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Wednesday, February 07, 2007


Interesting post.

Setting aside any potential conflict on interest issues with Style for a moment...

Why would you not accept advertising offers for your blog?

I would think that as long as...

you let readers know if you're being paid to blog on a particular topic (simple disclosure)


the advertiser (and your audience) understands that advertising dollars do not and will not influence your writing're in the clear.

Is that not so? If not, why?

Isn't that what is all about?

I agree with Tripp. I've run into blogs that are being paid to review stuff and the only times I've had issue with it is when I found out later that they did not disclose it.

I've heard people bash stuff they are assigned on federated media and still continue to be paid and continue to receive assignments.

Great blog, I always enjoy reading your stuff.

It's an interesting article. I have a link to it on my blog-

I think that there is a place for the food blog, but like everything that is on the internet, proceed with some caution. Even the New York Times makes mistakes- I agree with Brandon that giving a venue more than one visit helps them to show their true colors.

I have had two of the best meals of my life at NORA in Washington, and one of the worst as well. It's true that even the best have horrible nights. But I told them about it and they made it right.

Thanks for such a thoughtful commentary. The thing I like about blog food reviews is that get the "everyday joe's" perspective. Which is nice from time to time.

Because print reviews sometime spend a good deal of time explaining the chef's concept and theories on food, I think readers get anxious to hear the bottom line- is the place worth my time and money. Yes, I care about a chef training and 6 failed startups. But, I know a lot of people who don't but still need to try the restaurant.

For me, blogged reviews are a social movement for good food. I know when I write about a place it makes me feel good to hear from someone who went and tried something new. The experience isn't always positive, but I am happier because I know someone who would have ordinarily driven passed a non-chain restaurant and actually took the time to have a meal that changed their perspective- even if just a little.

I think I must be a lunatic not to accept ads because everyone keeps telling me so. Maybe I'll reconsider my position on that one.

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