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As a foodie-blogger who love love LOVES to take pictures of her meals — and then share them with the “social media” world, Guides for Food Bloggers by Bill Bailey was the perfect read. Since food trends are changing rapidly in the DC area, us bloggers need to keep abreast of what’s going on and how to let the eWorld know.
With cameras and smartphones in hand, we head off to see whose doing what with their menu, how we can beef up our blogs (no pun intended) and how we’re going to rate our overall experience.
This leads me to my main point; Food Blogger’s Etiquette Guide: Ten Rules for Restaurant Blogging from The Food Channel
Check it out…
FOODCHANNEL.COM RELEASES ETIQUETTE GUIDE
FOR FOOD BLOGGERS
Ten tips for writing about food in the digital age
CHICAGO (May 11, 2011) — The Food Channel® (foodchannel.com) is pleased to announce its new Food Blogger’s Etiquette Guide eBook, “A Guide to Tasteful Food Blogging.” Readers may view the guide for free on The Food Channel website, or download for $0.99 on Amazon Kindle devices or as a PDF on The Food Channel online store.
“It actually started when I read a comment attributed to noted Chef Rick Bayless,” said Kay Logsdon, editor in chief of The Food Channel . “He suggested that a blogger’s etiquette book might be in order, and we agreed. As fun and interesting as food blogging is, the goal is to make sure that the dining experience isn’t interrupted by the blogging experience.”
The booklet is made up of 10 short tips written by Logsdon and illustrated with photography taken by David Nehmer, The Food Channel ’s Creative Director. “We travel and eat at a lot of great restaurants in search of content for our restaurant database,” said Logsdon. “Along the way, David has taken some beautiful photos inside the restaurants, and this was a great opportunity to show how well it can be done.”
The 10 rules of food blogging are:
Be professional, even if your blog is a hobby.
Photos are OK—in fact, they are a compliment to the chef. However, flash photos are a distraction to other diners. Do not use a flash.
Respect privacy. Do not take photos of other diners.
Make sure your photos will do proper justice to the restaurant and its food.
What applies to photos should also apply to what you write—especially that part about “respect privacy.” Don’t quote from private conversations or from interviews with the staff—or even the restaurant owner or chef—unless you have identified yourself as a blogger and they are OK with being quoted.
Use good judgment when judging. In other words, if you are going to criticize, be sure you know what you are talking about.
Be polite. Again, blogging is not the same as being a food critic, no matter how much social media has changed the game.
Link to the restaurant’s website. Give your reader the chance to learn more about the restaurant and to peruse the menu a little further.
Let the restaurant know you’ve written a blog.
Don’t let note taking, photo taking, or observations hinder your enjoyment of the meal or the atmosphere.
Readers can also download The Food Channel’s first e-cookbook full of 100 best dessert and beverage recipes from the Test Kitchens of The Food Channel. “The eBook Best Recipes from The Food Channel – 100 Great Desserts” is available for $9.99 on Amazon Kindle and Apple iPad devices.
About The Food Channel®
The Food Channel is a place for great food inspiration, the latest trends, the most compelling stories, and original perspective. This website offers insightful original content that is distributed to everywhere foodies interact with culinary creativity by influencing, contributing to, learning from, gaining inspiration through, and being a part of the experience around great food. For more information, visit foodchannel.com . Follow The Food Channel on Twitter at twitter.com/foodchannel or twitter.com/aford, or on Facebook at facebook.com/FoodChannel.
Riddle me this:
Do you consider yourself a FOODIE?
Have you noticed this ongoing food trend while dining out?
Are YOU guitly of snapping a few photos of your meal to post on Facebook? Twitter? FourSquare?
Do you mind when your date/companion takes photos of his/her meal?
Do you have an active blog?
Have you checked out FoodChannel.com lately? (Lots of cool articles, products, blogs and recipes to be seen.)
Friday-Eve FREEbie: Bonus! I have Food Blogger’s Etiquette Guide (eBook, retail price: $.99) just for my loyal readers. (You’re welcome!) Interested? Email me at elledeepea[AT]gmail[DOT]com.
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Happy picture-taking/eating/blogging, folks!