Recently I asked food bloggers to tell me which posts received the most comments and why. I’ve analyzed the responses (thanks to everyone who commented) and created this simple list.
The next time you’re wracking your brain to come up with a blog post idea, choose a number below and see what develops. Or try one of the strategies to draw more people to your blog and increase your chances of comments.The suggestions are in no particular order.
- Ask a question: “How do you use this vegetable?”
- Write an essay that expresses your passion for cooking, such as how cooking connects you to your past, how you learn from it, what you hope to pass on from your children, what you love to cook for friends.
- Have a really strong opinion about a food-based subject in the news.
- Post a recipe for a classic, old-fashioned dish.
- Create a recipe for backyard produce used at the peak of its growing season.
- Get your photo onto Tastespotting or your post on Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchen.
- Post more photos than you would do normally.
- Post a mouth-watering photo.
- Write about doing something trendy, ex. making cheese at home or attending a butchery or macaron-making class.
- Post about a foodie movie and invite people to comment on it.
- Create recipes for dishes that are inexpensive (particularly eggs), comfort food, and/or dessert. Combine all three for a bingo.
- Write about kitchen disasters. Fires are particularly good. Use humor.
- Write an in-depth product review comparing two expensive kitchen items, particularly if they’re trendy.
- Create a recipe for a popular restaurant chain dish. (See a successful blog, Copy Kat, based on this principle.)
- Tie your recipe to a current event.
- Use familiar recipe ingredients in a new and intriguing way.
- Offer useful information on a subject affecting you personally that is not discussed to death online.
- Write about your ordeal trying to follow a diet.
- Become an expert on a certain dish and offer inside information on mastering it.
- Make something difficult and triumph. Document with step-by-step photos.
- Be part of a cooking event based on making a dish with other bloggers, where you all comment on each others’ outcome.
- Post on a Tuesday.
Got any more ideas? Anything here you think is dead wrong?