Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Michael Bauer Food Blog

A new Bay Area Food Blog is Born

The San Francisco Chronicles Food Critic Michael Bauer dares to start a food blog. I wonder what he thinks about the competition?

photograph picture michael bauer food blog on sfgate entitled between meals

PS - Thanks to the commentors who so kindly left me the clues and links to Mr Bauer's new blog before it reached the front page of SFgate.

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Michael Bauer Food Blog


  • At 3/5/06 06:26, Blogger Elise said…

    Thanks for posting the link, Sam. I looked around for it yesterday for an hour and couldn't find it.

  • At 3/5/06 06:55, Blogger Sam said…

    are you sure yu aren't related, Elise????

  • At 3/5/06 07:29, Blogger Sam said…

    PS Interestingly enough, at least two of the posts that were on Bauer's blog yesterday have been deleted by this morning. I know because I left a comment on one of them. And no - I didnt say anything rude or controversial at all before you ask.

  • At 3/5/06 08:29, Anonymous Brett said…

    When I checked this morning, it seems like there isn't a way to leave comments - just an email link. Then again, I haven't had my morning cuppa' yet, so maybe I'm not seeing it.

  • At 3/5/06 08:38, Blogger Sam said…

    The comment capability was only on one post - a post that is no longer showing up - it was about noisiness in restaurants, asking for suggestions.

  • At 3/5/06 09:45, Blogger Davina Baum said…

    I was about to mention that there's no RSS, either --but i must be having the same coffee problem as Brett, because i found it. Having no comments is weird, though -- considering that the other SFGate blogs have them.

  • At 3/5/06 09:59, Blogger Davina Baum said…

    OK, this is kind of odd. i signed up for the RSS feed, and bloglines doesn't acknowledge when a post has been deleted, it feeds them anyway. but if you click the link to deleted posts, you get a blank page. These posts appear in bloglines but seem to have been deleted (including one titled "Say it again Sam"...hmmm):

    Bring me the roast chicken, and a double shot of noise

    By mbauer@sfchronicle.com (Michael Bauer)

    I promised it yesterday, and I'm...

    * Keep New:
    * Posted on: Thu, Apr 27 2006 5:34 PM
    * Email This
    * Clip/Blog This

    Say it again Sam

    By mbauer@sfchronicle.com (Michael Bauer)

    "What was that?" "Huh?" "Could you...

    * Keep New:
    * Posted on: Thu, Apr 27 2006 5:27 PM
    * Email This
    * Clip/Blog This

    Of beer, chocolate and white table cloths

    By mbauer@sfchronicle.com (Michael Bauer)

    Beer experts such as Fred Eckhard in...

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    * Posted on: Thu, Apr 27 2006 5:22 PM
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  • At 4/5/06 02:02, Blogger Chubby Hubby said…

    These days it seems that every newspaper and magazine food section wants "in" on the blogosphere. The interesting thing is that they're entering the game late, after people like you, Pim, Keiko, Nicky and Oliver, etc have already established themselves and their presence. The real question is whether readers will switch from reading blogs written by passionate amateurs to blogs written by paid professionals. Especially when some times the amateurs know more than the pros and often are most honest in their writing.

  • At 4/5/06 04:33, Blogger Sam said…

    Davina - see! I wasn't imagining things! I imagine it was teething problems and I wouldnt be surprised if we see those posts pop up again the future which would raise an interesting question - for me blogging isnt about prepping in advance too much for me, its about reporting on the fly, ideas that come into my head as I go along. I am never for one second stuck for a content idea, never. I do have ideas for future posts, but I wouldnt ever have them all pre-written and stacked up like that. I hope Michael isnt doing a blog just for the sake of it, so far I havent sensed a true passion for his new forum (for the blogging, I am sure he is passionate about food). But its early days, I am giving him a chance.

    Chubby - you raise a good question too. I guess many of these new professional breed of publication bloggers are blogging because they have been told to, or because they think they shoould for some reason, not because they particularly want to. Good blogs are are built on extreme passion, as you say, they dont have ulterior motives of any sort, they are just all about wanting to share that passion with the world. It's a feeling that comes from the gut, it's an inexplicable drive, you simply just can't be paid to create the same thing.

    Having said that, I did totally fall for Frank Bruni's blog at first sight. I rarely read the NYT and wasnt really familiar with his work, plus of course I have little interest in NYC restaurants. But I dropped his blog in my RSS feed when it was announced and have been pretty addicted to it ever since. I find his writing compelling and I find him, by the by, answering the kind of questions mere mortals would have about a high profile food critic and he seems to incorporate this seamlessly into his blog pieces. I think he has pulled it off well, he seems to be suited to the blog format and he has interesting content.

    I hope Bauer's blog might turn out to be just as interesting as Bruni's, but my first impression is that he doesn't quite 'get' it (the blogging). You are quite right, CHubby, - simply by being head of the SF chromicle's food section does not make you a good blogger, just as I am sure many bloggers, despite being totally kick-arse hobbyists who give the professionals more than a run for their money in this forum, wouldn't actually be able to do Bauer's day job.

  • At 4/5/06 08:01, Anonymous Barbara said…

    Pro writers from the newspapers are entering the blogosphere now because they are losing their traditional audiences. Newspaper circulation is way, way down, but blog reading and writing is way, way up, so the newspapers are having writers start up "professional blogs," thinking that this is a way to recapture their audience.

    I think Bruni's is the best of the pro-blog genre, if one can call it that--and I think he is a great writer who is able to take up the medium and do it well.

    Other pros may not take to the medium. As I have been saying for months, it is different than writing for a magazine or a newspaper--both of which I have done. It is very different, and some professionals may not be able to discern the difference and thus capture readership.

    Blogging is more personal, and often the appeal of the blog is entwined with the personality of the author as much as it is about the writer's abilities to turn out splendid prose.

    In fact, with many readers, I would say that it is mostly about personality, and less about writing, although, good writers have the edge.

    It is an interesting trend to watch, that is for certain.

  • At 4/5/06 10:00, Blogger anthony said…

    But you are best :-) , may i add

  • At 6/5/06 09:11, Anonymous johng said…

    I think Barbara's comments are dead-on, and I would add that the big guys in the media and in the software biz are like the Borg - it takes them quite a while to recognize the threat of innovation, but once they do, they are quick to try to envelop it, irradiate its individuality, and incorporate the innovative functions into their own. For now, the effort in the Blogosphere is having only mixed success because, as Sam notes, some MainStream Media people are good at it, and some aint, but that could change pretty darn quickly if the ISPs get their way and we start seeing multiple tiers of access on the web. Now onto Bauer, I have waited on the guy, and I have read his reviews, and I know people who know him, and from all that I would say that he's one of the most persnickety personalities you are likely to encounter. Not the most likely type to thrive in the loosey-goosey world of the blogosphere.

  • At 28/5/06 16:05, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hi, greta blog. first time checking brittish blogs. but i got a little dizzy wiht too much big pictures

    keep on writing



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