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A great piece about #food   #photography  for #bloggers  

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A look back over my first year of food photography, including what went right, what went wrong and what I'm hoping for in the future.
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+Leafy Greens and Chocolate I completely agree. Cooking/grilling is easy for me. Getting that perfect shot is quite another. Took years to get to where I'm somewhat confident behind the lens.
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What inspired you to start blogging and what keeps you going?

I recently published my 100th blog post and in doing so realized that even 100 posts in, I'd never done a proper about me post/page. The post I ended up writing was entitled "Who are you and why do you blog?" (and for those interested, my somewhat lengthy answer is linked in my profile).

With such a diverse community, I thought it interesting to pass the question along :) We probably all have our different reasons. So if you're interested in playing along, I'd love to hear from you in a few lines or more: What made you decide to start a food blog? And what inspires you to keep going?
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I decided to make a food blog to jot down my recipes and share it. Then it grew to recommending restaurants and food I liked at that restaurant because I got too busy to cook. Eating out and trying new restaurants became a hobby. I started sharing my thoughts in other food review groups because there were people out there who were actually listening to me.

I enjoy sharing new things to eat because I am always looking for a new way to cook or crave for new flavors that maybe someone out there may be interested to learn about.!!It turned out, there are many people who care what they eat like myself.

Many have said I should open a restaurant or a catering company but that's too much work and late hours. So exploring food and recreating them at home, invigorates me. So I think because I can personally create or duplicate recipes; that writing about food and critiquing it is something that I can do with ease and joy.
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Mother Rimmy

Blog Tech (plugins, widgets and ads)  - 
 
I'm looking for advice to set up a CDN. Does anyone have a service they recommend?
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+Mother Rimmy There's a lot you can do to reduce load time. The most important of which would be caching, CDN, reducing the # of calls to the server, and optimizing all your images.
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Where are you still using hashtags? I understand you're supposed to avoid them on Pinterest and Facebook, but do you use them on G+? I think they're useful on twitter and IG, but curious if using them on G+ is good or bad.
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Three Hashtags seem to be given automatically for G+ - only just noticed.
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I wonder if anyone is experiencing the same thing I am in that whenever I click on plus for a post, it isn't sticking. I go back to my feed and look at the posts I've shared and click to plus them, then go back and they all revert back to +1. Ideas?
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Thank you +Ritu Ahuja and +Chef Dennis Littley good to know. All seems fine now.
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I am looking for contributors to my Markets of the World section of my blog. Here is a link to what I am looking for http://www.shadesofcinnamon.com/category/markets/  If anyone is interested please let me know.  I would obviously link back to your blog too.
The Duke of York Square Farmers and Fine food market takes place every Saturday in Kings Road, Chelsea, London. However is more of a food merchants' market, than a farmers market. It… September 26, 2014. The Old Biscuit Mill. Markets, markets of the world ...
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Hi +Ev Thomas I've  just sent you an email.
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Finally got added here, hope to learn some things, and share what knowledge I've gained about running a food blog. I've had mine for about 8 years now, and haven't worked it the way I need to.
I've been a cook/chef for 20 years and stepped out of the kitchen to start my own business teaching others to cook, making videos, and doing cooking demonstrations. Feel free to take a look at my website and services, and shoot me a comment or email if so inclined. Thanks for letting me hang out here!
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Thanks +Ritu Ahuja it's great to be here!
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Hi Everyone! Is anyone having a problem with posting on Google+? I read +Christine Arel's post from Feb. 9th and thought maybe that was the problem I am having, but now I'm not so sure. 

Every time I try to post a link and photo of a new recipe, as soon as I refresh the page, it disappears.

So I tried posting one line with no links or photos. I wrote "Test post." That worked so I deleted it. Then I tried 2 times after that to post a recipe. I did it with the recipe link in tact and then I tried uploading the photo separate from the link. I haven't been able to post any recipes since February 9th.

Does anyone know what's going on? Thanks in advance :)
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You're welcome +Watch Learn Eat I hope you get things sorted!
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Toni Dash
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Blogging Tips & Questions  - 
 
Here is a free, comprehensive guide to starting a food blog. It covers everything you'd want to know including Wordpress themes, plug-ins, with videos and more. Even established bloggers should take a look as there are always new things to be discovered!
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Boston's Hidden Restaurants

Blogging Tips & Questions  - 
 
Another update on how quickly things are changing with Google searches...now it looks like nearly all social platforms are being indexed by Google to various degrees, with G+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram all coming up in Google searches. And it appears that most of them are the result of using social media tags (open graph meta tags, Twitter cards, rich pins, etc).
I get the feeling that those who jump on this now will be miles ahead of most people down the road, since most don't even know about social media tags.   -Marc
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Its so complicated.  I will have to google, although I am self hosted and I use Yoast... does that mean I'm ok?
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Susan Pridmore

Blogging Tips & Questions  - 
 
For anyone just starting out in food blogging, or in the early stages, here's a great free guide to get you started. It's full of information!

http://firstsiteguide.com/guides/food-blog/
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Kat K

Social Media  - 
 
Guys, does anyone else have problems with rich pins on Pinterest lately? With my last three recipes, they stopped showing up with the recipe in the rich pin like they used to. I didn't change anything, so I have no idea what's going on? Anyone else had that problem or an idea what could be going on? Thank you!
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Thank you +Alisa Fleming and +Kitty Florido - I currently use RecipeSEO to get my recipes in the right format, but I guess I should look into something different!
+Boston's Hidden Restaurants Thanks for the tip Marc, but it's the same on my computer, so there has to be an issue with my blog in itself :/
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JJ Stewart

Blogging Tips & Questions  - 
 
I would like to know if anyone would like to be my blogging mentor? The advice is great but I would like to work with someone on a personal level.  is anyone open on being my Mentor?
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+JJ Stewart when your blog is updated you might post a specific feedback request. The more specific you are the easier it will be to get the input you are seeking. There is also a free service called Peek which provides a short video of a random reviewer going through your site and providing first impression feedback. It's a great way to sample a fresh perspective to your blog from a new reader perspective. http://peek.usertesting.com/
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The Cozy Cook

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I'm currently DEVOURING this book- it's full of really great information- tips, tricks, everything about growing your blog. I bought it yesterday and absolutely love it so far. 
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Toni Dash
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Not to serve up some controversy with your coffee to start the day but I found this ongoing dialog on +CHOW worth reflection.  There are opinions that will rub the wrong way just as there are points of real consideration (recipe testing for instance).  What are the constructive points you will take away?
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I can understand the frustration behind the post as well. I've tried recipes from some blogs that were so freakin' delicious, they're now favorites in our house. But others have failed...hard. But when it doesn't workout because you didn't like the way it tasted is certainly different from error in recipe instruction. You might think it's the best tasting dish in the world, and it can just be "meh" to someone else. But, there does seem to be an issue with quantity over quality. I feel like some bloggers will push out underdeveloped recipes just to stay on a posting schedule. Like +Leafy Greens and Chocolate​ it takes me a minimum of two days to develop a post, which means I find it very difficult to publish something I can be proud of more than twice a week; especially considering many bloggers still hold down other jobs. 
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Mother Rimmy

Blogging Tips & Questions  - 
 
+Lea Ann Brown shared this post from +Mike Allton - there is so much information here I don't know where to start. Thanks Lea Ann!
 
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Best of luck with your blog! 

#Blogging #ContentMarketing #BloggingTips 
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Great share +Mother Rimmy! Lots of great information +Mike Allton!
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Kitchen Shaman

Hangouts / Events / HOA  - 
 
I know this is a late notice, but I'm holding my first Google Hangout tomorrow to test my skills. I hope you'll join me for discussion about cooking tips and tricks, food, and writing kindle recipe books. Hope to see you there!
 
Trying out my google hangout skills.
Lets talk about favorite foods, cookbooks, techniques. And a little bit of food history and knowledge. Please refrain from anything Gordon Ramsey or Anthony Bourdain.
This Hangout On Air is hosted by Kitchen Shaman. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
Q&A
Preview
Live
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Sat, February 21, 7:00 PM
Hangouts On Air - Broadcast for free

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Thanks +Chef Dennis Littley that would be awesome. I want to have regular hangouts, so there will be more opportunities. I appreciate the effort. 
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Toni Dash
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Got this video from Pinterest on creating a great pin.  Thought you might find it interesting!
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Thanks for sharing.
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Toni Dash
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Here's some food for thought and discussion: Do you feel in this case the company was overstepping their bounds in how they used this blogger's photo or that, as the blogger says, it was 'their fault'?
Why Bloggers Shouldn't Give Their Work Away "...the end result was that we gave permission for the company to use our image with no compensation."
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Great post...thanks for sharing this +Toni Dash!
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Julia Al Arab

Social Media  - 
 
Hello! My blog name is written in both English & Arabic languages, it used to appear properly on pinterest in the rich pins, but lately the Arabic name and pins description are shown as strange symbols!! Anyone knows what causes that?!!
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