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Apr 26, 2010 07:25 PM

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Why is this appearing so often in mesages - it has nothing to do with food.
Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @

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  1. Self-shilling. Obnoxious but apparently permitted. Or is it?

    1. Hey that's my blog. I write replies, I like food and I have a blog. It's one line and chowhound said it was cool.


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      1. re: FoodieGirl29

        I don't mind if someone posts a link to their blog. I do it. If you don't want to read the thing, don't click the link. No biggie.


        1. re: Davwud

          The problem comes when bloggers put up a one or two sentence post and then say "Link to my blog to read the entire review." Normally those types of posts are taken down as they constitute straight "blog flogging" and there's no doubt about the intent of the poster to shill their blog here.

          There is another type of post in which the blogger/poster puts up a little more information, and then says "see my blog here for the complete review." I understand that the photo sharing capabilities on Chowhound are not adequate, so bloggers who do a lot of photos of their food need to show those away from CH.

          But a lot of times there is a considerable write up that goes along with the photos that could easily be copied and pasted in on the Chowhound board that applies. That can become an issue when the blog in question falls into disuse for any of a myriad of reasons.

          That can be a problem. Chowhound now has deep pockets and will be around for a long time (hopefully) to come. Most blogs are probably not going to be here for as long. I hate to see content lost that way.

          1. re: Davwud

            I agree with you, and with Servorg. But I get very annoyed when I click on a link because I assume it leads to a site for the restaurant a poster is discussing...and it turns out to be a link to her blog. Yes, it's my "fault." But blog floggers take note: now I hate you, for wasting my time.

            1. re: small h

              Amen. That's the OP's beef(and mine)with the site in question.There's a bit on food sometimes but often as not, the food's not in our area(dimsum in Vegas? We're in Toronto fer crissakes).Otherwise, it's not Chow-related and usually self-promotional--big surprise! Isn't a blog link on the profile page sufficient? Anything to boost traffic, right?

              1. re: small h

                Okay, I get it now. I agree. If your blog isn't topical then don't attach a link to it.


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