I’m not usually one to get defensive and snappy (not in my writing, anyway) but it’s come to my attention over the last few months of blogging that a lot of people seem to have an axe to grind with food bloggers. I’ve seen some pretty strong statements from people on why they think food bloggers are just bad in general, and I think they’re pretty unnecessary. So I’ve taken the two complaints that I see most often, and find to be the silliest, to explain why they suck.
Why do food bloggers feel the need to tell us their life story? Get to the recipe!
If you’re cruising the internet for recipes instead of coughing up the few quid it would cost you to buy a recipe book, you should probably take a second and reflect on that before whining about the format in which free recipes are being delivered to you. People sometimes spend hours working on the stories behind their recipes because they love sharing their own personal connection with the food they’re talking about, and I think that’s really cool. I love reading about where people discovered an ingredient, or the first time they made a dish, or the childhood holiday that inspired the way they cook. If you don’t, then maybe reading food blogs isn’t a great recreational activity for you.
Not to state the obvious, but you know you can scroll down a web page, right?
Food bloggers have no idea what they’re talking about, they’re not even qualified to write about food.
When I started this blog back in April, I had absolutely no idea how to cook quinoa, I had never even heard of almond butter and superfoods were a foreign concept. I’ve never claimed to be a nutritionist, nor have I seen any other blogger do so (unless of course they’re a nutritionist). But in the short time that I’ve been working on this blog, I’ve learned more than I could have possibly imagined. I write for the love of cooking, the love of food and the way it can bring people together, the love of ingredients and their histories and healing powers. Writing for the love of something does not require some kind of certificate. Nor should it be criticized as though it’s somehow doing a disservice to a hard-earned qualification in something-or-other. If you want expertise, check out some scientific studies or, dare I say it again, buy a recipe book.
In summary, food blogging is an awesome, therapeutic and rewarding experience. I think it’s a shame that some people feel so negatively towards it.
Have you ever come across negativity towards food blogging? Let me know in the comments..