Bloggers, Bullies and Organic Food

What do bloggers, bullies and organic food have to do with each other?

I thought you’d never ask.

I was living under a rock this weekend because I missed the apparent firework explosion on Twitter bloggers bullying and organic foodsaimed at KFC and their Blogger outreach. It came up on my radar today when I read this post by Stephanie Schwab and the comments that went with it.

Holy cow.

If you blog, I highly recommend you read the post but in a nutshell, Stephanie was trying to make the point that when you work with brands, you need to be careful slamming other brands and bloggers because it could turn off the brands you DO want to work with. Any of us that make money from our blogs (be it little or big) have become professional writers regardless if you look at it that way or not. She also addressed the issue of the bullies that came out in FULL force attacking the bloggers involved in the KFC outreach (if you want to get an idea, search for #KFCKidsMeals on twitter or online) saying that it was uncalled for and they should mind their manners (paraphrasing).

Then I read the comments which were all over the place but one blogger in particular went rogue in my opinion. She alleged that her attack on KFC was because they were using the word “healthy” to describe their food. By the time I finished reading her attacks, I felt pretty certain that KFC’s chicken must be made by none other than Satan himself and that anyone who dares to cross into the Colonel’s house will perish and burn in hell forever.

I had so many comments on this post but I wasn’t sure which angle to take. Here were the things that struck me in the whole thing and what I think of them… Blogger outreach programs, cyber bullies, Bloggers who consider themselves to be A-list (and what exactly IS A-list?!, organic food and judging.

Blogger Outreach Programs – I challenge you to find any blogger who has NOT done one of these. Sometimes you get money for them, sometimes you get product but it’s a great way to try new things and introduce them to your audience. For the record, I will NOT participate in one unless I would actually use the product – it is not worth my integrity or my TIME. This blog is my fun place and my only financial goal is for it to pay for itself and MAYBE get me to a conference or two. Not a lot to ask and I rarely meet those goals. If I would buy it myself, I will review it here. If you are a blogger and don’t like a product or service that’s being pitched to you, here’s a tip – say no! It’s easy! N-O. Thank, but no thanks. Trust me… that PR firm is not going to cry because you said no.

Blogger Bullies – Over the past couple of years, I have seen this become more and more of a problem. It’s kind of like the crap we dealt with during the elections – people will sit behind their computers and say things that they would NEVER say to your face. Same is true on social media and on blogs. I’ve seen conversations going on that fall short of harassment. Have we all lost our minds? And I’m sure these women are the same ones who would have “discussions” with their children if they even said a cross word to another kid. Or maybe not.. I don’t care who you are – you do NOT have a right to force your opinion down anyone’s throat. So what if those bloggers let KFC bring them to Kentucky to try their new “healthy kids meals”. The PR firm obviously did their work and figured they had the right demographic. It’s not their fault the only chicken you put in your mouth is smart chicken. It’s those kind of bloggers that give our industry a bad name. Which leads me to…

Alleged A-List Bloggers – This is the fault of all those “lists”. But it seems like once people go on these lists, they become royal A-sshats who do things like.. oh… bully. They have their little A-Clicks that they circle in and unless you’re on some predetermined list, you’re not getting any attention (is this sounding ANYTHING like High School yet??). And have you READ what they write? Oh my God. If I have to read one more sub par post from the MOST AMAZING BLOGGER EVER I might puke. It’s like the person wearing the really bad outfit and you wonder if they own a mirror. Do you read what you publish? Is it even you? Please come off your high horse. You’re not that great and you’re definitely not important enough that you can bully other bloggers.

Organic Foods – This one may sound weird here, but bear with me.. One of the big things that I kept seeing in this post was the reference to the hypocrisy of KFC touting their “healthy” food. Those of us in that conversation are not KFC’s target market – let’s be real. But why is it wrong for any fast food restaurant to want to make better nutritional offerings? And when did it become blasphemy if you want to eat at these places? I know these foods aren’t my best choices so that’s why I don’t eat at them very often. Like 5-6 times a year is how often I do. My kids might get it a little more but at the end of the day, it’s my decision and a whole lotta not yours so don’t judge. (Lisa over at A Day In Our Shoes has a great post about this) One particular commenter kept talking about how everyone should eat organic and these restaurants should be shot for existing. Excuse me.. but until healthy food is as affordable as other options, guess what the majority of people are going to have to eat? You try buying organic for a family of 5 when you’re making minimum wage. It’s not happening. I’M hard pressed to afford healthier options and we’re a 2 income family doing pretty well. There is not a mother in the world who wouldn’t put organic, healthy food in their child’s mouth if it was affordable. The good news is that the prices of organic produce are dropping as it becomes more prominent to a wider number of people. As a result, Community Organics organic fruit and vegetable delivery has been inundated with more people ordering their produce.

Social media has opened a new world to many of us and for those who are new to it, there is still a big learning curve to be had apparently. As I tell my kids and my clients – if you wouldn’t say to your mother, grandmother or your preacher DON’T say it online. You just never know who is going to read what you just posted or tweeted.

And to those bullies and “a-list” bloggers out there – be careful getting too big for your britches… if your blog disappeared tomorrow, I doubt many of us would notice and if we did, we’d forget within a week. That’s just how the interwebz works!


August 4, 2013 at 11:44 am

Thanks so much for this! As a blogger, I felt like you were reading my mind as I went through your post! You hit it right on the money. I actually wondered if this “blogger bully” problem was specific to my area but now I see it’s not. Some people I guess feel threatened by someone who has a good product and who they feel
Is “stealing their thunder”, and the only way to lash out is either to attack online or to create little “mafias”
to try to alienate those they believe may outshine them. And you’re right – their blogs are pretty pathetic most of the time. High school immaturity at best. Anyway, thanks again and much continued success to you. Maria

    August 4, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    People will say anything when they’re hidden behind a screen, won’t they? It’s the same on ALL social media sites. I had to remind one of my friends last week to not “feed the trolls”. They love egging people on.

April 1, 2013 at 1:06 am

I read and reread the hashtag. Nowhere in it did I get the idea that it was claming to be healthy.
As bloggers, we’re supposed to be professional, courteous and kind to others. As grown adults, that should be a given too. We’re not in high school anymore.
Maybe I’m too open-minded but I could give almost two cents less if a parent is feeling their child fast food once in a while, if they’re using cloth or regular diapers, organic or not, on and on. Every person has their own techniques and who’s to say which one is right. As long as the child is properly taken care of and loved, let it be.
People get their panties up in a wad too much if things aren’t done exactly their way.
I’m not a drone; I’m not a robot: and I”m not owned by anyone other than God. It riles me up when people get on the “I’m better than you” platform.
You’re right, it’s not a good idea to eat fast food all the time or fried food everyday. But, by golly, it’s not the end of the world if you do it once in a while.
How are companies to respect us when we can’t even get along ourselves?
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    April 3, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Terra – I can’t add much more to you comments. We sound like kindred spirits. When did people become judge and jury? It’s a whole lotta not your business what I feed my kid. Just because it’s not right for you doesn’t mean it’s not right for us. And I agree with what Stephanie was trying to say in the very beginning… if you make money off your site and you act like a brat and a bully, NO BRAND will want to work with you unless they’re Dick’s Last Resort.
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March 27, 2013 at 2:21 pm

“I felt pretty certain that KFC’s chicken must be made by none other than Satan himself and that anyone who dares to cross into the Colonel’s house will perish and burn in hell forever.”

I couldn’t even finish this post because I was laughing to hard. I’m friends with a lot of these bloggers and I don’t think what they did was professional at all. I can see both sides of the argument but in this case it got out of hand.
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    March 27, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I’ve gotten hot under the collar about topics and have said things that I shouldn’t have in the past myself. I applaude anyone who is so passionate about something that they fight for their cause but not at the expense of another person who was just doing what they thought was best for them. We’re not here to judge.. educate, sure. But I take a little offense when people say “we need to educate the poor on how bad these foods are”. We do? You don’t think they know that fast food is not the better choice? It’s like telling a smoker that smoking is bad for you. Really? Who are they? McFly out of the 50’s? Thanks for stopping by 🙂

March 27, 2013 at 11:31 am

This post is awesome and I love love love your take and your honesty on it all. What a sad cruel world full of the people that make it that. I am just glad to have connections with those that share light, and steer clear of those that dance in the dark.
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    March 27, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I feel like Rodney King… can’t we all just get along? I stay away from the drama. I’m actually going to my first mom blogger conferences this year and I am hoping that the actions of certain groups like that won’t dissuade me from going to others.

March 27, 2013 at 11:16 am

I just don’t see where people get off thinking they have some God given right that their opinion is gospel. It’s really getting bad.
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March 27, 2013 at 9:14 am

Bloggers as a general rule are clique-y and mean to anyone not in their group. If yoiu can’t propel them to a higher status, you don’t exist. It didn’t used to be like that. Everyone used to be nice, put out quality posts with mediocre photos. Nowadays, corporations have latched on to bloggers’ potential and it’s become cutthroat. As far as organic food goes… Organic just means ‘pesticide free’. An organic fried chicken leg is still a fried chicken leg.
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    March 27, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Well, I wasn’t in your group and you weren’t mean to me… There’s actually a bit of a anti-bully movement going on at least in the mom blogger world. It’s not necessary and the ones who are truly a-listers in my book who make the time for people that are either just starting out or not at the level they are, is what they all should strive to be.
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March 27, 2013 at 7:12 am

It’s a crazy world out there, that’s for sure. Your last paragraph pretty much sums it up.
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