QUESTION: Is it okay to comment on food blogs? A reader asked via e-mail, "I am not a blogger ... but a real 'food blogger' junkie. I have often wanted to comment but since I don't have a blog I wonder if I would be doing the right thing or would I 'sorta' be intruding? So my question is then, is it appropriate to comment when you do not belong to the food blogging community? Most of the comments I read are usually from other bloggers."
ANSWER: Yes! And everyone is welcome! For one moment, I'll speak on behalf of all food bloggers: we love, covet even, the comments from outside the blogging community!
- If you're intrigued by a food blogger's post, or if it triggers a memory, or if you make a similar dish or ... whatever comes to mind ... SAY SO.
- If you don't understand a technique, wonder about a substitution, question a quantity (most of us are writing fast, it does happen!) ... ASK.
- If you tried a recipe and loved it, or tried a recipe and applied a personal touch ... TELL ALL.
- If you tried a recipe and it didn't work out and you think that maybe something is wrong with the recipe (vs your own taste), contact the blogger privately, via e-mail.
QUESTION: How do you comment on a food blog?
ANSWER: It's easy! Here's how ...
- At the bottom of a post, click on "xx comments" or "post a comment" (or similar language).
- Write your comment.
- Many sites ask your name: use a first name, a nickname, a real name, or remain anonymous. (Some sites don't allow anonymous comments but you can still remain anonymous by using a nickname.)
- Many sites ask for an e-mail address. This makes it easy for a blogger to respond in person. The e-mail addess is not disclosed online. (Some sites require an e-mail address; this is to discourage spam comments. )
- Many sites ask for a web address; this is optional.
- Press "preview" to look over your message and then "publish" once you're happy with it. (Usually, you may also publish without previewing.)
- Many sites require commenters to replicate funny-looking letters or numerals in order to publish. (It's a pain but it's the best way to prevent automated spam comments.)
- Some sites use 'moderation'. This means the site's author will preview and approve comments before they're published.