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Kate Zimmerman Hates Food Bloggers


I find Kate Zimmerman’s dismissal of food bloggers and social media not only distasteful, but confusing. What is she on about exactly? Food bloggers? Smart mobile devices? Rude people? BBQ? The stupidity of Twitter followers? Her article never really makes a point and fizzles away in self pity and defeat.

If her point was that no one is out there reading blog posts or Twitter tweets, uh, she’s wrong. How else did I find this article in the first place? And after I share this with others, I think she may be surprised by the traction it gets. Long tail my ass, this is where marketing and PR takes place these days Kate. Catch up.

Like Rick Mc, I like food—no, I love food—so I take photos of it. I write about my culinary discoveries and adventures online. So do about 30 other food bloggers on our website foodists.ca.

We’re passionate about food and share our thoughts, opinions, reviews, tips and rants with hundreds of followers on Twitter—followers who seem genuinely interested and often engage in dialogue and tell us how much they appreciate our efforts.

Oh yeah, did I mentioned none of us are getting paid for it? Zip. We do it because we enjoy it. Imagine that! Like a, what’s it called? A hobby! A hobby we share with others who love it too!

Oh yeah, and we too recently held a BBQ workshop with 40 people enjoying instruction by BBQ Champ Ronnie Shewchuk. And we blogged, tweeted and Flickred the heck out of it too! (Google “BBQ Bootcamp” to see for yourself).

The one point I will concede to Kate is that Blackberries and iPhones, and their constant online connection, can lead to rude and unhealthy behaviour. I’m guilty of it too, but that’s a separate issue to photographing and writing about food.

The way I see it, Stanley was invited to a restaurant launch party and as much as Kate wanted to chat with her new friend, he had stuff to do. He was there to examine, taste, contemplate, and review the restaurant and its food (as did many others that night judging from the mentions on Twitter).

It’s a shame Ms Zimmerman was offended by Stanley’s lack of attention, but I don’t see why he—or the rest of us—deserved to be so harshly criticized.

What a strange attitude and piece of writing from someone who claims to be an award-winning writer—a writer with her own blog no less—but one who can’t tell the difference between a Blackberry or iPhone and “just learned that Flickr was an online photo sharing site”.

Perhaps someone this out of touch should learn a bit more before they rant online. And if she wants to be invited to future restaurant launch parties,  she might consider sitting at a table without any food bloggers at it.

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