I get free shit sometimes. It's cool. You might hear about it.
Cept when it's not, then you probably won't hear about it.
That's my disclosure statement.
I'm a food blogger, let's not forget that. We write about stuff we love. We love food, and eating, and cooking. The operative word there being LOVE. I write about the stuff that floats my boat. I'll say it again, I'm a food blogger - let's not take this too seriously alright guys? We're not playing for cattle stations.
I'm not in the business (you'd have to be making money for that and shit, bloggers get free stuff but it doesn't pay the bills) of bagging people out and publishing it. What's the point? It's like bullying - telling everyone how crap something is because *insert snarky sarcastic tone here* you know better and it's not up to your discerning standard. You make yourself feel better because you're better than they are. That's how it sounds when I read a scathing review about somewhere. Who the fuck are you anyway? Unless its Jay Rayner, and then it's quite funny.
I usually check in when I go places, and if it was terrible, I'll likely tweet saying I had a crap feed. That's it. I won't spend ages sitting there describing the poor evening. Or I'll say nothing. There will be no hype, no net presence from me - you get nothing - if the evening was bad.
What I WILL spend time on, is when I had a great experience. I love to let everyone know about local Perth spots that are worth going to. It's so much more positive to read about peoples experience when they enjoyed it. Create hype, support the places you love! Just don't be a dick about it.
Can't we all live by that rule?
Can we just treat reviews like puppies? Ignore the bad behaviour and praise the good stuff. Who cares if the meal I had was free or not. If it was good you'll hear about it.