Sunday, May 01, 2005

Why Blogs are Listed Here

The blogs included on one of my blogroll pages are first and foremost, the blogs I personally try to keep up with. My pages are not meant to be an exhaustive list of all the good blogs out there, merely the ones I've discovered and liked enough to keep reading.

There are literally thousands of good blogs, and no one can possibly read them all, but these are the things I take into consideration when deciding to add a blog to one of my categories:
  • Does this blog actively link to other bloggers?
  • Does the blog feature recipes, food, or another topic that interests me?
  • Has the blog been in existence for at least six months and are they posting regularly?
  • Does the blog reflect the unique voice of that person, with reasonably good writing, punctuation, and grammar?
  • Are the photos or other design elements attractive and is the site designed for easy navigation?
  • If the blog has a link to Kalyn's Kitchen, it certainly gets my attention.

I don't do link exchanges with other blogs just because they ask for a link. (It's considered bad blogging ettiquette to ask for a link, in case you're a new blogger and don't realize it.) However, I love discovering new blogs. If your blog doesn't appear here and you think it might interest me, feel free to send me an e-mail at kalynskitchen (at) comcast (dot) net sending the url of your blog and asking me to take a look. If your blog seems interesting I'll probably follow it for a while in my feed reader, and might eventually add it to one of my lists.

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  1. Thanks for a very imformative post on links. Would you explain something to me? I've only been food blogging since December... what are some bloggers talking about "your blog roll doesn't show up in mine"? I've seen this comment a few times, and I'm puzzled.

    Also, what does it mean to LINK to another blog?

    I'm trying to learn all of the etiquette. If I do make someone's recipe, I mention in my blog where it came from with a link?

    Any wisdom would be greatly appreciated.


    "A Feast for the Eyes"

  2. I don't know what "your blog roll doesn't show up in mine" means. I haven't ever heard that saying.

    To *link* to another blog means to create a hyperlink in a post that leads to another blog when you click the link. You should always provide a link like that giving credit when you use a recipe you found on another blog. It's also best to make the link be either the name of the blog or the name of the recipe (not "click here" or something like that.

    Also, I hope you don't mind me mentioning, but since you're just learning the etiquette, it's considered bad manners to sign your comment with your blog url at the end, since people can already find the blog with the signed signature link that's at the first of the comment. Some blogs won't even publish comments that have that kind of link.

    Good luck and have fun blogging. Hope this is helpful.


I'm so happy you're taking the time to comment on Kalyn's Kitchen! I love hearing from people who stop by, especially if you're sharing feedback or asking questions about a recipe I've posted here.

I've recently changed my comment settings so people can comment without signing in, but you will need to check the box to show you're a live person, and comments on older posts won't show up until I publish them. Thanks for understanding!

And if you really like the recipe, Pins, Shares, Tweets, and Yums are always appreciated!

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