The not-so-bright side of writing reviews

by April@MyFoodTrail on May 22, 2009

in Miscellaneous

I recently got an anonymous comment on my post about the Lindt Stracciatella white chocolate balls. I thought they tasted terrible and nothing like the claimed “cookies and cream” on the front of the box. Anonymous disagreed with me and posted that “you should all be shot”. Now I know it is just a figure of speech (hopefully) so I am not bothered by it, considering Anonymous also said “you must be from another planet”.

We are all humans (contrary to what Anonymous thinks) and individuals with different likes, different tastes and different expectations. How boring if we were all the same. What one person thinks tastes delicious might be the worst thing the next person has tasted. When someone writes a review, whether it be for food, a place or a book, it is ultimately just one person’s opinion and you can make up your own mind whether or not you agree with it.

I started this blog primarily for myself so I have a record of what I would buy again, try again, make again and eat again. I blog publicly because I choose to share what I write with others, and am interested in their comments. I try to be honest and fair with my reviews and I acknowledge that sometimes a particular restaurant can have an off day, or maybe I ordered the wrong thing. If I choose not to go back to the restaurant because I didn’t enjoy the food, then it is my choice and my money that I would rather spend elsewhere.

If you agree or disagree with one of my reviews, by all means, post a comment. If you disagree, please at least have the decency to not write a slanderous or offensive comment towards the blogger because no-one welcomes that on their blog.

I came across a post of a foodblogger who wrote a review about a deli in Echuca. He didn’t enjoy his breakfast there and said he wouldn’t be back. A few locals found his post offensive and let it be known on his comments, and thus begins the insults being thrown back and forth. It is quite a funny read and the blogger seemed to take it light-heartedly.

What readers need to realise is that we are not being paid for our reviews, and there are probably numerous others that feel the same way but just don’t write about it. At the end of the day, the blogger is just posting an opinion and if you don’t like it, don’t read the blog. You don’t have to result to insults.

Over & Out, Rilsta xx

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Maria@TheGourmetChallenge May 22, 2009 at 8:47 pm

I totally agree, blogging is a form of free speech and if someone doesnt like what you write they can exercise their right of NOT reading it!

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Simon Leong May 23, 2009 at 2:11 pm

i guess the golden rule is you can’t please everyone. there’s also the counter problem of if you give a glowing review of somewhere then there’s the possibility someone might not agree and thinks it’s really bad when they go.

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Rilsta June 2, 2009 at 10:39 am

Hi Maria, well said!

Hi Simon, hopefully they don't blame you when it happens!

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Faye October 8, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Hey there,

I think that food bloggers tend to have very fine tastebuds – like my partner, who can detect the slightest whiff of egg whites/egg yolk/egg or whatever else ingredient he hates (just about everything!) in any dessert (so just cancel all of them), not to mention that their experience can vary with the customer service and atmosphere of that place at that time and moment as well.
For me maybe my tastebuds are dead but when I eat something its as primitive as a small voice going in my head – Mmm. Nice. Eee. Yuck.
Or just meh.

:)

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