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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. 
Starting a Blog: I want to start a blog, where do I start? Blogger vs. WordPress, Blog Design Tips, Creating a Fantastic About Me Page, Setting Up a Visual Index, Changing Your Blog Name and Why You Might Do It Writing Blog Posts: I created a blog! Now how do I write a blog post? Writing and Connecting with Your Readers, Copyright...Read More »
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+The Cozy Cook I have this ebook too - lots of good tips. :)
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Toni Dash
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Mobile responsiveness is a hot topic and I just read a few things in a different forum of interest. Google is beginning to penalize sites which aren't mobile friendly and just because a site is mobile responsive they might not meet the Google criteria.. To check if your site passes you can use this Google tool: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/. Some additional background: https://www.seroundtable.com/google-fix-mobile-usability-issues-found-on-19732.html
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Such a great tool! Thank you for the info, +Toni Dash​!
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giramuk's kitchen

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I thought this article might be a great read for us! As Food Bloggers I guess we only mostly use our own pictures but still a good reminder! :)

http://ohmrstucker.com/hey-are-you-trying-to-get-sued/
Oh, my babies.  I'm here to tell you a harrowing tale.  Well, maybe not a harrowing tale, but notably painful, as my butt hurts from all the sitting and researching I've been doing on the subject o...
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I was looking through the Google+ blogging communities I belong to and left all of them but this one. They were all about self-promotion. This community truly strives to help each other. Something I completely appreciate.
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So True +Mother Rimmy , this community is very helpful especially to new bloggers like me:)
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I posted this in the public stream, but I'm looking for more thoughts on the matter...
 
Yippee? - Flurry of new subscribers with bogus email addys.

With questionable gmail addys like x.iao.ming080x and s.ceneshots36 and bogus first names like Elinoroetx and Romaasfdwavz.

What's this all about? Should I just delete these subscriptions and be done with them?
#help   #emailmarketing   #subscribers  
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+Minerva Thai
Good tip. Thanks!
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Excited to join this community with you all and get some great blogging tips for my food and travel site, www.behindtheplates.com. I can already tell from many of the post below that this will be an insightful and interactive page!
All for the love of the dish
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Welcome +Missy Somers!
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Cherie Chalmers

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I have an idea for a blog group post and I am looking for others who would like to join me. I want to call it a dinner party, with others of different blogs posting a recipe towards the dinner. I would like it to be gluten free and dairy free. I am also looking for someone who would like to do the table decor and maybe someone to do dinner party activities (games) or thankful activities. As Canadian Thanksgiving is coming up soon on October 13th it would be a Thanksgiving dinner party this time. I can only accept so many applicants so please let me know why I should choose you and your input. Please let me know what type of recipe you would like to add. ie: main course, side dish, appetizers, dessert, games, activities, tablescape etc. If you think you can offer something special it would be great. I have an IT ready to help with the html for this project. It could work out to be a regular thing. Maybe not weekly but something for different holidays, themes and seasons. I am not sure how I will choose who to include so please sell yourself and your blog to me. This could be a great way for us to share our readers. I would like to do this a week before Thanksgiving as it is better for our readers so they can use the recipe for their own dinner. If you have a great cranberry sauce or chutney that can be made ahead and preserved or even a breakfast, lunch or leftover recipe please include that too. Cherie
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Did you get my email address +Cherie Chalmers ? This thread is just too large to follow easily. What is the deadline? I should have dessert ready by late Thurs/early Fri. I saw +Kelly Page ask about posting Sat. Saturday traffic is my slowest day of the week. Is it better for you?
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Molly Kumar

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Thanks for adding me to the G+ Food Blogger Community. I'm a new food blogger and would definitely be asking for lots of help. Thanks once again !
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Thanx +Linda Stradley
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Hi, does anyone know the secret to use those little cute silicone pans so that the cake or dessert does not stick? Tips, please!
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You have to rinse silicon pan under cold water (do not dry) and then add the baking mix onto them. That is the instructions I have got on mine. But I still do not like the color of my baking using them it is always less golden brown. I used them for baked custard mostly.
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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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This podcast is really worth your time... Thanks +Jeni Elliott and +Tsh Oxenreider for an excellent discussion!
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Jeni has great information for bloggers of all types :-)
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Stephanie Manley
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I am looking for Houston area bloggers.   If you are a blogger in the Houston area please let me know.  I have been sitting on houtonfoodbloggers.com for a couple of years, so I a am putting together a website that will link to your content. 
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Thank you.   I have a few folks located, but I know there are more Houston folks out there.
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Robin E. H. Ove

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I know you're all looking over your wonderful work for 2014 so you might consider submitting your work now to the IACP Digital Media Awards. If you've been blogging, working on your culinary video series, or cooking up a cool podcast this past year you are eligible. Open to members and non-members.  Want to win this year? Send your work our way by January 5th: http://bit.ly/1wsrVcI
International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) is a vibrant association of professionals representing all aspects of the culinary world. IACP connects culinary professionals with the people, places, and knowledge they need to succeed.
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Does anybody here submit their posts to healthy aperture? I am wondering about the "submit for syndication" button. I never click it, but I am wondering if there is any advantage to it. Thanks
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Thank you for the clarification. +David Crowley 
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Hi Everyone, my friend sent me this blog post and I got the feeling that the message was not liking Blogger as a preferred platform. It back linked to another author who talked about Google Ownership of content - I have never read about this before - blogging to me is still a new world - but a lot of you do use blogger as your platform so wondering your thoughts on this? (Google ownership of your content) I'll paste each post in comments below.
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+Melanie Marinucci some great replies here 
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Hello to all!

I'm doing research for a potential opportunity (I'll announce it within the next two weeks) of how diverse families incorporate their country's ceremonial and/or heartwarming dishes into American, traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. Example, West African Jollof Rice is considered a major ceremonial dish, and I wonder if it's served during Thanksgiving, or is mochi, a Japanese dessert, served with sweet potato pie? Or, maybe there's a dish that's a hybrid of cultural and American ingredients. I'm throwing out ideas, but I'm asking my diverse friends, what ceremonial dishes from their families' country do they served during Thanksgiving dinner?

Please note, I'm not asking for recipes. Only names of dishes and/or a brief background story in the comment section below. The information provided is basic research to start in the right direction. 

Thanks so much!
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Saw this and thought of your question: http://www.slovakcooking.com/2013/recipes/stuffed-trout/
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Why it is hard to be a parent and a food blogger at the same time... This recipe was likely never going to make it anyways. It was delicious but didn't photograph well. My baby made sure it never made it to the blog. Thought my fellow parent food bloggers might relate.
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+Whole Food | Real Families I totally understand what your going through. I have a 2 year old who waits by my photographing area to begin grabbing the food when it hits the board. I've come up with  system of putting her down for her nap right before  start cooking and photographing. Good luck!
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I just have to share that I get to be a cookbook ambassador for the 100 Days of Real Food cookbook!!!! I thought it was too late because I missed her email after life got crazy but nope. The cookbook is coming to me F R E E! I will be posting my review on this, which I'm sure will be really great. :) My blog is www.OrganicFibroMommies.com. I know you all can share my excitement, as this is huge in the food blogging world. :D 
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Don't you love slipping in when you thought the deadline was past! Congrats +Tara Canlett
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Taji Marie

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I'm searching for a web-based recipe manager where I can enter recipes, scale up and down, create shopping lists and automatically generate nutritional info. This is actually for my catering company (although I plan to incorporate these recipes into my blog, too.). Every time I think I've found something, it's missing one of those critical functions. Wondering if any of you have a program you use and love that does all this....Thank you!!!!
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I'm not positive about generating a shopping list but check out www.foodcalc.com. They work with restaurants so may have what you need. 
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Hi everyone. I had a reader contact me asking for suggestions for vegan recipes. She in nursing a child with terrible allergies (so also no nuts because the baby isn't old enough to have them). My blog is whole food/no processed ingredients but not vegan. I am hoping that some of you either manage blogs that are vegan or know of them. Also if you have sites that deal with recipes for food allergies. They have a lifetime ahead of them of learning how to feed their new baby and the reader admitted she is not very creative in the kitchen so she really just need some places to go for help. I really appreciate any advice you can offer! 
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A friend/colleague of mine specializes in childhood allergies...not a vegan cooking blog but good info/resources about allergies. She runs the about.com page: http://foodallergies.about.com and wrote the book "Fearless Feeding"
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