Fiesta Friday #66

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  1. Hi everyone! I am so excited to be co-hosting with Angie, and I can’t wait to read all your lovely posts.
    On the Pinterest thing, I read a GREAT blog post this morning with advice on how to optimise it for blogging from an event at Pinterest HQ (straight from the horse’s mouth!) which you might be interested to read here:
    And er, yeah, let’s all pin each other’s recipes as well as enjoying and commenting on them! 🙂

  2. elamb says:

    Lovely list of features, Miss Angie! It was a great collection of recipes and people 🙂

  3. Jhuls says:

    Hi, Angie. So happy about Pinterest being on #2 slot. I have to check mine. 😀 Thanks for having me co-host last week with Effie. You know I’d love to do it again. Just let me know. Happy FF and enjoy your weekend. xoxo

  4. Thanks for another great party! Happy Friday 😀

  5. Woohoo I made it on time this week – and I still don’t have internet, so yay me haha!
    I love pinterest, it can be frustrating at times but there’s no denying it’s an amazing tool! It’s my #2 referrer after search engines too. I also just love using it, I get stuck in pinterest holes a lot haha! I use a scheduler to pin now as well, so I can be active throughout the day and not spam my followers all at once!

    Happy FF!

    • Angie says:

      Good to know about scheduling pins! That’s a great tip! What?! No internet? But how do you survive?!? 😀 😀 Hurray to Pinterest! Let’s pin each other’s pins!!

  6. Yaaay! Im soo happy to be featured in the top posts. Thanks a lottt! Didnt expect it at all. 😀

  7. GFLife247 says:

    Angie, these are some awesome features yet again! And, I love that Pinterest works so well for you, I’ll have to get better about using mine. Also, I’d be glad to help co-host in the end of May. I finally end my travels May 19th! 🙂

    • Angie says:

      Will put you down on the list, thank you!! Yes, definitely start paying attention to Pinterest! 🙂

    • Pinterest is the best! But beware – like Michelle says, ‘Pinterest holes’ are easy to fall into once you get into it! Lol! These days I pretty much always check there first if I’m looking for a specific recipe or ideas with a particular ingredient. I just bought a house too, so I may or may not have spent hours looking at gorgeous homes for inspiration! 🙂

  8. Hi Angie, Great feedback on Pinterest. I need to spend a day (If I can find one) to learn to optimize Pinterest. I am getting some awesome advice from other comments. Thanks Quinn

    • Angie says:

      Yup! If I had an extra day, I would use it to finally re-organize my boards so that they make sense! 🙂

      • I currently have one board for the thousands of food and recipe related pins that I have!! I really need to split that up into courses, cuisines and whatnot, to make it easier, but it does take time! Worth if it if can help spread the word about your own recipes though!

  9. Great selections Angie! How interesting to see Pinterest as the second biggest referrer. I have posted on P from the start but just in a jumbled way, one picture from each post. Wish I had organized it better in categories. It is a fascinating site. Do you use Instagram?

    • Angie says:

      I just started Instagram a few weeks ago. I like how quickly your posts reach viewers, but haven’t really seen any impact on blog views, but I just started. I need to re-organize my Pinterest boards, too. Better sooner than later! 🙂

    • Hi Johanne – I’m far from a Pinterest expert, but I find it helps to use the boards to organise my pinning in general, and also to pin from my blog onto those, but I also have a dedicated board for my blog that I pin all my blog posts to. It makes it easy to find them, and also is another place I can pin them without looking too spammy (which I worry about sometimes!). I also LOVE Instagram. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a pretty photo! I do tend to post one image from each post with the good old #ontheblog, but I don’t know that it drives much (or any) traffic. I guess I should pay more attention to that!

  10. Thanks so much ladies for the feature. The ice cooler is fun to make, easy and everyone loves it 🙂 I can co-host the week of May 22nd Angie.

    • Angie says:

      Thanks, Juju, I’ll put you down! That ice cooler is so pretty! You know I’ll be doing it! 🙂

      • I marked it down on my calendar 🙂 Your daughter will have fun making the ice cooler too!

        • Angie says:

          I was going to show her your post! 🙂

        • I hear you about Pinterest – my Stuffed Cabbage Rolls -WW has been viewed 34,145 times as of today. Most of them are pins!!!

        • Angie says:

          That must have been a killer recipe! I’m not surprised; you have many great recipes. And I’m glad you told me. I’ve been looking for a good stuffed cabbage recipe. My husband, to this day, brags about the stuffed cabbage served at his college fraternity house. I’m not kidding! He does it every time I make mine! It’s time to change that, don’t you think? 🙂

  11. Hello Angie, thank you for all your wonderful advice and anna, I don’t spend nearly enough time marketing or looking at stats, they scare me lol. Sorry I couldn’t help out this weekend but having switch off offline time with my son. I hope you have a lovely party, i brought some healthy chocolate along..coughs xx

  12. Right, afraid I have to leave the party temporarily to go walk my dogs as they are pestering me particularly cutely! In true Arnie style though….I’ll be back!

  13. Sonal Kalra says:

    Whoa! That’s some tech talk going on! 😛 I’m surprised I made it here on time this week! Love the features! Good luck team AA <3 Happy Fiesta Friday!

    • Angie says:

      Did you finally roll out of bed at 9:30? When most people have been awake for 3 hours? Lol, just kidding!! On weekends I don’t get off my bed before 10 am. I refuse!! Great seeing you bright and early at the fiesta. Well, it’s night time now but that’s my fault. 😀

      • I’ve just come back to the party, and it’s 8am here in the UK! On a Saturday! Don’t know what’s come over me, just couldn’t wait to get back and see some more amazing recipes! 🙂

  14. chefjulianna says:

    Happy Fiesta Friday, all! Looks like we have some gorgeous posts to pour through today! Thanks so much for featuring my Kataifi creation, Angie! I truly appreciate it. Well, listening to you all talk about Pinterest is making me think that I should go back and do some work on that site…I think I lost my password and haven’t had too much time to get busy there… But I will say that I have some amazing ideas and photos on Pinterest. Have a great weekend, everyone! 😀

    • Angie says:

      I almost gave up on my kataifi. I made some appetizers with it before, but couldn’t decide what dessert to make with it. I think your macaroons idea is pretty awesome. I hope I can make them as nicely. And definitely give Pinterest a second look! 🙂

  15. Thanks very much for the lovely party again.

  16. I like Pinterest, but Yummly is also a great option for finding and sharing recipes. It’s often right behind Pinterest in driving traffic to my blog, and I just started using it last month. If you add the “yum” button to your sharing options, with your top-notch recipes and photography, I predict you will get tons of “yums!”

    • Angie says:

      Oh, haven’t tried Yumly. Although I downloaded their recipe plugin when I started Then I decided to go with a simpler plugin. But I’ve used their website to find some really nice recipe. Will have to give them a second look. Thanks so much for the tip and the kind words! 🙂

    • That is a great tip! I’ve never come across it before – dangerous though, am sure I don’t need more yummy food to drool over- it’s terrible for my diet! 🙂
      Thanks for joining us at FF!

  17. Arl's World says:

    Hi Angie! I love Pinterest, but don’t have as much time to pin as I would like. Mostly my post from here go there. I think it is a good source of referrals. Happy FF! Thanks so much for all your hard work to make FF so much fun!! 🙂 <3

    • Angie says:

      I’m hoping to have more free time come Summer when schools are closed. Then I can devote more blogging time 🙂 So glad you continue to enjoy Fiesta Friday, Arlene. Very comforting to hear! XOXO

  18. tentimestea says:

    Thanks so much for the feature! It’s quite an honour for me, and I’m so happy the mochi had a nice reception! For better or for worse it’s encouraged me to act on more of my ideas 🙂 Pinterest is sounding very appealing now, and from the other comments, quite fun! Haha, but as long as there’s Fiesta Friday, I’ll be happy.
    Oh, and I’d love to cohost on a week you need help if you’d have me 🙂

    • Angie says:

      That mochi tart is just incredible! One of a kind! So different, so intriguing, so pretty…I can go on and on. It deserves the spotlight! 🙂
      Yes, I really think you should take a look at Pinterest. Really is quite fun but be warned, it can be addicting. So many pretty pictures of so many things out there! And it’ll be a pleasure to have you as my co-host. I’m definitely putting you down on my list! 🙂

  19. Hi Angie, I’m happy to co-host pretty much whenever apart from in June.

  20. I agree with you, Pinterest is a great place for getting traffic to your site! Happy Fiesta Friday 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!

    • Angie says:

      So glad you agree with my assessment, Sarah! Now I don’t feel so clueless! 🙂 Enjoy the fiesta and have a wondeful weekend!

  21. polianthus says:

    Oh kataifi, I have some too, must try that recipe!

  22. And I was your first (worst) follower! Still have those t-towels folded as they were sent. Along with several others, from the 70’s, that I never use. Love to have them. Hey, do you have any tips on using Pinterest? I know I should use it more often, but can’t figure how to get the most out of it.

    • Angie says:

      OMG! Yes, how can I forget?! You were my very first follower, lol! 😀 😀 But definitely not the worst! I have followers who only follow so I can follow back, which is fine. That’s how things are anyway. I think I can give you a few tips but I’m still learning myself. I’ll share everything I learn, promise! For now, I think the best thing to do is to join those group boards. Things move pretty fast there. I’ve joined a couple and most of my repins come from there. You and I can start a group board if you like. Have to find a niche.

  23. Pinterest is great for referrers! My main problem is that I’m now addicted to pinning pictures of pancakes 😛

    • Angie says:

      Lol, same here, but not just pancakes. I seem to pin indiscriminately. Everything looks too good not to pin! 😀

      • Ha, I actually make the pancakes too – boyfriend is getting fed up of a different recipe each week! He always says his favourite are the very first banana pancakes I ever shared on the first FF!
        Angie your tale about pinning without checking the source was a bit of a cautionary one – I have tried to at least check the source of everything I pin, also because I hate the thought that scammers are stealing other people’s hard work and images to promote their own sites, but sometimes when on my phone I am lazy and I just go ahead and click Pin 🙁

  24. Morning all! At least, it is here in the UK! How are all your party hangovers?! I might have had one too many of Michelle’s Frisky Summer Punch! I cannot resist bison grass vodka, it’s the only kind I like!
    Anyway, whilst I was out walking the dogs yesterday in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside (I just moved here and still every day the scenery takes my breath away!), I had an idea. All this Pinterest chat made me realise we’re all using it, and it would be fantastic to have a board we can all pin our FF recipes to.
    Angie, what do you reckon to a group Fiesta Friday board? It could be a great way to let others know they can join the party too! 🙂 Thoughts anyone? (And Angie, I know you are already super-busy running the party each week so I could figure out how to set up the board for you if that helps!).
    For those of you still partying – respect! I’m early to bed these days! 🙂

    • Angie says:

      I’m up early, too! It’s only 7 am! But I’m not getting off the bed! 🙂 I actually started an FF board already, mostly to “advertise” FF features but haven’t been pinning lately. I can turn it into a group board, starting with having you as another pinner. If you start following me, I can add you. That’s a recent Pinterest rule.

  25. The recipes and photos that everyone brings every week never fails to amaze me! So much talent, week after week!!
    And thank you for the kick up the backside, I need to put some more effort into pinterest xx

  26. Actually Angie I did a post on pins back in November, 2014. At that time this post had received almost 24,000 pins. In 6 months that post on Stuffed Cabbage Rolls has received another 10,000 views. I have no idea how this happened 🙂

    • Angie says:

      Congratulations, Juju! You have a post that’s gone viral! People must really like the recipe! I did search for it and bookmark it, but haven’t read it carefully. Now I know I MUST try it! 🙂

  27. weebirdie says:

    I just managed to make page for my baking & blog on facebook, never mind Pinterest. I used Pinterest to look for idea and ‘pin’ them, but havn’t given much thought about it yet. Lot to learn, thank you. And I discover a few more great blogs this week, thanks to FF again!!

    • Angie says:

      Oh, I know exactly how it is. Even though I now have a Facebook page and Pinterest account, even started Instagram and Google+, I hardly have time to do anything on any of them! And then there are Twitter and Tumblr, too. My head is spinning! I should let my daughter take care of these things. She knows more than I do! Good to see you, weebirdie! 🙂

      • It is crazy isn’t it? I think my ‘strategy’ (as far as I have one!) is to focus on the ones I kind of understand – Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. I still have no idea what Google+ is all about, and I am useless at Twitter! I feel like I should try harder at it though, but finding the time!! The good thing about Pinterest is that if you’re already on it, you can just pin your own posts as well, without too much effort, and even if you don’t go viral, you might have a few re-pins. I think as with everything, it takes time (and maybe a bit of luck?) to really grow your presence. Thanks for joining us at the party! 🙂

  28. Richa Gupta says:

    Hey Angie and Anna! Thanks for hosting Fiesta Fridays. I just stumbled upon this virtual blog party a few days ago and just submitted my first link too. This group is so talented and I can’t wait to get started 🙂

  29. dawnspitfire says:

    Great recipes!
    Agree about pinterest….nice but not my thing.

    • Angie says:

      It’s not for everyone. There’s a lot of pretty pins, though, which I like. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the recipes! 🙂

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