These sites are a fun place to discover interesting posts and drool on your keyboard (careful with that). With the right photo, they can also be great traffic generators for a blog. A number of bloggers are taking the approach of posting their pictures on all three, but since time is perpetually limited, I would prefer to pick one.
In terms of site speed, they all seem comparable, and all seem to be relatively well-built. I doubt I will have time to get a sense for relative moderation / posting speed. Serious Eats has a large following, but I do not know how much of their traffic is also using Photograzing. According to Compete.com (not the definitive word by any means), Foodgawker has a slight lead now over Tastespotting.
Unfortunately, all of them insist on cropping images to a square. Sure, it makes the page layout more beautiful, but my camera does not take square pictures, and that is not how I frame my shots. I notice that Etsy’s home page has a consistent landscape orientation for displayed images. I would love one of them to differentiate by embracing the non-square world.
So… which one do you prefer?
I haven’t had time in a while to post my “wannamakes”, the amusing term someone applied to recipes you see and want to save for the future, so here is my batch since the last post (not including a few we already made and enjoyed):
- Chefs Gone Wild: Olive/Gruyere/Smoked Bacon/Tomato Loaf (this just blends so many things I love… Zen does it again)
- Kalofagas: Fennel Gratin (a nice spin on the traditional potato gratin)
- A Good Appetite: Curried Cauliflower with Chickpeas & Tomato
- The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Fresh Corn with Wild Rice
- The Luna Cafe: LunaCafe OtherWorldly Mac & Cheese (I’m always up for a good mac & cheese recipe)
- Food Junkie Not Junk Food: Coconut and ginger green lentil soup (I love lentils. I love ginger. I love coconut. Must try!)
- Kali Orexi: Kounoupidokeftedes (Cauliflower Fritters) with a Caper Cream Sauce
- Mark Bittman (Bitten / Minimalist): Kasha Varnishkes (funny video too)
- Wrightfood: Game Terrine (I was planning on making a Richard Olney vegetable terrine earlier this summer and got sidetracked… now I want to make both that and this, albeit separately)
Speaking of links, we enjoyed playing a part in Foodbuzz’s 24, 24, 24 blog event, and they just created a neat little video now up on YouTube.
And I shall end the post, since it gave me a good chuckle, with a link to The Haphazard Gourmet Girls’ alternative spelling/definitions for “locavore”.