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Posted on Dec 23, 2008 in admin, Giveaway | 12 comments

Bento Blog Search & design contest

Bento Blog Search & design contest

After playing with the cool Food Blog Search and Veg Blog Search engines to search thousands of food blogs, I got to thinking. Why don’t the bento and packed lunch blogs have a similar search engine that brings up results only from our lunch blogs? So I’ve started to pull one together, including about 100 bento blogs on my Lunch Links page (still adding blogs in multiple languages).

It’s still a work in progress and I’m putting together a standalone web page for it in addition to the basic Google custom search page, If you’ve personalized your Google homepage, you can add a Bento Blog Search gadget to your homepage. All you have to do is click on this button:

Add to Google

I do have a favor to ask in the meantime. I’m not the most artistic person around, but will need graphics for the header and search widget logos (see the Food Blog Search widgets and Veg Blog Search widget for examples). Are you graphics-minded? Here’s your chance to leave a lasting impression on the bento blogging community!

If this is up your alley, design a header and search widget logo and e-mail them to me at bentoblogsearch (AT} gmail {DOT) com by Friday, January 16, 2009. If I wind up choosing your design for the bento blog search tool, I’ll send you a bento box gift bag with Skater bento box gear like those I’m offering for the Menu for Hope hunger charity and credit you on the Bento Blog Search website.

By the way, there are two days left on this year’s Menu for Hope raffle, which ends on December 24, 2008. Odds of winning the Pokemon bento box set are currently about three times better than winning the Hello Kitty bento set, so it’s something to keep in mind. All proceeds go to the United Nations World Food Programme, the world’s largest food aid agency. Specifically, this year’s donations will benefit the school lunch program in Lesotho, Africa.

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  1. Can you post a deadline for us? I would love to contribute but I’m about to embark on my holiday travels and I want to know how much time I’ll have to work on this when I get back.
    Thanks!

  2. @1 from Tracy: Okay, why don’t we say by Friday, January 16. I’ll update the post once I’m back at my computer.

  3. Wah, I wish I had money to donate. If only my roommate didn’t ditch on the lease leaving me her bill. ><

  4. Two questions…

    1. What dimensions would you like (particularly for the header?)

    2. Are we allowed to use pictures of your bento creations in our designs? (I don’t really have time or money to make my own unfortunately).

    Thanks! ^.^

  5. @4 from GoAngel: I’m flexible on header size, so width can be from 500-600px, and height from 150-200px. You may use my bento photos if you like, although original drawings are also much appreciated.

  6. Ooh, how exciting! This is gonna be great! How do you even go about starting something like that?

  7. I’ve seen links to those blog search tools before but never paid much attention to them. I gave them a look and the results were very good. Thanks for posting.

  8. What a good idea to create that group!

  9. First of all, I just want to say that I really enjoy your blogs! They’ve inspired me to start making more creative lunches for school rather than just a PB&J sandwich, haha.

    But anyway, I’m interested in the whole header/logo design thing, but I had a question. Are we allowed to submit multiple entries? Thanks!

    Keep blogging and packing lunches!

  10. @11 from Angie: Absolutely! If you’d like to submit multiple entries, I’d welcome it. Thanks for your interest!