Friday, March 28, 2008

I Feel the Love

Thanks to all for the encouraging comments on yesterday's post. I will, of course, keep plugging away at this end. It's not that I want to become a "vegangelical" (who coined that term?) and brow beat people in veganism, or force them to watch "Meet Your Meat" a la A Clockwork Orange, I am just wondering how to make my blogging more effective. How can I get more people to click over and check out the recipes? I certainly think blogs can be a powerful force for change because they make veganism so accessible, and I guess I just want mine to be as effective as possible. I suppose patience is key here--I have only been doing this since September 2007 and am blown away that I have had over 46 000 hits. Now, back to the kitchen!

11 comments:

Romina said...

Hey Vegan Dad,
I have found that the best way to get people to find out about your blog is to post comments on a ton of other blogs. Especially non-vegan blogs. People will be intrigued and click on your name. =)

Rena said...

I think you've done a lot already-- just taking the time to blog daily about what you and your family eat is a huge commitment. Of course, there's plenty else you can do, including what Isa has on her blog and what romina advised regarding commenting on general foodie blogs.

Something I just found out about on our campus-- our provost is a vegan and asked that the on-campus caterers develop a vegan menu. Now, for special events, there are vegan options. The cool thing is my colleagues in special event planning would rather pick vegan menu items than try to suss out the vegan vs. vegetarian menu options, so now I don't have to worry about not having something appropriate to eat. Recalling your difficulties in dealing with faculty luncheons, maybe you could start with something like that on your own campus? Or maybe talking to the dining hall folks about offering vegan options (our dining halls always have a vegetarian soup and entree each day). And if you can get students involved, so much the better!

Morgan said...

"How can I get more people to click over and check out the recipes?"

Just keep posting wonderful looking food and it will happen! People will eat things that look wonderful, speak to their stomachs and are foods that are easily accessible/familiar to them. Oh and I read something today in a vegan cookbook that said something to the tune of : We all need to strive to do our very best. Your best may be different than another's best. All you can do is set your own example and graciously let everyone follow their own paths. I love your blog and you are doing wonderful as far as I can tell.

(And hello! I've never commented before but as soon as I found your blog I have been back daily and read all of the past recipes!)

lae21 said...

You're doing a great job just doing what you're doing. I cook for a very picky boyfriend, so I use a lot of your recipes because if they're kid approved, they'll be well received in our house. Keep posting great recipes and great pictures. The best way to get people to pay attention is to lead by example and keep showing them that it's not hard, and it's still tasty.

Alexis said...

Another thought: You have that list of fast-food calorie info -- why not have a comparative list with your stuff? Compare Pizza Hut Meat-Lovers to your homemade vegan pepperoni pizza, BK burgers to your Perfect Tempeh Burgers.

jessy said...

just wanted to say hello and thanks for all the awesome posts! i've found your blog and many other vegan blogs so inspiring that i've started my own, too! go vegan activism! w00t! keep up all the awesome work and rock'n recipes!

hugs & love,
~ jessy

Nasreen said...

I just found your blog and I am now utterly starving! Everything looks so tasty (more tasty looking than a lot of vegan cookbooks and blogs)! I can't wait to try out some of the recipes you've already given the taste approval. I've been veg for about 15 years and I've been working on vegan for about 2 months, I can tell your blog will be making the transition a lot easier! I look forward to trying these out and seeing more tasty morsels.

veg.in.the.fog said...

so i have no idea how (or why) you would get more visitors (46000!) but for us loyal readers (*cheering* we love you VD!), a general comment bar would be nice. sometimes i have a random comment or question and nowhere to put it! and a new label is in order: "omni friendly." you have a crepe label but nothing for struggling missionaries of veganism like myself?! i am going to stay with omni/carni relatives for a weekend but i'm having trouble finding something "normal" that they would like. its hard.

well thanks for your help (through the past few months of whats-for-dinner syndrome.) your site may just outdo veganomicon!

Vegan Dad said...

veg.in.the.fog,
I will look in to a general comment bar--good idea! I wonder if Blogger has such a gadget. Have you seen it on other blogs?

I will also start the "omni-friendly" tag, although I admit to being a horrible judge of what is omni friendly. It is amazing how your tastes change when you stop eating animal fat.

veg.in.the.fog said...

i haven't seen any gadgets like it, but i don't read many blogs. i think it would be worth looking for though...

my idea of what the rest of the world likes to eat has changed as well. but generally, nothing tempeh, seitan, or tvp; comfort foods; fat; and veganized classics. of course, you know those.

thanks for listening!

Vegan Dad said...

veg.in.the.fog
The general comment bar is now installed. Look on the bottom of the right hand column.