My Food Blog in Numbers

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I have noticed lots of blog posts recently regarding various blogging achievements. I don’t think I have had this blog for long enough yet to get too excited about my progress, but reading these other posts did make me think about how I am doing so far.

On the whole, I think the blog is going really well. I am only doing this in my spare time as I work full-time and have four children. I am definitely making progress, though. As I once worked in the Maths department of a secondary school, I am a fan of numbers and statistics. I thought it would be fun to assess my progress so far in terms of numbers. Here goes!

182– Number of followers on this blog.

567– Followers on Twitter.

14- Followers on my new Facebook page that I have recently set up. Feel free to add to this number!

3,000– Number of views on my blog so far.

16– Weeks I have been posting as The Fruity Tart.

155– The number of posts I have published so far.

2,000– Likes I have received.

252– Comments on my posts.

1– Award Nominations

9– External backlinks to my blog (not including ones that I have created).

Thanks to everyone for their support so far and I am looking forward to many more months, or years, of blogging.

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Making a Vague Plan for My Food Blog

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I have previously written about my grand plans for my food blog, The Fruity Tart, and about all the things I want to include on the blog. Although the main aim is to post lots of recipes, I also want to include restaurant and product reviews, lifestyle posts, fun articles, factual lists, health blogs that relate to food, and food news pieces. Basically, I have grand ideas that are far beyond what I am capable of in the time I have available.

My posting has been very random in many ways as I have been adding recipes as and when I am cooking them or if they pop into my head. This means I have found it difficult to keep track of whether I have a good variety of different types of recipes posted and I cannot remember what I have done without looking down my list of blog posts

The perfect example of this came this morning when a recipe I occasionally make popped into my head and I added it to the blog. When I came to add a photograph, I realized that I had a photo of the dish already on the saved pictures section on WordPress, so didn’t need to find it from my phone or Google Images. I thought this was odd but I do sometimes add photos to WordPress as I take them ready to use at a later date. It was only after I posted it that I realised I have already posted that recipe about a month ago.

Just a few days ago, I decided to keep a spreadsheet with ideas for different aspects of the blog that I can add to whenever I want and highlight them as I have added them. I am quite a visual person, so having a colour coded worksheet is good for me and helps me to get organized. It’s just a shame I didn’t look at it this morning!

Of course, my planning is only vague and not a strict regime. I will still add things as I make them as the instructions are clear in your head and you don’t have to search through photos on your phone if you upload them straight away. I definitely think that a bit of forward planning will help me to get more organised and to make sure that I don’t double up on things again in the future. 

 

This post was in part inspired by the Daily Prompt ‘Vague’ on The Daily Post

New Facebook Page and Wanting to Share Great Blogs

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Not wanting to bore all my Facebook friends who are not interested in food and cooking in the posts from my blogs, I have set up a separate Facebook page devoted to food and drink. I intend not only to share my own posts on this page, I will also use it to post other articles and videos I think are interesting about food. I also thought it would be a great opportunity for me to share some of the many fantastic food blogs I have read on WordPress since I started this new blog.

I would welcome any of my followers on here liking, sharing and inviting others to this page. The link is here https://www.facebook.com/TheFruityTart/. Also, if you are interested in me sharing some of your blog posts onto this page, feel free to show interest in the comment section below. I am looking forward to giving other people the opportunity to read some of the fantastic posts and ideas that I read on here every day. 

Food Blog Photo Disasters

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So far, this blog is going well, although it still needs some work. One of my main issues is photos. The images used on blogs make a difference to whether or not a post attracts readers or not. To be honest, my images aren’t great. I would love to take my own photographs for everything I post on here, but so far this isn’t happening. I reckon about 10% of the images I have used on this blog so far are my own and the rest are images from the Internet that are free to use commercially and modify.

There are several reasons for the issues I am having with phots:

  1. Sometimes the hustle and bustle of cooking meals while looking after four children and work at the same time mean I simply forget to take a photograph of the food I have made.
  2. I don’t necessarily write about food that I have made recently, so I have to use other images.
  3. I don’t have a camera, so any photos I do take are on my mobile phone.
  4. The lighting is bad in my kitchen and dining room. The food looks fantastic on the plate but the photos do not reflect this at all.
  5. There are lots of images available online until you try to search for ones that are free to use and then the selection of decent photos gets much smaller.

I would love some tips from other bloggers, either on how to take better photos on my mobile or places I can find good quality images of food on the Internet that are free to use. I currently use the advanced settings on Google Images, Flickr, Pixaby, and Pixels. 

Any tips?

One Month and a Big Thank You

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I have just received an email informing me that it is now a month since I started this blog. Wow! That has gone fast. I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone that has read my blog, commented, liked, shared and followed. The photo is me saying ‘Cheers everyone!’

I have plenty more to write about- reviews, recipes, lifestyle, and tips. However, what I have enjoyed the most is reading other people’s blogs.  There is such a diverse range of talents, knowledge, interests, and opinions.

I am looking forward to the rest of the year blogging on here. The mini-mes would also like to say a big thank you for supporting their mum in this new venture:

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Cooking Conversions Confusion

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One of the things that I find the most confusing about following recipes from the Internet is the different measurements used. Some are imperial, some in metric and others in cups.  I always want to ask if it is a big cup or a small cup?

This isn’t something that bothers me too much as I am not a strict follower of recipes. I have more of a tendency to use my senses, such as taste, sight and touch, to decide if a recipe is going well or not. I also have enough cooking experience to tell if the processes look right and if the quantities will do what they are supposed to be doing in a dish, whether this is adding flavour, thickening a sauce or changing the colour. 

To make things easier for other people who use recipes off the Internet, I thought I would add in this simple guide for cooking conversions.

Volume

  • 250 ml = 8 fl oz = 1 cup
  • 180 ml = 6 fl oz = 3/4 cup
  • 150 ml =5 fl oz = 2/3 cup
  • 120 ml=4 fl oz =1/2 cup
  • 75 ml = 2 1/2 fl oz = 1/3 cup
  • 60 ml = 2 1/4 fl oz = 1/4 cup
  • 30 ml = 1 fl oz = 1/8 cup
  • 15 ml = 1/2 fl oz = 1 tablespoon

Weights

  • 1/2 oz = 15 g
  • 1 oz = 30 g
  • 2 oz = 60g
  • 3 oz = 90 g
  • 4 oz = 110 g
  • 5 oz = 140 g
  • 6 oz = 170 g
  • 7 oz = 200 g
  • 8 oz = 225 g
  • 9 oz = 255 g
  • 10 oz = 280 g
  • 11 oz = 310 g
  • 12 oz = 340 g
  • 13 oz = 370 g
  • 14 oz = 400g
  • 15 oz = 425 g
  • 1 lb = 450g

The US cup measurements are more complex for weights as it depends on the ingredient. You can find an easy online guide here: http://allrecipes.co.uk/how-to/44/cooking-conversions.aspx