I recently stumbled upon a food blog that really captivated me. Despite the content and photos being great, its the voice in which the posts were written that really won my interest. There are a lot of food blogs out there filled with gorgeous photos and recipes but they don’t always offer a good read and, to me, that’s most important. I’m not going to subscribe to a blog I don’t find pleasure in reading.
Christina at Christina’s Cucina had me grinning and nodding (kind of excessively) while reading her post about how Buzzfeed got it all wrong with tomato sauce.
I immediately knew that I had to hit the ‘Subscribe’ button because I needed this sort of food blog in my life.
I’m so glad that I did, because what she wrote as her next post was unbelievable!
Okay, that sounded like clickbait. There is no clickbait here, I promise.
It was about commenting on blogs and lack of commenting on blogs; mostly the latter.
I want to preface this by saying that this post isn’t to condemn my readership for not commenting much. I’m guilty of it too, trust me! This post by Christina has inspire me to change that about myself though, because it really hit the lights for me. This post isn’t to make anyone feel bad; this post is to simply give you, my readers, some perspective on what your comment is worth to a blogger (myself, or any!) and why feedback is so valued. When I read Christina’s post I was so wide-eyed; I’d been feeling this way for quite some time – I just didn’t know how to properly articulate it.
One of Christina’s points that nearly made me shout out in agreement was this:
These may seem inconsequential to you, but to a blogger, especially a blogger who has spent…
- 1/2 – 3 hours going to the grocery store to buy ingredients he/she didn’t have in order to make a dish, or looking for specific equipment needed for that recipe
- 1 – 3 hours making and shooting photos of each individual step
- 1 – 2 hours cleaning up
- 1 – 2 hours uploading and editing those aforementioned shots
- 1 – 4 hours writing, researching and editing the actual post and recipe
with no monetary compensation, it means a lot.
Wow. Yes. That’s basically me every weekend. I have to make plans around my food blogging time and I’m very fortunate to have family and friends that are so supportive of me and what I’m doing – but after all of that…some accolades or even constructive criticism would be fantastic.
I feel as though Facebook ruins this for a lot of bloggers. Perhaps I’m sabotaging myself by bringing my work to Facebook? I get tons of “Likes” and comments on there and I am SO grateful for that, but it doesn’t show as activity on my blog nor does it stick around as a reflection on the actual post. Down the road, when someone visits that recipe page, none of those comments are there. Instead, they are lost in the shuffle on my Facebook post somewhere – never to be seen again! Bummer.
Another point on Christina’s post that really resonated with me: hidden readers.
I can’t tell you how many times someone has said to me, “Oh, I made your _____ recipe and it was amazing!” or “I make your _____ soup all the time and my family loves it!” or “I love your blog. I really enjoy your writing and pictures”, but I had no clue they were even looking at my site. Of course, this most often comes from a few friends, family members, and acquaintances and I am dumbfounded that they don’t write me a little note below the recipe, just to say so. I mean, it’s me, they know me–so why so “hush-hush”? I don’t know, but after talking to many other bloggers, the consensus is: our family and close friends are our worst fans/readers. Most of them don’t even follow our blogs, which is why it’s so easy for me to write this–they’ll never see it!
That first part happens to me a lot. I’m always overjoyed to learn that someone whom I had no idea was reading my blog is, in fact, part of my readership. It’s a great surprise! But…
Short-lived feeling of excitement < consistent contentment in knowing you’re being heard.
Does that make sense?
Another thing: I had a friend once tell me that she was reading my blog. I told her I had no idea that she’d been checking it out, and she replied with, “Well, what am I going to say? I can’t cook like you, and I’m not creative, so I really have nothing to offer. You don’t need MY input.”
What? NO! Everyone’s input is welcomed and wanted and her saying that made me want to start blogging about all of my failures in addition to my successes (which I’m still actually contemplating!) The Internet is a great place to glorify things and when you are constantly posting about successes, like successful dishes for example, I can definitely see how people might view a food blogger as a master in the kitchen. Not me, yo. But you wouldn’t actually know that, would you? I haven’t posted my dilapidated cakes and broken salmon fillets! (I seriously think I might start doing this, guys. It could be fun and great and hilarious).
And finally, Christina touches on a food bloggers favourite type of comments – a show and tell of sorts.
Sometimes a reader sends in a photo of something they made with one of our recipes and that is the absolute best! Seeing our recipes in action is brilliant…
…Whether each blogger is writing and posting as a hobby or as a means to support their family, or is going in the red for their page or making $20,000/month, we all love to know that you’re seeing our work. So please keep these things in mind the next time you use a blogger’s recipe, or you see one of our posts on social media: a “like”, double tap, smiley face, “thanks!” or a few words can make it all worthwhile for us to continue cooking and baking up a storm for you–it’s simple, we love what we do.
It’s just really nice to hear that you’re out there reading our words, appreciating our photography and using our recipes.
Yup, I’ve definitely been told by people that they’ve made something that I’ve posted…about a year after the fact. At least I found out eventually?
As if I wouldn’t LOVE to know that. Even if you found yourself tweaking the recipe – tell me about it! Maybe you have figured out a better way of doing something. Or maybe you just loved it as it was – but either way, let a sister know, yeah?
To sum it all up: your voice matters and your attention is what keeps my food bloggin’ tank full of gas. Every time someone “Likes”, “Shares” or comments on my foodie Facebook posts I am filled with happiness and appreciation – but why not make it a permanent mark on the blog post if you have a sec? Let’s discuss things and get into conversation about it! I know, I know. It’s extra work for you. BUT – if you’ve read this far, at least you can understand the method to the commenting madness. A little goes a long way.
In Christina’s words: Thanks for the love…in advance!
You can find her full post here.
I’d like to thank Christina for giving me permission to review her post and put excerpts from her post here on my blog. Check her out at christinascucina.com