Most readers would have missed this comment in the previous post on the cinnamon rolls recipe, from a reader named “Karen Espinosa”:
“I was a bit cross for only seeing this,actually i was looking for a reciepy of home made mango ice cream but, this page is only all about post, i wish you would improve your website so many more people would be interested in this website, you never know this website might be a popular website if you will improve it,that is all i can say for now.”
So while Sister has very graciously written up a mango ice cream recipe in her response (which regular readers may read with the phrase “dripping with sarcasm” in mind), this is a more classic Marketman response. So, Ms. Espinosa, kindly read on.
1. Marketmanila.com has over 800+ recipes in its archives, many if not most of them my own, though inspired by many different sources, and all are provided free of charge to anyone who cares to visit the site. In addition there are at least 1,600 other posts on produce, ingredients, flowers, restaurants, etc. also provided totally free of charge and without advertising on the site. So I am not sure why you are under the impression that there are no recipes on this blog. But worse, if you had simply let your fingers do some walking instead of immediately typing out what is the comment equivalent of what I would call verbal diarrhoea, you would have EASILY found the following using the search function and typing in “mango ice cream”:
a. If you typed in “mango ice cream” into the search function of the site, you would have been directed to this page, and if you can read, you would have noticed that the THIRD post is entitled Mango Ice Cream a la Marketman, and if you went to that post, it describes the process, though leaves out a detailed recipe as I used the recipe that came with the White Mountain Ice Cream Maker. If you had an ice cream maker, you could simply follow a recipe for peach ice cream and change mangoes for peaches, but maybe that is too much for you to handle. So the point is, there is in fact a post related to Mango Ice Cream.
b. Now if you don’t have a commercial or home ice cream maker (all of which would have probably come with a fruit ice cream recipe), then you could have read down further in the search results to just the SEVENTH entry, and would have found this incredibly easy to make mango sorbet a la marketman. And you would have a wonderful fresh mango dessert, no expensive machinery required.
c. If still curious, you might have found your way to these wonderful mango and blackberry popsicles that the Kid made when she was about 9 years old, maybe more your speed.
But worse, had you just googled “mango ice cream”, there are dozens of results that would have easily helped you in your quest, so being irate, cross or annoyed is a bit absurd, don’t you think? And cross enough to leave a dumb comment? After a bit of internet research, here are a few facts for you to consider, because while I agree one can always improve on something, I have no desire to improve the website if only to attract more readers of your ilk. Period.
2. Marketmanila.com is five years old, and attracts over 8,000 different visitors a day. On average it gets some 550,000+ page views per month. Because it is totally non-commercial in nature, then I have no need to increase my hits or make it look more visited than it really is… so volume of visitors or “popularity” is irrelevant, other than knowing a lot of folks seem to enjoy it, and they add immensely to the site by adding intelligent or amusing or otherwise NON-STUPID or RUDE comments.
But since you bring up the point, I decided to look into some statistics, and here is what I found on Alexa, a fairly well-known traffic tracking company:
Marketmanila is the 88,366th most visited website in the world based on the last three months of traffic, and ranked 1,122 in the Philippines. It is probably one of the top 2 or 3 Filipino food websites or blogs, depending on how you rank them. But more interestingly, I decided to look up some other local websites just to see how marketmanila.com compared and found this:
Summit Media (publishers of Yummy Magazine, Town & Country, and a slew of international magazine names) (summitmedia.com.ph) ranked 165,248 over the same period.
The website of the Philippine Department of Tourism which should be the first stop for millions of tourists to the country every year (tourism.gov.ph) is ranked 297,637.
Nestle Philippines (manufacturers of Nestle Ice Cream and tons of other food products) ranked 337,035.
San Miguel Corporation (makers of Magnolia, beer and dozens of food products) (sanmiguel.com.ph) ranked 470,917.
RFM Foods Corporation (manufacturers of Selecta Ice Cream and lots of other food products) is ranked 3,143,697
As these numbers suggest, the marketmanila.com website is “popular” enough even without your visit(s) or suggested improvements. So, all I can say is that your comment was uninformed, lacked factual basis, and probably indicative of an intellectual laziness that can’t take you through a simple internet search for something you want, need or seek. It was rude, and worst of all, makes you appear less intelligent than you probably really are. In light of that, it might have been simpler to keep your comment to yourself as you have just stepped into a space with several thousand regular readers who now know who is the first nominee for the informal “Fishpan Awards 2010″ on marketmanila.com. THEY know it is a dubious distinction.