After hearing various people make general complaints about scrolling for hours to reach the recipe at the bottom of a blog post, I’ve decided to start with the recipe and follow with a story. You can read my opinion about recipe locations below, and I would love to read your opinion in the comments!
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons cream cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon powdered sugar (more or less to taste)
- Spray a single-serve ramekin with nonstick spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine oats, applesauce, milk, cinnamon, baking powder, and vanilla extract in ramekin. Mix well.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until center is set. Meanwhile, mix the cream cheese and powdered sugar to make frosting.
- Remove ramekin from oven and top with cream cheese frosting.
- Eat and enjoy!
Truthfully, I agree with the complaints about lengthy posts preceding a recipe. If a visitor has only come to the blog because they want to make Strawberry & Nutella Baked Taquitos, then they shouldn’t have to read three pages about my love of nutbutter before they reach the list of ingredients. They probably don’t care that I prefer Dark Chocolate Dreams over Nutella; they just want a recipe.
That being said, I do understand why bloggers post the recipe at the bottom of the page. For full-time bloggers, reader statistics are literally the bread and butter; if they don’t have readers, they won’t get paid. By posting the recipe at the bottom of the page, bloggers force their visitors to spend more time on the blog, and the readers are more likely to click to another post. Bloggers are simply doing what they are supposed to do: increase traffic on their blogs.
For those of us who blog for nothing more than pleasure, no good reason exists to post the recipe at the bottom of the page. Let’s be honest: if you don’t want to read my post, you won’t read it. Why should I make you scroll forever?
Let me know in the comments:
- Do you get tired of scrolling to find a recipe? Should recipes be at the beginning of blog posts?
- Is there any food that should not be made into oatmeal? (I think not!)
I look forward to hearing from you!