When I first started food blogging a year ago, I had no idea that I'd have to "advertise" my recipes/blog for people to find out I was here. I thought it'd be enough just to write a decent recipe, take a picture or three and hit the *publish* button.... not so. The interwebz is a huge and cavernous space full of dust bunnies and silently rolling tumbleweed, if you start a blog up in unsuspecting ignorance of how to make friends and influence people.
Thankfully, whilst reading someone else's recipe I noticed a comment from someone called RecipeNewz and I followed the yellow brick road of the interwebz highway back to my very first, ever, "food porn" site. It was a stroke of luck that the comment wasn't from one of the more overly discerning sites, because I think I'd have given up before I'd started - my photos really weren't "All That" (still aren't - getting there).
RecipeNewz accepted every single photograph and link to a recipe that anyone and everyone submitted. Although that may seem like it's best feature, especially for new food bloggers and those of us who are somewhat photographically challenged - I personally believe that it's best feature was it's complete reliability to publish your photo etc, within minutes of having hit *submit*. There was no moderation queue, no hoping for acceptance, no turning up three days later and discovering that Elana (the owner) was having a busy weekend and didn't have time to attend to her website. Just *submit* and maybe a couple of minutes later... BOOM! There it was.
Sadly, after a short break from food blogging in July - I've returned to discover that RecipeNewz is no more. I'm really sorry for that because it was one of the best *food porn* websites out there. However, I'm still here and I've needed to do a bit of foraging to find a replacement or three.
Below are a few recommendations and comments based more on reliability than on acceptance levels. I've also included the accepted image sizes (in pixels). Though some of them do have a facility for cropping the image after submission, it's best to resize your own images for the sake of clarity.
- Fridgg - immediate - accepts all photos instantly - as long as they are food/recipe related (600 x450).
- FoodiePortal - within 12 - 24hrs - accept most photos (250x250)
- Foodgawker - within 12 - 24hrs - can be overly discerning in acceptance (275x275).
- Tastespotting - can take two to three days to get to photos - can be discerning in acceptance (250x250).
- Tasteologie - within 12 - 24hrs - can be slightly discerning in acceptance (250x250).
- Healthy Aperture - can take three or more days to get to photos - can be discerning in acceptance (250x250).
- Dishfolio - within 12 - 24hrs - accepts most photos (250x250). Photos are resized to 250x252 so slightly blurred in appearance after acceptance.
- YumGoggle - can take a couple of days to get to photos - accepts most photos (300x250).
- Kitchen Artistry - can take two to three days to get to photos - can be slightly discerning in acceptance (600x400).
- FoodiEpix - can take a couple of days to get to photos - accepts most photos (250x250).
- RecipesGawker - don't know yet. New to me (250x250).
- FoodSpreading - can take a week to get to photos - accepts most photos (250x250).
- HopWhere - immediate - accepts all photos - (250x250)