- Sure, it's nice to use original photography when you can -- I've probably posted thousands of my own photos on this blog -- but most bloggers freely post photos from other blogs when linking to stories from those blogs. But yes, you should link back and credit the blog.
- And good luck getting bloggers to visit restaurants more than twice before posting reviews. I would say that's an unrealistic expectation for all but a few bloggers with plenty of time and money.
- The whole convention of waiting a month to do a "real review" and calling it "first impressions" otherwise is based on a print journalism paradigm. I don't think it's particularly relevant to the world of foodblogs. Just say whether the restaurant recently opened or not.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Bloggers, will you subscribe to the Food Blog Code of Ethics?
The bloggers behind SpicySaltySweet and Foodwoolf got together and wrote up the Food Blog Code of Ethics. I like the idea and I might sign up for the badge, but I'm not sure that many people care about some of the finer points of the Code. The ethics are loosely based on the Association of Food Journalists Critic's Guidelines, which are also good guidelines to keep in mind, if not to follow to the letter. I think bloggers should definitely disclose when they're getting freebies, but beyond that, the Code of Ethics seems a wee bit uptight on a few other points: