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Why are all blogs dessert?

post #1 of 7
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I don't know, you probably all know about things like Stumble!, but I've only recently started messing around with it. I like food, I like food blogs, so the thing pretty quickly started sending me to zillions of them.

You know what? It appears that roughly 90% of food blog entries -- at least, the ones that get thumbs-up ratings on things like Stumble! -- are desserts or sometimes savory baking. Another at least 5% are comfort food: mac and cheese, basic stew, robust country soups, the like.

Why is this? I don't get it. Honestly -- I'm not trying to start a war here, I just do not understand why such an enormous proportion of food blogging should be devoted to such a tiny sector of cooking. Any ideas?
post #2 of 7
I freely admit that when I comes to the internet I've been living in a cave.

Even so, what is Stumble? I always thought that referred to what I do trying to walk through an unfamiliar room in the dark. But obviously you have something else in mind.
They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
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They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
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post #3 of 7
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You may know that on things like Amazon, the more you order, and the more you click little review stars (I like this, I hate that), the more it develops a profile of what you like, and it produces recommendations for you. Stumble is the same principle, for websites.

As you find pages you like or dislike, you click a little thumbs-up or thumbs-down button in a toolbar. You can write little reviews if you want. The more you do it, and the more other people do it too, the more the system can make appropriate guesses: if this guy fits the following complex statistical profile quite precisely, he'll probably like what other people like in that profile.

When you're bored, you click the Stumble button, and it goes to a site you've probably not seen before that the system thinks fits your profile. It's a quick way to find things you haven't found before, you see.

The point is, though, that when I Stumble, I normally Stumble on food websites, mostly food blogs. And I find that pretty much everything is desserts and comfort food. Even when I just follow some link somewhere, I usually still find that most food blogs are about desserts, baking, or comfort food. There is a small but significant sector that is devoted to nothing but BBQ. Other than that, it's pretty thin out there.
post #4 of 7
Because everyone is born liking sweet things, and a preference for other flavors is acquired? :look: And it may be that sites that link are self-selecting (like KYH, I don't "do" -- or get -- Stumble, digg, Twitter, or all those other things)?

Is your observation based on a scientific survey of the 100s of thousands of blogs out there? Or just from a small sample? I mean, I know of a few bacon blogs and a lot of general cooking/eating blogs. But those are the ones friends of mine maintain. So my sample is no more representative than what you've found.

Overall, I'm highly suspicious of any blogger whom I don't personally know. I mean, anyone can set themself up as an "authority" whether they really know anything or not. And get a book deal out of it later. :mad: (As have a couple of people I know, whose taste and intelligence I do NOT trust.)
"Notorious stickler" -- The New York Times, January 4, 2004
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post #5 of 7
Just received a link to this from an online friend (who is one of those general food bloggers): The International Food Blogger Conference. Sounds like a good place to find an answer to Chris's question. :D
"Notorious stickler" -- The New York Times, January 4, 2004
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post #6 of 7
Here's my explanation that will piss off the feminists...

aw, nevermind. :D
post #7 of 7
Because deserts are best. That's why they're eaten at the end of the meal - saving best for last.
"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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