Food Clutter

September 16, 2010

Had a bit of a crazy morning here! Blog was shut down by the powers that be for a few hours.

Apparently my host thinks my blog should only feature one photo of the Buddha bowl per post to minimize potential server interruptions. I was very offended at the suggestion that I post too many photos of the same bowl! And apparently the photo of my cool coffee "just adds clutter."

Imagine KERF without photos: "Good morning. I ate oats. I drank coffee. It was good."

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I got all dressed up in a skirt but our meetings were pushed from 10AM to 2PM, so we just hung around

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Since we’d planned a business lunch out today that was canceled, we reverted to the leftovers in the fridge when we were hungry. Lots of choices!

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I went with a hodge podge salad – my favorite!

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Romaine, roasted veggies, tomato, tofu, pesto clumps, kale granola [<– was indeed fabulous on a salad!]

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On the side some Breakfast Blast toast with a drizzle of local honey

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And that’s the end of that chapter!

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1 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Yeah, I think just one pic of each item would not be the KERF we all know!

Leftovers are best on a salad or folded into a wrap — works every time!


2 Heather @ The Single Dish September 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Love the fork/napkin shot! KERF without photos would be horrible, the server people just don’t understand!


3 marie September 16, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Your pictures are awesome, and please do not stop posting just as much or more than you are currently posting!!


4 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 16, 2010 at 12:40 pm

No photos on KERF? Yeah..that would be goood…how rude of the blog powers!!!


5 Marisa @ Loser for Life September 16, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Host schmost, whadda they know?! Sorry that happened, Kath :( Don’t let the powers that be bring you down !

Great looking salad!


6 grocery goddess jen September 16, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Jeez! I hope you set the host straight! We like seeing the Buddha bowl more than once per post, and love all the photos!


7 Sarah (OC2Seattle) September 16, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Coffee Cup pic “just adds clutter” – LOL! That’s quite the leftover selection and it reminds me that I need to go grocery shopping, we’re down to milk, eggs, and Indian leftovers in our fridge 😉


8 Nicole September 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Your blog surely would not be the same without all of the beautiful pictures!


9 Maria @ a Healthier Maria September 16, 2010 at 1:04 pm

hahaha did they really tell you that your coffee pics “add clutter”? That’s crazy!


10 [email protected] September 16, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I love hodge podge lunches too! You get a little of everything :)


11 Camille September 16, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Kale granola!? How cool and unique! I must try that!


12 erin September 16, 2010 at 1:09 pm

i’m going to go out on a limb and disagree with (what i guess is) the majority of your readers. first off, i do love your photographs. i think you are really talented and take pretty pictures- there’s really nothing worse than reading a blog post with crappy, blurry photos of food. BUT sometimes i think you could condense down to just a select few, or maybe only take photos that are *actually* different. I would never complain (wait, am i complaining?) but it’s sort of annoying to read a food blog and look at 4 pictures of the same bowl of oatmeal, no matter how nice the photography. But, i guess that’s what the scroll bar is for!

this is not to say i’m siding with your host- i don’t think they should have a say in your blog content and it’s pretty jerky of them to assume they do. (i hope i’m not being a jerk! just my opinion here!)

good luck getting it worked out!


13 Kath September 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm

I know what you’re saying but they are usually not all the same – I make a hard effort to do one creative, one zoomed in for toppings, one zoomed out for bowl – 3 perspectives. You’d be surprised how many photos I do NOT post because they are the same photo form same perspective twice.


14 Christine September 16, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I’ve noticed–and loved–the pattern to how many photos you take!

Now that I am trying out this crazy blog thing–I wonder how you actually ARE able to cut down! It’s not easy!


15 Sarah September 16, 2010 at 1:10 pm

You’ve just convinced me to add a piece of toast to my lunch.


16 Liz September 16, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I ended up reading your breakfast post in Google Reader with no pictures and Umm.. it sucked! You need to have pictures.. Tell them to stuff it you’ll post what you want!


17 Kath September 16, 2010 at 7:39 pm

No pictures!? What’s going on!!!!!!!!!


18 jolene September 16, 2010 at 1:33 pm – NUTTYGUYS.COM groupon in philly today is website based so anyone can get it …. and they have a big selection of nuts seeds granola and stuff for healthy living plus some sweet treats / 10 bucks gets you 25$ now i can try chia seeds!


19 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 16, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Honey over a salad sounds sooo good right now!

A good food blog definitely needs good images. I know this personally and as a frequent food blog reader. :)



20 Jillian@ Reshape Your Life September 16, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I wish the leftovers in my fridge were like yours!


21 shauna September 16, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Long time reader, first time poster . . . love the blog, it wouldn’t be the same without pictures. Looking at other blogs with tiny, blurry pics isn’t fun at all . . . and is the reason why they don’t remain in my daily readings.

I’ve wondered for awhile where you’re cutlery set pictured above is from. I’ve seen it before and loved it, but have no idea where to order it from! Thanks!


22 barefootgirl (our first CSA) September 16, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I would happily eat leftovers from your fridge… I’m so jealous of the TO herbed tofu….. I’ve looked high & low and can’t find anything like it here in Plymouth :(


23 Caitlin (EatFeats) September 16, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Hah. Photography is part of your job! That’s silly of the-powers-that-be. The salad looks delish!


24 Kaci Higgins September 16, 2010 at 2:14 pm

LOL! I love all of your photos, and my twin and I take multiple pictures of our food to get different perspectives. That’s probably because of reading your blog and seeing how yours look. :) Have a great day!!


25 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm

kerf without the many photos? shudder to think!


26 Judy September 16, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I love the photo’s every single one…. not the same at all without them… It did make me laugh this afternoon tho, thanks Kath I love your blog just the way it is….


27 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 16, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I love your photos, and for your host to complain to a food blogger that they post too many pictures of food is beyond ridiculous!


28 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Kath, I saw your same piece of bread in several photos. I don’t appreciate that kind of clutter.

😉 What a frustrating morning! Tell them we love your pictures!


29 Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes September 16, 2010 at 2:36 pm

I think I have to buy that kale granola – stat!!!! Or make some myself. I heart kale.


30 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 16, 2010 at 2:41 pm

The salad looks great – boo to the web host and their opinions on content though.


31 Amanda September 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm

The salad looks delicious :)


32 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm

I used to come to your blog and be astounded by the number of pictures, but since I got my DSLR, I can completely understand. I just get snap-happy and want to post all the pretty ones!! Your food photography is always gorgeous though :)


33 Maggi September 16, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Wow. A webhost that actually censors content? Or attempts to?


34 Amy September 16, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Hmmm…They don’t know what they are talking about!!! The pictures are the best part!


35 Ella September 16, 2010 at 3:33 pm

What is the name of your blog host? This is the perfect opportunity to use your blog clout to get what you want… mentioning their name can only help your cause!


36 Kath September 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I originally said it…then I thought they might come back to haunt me!


37 Amber K September 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm

I was bummed this morning when I attempted to check out your breakfast and it wouldn’t work. Made me realize that I have certain blog habits that feel strange when disrupted! LOL


38 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 16, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Oh good– I was worried that it was my computer!!! Whatever– bring on the multiple pictures!! :-)

That salad looks killer.


39 Jen (Life's Too Short to Eat Fat Free Cheese) September 16, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Have you considering uploading your photos to a photosharing site like Flickr? At least then your photos are on the flickr server — not your web host’s server. That way you can post as many photos as you’d like in a post.

Plus, I’ve seen free programs that will make a mosaic out of selected flickr images and spit out a single .jpg file.

I’m not familiar wordpress, but with blogger I just grab the html code from flickr in the size photo I want, flip over to the code in my post and paste it. The only two aggravations being that I have to add border=”0″ in the tag to get rid of the nasty blue border and unless you pay for a pro membership, you have to reduce your file size a bit if you’re using a dslr. But that shouldn’t be a big deal since you shouldn’t be posting 28M photos to the web anyway!


40 Kath September 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I definitely don’t have time to upload to Flickr. 3 posts a day – all I have time for a drag and drop in. I always resize my photos down though, which should help a lot. I’m looking at a deicated server. Thanks for the suggestion though, and the single JPG mosaic would be great.


41 Jo September 16, 2010 at 4:10 pm

I for one love your pics and hope you don’t stop posting as many :)


42 Stacey September 16, 2010 at 4:13 pm

KERF without pics?! No thank you! Love the hodge podge salad! That’s the best way to use leftovers in my opinion. Hope you had a good meeting!


43 Lisa @bakebikeblog September 16, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Sometimes random salads really are the best!


44 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 16, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Bummer about the host thing! Your pictures are a staple of your blog and would be the same without it. :)


45 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Weird your blog was acting up.. good thing it was a quick fix, though :) The salad looks delish. Love the kale granola!


46 Natalia @asideofsimple September 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Hold steady to your turf KERF! =) Keep those pictures coming.


47 Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm

… That is pretty much the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.


48 stacey-healthylife September 16, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Too many pictures, can’t be. They just don’t understand. :)


49 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 16, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Haha…the comments from your host made me laugh. But, really, KERF would not be the same without all the gorgeous photos. Really. 😀


50 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) September 16, 2010 at 6:38 pm

I adore your blog, but I agree with your server to some extent. A photo less wouldn’t hurt. (Just my opinion, please don’t take it offensively!)


51 Emilyeatsclean September 16, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Mmm honey on bread….yumm-o!!! Food drool!


52 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 16, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Your post hasn’t shown up in my google reader :( Very frustrating indeed!


53 Kath September 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm

wha!? I don’t need another problem at the moment :(


54 Natasha September 16, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Your lunch and dinner posts were not on Google Reader for me either, and one from a few days ago was missing too.


55 Colleen September 17, 2010 at 6:26 am

Same for me, sadly! Your posts from yesterday didn’t show up in my google reader so I checked your site directly. I figured something must be up! Hope it gets resolved soon for you.


56 [email protected] September 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I had a similar lunch- salad w/ tofu and multi grain bread on the side. It was awesome!


57 Lana September 16, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Thanks again for your journey! :) Fun.

Do you / did you ever struggle with binge eating?
Do you have any resource suggestions?


58 Kath September 16, 2010 at 7:42 pm

I’m sorry but I haven’t. There are several binge eating support groups online that would help, such as the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Eating Disorders (ANAD) helpline at 630-577-1330. I’d also recommend seeing a doctor in your area.


59 Laura (Starloz) September 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm

the photographs are what help make your blog the best it can be. no photos = no fun.

um, holy salad heaven. that is incredible!


60 jrf September 16, 2010 at 8:10 pm

I don’t know anything about your agreement with your server company, but it seems to me that you are the client/customer…and they don’t get to tell you what to do with your blog. If you’re exceeding some limit that’s part of your agreement, then they tell you that and charge you more for the service — not tell you what you can and cannot post.


61 Wendy Heath September 16, 2010 at 8:16 pm

If they’re trying to limit what you’re posting, it’s time to find a new host. End of story. Good luck to you!!


62 Sarah September 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm

:( Your lunch and dinner posts didn’t show up in my google reader. I was so concerned that you had fallen off the face of the earth that I hopped right over here to check. I’m relieved that you’re ok, but bummed that something strange is going on with the reader…


63 Sheri September 16, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Ummmm…KERF without photos would just be weird!! I for one love reading your blog because of all the beautiful pictures you take!

The hubby says that a dedicated managed server is what would probably be best for you. He owns his own webhosting company..his career is all things computer related. However, the downside is that kind of service does not come cheap!


64 Lucy September 16, 2010 at 11:40 pm

wow, i can’t believe you make enough money writing this blog for it to be your job!!


65 Dionne September 17, 2010 at 2:50 am

Your server host obviously has no idea what makes your blog special. I love the amazing photos of your breakfast and your coffee, they remind me of the small beauties in everyday life. I read your blog every day and I don’t want it to change.


66 Ally @ Girl in Her Kitchen September 17, 2010 at 7:12 am

I love your pictures, don’t change! Bring on the Buddha bowl! :) PS Your lunch looks fabulous. Yum.


67 Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun September 17, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I love the abundance of KERF pictures! Especially those of your salad – I’ll have to try kale granola! :-)


68 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 20, 2010 at 7:29 pm

The photos are what we love so much!! Tell them we all say so 😉 No photo reduction! hehe


69 Dee September 20, 2010 at 8:11 pm

WOW. This just posted to my google reader today. Crazy!

On another note I can’t believe your host would say that to you. Talk about rude.


70 [email protected] September 20, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Less photos is never the right answer for KERF. 😉

P.S. That kale granola sounds so interesting and delicious!


71 Hannah September 20, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Pesto clumps? Hmm… maybe I can make that sound appealing in my head… 😛


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