I have been blogging for quite some time now and have tried food from hundreds of restaurants and cafes. While some experiences have been amazing, some have been average and some have left bad memories that I probably can’t get rid of.
The purpose of this post is not to complain but to share the thoughts that I have when I read some fellow blogger posts. When I say posts, these can be Instagram posts, reviews on a website or probably a blog post. I can categorize some of the bloggers that have made blogging challenging in the recent past.
Being around for about 5 years in blogging has helped me identify what is true and what is not. I can probably read a review or 2 of a blogger and can easily identify the amount of truth in the post. Not saying that I have never toned down a review (due to the laws of course) or just skipped a blogpost for a disappointing experience, but I just know when a review/post is just for the sake of it, that is, it misguides the followers or readers.
1. The I like everything blogger
We all follow a blogger who loves everything. Either the blogger has an amazing choice and has amazing luck. Probably needs to try his/her luck winning a few jackpots or lucky draws.
It’s possible that one posts only about the things they liked but not everything can be the best right? If you tried a Chocolate Cake from one place last week and it was the best, how can the one you tried the very next week be the best again? Scroll down a few posts and there is another best Chocolate Cake! Please make up your mind 🙂
2. Only negative reviews blogger
There are platforms that allow one to post reviews and give their ratings too. I have come across some reviewers of so called bloggers who just post negative reviews. The purpose of this is to get attention of the restaurant to get freebies. Disappointing!
One can have bad experiences but if you just post about the negative ones then you’re surely not helping anyone. One needs to balance it out. Be informative if you critice something. Writing things like “It was just bad” doesn’t give me anything as a reader. Define bad to me. Was the Chicken dish you ordered too salty? Was the Chicken undercooked? Was there too much spice in it, even though you had specified that the food shouldn’t be spicy?
3. Bloggers who don’t separate marketing from the normal food posts
Yes, there are bloggers out there making money out of Instagram posts or even blog posts and there is no harm in that. Blogging can be a good business. There are however laws to be adhered to. Apart from that the bigger issue is not informing your readers.
You see a post wherein a food blogger starts promotion detergents or even washing liquid soap. Of course you know these are marketing posts. So why not disclose that?
Not only this, some restaurants also pay hefty amounts to the bloggers to post and no one discloses anything. The purpose of the post is solely marketing, regardless of the fact that the food was good or not. Anyone can take fancy photos with a good equipment and experience but not letting your readers or followers know is wrong. You are basically misleading them.
A lot of these so called influencers also have bought followers and likes to grow quickly. They might say that’s their personal choice, which it is, but for me it’s lying!
4. The blogger who barely eats
Yes, there are those ones too! Some food bloggers go to multiple events in a day and sometimes barely taste any food. However, when you check their Instagram accounts later, they comment on the food.
How can you comment on something you haven’t tried? Unless you eat from your eyes and nose! Can you please teach me that technique? It might just help me lose a few kgs.
5. The blogger who wants to be everywhere
Please don’t get me wrong; actually you can if you want to :P, but there are food bloggers who just want to be everywhere regardless of the fact if they know anything about the cuisine or if the food is meant for them.
For example if I were to eat vegetarian food, I would surely not go to a steak house to review it. Yes, the steakhouse has some good vegetarian options but for God’s sake, its a steakhouse and should be promoted for being one!
There’s no harm learning about new cuisines either but take your time to experience and understand it first. I barely went to sushi places when I started blogging as I wasn’t fond of sushi. Now, you probably can’t stop me from having it. It is fair enough that I started going to more sushi places in the last 2-3 years, that is, after I developed a taste for it and understood the food better.
I was fairly active, accepting invites every now and then, however with time I realised that this wasn’t why I started blogging. I have taken a step back and barely accept food review invites. If there’s a party or opening, then you might see me around but food reviews invites probably not. I however do have some pending reviews from previous invites and I shall surely publish them on the blog. Will try to be as honest as I can.
The point is to be true to yourself and to your readers/followers. If you can’t do that, then just mention that you promote food and products and you are not exactly a food blogger. If you want to be an influencer, be one, but be a real and honest one.
You can also read what Eat Drink Stay Dubai has to say about trusting Dubai reviews.