Special announcement

Something awesome

Edit, September 2014: For various reasons, I have left Servved. Nothing sinister, it just didn’t work out as I’d hoped.

There’s been a lot of work going on behind the scenes at The Food Pornographer for the past several months.

First: a new look. The blog’s been redeveloped in HTML5, still using WordPress. There are still be some tweaks to be made, but overall I hope you’ll find the new design clean and easy to use.

Second: I’ve joined a new network of Australian food bloggers called Servved. The commercial side of my blog will now be managed by digital publisher Sydney Stockholm, the guys behind Servved, with whom I’ve been working with these past months.

You may recognise the other bloggers who are part of the network. We have our own styles, interests and ambitions (the others are talented cooks, for example; my talent in the kitchen is for eating and staying out of the cook’s way), but we’re all serious about our blogs and pour our hearts and souls into them.

I’ve mentioned the dirty word “commercial” – what does this mean for the blog?

From time to time, you will now see an ad banner at the top of the blog. You’ll see a Servved header and footer on my blog pages. That’s the main change you’ll see in terms of the “commercial”.

Most importantly

I’ve been blogging as TFP for almost 8 years now and as the blog has grown, I’ve struggled to juggle the demands of my day job, home and blog as more opportunities have arisen. It’s been a natural evolution and very exciting, but it’s getting increasingly difficult to be a one-woman show – for a while now, it’s been like having two jobs, the day job and the blog. Now that I am part of Servved, I have someone to assist with the management of the ‘business’ side of the blog and a team to support me on the technical side of things while I focus on what’s always been (and will continue to be) the most important aspect of my blog, to me and to you: the content.

I am 100% in control of my blog content, as I always have been – this was paramount before I agreed to be a part of Servved. This blog is my baby and means absolutely everything to me; this change is not something I have taken lightly. My blog continues to reflect my interests, passions and continuing journey as an eater, traveller, writer and photographer. I’ll be updating the blog as I always do, telling stories and sharing my experiences.

No – I won’t be quitting my day job yet!

Thank you for your support of The Food Pornographer – the blog wouldn’t be what it is today without you. I’m really excited about this step forward for TFP, and I hope you’ll join me on this new adventure!

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  • Jessi

    I don’t know whether it’s just my computer (Mac, Safari), but the top banner is much too big. It fills my entire screen when I come to the website. :(

    • Jessi, I acknowledge the banner is large, and how large it appears is relative to the size of your screen/resolution. But that is the only place within the blog that an ad will appear. Apart from that initial scroll, the rest of the page is all my content.

      • Wendy

        Agree with Jessi that the banner is much too big. Was wondering if i had landed on the wrong site (Grand Cucina’s for instance) when i first clicked on the page. Had to scroll down before i could see that it was your website. :-(

        Maybe you could put your TFP banner first before the advertisement banner?

        • Erryn

          Looks fine on mine, must just differ with the machine.

        • Jessi

          This is basically what I was trying to say. I appreciate that it varies with screen size/resolution, but I have a pretty standard sized MacBook and have never had problems. i dunno, it does just seem like you’re on to Grand Cucina’s website. *shrug* I get that it’s all your content, by the way – not knocking ads per sé! :)

          • Jessi, what I meant by “the rest of the page is all my content” is that unlike many other sites that host ads, there’ll only ever be the one ad at the top of my site pages. You won’t, for example, get ads within individual posts and popping up all around the sides. So it’s just the initial scroll down you’ll need to adjust to (if willing).

  • Erryn

    Looks awesome! Have all comments on previous posts been deleted or can i just not view them? :P

    • Thanks Erryn. The comments aren’t deleted, just not displayed right now. They are still being imported back into the blog. There were quite a lot as you can imagine, and the new comment plugin we’re using, Disqus, only moves so quickly with imports. Hopefully they will appear soon.

      • Erryn

        Ok, cool :)

  • Lena

    I’ve been reading your blog from the very beginning and am excited for you! I love the giant pictures and the clean minimalistic layout. Great job, TFP!

  • Congratulations on your new chapter, TFP! The site looks great :)

  • Toyah Moon Humphreys

    love the new look! congrats for all your amazing achievements…still my favourite blog by far! honest, funny and entertaining :)

  • Chubbypanda Epicurious Wandere

    Congrats, TFP! Good on ya!

  • Wei Quan Toy

    nice.. is your mobile site getting an upgrade too?

    • It already has! :) Still needs a few tweaks to fix up the way the images display on mobile (we are working on this and should have it fixed soon). The mobile site’s got a new look to match the new desktop version. The new site has a responsive design that resizes according to the size of the screen/device you’re viewing it on.

  • Thanks, flower. Yes, we have a common bond from our Malaysian origins and our love for the King of Fruits! :D Thanks for your support all these years, it means a lot.

  • Haha, thanks Winnie… maybe after I get back from NZ in a couple of weeks? :P

  • Thanks, sangee. You’d have seen my web efforts at their most embarrassing, then! :P Thanks for sticking with me all this time.

  • Thanks, Elise.

  • Cheers, Megan. I hope to bring you even more hungrifying pictures and words, especially now with this new design that supports bigger images!

  • Thanks, Toyah. You’re very kind.

  • Thanks, Michelle. Glad you like it.

  • Lena, I hope the ‘giant pictures’ will make the site even more food porny for you!

  • Hi Erryn, comments have reappeared, although on the homepage the posts say “No comments”, when you look at the individual posts, the comments are there.

  • Hey TFP the blog looks fantastic and your photos are realy great :)

  • LesleyInOz

    Your blog looks fab!! I haven’t had much time lately to read it, so looking forward to a big catch up. Still one of the best foodie blogs around. YAY!