Highlights from First #FutureFoodWriting Live Twitter Chat

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by Melissa Bedinger

For those reeling from the ‘virtual whiplash’ of following so many threads, or for those who were unable to attend, here are a few excerpts and key points from panelists and participants of The Rambling Epicure’s first live Twitter chat on the future of food writing. Very special thanks to our panelists: Amanda HesserJohn BirdsallCorie BrownDianne JacobMonica BhideGloria Nicol, and Wilson Dizard III.

 

ON THE FUTURE OF FOOD WRITING

@MichaelDChing: RT @BillDaley: @writes4food Indeed. But the future won’t be like the past. Keep mind, options open! #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:04 pm

@mbhide: There is a future.. but I see myself more as a business person than a writer. I have to do diff things to make a living #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:04 pm

@John_Birdsall: @mbhide I think food writers always had to be business people, though. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:05 pm

@mbhide: @writes4food I wrote about creative rebirth http://t.co/sQfT5GQ4 #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:08 pm

@PeteDulin: @wotsforteatoday – True. Research, dig up new angles, build rep for quality. #futurefoodwriting Distinguish from what exists already. April 20, 2012, 7:36 pm

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@John_Birdsall: @RamblingEpicure I just think that the best food writing of the past 50-75 years has come from amateurs, essentially. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:22 pm

@John_Birdsall: @Boston2Berkeley Exactly! Good writing is always about focusing on stuff right under your nose. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:33 pm

@Boston2Berkeley: @John_Birdsall more relatable than 800 words on sea salt, perhaps 🙂 #futurefoodwriting #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:35 pm

@John_Birdsall: @Boston2Berkeley Right. More challenging, too, to make the writing as vivid as the experience. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:36 pm

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@RamblingEpicure: @PeteDulin @ZesterDaily @melbise SO TRUE! I think it is also respect for reader’s time to provide high quality content. #futurefoodwriting. April 20, 2012, 7:33 pm

@kitchenmage: And recipes that work! Readers spend time, money. @PupaKat @RamblingEpicure @PeteDulin @ZesterDaily @melbise #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:38 pm

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@RamblingEpicure: @msundar #futurefoodwriting is a calling. I’d say like most difficult, creative jobs. April 20, 2012, 7:07 pm

 

ON THE NATURE OF THE NEW FOOD WRITING ERA

@Boston2Berkeley: @writes4food make a story personal to your readers. Helping people be informed is a worthy goal #futurefoodwriting

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@mbhide: My 2 cents: a writer today should have a defined vision: who you are and what you are bringing to yr audience #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:31 pm

@irinagonzalez: @mbhide a defined vision IS a must, but what if you are still learning? How do you commit w/o knowing yourself? #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:33 pm

@mbhide: @irinagonzalez Practice. Keep doing it. Mind map your world. Oh, there are so many ways #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:34 pm

@dailyblender: @mbhide I tend to fight the idea of honing in on “audience” and just want to write what I enjoy writing. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:34 pm

@mbhide: @dailyblender Why not do both? It will help you create perhaps a wider audience but you have to know yourself first #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:35 pm

@wickedgoodkitch: @mbhide Yes, be authentic with an engaging voice…true to yourself. Readers will find you! #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:36 pm

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@amateurgourmet: My take on #futurefoodwriting: you can work your way up through established channels or create your own channel. I suggest the latter. April 20, 2012, 6:50 pm

@thelaundry: @amateurgourmet to create your own channel is the most inspiring thing but takes absolute determination #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:51 pm

@mbhide: @amateurgourmet I agree. I did the first and and now I am doing the latter. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:51 pm

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@writes4food: @melbise @amadahesser Future of food HAS to become regional/local, don’t you think? It’ll take time. But it’ll save us. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:37 pm

@dan_lepard: I have time for upstarts + survivors, @TheSponGuy …they’re our backbone #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:18 pm

 

RESOURCES & TIPS FOR WRITERS

@BillDaley: @maureenabood I try to write to an inner beat, like poetry or music. If piece sounds great read aloud: Good sign. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:57 pm

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@lifesafeast: Learn how to self edit! Expand vocabulary! Read. RT @jteramsden: Consider punctuating occasionally. Check grammar. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:01 pm

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@RenBehan: Alongside writing a blog, take a course to improve skills. Courses/tutors can challenge and stretch you further #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:40 pm

@AGirl_Defloured: UCLA extension offered a great food writing class with Patric Kuh. I learned so much #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:02 pm

@marge_perry: @AGirl_Defloured So does NYU. And ICE offers media classes, too #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:03 pm

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@lifesafeast: true feedback? @thenuttycook Ask friends whose work you respect & who you trust to be honest both negative & positive. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:03 pm

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@RamblingEpicure: How do you as a professional writer deal with quality control of your work? #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:44 pm

@kitchenmage: @RamblingEpicure Experience as writer/editor. Editors I trust. Time between writing and posting. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:46 pm

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@RamblingEpicure: Writers of any kind need to read, read, read. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:53 pm

@RamblingEpicure: Editors can always tell whether or not a writer reads by the kinds of errors the writer makes #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:54 pm

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@wotsforteatoday: #futurefoodwriting – building relationships with producers, sellers, restaurants etc all helps April 20, 2012, 6:52 pm

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@galvinlori: @katethyme @RamblingEpicure Check acknowledgments of books you love. Yes, needed for most. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:14 pm

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@ZesterDaily: @melbise food safety, environment, social justice are all huge issues with lots of followers #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:54 pm

@kerrynewberry: @ZesterDaily @melbise For reporting on social justice #futurefoodwriting what are three pubs you’d suggest reading and pitching? April 20, 2012, 6:59 pm

@ZesterDaily: @kerrynewberry Start following Civil Eats. Great site. And Grist. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:01 pm

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@VanessaKimbell: If you want to earn real money food writing ghost write for a corporate it frees you up to be creative in other areas #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:07 pm

 

ON PERSISTENCE & DILIGENCE

@irinagonzalez: #1 lesson of the day: TELL A STORY, plus… RT @mbhideWrite a lot, write well, write focused and you will be on your way #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:50 pm

@mbhide: Very few people become overnight successes. If you want to succeed in this business, sign on for a LONG TRIP. Pack light. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:35 pm

@theveggiequeen: @mbhide I often say that it takes at least 10 years to become an overnight success. Great advice. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:38 pm

@BillDaley: @mbhide You make a good point about persistence. Took me 20 years in biz to become ft food writer. Took some twists/turns #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:54 pm

@mbhide: @BillDaley I am writing all the time. 9:00 am muse or no muse. Bills need to be paid. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:54 pm

@mbhide: parting words: write because you love it. Do it consistently and do it persistently.. The rewards are priceless. 🙂 #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:01 pm

@VanessaKimbell: Last point. Those who succeed at food writing are the ones who didn’t give up #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:27 pm

@VanessaKimbell: Being successful is about consistent, seriously high quality well researched original work week in week out #futurefoodwriting no quick fix! April 20, 2012, 7:24 pm

 

ON HARD-COPY

@diannej: @irinagonzalez I don’t think they’re mutually exclusive (cookbooks/e-books), but online/digital is an increasing piece. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:06 pm

@BillDaley: @kerrynewberry Report the story once; present it every which way: print, online, radio, video, etc. #futurefoodwriting. April 20, 2012, 6:28 pm

@MeetaWFLH: Exactly.. one needs many channels to portray ones work … good quality work will get the attention @lifesafeast @diannej #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:55 pm

@PeteDulin: @RamblingEpicure – Absolutely. Future for me is mix of print, online, podcast, video. Media channels to push content. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:00 pm

@RamblingEpicure: @melbise I agree we are in a hinge period between online & hard-copy writing. The best food writing is what will endure. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 8:09 pm

@PeteDulin: @RamblingEpicure @melbise Yep. Format less important than content. If great food writing were in a zine, I’d seek it out. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 8:12 pm

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@Medini: @BillDaley How different is writing for a paper and a blog. Has the style of writing changed over the years? #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:38 pm

@BillDaley: @medini Stories are much shorter now. And writing for a blog means writing 24/7. When news breaks you have to be on it. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:39 pm

@BillDaley: @maureenabood I keep trying to convince myself shorter is better. It is an old journalism rule, after all. 🙂 #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:46 pm

@artandlemons: so w/social media & tech, this is the wave! @MaureenAbood @BillDaley @medini The shorter we write, the longer it takes…#futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:46 pm

@reneeschettler: @BillDaley swell advice on writing short..which i find dovetails on knowing what you want to say. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:54 pm

 

ON FUNDING

@dailyblender: @mbhide That seems to be how most making money w/ online writing seem to do it – diversifying themselves elsewhere. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:28 pm

@mbhide: @dailyblender Not just online. I write for print A LOT. Pay scales have just changed. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:30 pm

@PeteDulin: @Bryonywright It takes a while. I supplement f/t job income by 10% annually w/freelance. Decent $, but no benefits. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:17 pm

@PeteDulin: @Bryonywright I also published online mag for 5 lean years, earned ad income + freelancing. I’ve seen both sides. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:19 pm

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@carlyafisher: @marge_perry @MeetaWFLH Quality work warrants quality pay. If you invest time marketing yourself, negotiate your worth. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:24 pm

@mbhide: Critical lesson I learned early on: I do NOT write for free anymore. People DO NOT VALUE what they get for free. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:37 pm

@VanessaKimbell: Problem is that companies who once spent money advertising in print now spend it on PR’s instead so no cash for writers! #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:43 pm

@carriemurph: @RamblingEpicure @amandahesser @john_birdsall i pitch a lot but i am still having to somewhat pay my dues w/ unpaid. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:46 pm

@diannej: Re not getting paid, people write for free on HuffingtonPost but believe it raises visibility & increases blog traffic. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:48 pm

@wickedgoodkitch: @diannej So true…what we think we may be doing for ‘free’ is actually PR to expand our brand. Thanks Dianne! #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:50 pm

@CreativCulinary: I could write for free everyday with the pitches I get from PR. People need to join together and ‘just say no’ #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:51 pm

@lifesafeast: Writing free for my blog & @HuffPostFood is now leading to paid work #futurefoodwriting Takes time but with diligence… April 20, 2012, 6:51 pm

@ZesterDaily: @RamblingEpicure Writing for no compensation is bad, but not all compensation is $$ #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:52 pm

@PeteDulin: @amandahesser @melbise I do both (free, platform for other work) plus earn side income from food writing. It’s a mix. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:54 pm

@cooksisterblog: If you write for free, be sure that it’ll benefit you in the long run. Writing about oven chips for free probably won’t #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:56 pm

@DebbieMoose: I get asked 2 do stuff w/out pay 4 ‘exposure.’ U can die from exposure. Wd u ask smo fix UR car for ‘exposure’? #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:11 pm

@lifesafeast: Re writing for no pay: if no one knows who you are or doesn’t see you who will ask for you? #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:58 pm

@RamblingEpicure: @jteramsden HOPE SHE SAID NO. Food photographer friend recently berated 4 asking 4 fee from site that wanted to use pics. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:40 pm

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@BillDaley: Money is fine but I think a lot of writers don’t do this to get rich. It’s a calling. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:10 pm

@BillDaley: Plus there’s a great ego-boost in seeing your byline in print or online. Make mine 18-point, please! LOL.n #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:11 pm

@jteramsden: As I think the wise @matthewfort said, a food writer is rarely rich but never hungry. Don’t get into this gig to get rich #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:53 pm

@amandahesser: @mbhide I wasn’t writing about people who thought they’d get rich; I was writing about people trying to pay their bills. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:13 pm

@marge_perry: @diannej @BillDaley To make enough to pay the mortgage and put our kids through school! Love +hard work+diversified gigs #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:14 pm

@jonkauffman: @billdaley $$ for writing isn’t just about paying bills. It also means time to write. A paycheck made me a better writer #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:22 pm

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@amandahesser: #futurefoodwriting There is demand for great writing; just unlikely you’ll make a living from it. Many other opportunities in food now. April 20, 2012, 6:33 pm

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@TheExpGourmand: Regardless of money, it has just been so nice to get to know so many great people whom I would never have met otherwise. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:01 pm

 

ON BREAKING INTO THE BUSINESS

@dailyblender: @Boston2Berkeley @thelaundry I contacted a local writers group & offered to write for their online ‘zine. #howIgotstarted #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:50 pm

@jteramsden: @thelaundry I got my foot in the door by interning @sainsburys magazine, starting a blog, working with @food_writer… #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:51 pm

@thelaundry: @jteramsden you obviously have the skills but surely networking is the most important asset #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:53 pm

@jteramsden: @thelaundry I prefer to call it ‘being friendly’! But of course, isn’t networking an important part of any profession? #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:54 pm

@AGirl_Defloured: @kitchenmage @TheFoodieBugle It does feel difficult to break in. It’s always nice when writers respond and follow back. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:59 pm

 

ON DIVERSIFYING

@shiyamsundar: @mbhide As a food writer what is the business acumen required? #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:06 pm

@mbhide: @shiyamsundar The ability to think strategically is critical and look for diff places to earn revenue. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:07 pm

@mbhide: @winehotline Diversify.. I teach writing classes, cooking classes, and so many other things. I speak at seminars. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:08 pm

@thelaundry: if you diversify too much your own image and skills can become unclear to possible employers #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:11 pm

@irinagonzalez: @thelaundry so what do you think is the “correct” level of diversification? #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:13 pm

@melbise: RT @diannej: @melbise It’s too much diversification when you don’t have time for your writing projects! #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:14 pm

@thelaundry: @irinagonzalez there’s no such thing as ‘correct’ but be aware that too much diversification may be confusing #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:14 pm

@marge_perry: @irinagonzalez @diannej The key is striking the balance. Not easy, but it can be done. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:16 pm

@mycustardpie: RT @diannej Always a struggle to balance writing about food, talking about food, cooking food and reporting about food. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:19 pm

@mbhide: How I make money – writing articles, stories, (e)books, speaking,phone apps, consulting, teaching.. working consistently #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:25 pm

@carlyafisher: @melbise @amandahesser I think that’s a standard expectation for most publications these days. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:30 pm

@BillDaley: @jonkauffman I never have enough time. Always something else I think I should be adding to the to-do pile. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:30 pm

@RamblingEpicure: #futurefoodwriting Some of the best and most well-known print writers I know have been forced to diversify in the last 10 yrs. April 20, 2012, 6:56 pm

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@TheFoodieBugle: There is no money in the #futurefoodwriting. But you can get paid for: food styling, cookery, cookery teaching, photography, consultancy. April 20, 2012, 6:44 pm

@RamblingEpicure: #futurefoodwriting @RosasYummyYums Yes, you can use a good blog as a résumé or CV, as we have both done. April 20, 2012, 6:47 pm

 

ON BRANDING

@melbise: @diannej @AmandaHesser Is there room for another ‘brand-achiever’ blogger? #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:13 pm

@amandahesser: @Boston2Berkeley @melbise #futurefoodwriting There’s always room for engaging brands. April 20, 2012, 6:25 pm

@irinagonzalez: @amandahesser @Boston2Berkeley @melbise how would you define an “engaging brand”? What does it take? #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:28 pm

@Medini: I think branding takes time, consistency along many social platforms. Keeping it simple and engaging. Lots of hard work. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:31 pm

@amandahesser: @panfusine @irinagonzalez #futurefoodwriting Very difficult to define. I would not say marketing. More sensibility, aesthetic, voice. April 20, 2012, 6:47 pm

@mbhide: A super smart friend once told me that you become a brand not by what you say yes to but what you say no to. Good advice #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:56 pm

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@RamblingEpicure: @AmandaHesser #futurefoodwriting How can one balance branding oneself, which takes a lot of marketing know- how, & writing. Very difficult. April 20, 2012, 6:25 pm

@irinagonzalez: @RamblingEpicure @AmandaHesser definitely! It’s 1 thing 2 have great writing but if you don’t market urself, who sees it? #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:27 pm

@amandahesser: @RamblingEpicure #futurefoodwriting Yes, it’s very hard, and there are a lot of uncertainties. April 20, 2012, 6:28 pm

 

ON THE FUTURE OF BLOGS

@JimGullo: re: blogs. I made a few bucks selling ads on an Oregon wine webzine last year… #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:13 pm

@JimGullo: …but the business changed in last 9 mos. and ads vanished. More competition, lower rates, and I’m a lousy salesman. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:14 pm

@wdizard: #futurefoodwriting Markets for food reporters obey supply & demand just like all other markets. Kvetching bloggers = whining oil companies. April 20, 2012, 6:16 pm

@BestFoodBlogEVR: Never expected make ANY money from blogging; too crowded. But writing well can open doors, if not be a reward itself. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:17 pm

@RamblingEpicure: @CreativCulinary PUBLISHERS REQUEST THIS “taken back a lot when I found that people do food blogs b/c they are writers” #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 8:14 pm

@kitchenmage: @RamblingEpicure Agent recently sent mail saying “Pubs are asking for RSS/twitter counts.” #sigh @CreativCulinary #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 8:41 pm

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@melbise: @thelaundry Do you think bloggers have hit saturation point? How does the rest of the industry view them? #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:24 pm

@thelaundry: @melbise that’s my feeling It has contributed to making skills worthless #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:25 pm

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@kerrynewberry: @diannej As a “mostly print” writer do you encourage writers to also have a blog? Or are clips online sufficient? #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:30 pm

@diannej: @kerrynewberry Start a blog. It has changed my career for the better. Plus it’s a gd way 2 try out new content. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:31 pm

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@dan_lepard: Sure, use loads of SEO keywords + grab hits. But no-one is reading your blog. You want respect? Do the work #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:07 pm

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@wotsforteatoday: #futurefoodwriting, blogging is a useful start, but editorial input is vital to improving to the point where you can be paid April 20, 2012, 6:38 pm

@wdizard: #futurefoodwriting Reporting & blogging both are a 1st draft of history & already prone to errors; 2nd pair of eyes helps enormously. April 20, 2012, 6:44 pm

@dailyblender: Sadly, it appears to be that way. RT @foodwishes: Today, is frequency & quantity of content more important than quality? #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:06 pm

@RamblingEpicure: #futurefoodwriting @FoodCreative Frequency & quantity always count in world of publishing; there are always deadlines, so always errors April 20, 2012, 7:15 pm

 

ON SPONSORSHIP

@wdizard: #futurefoodwriting Key challenge for food bloggers: recruiting sponsors w/o compromising readers’ interests. April 20, 2012, 6:33 pm

@Boston2Berkeley: @wdizard do you think sponsors are the only way to monetize a blog? or just easiest/best? #futurefoodwriting #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:34 pm

@wdizard: #futurefoodwriting When a reporter or blogger earns a reputation for integrity, craven PR types will seek to hijack it. April 20, 2012, 6:35 pm

@wdizard: #futurefoodwriting So, savvy reporters & bloggers must protect their own, personal brand (reputation); shun big $ offered for bad stories. April 20, 2012, 6:37 pm

@diannej: @Boston2Berkeley Most bloggers start with advertising, but it doesn’t add up to much. Sponsored posts are another way. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:36 pm

@ZesterDaily: @diannej Explain sponsored posts? #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:37 pm

@diannej: @ZesterDaily Taking money to write a post for a brand, with disclosure within the post. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:38 pm

@dan_lepard: I turn off when I see sponsored posts, lifted content & endless competitions. Rather see ads + excellence #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:38 pm

@wdizard: #futurefoodwriting Disclosure is key: a bright line between editorial and ad content, in any medium. April 20, 2012, 6:38 pm

@diannej: @marge_perry OK occasionally if you can write whatever you like and disclose the agreement at end of post. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:39 pm

@carlyafisher: Advertising sections usually take care of those. RT @marge_perry How do you feel about sponsored posts? Ethical? #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:39 pm

@carlyafisher: @marge_perry On a personal blog, disclose, disclose, disclose. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:40 pm

@wdizard: #futurefoodwriting The main point is: our loyalty is to our readers. We’re not going to knowingly mislead them. April 20, 2012, 6:41 pm

@diannej: @marge_perry Yes but (network) advertising pays nothing unless you have a huge audience. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:44 pm

@marge_perry: @diannej Which is why i make my money everywhere but from my blog 🙂 #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:45 pm

@marge_perry: @carlyafisher Same as with print: you don’t write about the advertisers product in exchange for their business. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:45 pm

@VanessaKimbell: I’ve turned down more paid writing jobs then I have accepted because I stick to my principles #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:00 pm

@VanessaKimbell: Yes I’ve found the people who commission me come back to me over and over. so yes principles work @PeteDulin #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:04 pm

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@PeteDulin: @VanessaKimbell – Good to hear. Mark of good content and strong writer-editor/client relationship. I’ve found the same. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:07 pm

@ZesterDaily: @PeteDulin Completely agree. It’s why we have editors at Zester Daily. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:08 pm

@PeteDulin: @ZesterDaily – Editors vital to not only refine content, but also to marry reader interests w/ideas best expressed. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:13 pm

@foodwanderings: I agree! Good editors tweak while not changing essence @PeteDulin @ZesterDaily – Editors vital to not only refine content. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:15 pm

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@CreativCulinary: @RamblingEpicure @wdizard I think the ethics of accepting food mfg offers easy. I don’t unless I already love the product #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:14 pm

@CreativCulinary: @PupaKat @RamblingEpicure @wdizard Those disclosures are so default that I no longer trust they are meaningful #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:17 pm

@kitchenmage: I find sites that only have positive ‘reviews’ lack credibility. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 7:29 pm

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@wickedgoodkitch: @diannej @Boston2Berkeley Probably sponsored print publishing books, too, is in the future! #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:41 pm

@diannej: @wickedgoodkitch Print cookbooks already have sponsors, ex. Barefoot Contessa has Pottery Barn. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:43 pm

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@dan_lepard: Don’t write in a drippingly pr pandering style, hold some dignity. You will be recognized for that. #futurefoodwriting April 20, 2012, 6:46 pm

 

Once again, thank you to all who took the time to participate, and stayed on for the two hours and 40 minutes after the chat was scheduled to end. Watch this space for information on the next Twitter chat hosted by The Rambling Epicure!

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2 Comments
  • Jamie
    April 27, 2012

    Excellent excellent recap! And inspiring! I may write a blog post about my own personal experience with food writing. Thanks so much for this!

    • Jonell Galloway
      April 28, 2012

      You’re so welcome, Jamie. Thanks for your intelligent input and insight. It was a great group of people, all sharing different kinds of knowledge about food writing and publishing. I was amazed at the turnout.

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