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In Defence of Food Bloggers

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. SoΒ 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.Β 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..

 

 

14 Comments

  1. When I went to a blogging event recently, we were talking about readers leaving negative comments on blog posts (I haven’t had that myself but I know a lot of people with more followers certainly do), and to be honest, I think there needs to be a bit more appreciation around this whole subject. And Jesse from Hectophilia mentioned that readers are receiving all this content for free – and it was a bit of an epiphany for me. I consider myself as a fairly quick blogger, I think of my subject, write it and publish but thats not the case for a lot of people and it takes time to put a well-thought out and interesting article together. We are putting in the time and effort for ourselves as well as the appreciation of others, so I fully agree with this!

    And you’re right, if you want a professional recipe, go buy a bloody cookbook! x

  2. Couldn’t agree more. I started my blog because I wanted to record what I was learning to cook and share it with anyone who’s interested. If they’re not, then they don’t have to read it.

    I often have the worry myself that there are so many more experienced people out there to share recipes, why would people want mine too. But I then remind myself that I enjoy them (I never post something I don’t want to cook again and again myself) so hopefully someone else will give them a go and enjoy them too.

    I’m trying something on the post I’m writing at the moment to allow people to skip the background and go straight to the recipe if they want to. It’s a bit for people the are just l

  3. Loved this post! So very true and very well written.
    I got my first troll the other day actually. I’d written that I prefer not to have lots of unusual chemicals in foods – as in making pasta sauce from scratch rather than a jar. The smart arse commented something along the lines “all foods are made up of chemicals you idiot, that’s what makes up everything living on the earth…” I despair!

  4. Sorry of you’ve got a half written comment From me, it just disappeared from my screen and I don’t know where it went!! Feel free to delete if you find it.

    I agree with your post. It takes a lot of time and effort to maintain a food blog and if people don’t appreciate it they don’t have to read it.

    I sometimes worry myself that I’m not qualified to write about food, that there are so many more experienced people out there. I have remind myself that I enjoy these recipes and if I do someone else may well do too (hopefully). If nothing else they’re written down nicely for me to use!!

    I’m trying something on my next post to allow people to skip past the writing to the recipe. It’s for people that just want to recipe, or returning visitors who’ve read the post and come back later to cook. It’ll be interesting to see what people think of it.

    Anyway, keep writing about what you love just the way you want to.

  5. Hear, hear! I started my blog to improve my cooking and try new recipes, not because I think I’m some sort of expert in the field. I love seeing how some of the bloggers who have been doing it for a few years have improved in their pictures and creative recipe ideas. Most of them may be self-taught, but they have some incredible recipes. Also, anyone can post recipes to the likes of allrecipes/bestrecipes/tastykichen without having any qualifications, and tonnes of people use those as their go-to recipes sites every day. It’s not about being an authority on the subject, it’s about sharing ideas with the community.

  6. Great post, although I didn’t know people thought this way! I have only just started putting recipes on my blog and if people started chirping up about the jabber I put before it I’d tell them where to go! Like you say you do this for yourself and if people like your recipes they can use them but for anyone else… jog on! haha.

    http://www.gingerbreadsmiles.co.uk
    xox

  7. I’ve been blogging about food about the same length of time as you. To be honest I haven’t come across much negativity but that’s not to say it’s not out there. Some people are just born complainers and will always find a reason to knock you down. At the end of the day it’s your blog and you are writing for yourself and regular readers, not the moody Marks out there!

  8. Thanks for defending us Cate! People I know are usually very enthusiastic about the fact that I have a food blog, but I have noticed some criticism in the air! That is too bad – I enjoy writing my blog, I agree it is very therapeutical and my weekly post encourages me to cook something different every week and explore different types of food. It just keeps me on my toes! It is great to see that other people around the world have a passion for food too and to be able to share tips, ideas,impressions etc. People who are not interested do not have to read us πŸ™‚

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