Finding New Blogs

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

Iโ€™m the owner of Carrots โ€˜Nโ€™ 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! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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 wasย 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! ๐Ÿ˜†

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 love Cake Wrecks! It’s one of my favorites. I usually find new blogs by perusing links on other blogger’s side bars or by links in their posts. Othertimes I find (especially cooking/baking blogs) through Google searches.
    I don’t consider a link back to a blog in the comments section as “spam” but it’s not necessarily good etiquette, either. I wouldn’t do it.

  2. I actually already knew about that website, some of the cakes are REALLY bad ahah
    I usually click on the names in the comments on the blogs I already read. Sometimes I find really interesting blogs that way. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sometimes the blog is linked in the post itself.
    I don’t consider it spam but I really don’t think it’s necessary because there’s already a link when you comment (if you want).

    Have a great day Tina ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I’m trying your iced coffee recipe for the first time this morning and I’m so excited!! I also love finding new blogs, it’s really fun for me when I actually have to free time and I can just randomly click on comments I like and find newbies!

  4. I usually find new blogs by clicking on the names in the comments section. If a post really catches my attention, I’m always interested to learn more about other bloggers who felt the same way. I also like to occasionally browse through the blogroll on some of my favorite blogs. It’s fun to discover new blogs!

  5. I love new blogs, so fun! I am always adding to my google reader. I find new blogs by clicking on blog rolls or comments on blogs I read.

    I don’t think it’s spam when someone leaves a link, but I think it’s kind of tacky.

    Have a great Friday!

  6. I lvoe Cake Wrecks! Do you read GoFugYourself? It’s a riot! I usually find blogs through blogrolls on the blogs I already read… as to your other question… I’m not sure…

  7. I love finding new blogs… especially in my area! (hopefully some people will find MY new site ๐Ÿ™‚
    The Cake Wrecks site is ridiculous!! Can you imagine getting a cake made and it looking like that?!

  8. I usually find new blogs either because someone comments on my blog that I don’t read already or because a comment catches my eye on someone else’s blog. I probably read too many blogs though ๐Ÿ™‚

    I don’t consider it spam at all if someone leaves a link to their blog- I think usually they just don’t know that it is not considered “okay” in the blog world to do that. After awhile I think they pick up on it and don’t do it anymore. Personally I don’t think its a huge deal since people can just click on their name and get to their blog anyway.

  9. Oh gosh, I LOVE finding new blogs!! I literally have about 15 I read religiously…no wonder it takes me so long to get my work done ๐Ÿ˜›
    I normally find them through comments sections, or in blogrolls. I get so excited when I find a decent one!

  10. I usually find new blogs by reading the comments that people leave on the blogs that I do already read. Sometimes it will be the name of the blog that catches my eye, and sometimes it’s the comment from the reader.
    For part 2 of your questions, I’m so glad you brought that up Tina! Although I’ve been reading blogs for quite a while now, I just started up my own and wasn’t exactly sure about a lot of different “blog etiquette” areas. I guess I wouldn’t really consider it “spam” to leave a link, but I don’t think I would do it. If someone wants to read my blog, they know they can just click the name. I’ve easily found a lot of great blogs this way! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Friday!

  11. I love finding new blogs!

    I don’t think it’s that big a deal to leave a link. If you have a blog, chances are you want the word out there about your blog, so you’re going to want people to click on the link to be connected to your blog. It is sometimes unnecessary because you can just click on the persons name in order to be connected to their blog, so in that case no need to leave a link.

  12. I don’t mind people leaving links in the comments section. I actually find it useful because it helps me find new bloggers or to support a newbie…. as long as that blogger does not leave links allll the time. but now and again I don’t mind! I do mind, however, comments tat are clearly written without reading the post- as in, a comment just to comment.

    I also LOVE when bloggers link to older posts. I find it interesting to go read the archives, and it is a great way to see something I maybe didn’t see before!

  13. Cake wrecks is hilarious!! Can’t believe you just found it! Then again, can’t imagine how many blogs you follow on a regular basis ๐Ÿ™‚

    sounds like I’m in the majority for finding new blogs- clicking through from their comments on my favorite blogs, occasional google searches for recipes & I also get a weekly update from the website “Food Blogs” that is just a list of all registered users newest post.

    I wouldn’t link to my blog in a comment unles it was to a specific post that contained information relevant to the post I’m commenting on ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I find most blogs through reading other blogs, when the bloggers mention other people. Once in a while I just stumble on one, too. Most people’s names are automatically linked to their sites when the comment, so I guess they don’t need to also put their link in a comment…I guess it would only be spamming if it was excessive or something.

    I love the cake wrecks site! Hilarious!

  15. I normally find new blogs through the comments section in blogs i already read (or my own), or on blogrolls. I love discovering new blogs and as a result my google reader is pretty out of control!

    As to part two, I’m not sure. I don’t consider it to be “spam,” but I just don’t think it is necessary since you can include a link with your name when posting a comment.

    I’ll also discover new bloggers when they guest post on a blog I already read.

  16. That blog looks amazing!!! I find blogs from the blogrolls of the blogs that I read the most frequently, and also from commenters on those favorite blogs as well.

    In terms of spamming I feel weird even putting my blog name up when I comment, as I am a very new blogger and feel like thereยดs no point in even trying ๐Ÿ™‚ But, I think that is a really fun way to find new bloggers especially when their contributions are interesting.

    However, when I see comments like “Great post! You should see my version of cornbread at (link here)” I think it seems pretty selfish. Links are good when they are relevant and it seems like the blogger will actually appreciate it!

  17. I don’t really think it’s spam…and it really doesn’t bother me (why would something little like that bother me!?) small/new blogs deserve love too and perhaps they think if they leave their link on a more popular blog it will gain them some new readers! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. I find new blogs when someone comments on mine or by clicking the names in the comments of other blogs. I wouldn’t consider a link spam. Most people link to their site from their name. The few that don’t, eh, whatever. There’s no hard-fast rule book saying you shouldn’t, so I’m OK if newbies don’t know that.

  19. I LOVE Cakewrecks!! I stumbled upon their blog while I was working as a pastry chef a few years ago and they had just started. I’ve been following them ever since and even when to their book signing here in Mass. So cool to watch their success grow! Totally hilarious site! I have the book too.
    As for blogs, other than the usual blog rolls since joining twitter I find great blogs outside my normal areas of interest through various people I follow. On the commenting, I think it depends on the context of the comment left. I had an issue where another company that makes gift baskets (as I do by custom order) just kept spamming my blog and just leaving their company info and link ever day for over a month despite my request to stop. Annoying. Otherwise its another way to find good blogs. There’s SO many!

  20. Well, I think I may be an expert in the “finding new blogs” area! My Google Reader is totally ridiculous! If you have a blog, rest assured I read it! LOL! I usually add to my addiction by perusing a blogroll or clicking on a name of someone who left a comment.

    Links in the comments is slightly annoying. Many of them do end up in my Spam and I have to approve them to post anyway.

  21. I typically click on links within a blog post, look at a blogger’s blog roll, or click on the names in the coments to find new blogs. My Google Reader, like many above, is out of control because of this, but I’ve found a LOT of new and fun blogs to read this way. I don’t mind links in the comments, but I don’t feel they’re necessary if they’re to your own blog. If someone says “your thoughts on this made me think you might like this article here,” that’s something else entirely.

  22. I also find most of my blogs by clicking through other blogs I already read or exploring other bloggers’ blogrolls. I’ll start out on one site and then (an hour later) discover myself seventeen websites away and adding several new blogs to my (already exploding) Google Reader. As far as leaving your blog link in the comments…I agree with most of the other commenters here. I don’t consider it spam, but I don’t think it’s good etiquette.

  23. I find new blogs by browsing other bloggers blog lists, and also by clicking on names of people that have left comments on others blogs.

    I don’t think it’s spam when people link their blog. I would click on their name anyway, to check out their blog, so sit’s really the same to me.

  24. if a person leaves a comment and then just their link. I dunno. i think it’s tacky. But if a person has a really good comment and their name links back to their blog, then it’s totally fine.. that’s how it gets my attention.

    i find new blogs by clicking randomly or if i see something that i might be interested in, i’ll go over there. read up on it.. if i’m interested i start subscribing!

  25. Cake Wrecks is hilarious! I found your blog through a link somewhere, so I don’t think it’s spam ๐Ÿ™‚
    Feel free to check out mine, wink wink!

  26. Anyone who comments on mine, I usually go and check out there blog, and see who else they are reading. That’s how I find new blogs!

  27. Cake Wrecks—what a great idea!
    My blog is brand new, so I am learning a lot about etiquette from this post! It is a whole new world for me and I’m soaking it all up.

  28. I love Cake Wrecks! I often find myself laughing out loud when I read it.

    I don’t think that leaving a link in a comment is spam, but like others have said, I think it is a little much if a person’s name is already linked to the blog. No need to be redundant- unless of course the comment is something like “Hey, I just did a blog post on this same topic, here’s the post” and then the link appears.

  29. I find them through comments on the blogs I read, and also comments on my blog. If you comment on my blog, I put your blog in my reader! I also wanted to say that I think it’s GREAT that you had a blizzard! People need to realize that stuff like that shoudl be apart of a diet from time to time. One blizzard doesn’t hurt ANYTHING. In fact, it brings a lot of enjoyment, so I’m glad you shared that with your readers!

  30. I usually find new blogs because the person commented on a blog I read and I thought what they had to say was interesting. I also like checking out blogs that are linked in a blog post.

    I don’t think it’s spam to post a link in the comments section IF the person actually comments with something relevant to the post. If it’s just a generic comment and then a link, that’s spammish to me.

  31. Like most have said, I find new blogs through comments on ones I already read.

    Shameless self promotion is really what I would consider spam-ish. Whether you include a link or not, if you’re commenting only to get your name out there, it’s tacky and distasteful to me – especially when the person clearly didn’t even read the post!

    I’ve made it a personal blog commandment that when I get to the end of the post, and I don’t have a comment, I don’t leave one.

  32. well, after I got married, instead of surfing on, I started looking on their sister site, and they have a whole “What’s Cooking” message board. Most of the women that post there have AMAZING food blogs, and then they have blogrolls that are different than the ones I typically look at… check it out!

    Also, a lot of times people will comment on my site, then I’ll comment on theirs, and I check out the blogs by other commenters…but people have said that already.

  33. I usually find new blogs by reading comments, blog rolls, or follow Friday’s on Twitter! I do consider it spam when people link IN the comments section, since there is the opportunity to link using your name. However, I was probably guilty of doing that a few times when I started my blog.

  34. I’m so behind on blog reading I can’t afford to find new blogs ๐Ÿ™ But I do have to admit that I love when I find a new blog that clicks with me ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. funny that you posted this about cake wrecks! ive been reading that blog for a while now, and i actually just put a post in my queue for june on my other blog,! my sister bought me a cake one year that read, “happy brithday, Ail!” (my name is ali…). it was so funny that they let someone walk away with that!

    my primary source of finding blogs is through blogrolls on other websites, or recommendations from friends. so glad i found this one!

  36. I find blogs when people leave good comments on great blogs (like when bloggers ask good questions, I’ll scroll through other answers, as I just did :)). I’ve been trying to NOT find new ones right now though, because I’m too busy to read more! For me, good pictures, delicious recipes I would actually make/eat, or humor pull me in.

  37. As a “newbie” blogger, I’m constantly trying to reach out to as many other bloggers as I can! Usually after I leave a comment on a blog, I scroll up the comment section and randomly click on other links. I also check out blogrolls, guest posts, etc.

    I don’t really consider people linking their blogs as spam, but to be honest, it kind of makes me want to visit their blog less. I’d much rather receive a thoughtful comment than feel like it’s a “marketing” strategy. Sure, I comment on other blogs to gain readers to an extent, but I also like to establish connections and relationships with other bloggers. In fact, that has probably been the most fulfilling part of blogging, which I didn’t anticipate at all!

    By the way – regarding your Blizzard for dinner last night – I LOVE that you did that. To be honest, I feel like it took guts! I don’t have a fraction of as many readers as you do, yet I feel a pressure to constantly be posting healthy, balances meals 100% of the time. The truth is that that’s not how my eating habits were pre-blogging, so why should I change? Like you said – if we’re eating healthy the majority of the time, what’s wrong with having ice cream for dinner?! Sometimes I worry that the healthy-blogging community has become way to “strict” (I actually did a post last week about the pressure to be “healthfully correct” on my blog) so I just love that you broke all the rules ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. I love finding new blogs that way too! That’s how I found all the ones I read now so I don’t think its bad etiquette at all ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. I find new blogs through other blogs I read, maybe a recipe or a post that they linked to. I also look for new blogs in my own city. I don’t think its bad to leave a link, thats how people will get to know you too!

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