By and large this is the most prominent food blogging format and almost all recipe based food blogs follow it. But is it really the best format? Are lengthy written intros adding value to my posts, or am I just blindly following the format?
More on long recipe intros in second part of post...
More Of The SameI've recently been thinking about changing this format for my food blog, Over The Hill And On A Roll, because frankly, I get bored of the same thing over and over. With so many food blogs out there, I find it difficult to distinguish myself from all of the other food blogs using the same format. I recently found myself thinking, "where's the originality?"
Recipes, Not NovelsBesides, I find that when I'm searching blogs for recipes I rarely take the time to read the written intros. If I'm hungry and looking for something fun and yummy to make, the last thing I want to do is scroll down to the very bottom of the page to find the recipe. For me, doing all of that reading takes time, and I don't know about you, but when I visit a new food blog, I generally scroll down to the bottom of the page and instantly decide whether to leave or stay. Readers make instant decisions like this all of the time. If I see recipe after recipe of long written intros I generally leave. Sad but true.
What Value Is Added?In thinking about changing my blog's format, the inevitable question of value comes up. What value are written intro's adding to my blog posts?
I think many people like reading about people's lives. Written intros act as window's into the lives of the blogger. I get that. I totally get it. I'm thinking out loud here so forgive me, but I guess I'm just wondering if there is a way to still do that, yet NOT follow the standard format?
Is there a way to break free of the monotonous recipe intro, and still connect with your readers?
Why do you write recipe intros? What value do they add to your blog?
I'd love to hear other people's thoughts on this.
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