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About Your Blog and Your Content
- Where did you get your blog theme?
- How do you come up with content for your blog?
- Can I post your content on my website?
- What camera do you use?
- I would like to advertise on your blog. How can I make this happen?
- I would like for you to promote/review my product on your blog. How can I make this happen?
- I’ve been sending you emails about guest posting / advertising / promoting / etc. Why haven’t you answered me?
- I commented on your blog post, but it’s not showing up. Why?
- You approved my comment, but the link I put in it is gone. Why?
- I’m trying to comment on a post, but your site won’t let me. Why?
- Can I substitute ingredients?
- Can I use one of your recipes on my blog?
- I’m looking for a certain recipe, but I can’t find it on your blog. Why?
- Have you considered making your recipes sugar free / gluten free / vegan / etc.?
- Will you participate in my link party?
- I’m interested in guest posting for you. What should I do?
- I’m interested in having you guest post for me. What should I do?
- Can I share your posts on Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest/etc.?
- I followed you on Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr/etc. Will you follow me back?
- How did you get so many followers?
- You changed the source link on a thing you reblogged from me on Tumblr. Why?
About Your Blog and Your Content
Q: Where did you get your blog theme?
A: The current theme is called Soledad by PenciDesign, and you can purchase a license here. It’s WONDERFUL. Customization was a breeze and now my site isn’t loaded down with bulky plugins.
The old blog theme was the free version of the Sugar & Spice theme. I did some MAJOR edits to it. You can figure out how I did many of them by going to my “Search” bar (in the sidebar under “Posts You Might Also Enjoy”) and searching “sugar & spice.”
Q: How do you come up with content for your blog?
A: Sometimes Pinterest. Sometimes they happen by accident. Sometimes I’m inspired by someone else, but I wonder, “How can I make this healthier/cheaper/easier?” Sometimes they’re family recipes. It varies from post to post. And I often forget many of the posts I come up with. Which is why I recommend the app Evernote. It’s free and available on PC, Mac, iPhone, Android, and tablets. The best thing is that you can sync your account between devices. So if you write something on your phone, you can then access it on your computer.
Q: What camera do you use?
A: The photos on this site are taken with a Canon Rebel T3i. I use two different lenses for the Canon–a 50 mm and an 18-55 mm.
However, no camera is going to help you if you don’t understand the basics of photography. There is a blogger who wrote a post called How I Hacked Food Gawker and Tastespotting with an iPhone who proves this point nicely. Some of her photos are better than the ones I take with my expensive camera.
If you haven’t learned enough about your point and shoot to take awesome pictures, then I suggest not wasting your money on something even more complicated just yet. Learn to utilize what you have before going shopping.
Q: I would like to advertise on your blog. How can I make this happen?
A: I am currently not accepting new advertisement requests. However, I am willing to do affiliate marketing (following FTC guidelines), as long as it’s useful to my readers. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, “Affiliate Marketing” so I know you’re not a spammer.
Q: I would like for you to promote / review / do a giveaway for my product on your blog. How can I make this happen?
A: I am happy to discuss this with you as long as you understand the following:
- I will follow FTC guidelines, meaning I will disclose our arrangement
- I will use no-follow links
- I will need to know the value of the product for tax purposes
This is not up for negotiation. If any of this is a problem, don’t bother contacting me. If you want to understand why I insist on these guidelines, please read my post on How to Blog Legally.
If this all sounds reasonable to you, please contact me! (Especially if it’s a giveaway! I love giving people free stuff.)
Q: I’ve been sending you emails about guest posting / advertising / promoting / etc. Why haven’t you answered me?
A: Go back over your email and make sure you didn’t do any of these things:
- Address it to, “To Whom It May Concern” instead of “Chelsey.” I get a lot of emails like this and most of them turn out to be spam. So I’ve probably assumed yours is, too.
- You sent me an attachment. That might work on my grandmother, but I grew up using the Internet. I know not to open attachments from strangers (or strange attachments from people I know, for that matter). Wait until I’ve agreed to look at your attachment before you send me one.
- You’re a blogger, but you didn’t include a link to your blog. I get this from a lot of bloggers looking to guest post. I’m not going to even consider you if I can’t see your blog. There are a lot of scammers out there pretending to be bloggers. So I need to see YOUR name on the blog (in the About section or something). Plus, I need examples. If you are not a blogger, but you are a contributing author to a blog, please make that clear. Read my guest posting policy for more info.
- I couldn’t understand your email. This is self-explanatory. Unless it’s a world-ending issue that only I can fix, I won’t be responding to emails that I can’t read.
Q: I commented on your blog post, but it’s not showing up. Why?
A: That depends!
- If you’re commenting for the first time, then it’s because your comment is in moderation. As soon as I make sure you’re not a spam bot, I will approve your comment and respond. Many readers like to subscribe to the comment section of blogs, and I don’t want them receiving an email every time a bot leaves a comment about porn.
- If you sent me a message/comment with ONLY a link that didn’t explain what it was supposed to be, then I assumed it was a virus, deleted the comment, and probably blocked/blacklisted you. (You can email me to find out if that happened to you and get your name removed from the blacklist.)
- If you have commented before and it was approved, then it’s possible Akismet lost it. You are welcome to try your comment again (if I find a duplicate, I’ll just delete it. No worries). You may also leave a comment on one of my social media sites or send your comments to me via email.
- If you have commented before, but your comment was harassing or abusive, then I have blocked/blacklisted you permanently. Congrats. You are free to openly disagree with me in a civil manner. I don’t believe in censoring opposing opinions in the blogging world. But if you do it in a way that can be seen as threatening, I won’t tolerate it. I will also not tolerate you attacking my other readers.
Q: You approved my comment, but the link I put in it is gone. Why?
A: Read this post. My link policy is this:
- It must not go to your own blog. I am capable of clicking your name and finding your blog, thanks. Also, commenting just to link drop is rude.
- It must have a nofollow tag. That means you add rel=”nofollow“ to the link code.
Q: I’m trying to comment on a post, but your site won’t let me. Why?
A: Um, I have no idea. If this is happening, please send me a message on Facebook or email me. I’ll need to have this problem looked into. Sorry about that!
Q: Can I substitute ingredients in your recipes?
A: You can do whatever you want, it’s your kitchen. But if you leave me an angry comment because you substituted something I did not recommend, my response will not be very kind. Only substitute ingredients if you’re willing to accept the consequences.
Also, there are substitutions I have not tried. I would recommend searching, “Can ____ be used instead of ____?” on Google. That should give you an idea.
If you find a substitution you love, let me know! I’ll make a note of it in my blog post and I’ll link back to your blog if you have one.
Q: Can I use one of your recipes on my blog?
A: You may not copy and paste my recipes, no. You may try one of my recipes and review it on your blog (follow copyright by posting only the ingredients and linking back to my page for the directions, unless you altered them). For SEO purposes, you may not use large excerpts of my posts. If you are writing a recipe round-up, you may use ONE photo as long as you leave a clear link back to my blog.
Q: I’m looking for a certain recipe, but I can’t find it on your blog. Why?
A: Because it’s not there, probably. I’m open to new ideas, though, and you are free to contact me if you have something you really want to see here. Better yet, is there something missing that you have a recipe for? Are you good with photography? Contact me and we’ll discuss a guest post!
Q: Have you considered making your recipes sugar free / gluten free / vegan / paleo / etc.?
A: No. This blog is not a place for dishing out dietary advice (I’m not qualified for that) or recipes for dietary restrictions. I post what I eat and I eat cheap. Which means diets that require expensive ingredients are not at the top of my list. If you really need certain types of recipes, your best bet is to look for blogs that explicitly say they cater to those needs.
Or why not become one of those bloggers? Not seeing enough [insert diet] blogs out there? Then it’s clearly a niche that needs to be filled. If starting a food blog is something that interests you, I am perfectly happy to talk to you about it. (In case you haven’t noticed, I love talking about blogging. So it’s not a problem at all. Email me!)
Q: Will you participate in my link party?
A: I participate in almost all link parties sent to me, so sure! Send the link to me through one of my social media accounts or email me, but please don’t leave it in the comments section of my blog.
Q: I’m interested in guest posting for you. What should I do?
A: Read through my guest posting policy and then email me! I’d be more than happy to discuss the details of guest posting with you! Please include the following information:
Topic (if you have one in mind):
If you’ve guest posted for someone else in the past, I would love to see the post. So please include that.
Q: I’m interested in having you guest post for me. What should I do?
A: Again, email me! We’ll come to an arrangement.
Q: Can I share your posts on Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest / etc.?
A: Of course! You NEVER have to ask if you can share my posts with other people! And I’m 80% convinced that the people who DO ask are spam bots.
Q: I followed you on Facebook / Twitter / Tumblr / etc. Will you follow me back?
A: I’ll have to look at your blog to decide that. I prefer to follow blogs that I’m genuinely interested in, not ones I”m obligated to follow.
Q: How did you get so many followers?
A: OK, so I don’t actually have a TON of followers, but I do still get asked this from time to time.
I actually wrote a whole post about How I Doubled My Page Views, which explains it a little.
To put it simply:
- I participate in link parties/blog hops/pin it parties every day. I network.
- I initiate conversations with people.
- I reblog people’s content on sites like Tumblr (and give them full credit when I do so).
- If something I post was inspired by something someone else posted, I give them a shout out by linking to it.
- I do guest posts for other blogs, I let other bloggers guest post for me.
- I leave sincere comments (not comments asking someone to follow me).
- I spend hours every day improving my blog, improving my relationships, and working on promoting myself and others on social media sites.
- I attempt to make sure my posts are easy to read, useful, and entertaining.
- I also put a lot of effort into my photos and I edit them in PicMonkey and Photoshop to optimize them for Pinterest and Tumblr.
So it’s a complicated question to answer, but I hope this helps!
Q: You changed the source link on a thing you reblogged/shared from me. Why?
A: Probably because you didn’t link to the original source. Further, you most likely changed the original source to your website. As a blogger, it really pisses me off when people use another blogger’s content to get more traffic to their own site. Much of the content on my website takes me upwards of 6-8 hours to create (that’s for each post). Sometimes more, if it’s a DIY!
That includes creating the subject, taking photos, editing photos, writing and editing the post (if writing and photography aren’t taking very long, you’re probably half-assing it), and ultimately bringing it all together to form something coherent for my readers to enjoy.
And then I spend more time on multiple social networking sites attempting to promote that post and get traffic to my own blog, with varying rates of success.
But you think you have the right to come in, steal that content, and make money off of the two seconds it took you to snag my image (an image that probably took me at least an hour to stage and create, by the way)…without even giving me a nod? Hell no.
I don’t want it done to me, so when I see it done to another blogger, I’m going to do something about it. Period.