Finding New Blogs

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Hi, guys! Happy FRIDAY! 😎

So, when I was at the earlier this week, I met a bunch of wonderful bloggers. Not surprisingly, we talked a lot about blogging and blogs. One of the blogs mentioned in our conversations was Cake Wrecks, which is “a gallery of deformed, distasteful and bizarrely decorated wedding and birthday cakes.” It sounded right up my alley– and it totally was! It’s hilarious! Be sure to check it out– you’ll definitely have a good laugh! 😆

Isn’t it crazy how many great blogs are out there?!? I feel like I find another good one to read almost everyday!


I didn’t have much of an appetite this morning (weird), so I kept breakfast simple with a couple of pieces of whole wheat toast with peanut butter on a seahorse plate. I also added a few raisins to one slice.



And, of course, I enjoyed some iced coffee with breakfast.


Cookie Friday Day

I received so many yummy photos and recipes for Cookie Friday this week! You can see them all here!

Question of the Day

Today’s Question of the Day has 2 parts. I actually asked part of it on Twitter yesterday and received a ton of interesting responses, so I thought it’d be a good QOTD on my blog.

How do you find new blogs? Do you consider it spam when bloggers leave a link to their blog in the comment section of other blogs?

P.S. You have until lunchtime to enter the Bertolli giveaway, and I’m hosting a Larabara giveaway on Trading Up Downtown.



  1. I find blogs through the Blogrolls or via comments, like most people I suppose.

    I don’t mind if people leave their links in comments on other blogs. I don’t think its spam, because it isn’t forced on the reader; the reader doesn’t have to click on the link if he/she doesn’t want to.

  2. Comments on my blog, other blogs and blog rolls. Also twitter. When someone new follows me and they have a blog it goes in my reader.

    I don’t think links to their blog in the comment section is spam, but it is kind of obnoxious.

  3. oh emm gee- I just wasted an hour looking at cakes! And now I can hear my coworkers laughing from their cubes… It will be an unproductive Friday at the office!

  4. I find out about a lot of blogs through blogger friends, Twitter, blog rolls and comments. I feel like I’m always discovering a new one all the time. I don’t mind if someone leaves a link in the comments section.

  5. I am new to blogging, so I love finding new blogs 🙂
    I tend to find new blogs when my favourite bloggers link to others or by perusing their blogroll.
    I was actually surprised that people left their link in their comments on other peoples blog posts. I find that to be bad etiquette, especially if they have no comment on the post at hand other than to say “I wrote about this last month on my blog (insert link)”. Also, I’ve had people DM me on twitter with blog links, that was a new one, and I considered that spam as well!

  6. There are SO many amazing blogs out there and I love finding new ones. I read over 50 now, but there are so many more I want to read. So many blogs, so little time.

    I find new ones by new people commenting on my own blog. I always click over to theres and take a look! I also find new blogs through links, comments and guest posts on other peoples blogs.

  7. If someone’s comment catches my fancy I’ll check out their blog or I look at what the bloggers are reading to see if there is something that catches my fancy. Probably the easiest way I found is using Google Reader. It will suggest blogs that are similar to ones I read and I can read old posts and then hit subscribe if I am interested in the blog.

  8. I find new blogs by perusing other people’s blogroll and also from the comments on blogs I read regularly. I don’t see a problem with people putting a link to their blog as long as it’s not obsessive like someone above mentioned a competitor doing. Everyone has to start somewhere! 🙂

  9. I find blogs by reading other blogs – through their blogroll and the comments. I think it’s fine if the link is in the name, but it’s kind of weird if it’s actually in the comment. Unless, it’s a link to a post about something related to the same topic.

  10. My reader is out of control, too! I need to consolidate, but I just love reading blogs. I do have my favorites – including Carrots n Cake – that I make sure I get to each day 🙂

    I find new blogs most often when a blogger links to another blog in a post. And in comments of blogs I read like this one.

  11. I find new blogs the same way everyone else does – comments and links.

    as for the other question, I really don’t care at all if people leave links in the comment section. actually, I don’t really understand why anyone would care? I don’t personally do it, but I don’t care if people do it on my blog. as Jessica mentioned, Angeal (ohsheglows) used to do that all the time, and that’s how I found her blog. She kept leaving her link in the comment section so eventually I said, well, I guess I’ll check this out. Sometimes I think the blog world is too critical…I give people the benefit of the doubt and assume they’re not out purely for self promotion

  12. Yep, same deal here – through comments and links in other blogger’s posts.

    Do I care if someone leaves a blog link? Not really. If I want to go to their blog, I’ll just click on their name. If they leave a link, it’s sort of the same deal. It doesn’t necessarily influence me to go their blog unless I was already interested in reading more of what they have to say.

  13. I love finding new blogs! There are so many out there and they all offer something different. I usually find them via Twitter shout outs or comments on my blog/the blogs I read most frequently.

  14. I find new blogs through blogrolls or comments. Comments seem to be best way, and I have found some blogs I really enjoy that way. I don’t really mind if someone leaves a link, although you really don’t have to because your Comment name is usually a link.

  15. I usually click to blogs from other bloggers that I know I like (and trust!). Sometimes I also check out other people’s blogrolls to see if there might be a good blog on there that I haven’t seen before.

    Someone should start an official “blog etiquette” blog!

  16. I usually find new blogs from the blog rolls of blogs I really enjoy and can relate to. As for the SPAM question, I didn’t realize there was such a thing as “blog etiquette”. Who decides what is acceptable and what is not? Just wondering 🙂

  17. I only consider it spam if they leave a link and are insistent I check out their blog. If someone leaves a comment and then leaves their link at the end of it, I’m okay with that. But if it’s obvious they are only commenting to leave a link, I’ll delete it.

    Also, I find most of my favorite blogs through blogs I am already a big fan of. Sometimes when I have extra time on my hands I will “blog explore” and find good ones!

  18. I’m not a blogger nor do I often comment since I mostly read blogs through Google Reader, but I do notice on a lot of food blogs and fashion blogs a lot of commenters go out of their way to put a link to their site on in the comments section. I’ve always thought that was pretty rude and wondered how bloggers felt about it. I always see generic comments like “That looks like a tasty lunch!” or “That’s a great shirt!” and then the link to the commenter’s blog. Even if there isn’t a link, I’ve always felt that “substance-less” comments like that are spam or border on spam. So I don’t usually explore blogs via the comments section but rather through the blog lists of blogs I read or if the blogger provides a link.

  19. I usually find new blogs either through recommendations from friends, clicking on bloggers names in the comments of my favorite blogs, or clicking on blogroll links. Those are really the main ways I discover them.

    Bloggers who leave irrelevant links I would consider that spam, but if their link is relevant then I think it is OK.

    BTW, I’m a new reader. Really enjoying your blog. 🙂

  20. I find new blogs from the blogroll’s of other bloggers, or if they have a friend blogger they talk about in their blog. Wow, the word blog is in this comment a lot!

  21. Another vote for finding blogs on blogs I frequent. I usually look at the comments and blogroll and if there is something I like, add to it my ever growing list of favorites of blogs to read.

  22. I find new blogs via foodgawker and tastespotting or on Twitter or Stumble Upon. I don’t think it is spam if a reader leaves a comment that is relevant to the post. If you ask a question and they have a good resource, etc. I think it is ok to provide a link, but if they do it every day and lots of links to their site-that is annoying:)

  23. Like so many other commenters, I love to browse through the comments to find new blogs. I find so many great food ideas and enjoy reading the happenings going on in other’s lives.
    Thanks for having such a great blog that brings together a fun community of readers.

  24. I love cakewrecks too! I occasionally go there for a kick.

    I’ve never even thought of people leaving a link as spam… Hmmm… I’ll have to think of that…

  25. I find new blogs by clicking, then clicking, then clicking. You know how that goes. By the end of the night I’ll have found like 20 new blogs!! I don’t always add them to my reader right away though. I’m sure you know how out of control it can get after a while. Haha.

  26. I love finding new blogs! If I love someone’s blog, I usually look at their sidebar to see what blogs they like. I also view the comments section every so often to look for new blogs. Unfortunately, I’m a horrible blogger myself! Posting a blog in the comment itself is a bit redundant to me though.

  27. One of the best ways I’ve found other blogs I like is by checking out the blogs of people who leave comments on my blog. I figure if they’re commenting on my blog, we must have some common thread or interest, and I’d probably be interested in what they have to say too.

    I also find blogs through other blogs — either the comment sections or the blogrolls.

    And lately I’ve been finding some through Twitter too.

    I don’t think posting a blog link in the comments is spam, but I don’t think it’s necessary unless the person is linking to a specifc post… like oh, you made carrot cake… look at the one I made. I think that’s ok.

  28. I have discovered many new blogs through your blog and other blogs mainly. If someone’s picture interests me or the name of their blog interests me I click on it. if someone follows me on Twitter I always check out their blog and follow them

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