Cool Stuff – and StumbleUpon

I’ve had a couple of pretty cool things happen lately.  Back in August, Blogher blogger  Alanna Kellogg, emailed to ask if I would like to be featured in her column.  I said “Well, yeah!”, so she interviewed me and here is the result:  dlyn: Profile of a Food and Photo Blogger

Alanna also has a couple of great blogs of her own that you can find here and  here, so make sure you go and check them out.

 So, that was pretty awesome and I was really pleased to have been asked.  Then, sometime over the weekend, I noticed in the suggested content over in the Blogher sidebar, a mention of cooking with whole grains.  Just go check it out and you will see why I am showing it to you.  Whole Grains Month   Kalyn Denny is a pretty big deal in food blogging circles, so having her choose one of my recipes to feature gave me a little kick.  She also has her own very fine food blog here .

Which brings me to my other subject for today:  StumbleUpon  That link leads to my StumbleUpon page and I will tell you why you should check it out.  It doesn’t matter if you are a blogger yourself, looking for more traffic and other like-minded bloggers, or if you are just looking for a place to find content geared to your interests – StumbleUpon can get you where you want to go. 

When you sign up, which takes about 2 seconds, you can fill in the kind of internet content you enjoy.  Then, if you install the toolbar, you can ask to be led to sites that contain the kind of information you are looking for.  It is fun to just kind of drift through the internet for awhile, seeing what other people have found interesting.

If you have a blog and you would like more people to see it, you can use StumbleUpon to drive more traffic to your site.  In the interview with Alanna, I mentioned the recipe for Crash Sweet Potatoes, and the insane number of hits I have gotten because people have Stumbled it.  How insane?  It has been, what – 3 months since I posted that recipe?  Over the weekend it got another couple thousand hits, on top of the 25,000 or so it already had.   I don’t know about you, but I like getting a lot of hits on my blog, so this was something to check into further.   And then I discovered that a lot of my favorite bloggers were there and by friending them and following their favorites, I could find even more stuff I like.  And, we can work together to help bring traffic to each other.  I love going to see what other people are enjoying on any given day.  So – go check it out.  Download the tool bar [scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and you will see the link in the left column – the 4th item down I think].  It adds a line to the top of your web browser, but it is pretty unobtrusive, and it makes it so easy to thumb up a site you like.   

So – off to work for me.  Hope you have a wonderful day!  

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5 Responses to Cool Stuff – and StumbleUpon

  1. Flea says:

    Your recipe totally rocks. So does Stumble. But I have no Stumble on my Google Chrome browser. Must remedy now.

  2. CM says:

    Thanks for posting the interview. I missed it before and enjoyed it today (I am one of those that only visits a few blogs …. my cousins!) I think I have the coolest, most talented, smart and “in the know” cousins around!

  3. Egghead says:

    I found stumble a while back and I love it. The bad part is that I get caught up and spend hours and hours looking at all the great sites.

  4. Kalyn says:

    The crash hot sweet potatoes look amazing. I actually saw people talking about the recipe on Twitter, and bookmarked it immediately!

  5. Jane says:

    To my husband’s great dismay, I discovered Stumbleupon last year. I can lose whole afternoons or evenings to stumbling around the blogosphere checking out the fascinating stuff that’s out there. I have become an Official Stumbleupon Junkie! BUT–I have also found some rockin’ food blogs, too, so I classify it as time well spent, an investment in my own food blogging!

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