SoupAday’s Soft Launch Giveaway!!!!

Have you ever heard of KISS? Nope, not the band or the actual act, the acronym, you know the one: “Keep it simple stupid”! We have tried, oh man have we tried but it just isn’t happening and we need your help.

John and I have this compulsion issue; we add or remove a bit of this, a little more of that, a pinch or two of something special to take it over the top. This sickness is what keeps us going then prevents us from stopping. The devil is in the details and he likes to mess with us, a LOT.

John burns up hours and day’s tweaking stuff to utter perfection, he does such a magnificent job you cant even tell he changed anything but everything just looks and feels so much better, it’s his gift. My gift is the ability to screw stuff up and then fix it, getting it wrong seems to be the path to how I get it right, ass backwards is my forward but it works, I think. What about Soupa-Libre? He lives in the moment; all he needs is beer and a bush.

We find contortion more fun than conforming, breaking rules massively more entertaining than following them, coloring and stepping outside of the box implicitly more satisfying than staying inside. We want to rock the little boat, go over the big falls in little barrels, jump out of airplanes naked with no parachutes; it’s all more exciting that way but not necessarily the best way to finish what you started. Is doing it wrong right? We really want to know.

We have officially soft launched, some would say prematurely, both of our wives would certainly agree but that has nothing to do with this blog. The real questions at hand are these: “Have we gone too far or not far enough? Is our site a bit too far “out there” for a food blog or is it a refreshing change? Does the first Soupavid we created offend you or do you like the fact that it is not PC? Are the recipes too simple or too complex? How’s the photography, the site layout?” You get the drift, we need feedback and we needed it yesterday, preferably for free today.

Everyone’s a critic but not too many people actually get paid for it so we thought we would try and change that. Our first giveaway is a beautiful Henckels 8” pro chef’s knife. It goes to the person that best critiques our site. The catch is you have to use the “KISS” rule, show us how it is done. We choose the winner and their critique gets posted on our site. Don’t hold back! Kissing our asses’ wont help you win, sucking Soupa-Libre’s might but we highly doubt you want to go there. Good luck and THANK YOU!!!!

* All submissions need to be received by 8/11/11 to qualify. The winners critique will be posted on SoupAday’s website August 15th, which is Julia Child’s birthday (do you think she will roll over?). The winner will be contacted via e-mail.

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28 Responses to “SoupAday’s Soft Launch Giveaway!!!!”

  1. Lisa Dunbar
    July 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    Guys I think the site is awesome and I am always looking for new recipes. I will be making the french onion soup soon as it is on of my favs. I will let you know how it turns out. look forward to seeing what is next.

    • July 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

      We really appreciate the support Lisa….you ROCK! Cant wait to hear how the french onion soup comes out….hope you love it.

  2. Jay Holloway
    July 12, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    Very nice Mr Krecow I’ll be adding to my favs list.

    • July 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

      Sweet! We really appreciate it Jay.

  3. July 13, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    1.) Never have links to areas with no content; I thought the soupapics did not have content, it has a confusing layout.

    2.) Grammar/spelling errors are acceptable; this is a blog, not a commercial site. I did not see any “glaring errors”. Perhaps separating some of the content into paragraphs would make it an easier read.

    3.) Separate the “color” elements, i.e. Who The Hell is ‘SoupA-Libre’should not be under recipes. Keep the recipes in their own section.

    4.) The branding is good, I definetly know the name of the site.

    5.) The layout is easy to use. Nice to have an easy domain name also.

    6.) The video is exceptional, I want more videos!

    7.) The photography is great, I love that you have photos of the market.

    8.) Provide a tech section; what equipment are you using for the food prep? What cameras are you using? What software did you edit the video with?

    9.) Consider providing a forums section so users can contribute in an area that does not interfer with your content.

    10.) Get this thing on social networks. Have a facebook page, a google+ page, youtube channel, etc. Cross promote like a mo fo.

    11.) Provide text files for the recipes so folks can either print or download them. Brand the text files.

    12.) Get some royalty free music streaming up in there, or make it available for download. Perhaps a “Soupaday Mixtape”.

    13.) Keep the content coming, don’t lose steam. I know how long you prepped this, don’t let us down with a lack of content.

    14.) Get a google sponsored link for a few months, it is $25 a month and will place you higher on searches.

    15.) Set up a Cafepress site that has t shirts, mugs, etc., that are labled with your brand. Eventually you can produce your own but for now it gets the brand out there. Include a link to this cafepress site in your soupashop.

    16.) provide some links for ingredients and equipment for online vendors. See if you can get some affiliate relationships with some vendors so you get a kick back. Amazon is the quickest and easiest.

    17.) Basically do everything on your site that I have not done on mine. I have failed, therefore the opposite should succeed.

  4. scott halbert
    July 13, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    first let me say that for some links there is one click too many to get to the page (or continue reading the page). not everyone has a high speed connection so they would become easily frustrated and leave the site. this is doubly important because it seems that your web hosting site is very slow (i had to reload pages a lot).

    i think for a site to succeed you need an angle. is yours going to be humor (there is no humor on the recipes themself although they are well written and the pictures are great), will it be health related/organic/local, ethnic (it would be neat to click on a map of the world and get a recipe from that area)…or can you somehow incorporate all of these aspects into your site. another neat thing would be to list the ingredients you have in the house and then the recipes you could make would come up!!!

    the souparecipes seem to contain all posts, not just recipes. that’ll be a lot to weed through in the long run.

    other than that, i wish you the best of luck with it. 🙂

    ps – i’m not much of a soup eater but there are a couple my sister makes that are great. mushroom bisque (with vermouth) and a soup my grandmother used to make with dumplings, potatoes, carmelized onions butter and lots of pepper.

  5. scott halbert
    July 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    the revolving map is hypnotic!

    • July 14, 2011 at 10:01 am #

      We are digging it too…..we can see you!

  6. Sonia Correa
    July 14, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    WOW! congrat 4 ur achievement! it’s funny and professional, i wih u the best as u embark on ur next exciting adventure!
    REAL MAN WEAR APRONS!

    • Sonia Correa
      July 14, 2011 at 8:27 am #

      I wish i could cook, i would make one of those soups! but it’s not my calling…..

      • July 14, 2011 at 10:02 am #

        If Yan can cook, so can you!

        • August 29, 2011 at 7:32 am #

          Great thinikng! That really breaks the mold!

      • August 30, 2011 at 8:36 am #

        Walking in the presence of giants here. Cool thinking all around!

    • July 14, 2011 at 10:00 am #

      Thanks Sonia, you should see us in Bikini’s……aprons hide too much love!

  7. Lorri Dawson
    July 18, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    Your site is FRESH, FUN & FANTASTIC! I love soup and am looking forward to trying some of your recipes. Best of luck!!!

    • July 19, 2011 at 6:31 am #

      Thank you so much for the positive feedback Lorri. We hope to hear back from you again, you sound pretty fresh fun and fantastic too!

      D-

  8. July 25, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    The heart of your writing whilst appearing agreeable originally, did not work perfectly with me after some time. Somewhere throughout the sentences you were able to make me a believer unfortunately only for a short while. I still have got a problem with your leaps in logic and you would do well to fill in those breaks. In the event you can accomplish that, I will surely end up being amazed.

    • July 25, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

      Writers we are not my friend (not that it has stopped us) we are a work in progress at this point. At the end of the day we can at least say that it is original and penned by us, even if it sucks.

      Thanks for the honest feedback, it’s how john and I will learn to improve. We hope you will come back and keep us pointed in the right direction.

      Cheers!

      D-

      • August 30, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

        Son of a gun, this is so helpful!

  9. July 27, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    Do you have a Facebook page or Twitter? Would love to follow you there, I’m on my iPhone and love reading your stuff!

    • July 29, 2011 at 8:06 am #

      SoupAday on Twitter, working on the FB page.

      Thanks!

      D-

  10. kandy
    August 1, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    If I had to guess I would say “cheap pillow cases” are the words of Steve Brown! (If you ever read his words you would understand ) :)… …. You guys give off good vibes!. The world needs more humor. Best of luck to you both on your adventure. Keep on smiling! 🙂 🙂

    • August 1, 2011 at 8:44 am #

      Thanks for the most excellent compliment we have received yet! Any friend of Steve Brown’s is a friend to me!

      Cheers!
      D-

      • August 30, 2011 at 7:08 am #

        Unbelievable how well-written and informative this was.

  11. August 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    The crux of your writing whilst sounding reasonable at first, did not really sit properly with me after some time. Somewhere throughout the paragraphs you actually were able to make me a believer but only for a very short while. I however have a problem with your jumps in assumptions and you might do well to help fill in all those gaps. When you actually can accomplish that, I could certainly be amazed.

  12. John
    August 21, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    Hey Dick, it appears that our new friend ‘cheap pillow cases’ also sells ‘Custom T shirts’ lol
    J-

    • August 22, 2011 at 9:28 am #

      Go figure…when will the spam end? lol

  13. August 29, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    I love reading these articles becusae they’re short but informative.

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