Readers! As Casual Kitchen's readership continues to grow, I've been receiving more and more great questions via email, comments and Twitter. Today's questions address some of my blogging practices.
As always, I welcome your feedback, so please let me know what you think!
Q: Can you please tell me what kinds of computer equipment you use to blog with? And what do you use for your photos?
A: I'm glad I got this question recently, because until about 18 months ago, I did most of my blogging on a laughably ancient (and I mean ancient) Gateway PC that I've had since 2000. That machine was just enormous--it took up the entire surface of my desk and was louder than a jet engine. But that PC had great writing karma--I wrote some of my best posts on it.
Now, however, I use a basic Dell Inspiron laptop for all of my writing. It cost only $400 and it's nothing fancy.
As for the photos here at Casual Kitchen, I mostly use a simple Canon Powershot point-and-shoot digital camera. Laura also owns a more expensive Canon SLR that (if I ask really nicely) she'll occasionally use for my recipe posts. (Note: a general rule on the photography here at CK: The good food photos are Laura's, the amateurish ones are mine.)
The bottom line is this: it doesn't take expensive equipment to create a good quality food blog.
Q: What's your policy on links and self-promotion on blog comments?
A: If someone leaves an insightful comment or helps along the conversation here, I don't mind at all if that someone promotes their blog with a link or a tagline. When I comment on other peoples' blogs I generally sign my comments with Dan @ Casual Kitchen and include a link back to my blog. It would only be fair if I encouraged the same thing here.
I delete any obvious comment spam, however, and I super-duper-double-delete the comment spam linking to sites selling Viagra and/or Costa Rican real estate.
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