, share food related topics, unspecific to blogging:

eGullet - "This website is a service of the eGullet Society for Culinary Arts & Letters, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to advancement of the culinary arts."

Chow/Chowhound - "CHOW is a new kind of food medium. Not only is our subject matter different - about the parties you really want to throw, the meals you really want to eat, the gear you really want to have - but we deliver it to you in audio, video, and everything else the Web's got to offer. Come to us for recipes, instruction, news, entertainment, discussion, and advice. And come often - we update the site daily."

LTHForum - A message board based out of Chicago, IL but covers food and food topics from places outside of Chicago and beyond.

Cookbooks We Love - "Welcome to Cookbooks We Love, a guide to outstanding food & cooking recipe books. Featuring our editor's top cookbook picks with original cookbook reviews."


For food photography resources to submit to and/or drool over:
Tastespotting - Great site to submit to, which can increase your blog traffic

Food Gawker - Another site to submit to, which can increase your blog traffic

PhotoGrazing - Another site to submit to, similar to the other two.

Liqurious - Another site to submit to, similar to the other two but focused on beverages.



For food photo editing resources, aside from Photoshop:

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) - "GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted."

Picnik - "Picnik makes your photos fabulous with easy to use yet powerful editing tools. Tweak to your heart’s content, then get creative with oodles of effects, fonts, shapes, and frames. It's fast, easy, and fun."

Photoscape - "Photoscape is the fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos."



For food blogging events to network with and/or participate in culinary challenges:

Tuesdays With Dorie - A group dedicated to making Dorie Greenspan's recipes from her book, Baking From My Home to Yours

Bread Baker's Apprentice - A group dedicated to making Peter Reinhart's home bread baking recipes from his book, Bread Baker's Apprentice
Barefoot Bloggers - A group dedicated to making Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa recipes from a variety of her cookbooks.

Daring Bakers/Daring Cooks - A group dedicated to making challenging baking and cooking recipes from a variety of cookbooks an sources.

Is My Blog Burning? - Great site for various blogging events held by fellow bloggers around the world.

Sticky Date - Great site for various blogging events held by fellow bloggers around the world.

Foodie's List - Comprehensive listing of various food blogging events including those listed above

Social Media Networking sites to add your blog and find other blogs:

NetworkedBlogs - "Promote your blog on Facebook and to discover new blogs. NetworkedBlogs is a community of bloggers and blog lovers. Join the fun, add your blog, and connect with others who read and write about subjects you like."
Twitter - "Started as a side project in March of 2006, Twitter has grown into a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices."
Technorati - "The leading blog search engine, Technorati.com indexes millions of blog posts in real time and surfaces them in seconds. The site has become the definitive source for the top stories, opinions, photos and videos emerging across news, entertainment, technology, lifestyle, sports, politics and business. Technorati.com tracks not only the authority and influence of blogs, but also the most comprehensive and current index of who and what is most popular in the Blogosphere."
Digg - "Digg is a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web. From the biggest online destinations to the most obscure blog, Digg surfaces the best stuff as voted on by our users. You won’t find editors at Digg — we’re here to provide a place where people can collectively determine the value of content and we’re changing the way people consume information online."
StumbleUpon/Stumblr - "StumbleUpon is a free service that helps you discover and share websites with others who have similar interests. The more you use our service, the more likely it is that you’ll “Stumble” across pages you like."

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