Friday, October 18, 2013

Martha, May I? My Open Letter to Martha Stewart

Oh Martha, you've really done it this time. First you became a felon and made false statements, then last week you went on Bethenny Frankel's talk show and said she, "really wasn't so like able back then."  That angered a lot of her fans, but this, this is the jackpot. You've just alienated the fastest growing community we have, bloggers. The customers who purchase your craft supplies will now be boycotting your products in favor of a retailer who has the decency to not insult them as they spend their hard earned money slaving away personally over a DIY project.  How could you after you built your empire on cooking, crafting and creating. Isn't that what bloggers are doing? Aren't we a community of people trying to lift each others spirits, build each others brands, and re pin one recipe or idea after another? Martha you know about community, you employ one. They are the chefs, crafters, DIY-ers and writers who make you, YOU. We make up us one blogger at a time, a tight knit community, of blog hops, link ups and blogging networks cheering on each little guy and aspiring to be that one who makes it.  We should have known, who refers back to Martha Stewart Living now a days for a craft when we've got pinterest and amazing blogs at our fingertips?  And these recipes that are usually not good? I personally have made quite a few of them and loved each and every one. In fact I've pinned and blogged a few myself . Martha you should have your staff make you some of these dishes, I think you would be pleasantly surprised! No, I'm not a Vogue editor, and thank God I'm not. Have you ever seen a picture of Anna Wintour? The woman looks miserable and she's definitely never tried any of our recipes. But, I live in the real world where If a recipe calls for an ingredient I can't pronounce, I'm not making it and budget is a weekly vocab word. DIY is mandatory to us bloggers not a section in a magazine used to drum up ratings. So you can take your fancy cakes and your uppity attitude because the blogging world left you long before you realized you didn't want to be apart of it. But we were too nice to let you in on the secret, but not so nice to stick up for ourselves.

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  1. Bravo! So far, we haven't heard too much from Martha about this other than some dismissive tweets I believe. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

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    1. I think that she'll stand by what she said no matter what.

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  2. I've been so out of it lately with selling our house that I have no idea what this is about - enlighten me? please?
    And btw - I have never been a fan of Martha's - never - but I really didn't agree with the way they made an example of her ( prison time ) when all those other " men" walked away scott free with their white collar crimes.............but that's just me lol
    XOXOXO

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    1. I agree with you on that front actually lol. But wrong is wrong and they ALL were. She said, " Who are these bloggers?They're not trained editors and writers at Vogue magazine. I mean, there are bloggers writing recipes that aren't tested, that aren't necessarily very good or are copies of everything that really good editors have created and done. Bloggers create kind of a popularity. But they are not the experts and we have to understand that."

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  3. Absolutely! Well said! I know this angered a lot of bloggers (many professionals in various industries) I think we will be hearing a lot more on this. The blogosphere is huge and she did not get where she is alone!

    Jodi@thenoiseofboys

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  5. I think it is so bizarre that she made these ridiculous comments when she hosts Alt Summit NYC (a huge blogger conference) at her headquarters. I attended this past June and she was so nice and made an appearance. WTF? It was literally an event for ALL bloggers. I'm so confused by what she said...maybe she's just losing it? And she works all the time with bloggers, like Design Sponge!

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    1. I think she is threatened, people aren't turning to her as the end all be all anymore. they are turning to the blogs and pinterest and she knows it and is worried, so what better to do than discredit her threat!

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  6. screw Martha. she's a nutjob with good taste. she's gotten a little too full of herself. like seriously Martha. chill out and bake some bread and stop talking.

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    1. bake some $100 bread with an ingredient I cant find!

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  7. I don't pay any mind to Martha for 2 reasons.

    1. she is out of touch with reality. she lives in an ivory tower. she has no connection with the real world as far as I can tell.

    2. she has teams of people employed to create these so called projects and recipes. She has blogger networks and affiliates she works with. Nothing she produces is actually an original concept.

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  8. I think she just felt threatened by bloggers and did what any bully does - tried to pick on us. The fact that she feels threatened speaks to the power we truly have. Too bad we'll all use it against her now!
    Good post Lauren!

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