I’ve just added a new feature to my Blogs List that should be a big help for those of us who read a lot of vegetarian or vegan blogs. It’s a Google Custom Search Engine designed to search only veg(etari)an blogs. So, if you want to find a recipe that you noticed sometime last spring for The Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever, or you can’t quite remember the name of the blog that brings us Friday Cow Blogging along with astute political commentary, Veg Blog Search makes it easy. You can even add the search engine to your personalized Google homepage, if you have one, just by clicking on the button:
There are a few limitations. It won’t catch very recent posts because it takes a week or two for Google to update its index, it’s weighted heavily in favor of blogs with high PageRank, and the most recent posts are not listed first, like I’d like. But I think you’ll find it more useful than Google’s blog search if you read mostly vegetarian blogs. (To search food blogs in general, check out Elise’s very thorough search engine at FoodBlogSearch.com, and to search for recipes in magazines, take a look at Alanna’s Food Magazine Search.)
Give it a try and see what you think. All of the vegetarian blogs on my bloglist have been added, plus any others that I’ve tracked down. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan with a blog, search for your blog’s name to see if it’s included (enclosing it in quotes helps), and if it’s not, send me your URL in a comment below or email it to me at blog [at] fatfreevegan [dot] com and I’ll get it added. To be included, your blog should deal at least in part with some aspect of vegetarianism, even if it’s just a post every now and then. My apologies to those of you with almost-vegetarian blogs, but I’m working hard to keep the search engine strictly focused on vegetarian blogs: i.e. no posts about fish or chicken.
I hope you find this search engine as useful as I have. Happy blogging!