Bay Area Food Blogs
And other stuff...
I think I have got to the stage where I am no longer able to keep up with all the new food blogs in the Bay Area, let alone the rest of the world. It's certainly a crowded market out there but I am happy to see so much creativity, good taste, so many views and opinions, so much thoughtfulness, kindness and community. Here are some local blogs I have come across recently that I don't think I have featured before:
Ladle and Whisk
Chez Denise et Laudalino
Although I would like to be everything to everyone prove I am Superwoman, I know it just isn't possible. Recently a reader wrote to me about a recipe I had recommended. I had photographed the dish and recommended the book from where the recipe came. The reader wanted me to copy down the recipe and email it to her because she didn't want to spend $20 on the book. I wrote back and explained that I couldn't do that, not only because of copyright issues, but also because I really didn't have the time right now for reasons that weren't any body's business. In order to try and ease the blow, I added that maybe one day I would make the recipe a few more times and adapt it for publishing on my blog. Her prissy, ungrateful reply to me was "Oh, please don't bother..."
Her response upset me. I wrote back to her and explained a few things about bloggers, a few of which I would like to also share with my wider audience:
"Please remember there is a human being on the end of this email line and she should not be made to feel like she should be at the beck and call of everyone who wants something from her. I am not paid to do any of this. I have at least half a dozen enquiries like yours a day and I don't have the time to personally attend to every one of them. That I even took the time to personally answer your enquiry is something you should be able to appreciate. Really, think about it - you expect me to copy a long recipe out of a book ... why should I work for you for free? Please try and be a little bit more considerate of other peoples' feelings in future."
I hoped that she might realise that her actions were uncalled for and apologize to me, but of course, no she didn't. Thankfully, 99% of people don't behave in this manner. All of us, at some time, write emails which we never a receive a reply to and sit there wondering why we have been snubbed. As the number of people who contact me increases exponentially on a weekly basis I have started to become one of those people who doesn't always answer all her emails. My intentions are certainly honest. I *star* the important ones in my Inbox and fully intend to get back to them, but then time runs away with me, I lose track, my brain goes in to meltdown and I fail so many people. It bothers me, it niggles me, I worry that I have offended some people. If you are one of those people, please accept my apologies - I didn't mean to snub you - I am sorry.
OK - now go and have a great holiday weekend, everybody, far away from your Inboxes...