But I have no recipe for you today, just a notice that I am going to be doing some housekeeping on this blog. I've tinkered with the CSS settings on the template for this blog so many times over the years - and I'm no expert - that the site has become a bit clunky, rather outdated and, most annoying of all, slow to load, with all its widgets, badges and gizmos**.
Over the next few days, I'll be cleaning up the look of Scrumptious South Africa to bring you a new, streamlined site. Please bear with me while I bash my forehead on the keyboard and gnaw off my own knuckles.
I've considered, many times, moving this blog to another, sexier platform (I long to be on Wordpress) or schlepping it, lock, stock and photograph, on a Wordpress platform, to my own registered domain (www.scrumptious.co.za). But the truth is that I don't have time to faff around with this, and I can't afford to pay someone to do it for me. On a technical note: exporting the text of this blog to Wordpress isn't a big deal, but the photographs are a nightmare, because they're stored all over the place. Over the years, I've tried several different hosts for my photographs, in a quest to find a service that doesn't crunch and blur them. I have some of the originals on my internal hard drive, but many of them disappeared into the land of lost photographs when my external hard drive crashed last year.
So, for now, I'm going to stick with blogger.com, and devote two days to some arduous housekeeping, during which this site will resemble a bomb crater.
Are you wondering why there's a picture of potato wedges at the top of this post?
Over the last few days, I've been reviewing the traffic on this website since its inception (a very interesting exercise, and something I urge you to do if you're a food blogger), and here are the six recipes and/or posts that have attracted the most attention. I find these results intriguing, not least because two out of the six top recipes (ginger beer and braaied fillet) don't feature photographs of the finished product. It's common wisdom among food bloggers that a photograph is essential if your post is to have any authority or popularity (and I wholeheartedly agree), but these results seem to say otherwise. Is it possible that detailed, clear instructions for well-loved, oft-searched-for recipes are perhaps just as important as a mouth-watering photograph? I'd appreciate your thoughts on this, and I'd also like to know which recipes on your food blog are perennial favourites.
Here are the top six, in no particular order:
- Spicy, Super-Crunchy Garlic Potato Wedges with Roast Pepper Dip
- Henna-Patterned Spiced Cream Cheese
- Old-fashioned, home-made South African ginger beer
- How to cook (or braai) a fillet of beef to perfection
- Roast Pork Neck with Leeks, Carrots and Apples
- Oven-Cooked Hearty Beef and Carrot Stew
** Gizmos: I've put several food-bloggie badges and 'partnerships' on this site, such as FoodBuzz, and none of them bring any significant traffic. Most of the traffic I get is from random Google searches and from Foodgawker.com, Facebook's Networked Blogs, Twitter, and referrals from fellow food bloggers.Print Friendly