Posts Categorized: Food blogs

Melbourne’s top 200+ blogs April 2014

It’s been a long time since anybody has updated any listing of blogs in Melbourne publicly and I’ve collaborated with Thang Ngo at Noodlies in Sydney to create a list based on Alexa ranking. Thang has incorporated the Melbourne listings with his Sydney listing to create a ranking of 595 Australian blogs. Inevitably as this is the first time for Melbourne we have accidentally left out a few people and perhaps included a few shouldn’t be here. If you think we’ve got something wrong just let me know in comments and we’ll get it fixed for the next version to be published in May. If you blog doesn’t have a number it is because there is no Alexa ranking or you have very low traffic. Also, I’d would only take the listing as a rough indication of ranking. For example, Alexa gives me what I think is an unfairly high score compared to more prolific bloggers. There again I have some 950 posts on this site over 9 years. All these rankings are imperfect but at least we have something here to talk about. You’ll also see some blogs that aren’t exclusively food but have a high food content. Anyway, debate your hearts our and let us know where we’ve stuffed-up. This list may be a bit different to Thang’s as I spotted a few duplicates and interlopers this morning and removed them. 1 food rehab: the tastebud diaries 539,298 2 gourmet chick 624,518 3 wandering spice 1,085,567 4 mel: hot or not 1,136,596 5 tomato 1,163,044 6 the last appetite 1,254,899 7 the food coach 1,395,512 8 the hungry excavator 1,402,941 9 kitchen wench 1,416,120 10 petit miamx 1,480,925 11 burger adventure 1,498,971 12 little eats 1,514,781 13 sarah cooks 1,620,644 14 sharking for chips and drinks 1,654,393 15 let’s get fat together 1,694,543 16 the whole pantry 1,750,305 17 the world loves melbourne 1,810,312 18 melbourne gastronome 1,931,872 19 a rhubarb rhapsody 1,991,728 20 dine whit me 2,050,082 21 fitzroyalty 2,130,471 22 mab vs food 2,150,178 23 gourmanda 2,168,118 24 melbourne australia 2,275,779 25 food lover’s journey 2,319,514 26 parmadaze 2,384,256 27 lisa eats world 2,487,914 28 footscray food blog 2,492,210 29 poppet’s window 2,663,566 30 green gourmet giraffe 2,745,966 31 food on my dog 2,759,032 32 where’s the beef? 2,778,218 33 food made with love 2,794,581 34 the very very hungry caterpillar 2,878,101 35 nourish me 3,071,653… Read more »

Takeaways from Eat Drink Blog 3

The SA Tourism Minister Gail Gago talks to food bloggers. Who’d have thought it? The South Australian Minister for Tourism Hon Gail Gago speaking to 90 or so food bloggers at Eat Drink Blog 3 conference. Mind you I was also surprised by Meat and Livestock’s sponsorship and more particularly their invitation to anyone who wanted to to visit a beef feedlot – I certainly plan to take up that offer. And let’s not mention the food writer who referred to Gago as “hon” most of the night. It was an amazing effort from local bloggers Christina Soong-Kroeger and Amanda McInerney and their team. There was a lot to learn from the conference although for me it was also a great opportunity to see many bloggers I hadn’t seen in a while and to also catch up with many new ones who I wanted to meet. I’ve been a bad blogger the past few years as I haven’t engaged with people through comments and Twitter like I used to. But the conference reignited my passion. I suspect we can all remember the community aspect as we get back to commenting and linking between each other. Simon Leong’s, from Simon’s Food Favourites, video of Eat Drink Blog 2012. In no particular order: 1. Food blogging as with all social media is about participating in and building a community. Half the work in terms of hours is writing the post. The other half is promoting that post (not forgetting keyword analysis if you are into that kind of thing). It’s about passion and nowadays (unlike when I started) about finding a compelling niche. 2. In recipe writing, list the order of ingredients in the order that you use them. Ensure none are left out or left unused. 3. Natural light is the best way to take great food photos. You don’t even need a tripod, let alone a light box thingy. 4. Use simple sheets of paper as a backdrop and shoot from the side rather than on top. You don’t need a warehouse full of props. 5. Use depth of field which gives a blur effect in the back of a picture. 6. The rules of blog design are quite simple. People look top left of a site first so whatever you want them to do put it there. If you want email sign-ups make it big and at the top… Read more »