I was surprised at how popular my last installment (and first for that matter!) of my “stuff bloggers don’t talk about”. The truth is, there are so many things so I’m happy you guys liked it because it sparks some interesting debate and appreciate hearing all sides.
So today, I’m gonna talk about how to start reading a blog.
There are millions of different blogs, how does one that knows nothing about blogs start to follow one? Its tricky. Most of the time, when you stumble upon a new blog, you feel like your starting to read a novel midway through. Sure, there is usually an “about” tab which if its anything like mine, probably could use some updating. But lets be honest, the “about” section usually doesn’t give us a thorough idea of the writing style and “voice” of the blogger.
Then, there are the other tabs. Like “recipes” which don’t really tell you much, but they are a good reference for when you want a recipe idea. I always like to browse blogs for recipes. But I really would not a judge a blog’s content by the recipes, because if that were the case with me……then oy!
Sometimes, a blogger will have a tab for an index of their most popular or favorite posts. While this is good, its hard to understand the posts if this is your first time venturing into that blog.
So how does one “get into” a blog?
Well, I’d start with reading the very first post. Not that it will neccessarly tell you a lot about the writing style or the blogs, but its a good starting point to see where the blogger was at when they first started. But know this, the blogger has probably grown as a person and their writing has mostly likely changed (and probably for the better).
Then, I’d check out the posts of the last week or so. I’d also take a peek at the blog roll. Again, this doesnt say much since most people never update theirs, but it gives me an idea of which blogs they like or have read
I NEVER look at the amount of comments. It tells me nothing about whether or not I’d like the blog. I read a blog that has about 800 comments per post and one that MAYBE gets one or two.
How do you “start” reading a new-to-you blog? What are your methods of deciding whether or not to “follow” it? Are your tabs as outdated as mine (please say “yes)
In other news…..
My dad has been in a lot of pain lately. Its worrying me although its not in his head (as in the brain, because of the hemorrhage. At least I hope not). He’s been complaining that his limbs are hurting which I know could be a number of things but I’m hoping its from the medication. Anyhow, I went over a cooked up some chili with what was hanging around his house. There is not much fresh food, so I’m calling this “pantry” chili, since almost everything was from a pantry. Heres what I used:
-1 can of diced tomatoes
-1 can of red kidney beans
-1 can of pinto beans
-5 cloves of garlic (hmm…the only ingredient that didn’t come from a jar)
-2 tsp chili powder
-2 tsp cumin
-2 tbs olive oil
-1 tbs hot sauce (optional, but my dad like it hot and since he’s not a allowed a lot of salt, I’m dialing up the spice level)
Chop the garlic. Saute in the olive until golden brown (although some people I know like it REALLY brown, so go to the “browness” you desire). Pour in all the cans and spices and let it simmer on a low heat for about 30 min. I forgot to take a final, plated shot, but it tastes better than it looks in the pot.