Ouch, that graph should be kept for historical reasons. A true graphical representation of the slashdot effect!
Glad you're still online
Yeah, I got some splashback on the Slashdotting, too, thanks to a comment on the story but not nearly to the degree that you did (my site is www.kitchengeek.com).
I like your site. Looks like we both had similar ideas not far apart. Great minds and all that. ;)
Nice graph... although it doesn't show if you view the article permalink. The link to the image is wrong there, since you use the same relative link as on the front page. Just thought I'd let you know, now I'll go check out the rest of the site :)
Thanks Erik, I fixed the img tag reference.
Hm.. seems like the pictures for older entries are not working.
A lot of your recipes are still without pictures, peanut butter cookies comes to mind. Fix, please?
Yes, I will reupload the pictures for the older articles before I go ahead and post new ones. I've been meaning to do it, but no one complained... until now. Thanks for the comments; I really appreciate them!
You still have a lot of CSS in your HTML pages, you could decrease the load a lot further by putting this in an external file.
Nice work! It's rare to find a blog, outside of some politics-themed ones, that provides a public service to readers. But "Family Guy" dinners? I imagined that the show's audience were the cold pizza and beer types!
Yes, I'll probably move the CSS tomorrow. I'll have to put the CSS on a different site right?
I think his point was that if the CSS was broken off into a separate file, only one read of that file would be required per visitor to the site. It doesn't have to be on a separate site, just separated from the HTML so that a cached copy can be used. Something like (angle brackets removed as it won't let me post HTML):
LINK REL=STYLESHEET HREF="http://www.cookingforengineers.comstyle.css" TYPE="text/css"
That's right. I wasn't thinking straight. Maybe I'll do that now.
First of all, great site! Second, I think you should add a 'print' link for each post(/recipe) will be easy to print without all the comments, side 'windows' and all that..
Again, great site!
Hi, nice site! :), Any chance of an xml feed?
FOR ENGINEERS ?
I have to commend your will to make a site that is both funny and interesting, but at the moment it is definitely not for engineers.
While I don't expect you to work out details of each and every ingredient like a consisten engineer would do , at least use appropriate measurement units ; what the hell is a "cup of" ? Use international measure units please.
The list of woes is long, but I don't want to discourage you too much.
i find sitemeter's browser share stats interesting when you've been /.ed. looks like mozilla/firefox has much more of the market share for your site than they do globally.
I am an experienced cook, and I think these recipes are really very good, and the instructions superb. One of the things that made Julia Child so great is that she understood the concept of robustness -- what had to be precise (in measurement, timing, quality) and what could endure variation without too much alteration. I love the precision of the instructions and the layout of steps. There is great consistency in high quality thinking in all fields.
Just as a suggestion, you might want to incorporate the commenting engine from Haloscan (http://www.haloscan.com/), just so that avid fans can leave comments and ask advice without having to register for the Blogger service in lieu of posting anonymously.
While this would reduce bandwith usage, it'd also be a boon for people who don't like registering for services or commenting anonymously :)
It looks like you've already moved over, but I was going to recommend site5.com for your hosting. I use it to host a website of my own. They have really great packages (including 'roll-over' bandwidth):
$7 a month (paid annually) gets you 50GB of traffic per month. They also have an unmetered package, but I dunno how much it runs for.
Great site and congrats on being /. -- every geek's dream :-) Nevertheless, you have a bad link for Surpass... you're forgetting the .com.
Have you considered putting out a cookbook? With your popularity so high, it could be a big deal! I have a bunch of engineers in my family, and almost all of our friends are engineers. I can guarantee that if you publish a book by Christmas, I'll buy at least 10 copies for gifts.
My engineer husband once made Hamburger Helper (the cheesy potato flavor). I came into the kitchen and it was smoking - black smoke! I said, "Honey, you need to turn it off!" He said, "But the directions say to cook it for 14 minutes!" I said, "There's an implied direction of 'unless it's on fire' in there!" Anyway, I'm sure that he could whip up wonderful meals with your cookbook!!
I agree with your choice for Surpass hosting, they are very cheap, I used to do tech support for them last year... The only problem with them is that some servers go out of whack and stay that way, so if you start having problems, ask to be moved.
Great site by the way.
Time to get a publisher and write a cookbook? I donated, and hope the site stays alive.
wish we got half your traffic
"The only problem with them is that some servers go out of whack and stay that way, so if you start having problems, ask to be moved."
Hmm doesn't sound right to me. :) Anyone can be moved if they feel they need to, but with all of our servers being phased to Dual Xeons, things are pretty quiet.
Anywho, thank you for choosing Surpass to host Cooking For Engineers. We love the site, and I smell a Site of the Week brewing and bubbling on the stove...
-Kayla from http://www.surmunity.com
(I second the idea to get HaloScan, as not everyone has a blogger account... or still has an active one anyway)
are you ever going to put all of the recipes in a separate, easily accessible, section?
You should start looking into another CMS for your site. A blog is not the easiest way to organize your work you know ;)
Love your site tbw.
Hi Michael, The site is nice. The recipies are very nice. The attitude/style is just right. Thanks.
I mainly wanted to echo the request that you add an XML / RSS / Atom / whatever option for your site.
Unless you're updating your site all the time you can wind up at the bottom of the bookmark list. Offering an RSS feed makes it easier to notice new posts for those of us who keep track of things with an RSS aggregator.
I'm not familiar with Blogger administration but it should boil down to a couple of clicks on the admin options page and maybe pasting a tag into your template. The Blogger software will probably handle everything else automatically.
David Innes from 8020.org (referred by Majikthise)
re: RSS/atom feed
It's available at:
I've had nothing to eat yet. And O the Pie looks wonderful. :)