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I do agree that there are a lot of food blogs out there that have jumped on the band wagon but what is a blog (a platform so you can share your voice) and why would you set one up anyway (the fun of publishing what you have to say to the world). Most bloggers put time and effort (of varying degrees) because they love doing it. Once a commercial aspect creeps in then it muddies the water - but only a teeny, tiny percentage earn anything.
If you focus on stats not engagement then attractive clicks via Foodgawker etc is the way to go - but, I’m sticking my neck out here, most bloggers appreciate a single, genuine comment appreciating what they do.
Look at the success of Thug Kitchen to see if there is room for someone to do things differently. I find new food blogs every day which I want to revisit for the writing style, recipes or images. I avoid the copy cats like the plague.
Thanks for including my saffron buns. Whatagreat post-a big fan of cullen skink!