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Best Blogger Awards Bust

It occurred to me recently (very recently – like this morning) that I never updated you on how the whole Best Blogger Awards over at Shape.com ended.

It was a bust.

Well, not a complete bust, I suppose – out of 20 nominees, I came in 7th (and way ahead of Pioneer Woman, Smitten Kitchen, 101 Cookbooks and Chocolate and Zucchini, I might add).  Really, there only ever really appeared to be 3 true contenders and even the fat-free vegan blog didn’t win.  No, it was Skinny Taste, replete with literally dozens of recipes for low-fat cookies, cupcakes, muffins, breads and desserts (each recipe with painstakingly calculated Weight Watchers points) that took the honors in the food blog division of the contest.

Honestly, I really can’t complain since the winner was chosen by reader’s votes, and is it really surprising that the winner is a low-fat blog when that is Shape.com’s food philosophy?

However, I do believe I’m justified in being a tad disgusted with how they handled the whole damn thing.  They emailed me not only once, but twice, when I was nominated and then two more times for my essay about my blog – which, as I predicted, they never published.  Not only did they not publish it, I never heard a single word back from them.  Not so much as a “sorry, but you’re a loser” notification.  I could respect it if they’d told me something like “You just don’t fit the image we’re trying to project and don’t feel our readers can identify with your lifestyle” even if I don’t agree with it, but I guess Shape.com doesn’t have to worry too much about professional courtesy (to say nothing of just plain human courtesy) when dealing with the little guys.

They’ll figure out soon enough that it’s us little guys – what I like to call the Real Food Foodies, with our cold-pressed virgin coconut oil, grass-fed beef liver, pastured whole eggs and homemade bone broths – who are really driving the bus into a nourishing, sustainable future.

To paraphrase one certain headless lady:  Let them eat CAFO.  And keep their silly blog awards.

Posted in participation of Kelly The Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesday


13 comments

Be says:

LMAO “Let them eat CAFO”! Very funny. Unfortunately, we are still a very small minority.

Debi PT says:

You GO GIRL!! Your blog rocks and 7th in a ‘non-Paleo’ competition IS pretty damn good… I, for one, will continue to read your posts and recipes and NEVER read that low-fat, skinny girl’s blog!! :) Keep up the GREAT work!!

Bah! I’m not surprised, remember this is the same publication that is touting exercises for spot reduction. I REALLY like the term “Real Food Foodies.” and “Let them have their CAFO.” Indeed, that should be your tagline, perhaps reversed. “Let them have their CAFO, I’m a REAL
foods Foodie!”
Coming in 7th should be a bit of a wake up call to them, signaling that all is not well with the CW low fat bandwagon. Kudos for making it where you did. One day we will look back and giggle. And tell them “told ya so!”

Sean says:

Did anyone say screw them yet? No, so let me be the first:

SCREW THEM!

But I disagree with Be about how much of a minority we are. We are way past being ignored or even laughed at. Except when someone’s being funny, like “Let them eat CAFO”. Now that’s funny.

Lisa says:

Oh laugh all the way to the local, sustainable, organically-fed, cattle ranch.

Sara says:

Even so, 7th is an honorable place, and will (maybe) help to introduce our philosophy of food to the masses. Way to go Jan!!

Michele says:

I’m all for checking out new food blogs but she uses that dreaded cooking spray. That stuff can’t be good for you.

Mamabadger says:

If you got even one or two Shape readers to at least re-think their diet, I’d say it was a job well done. It’s not about converting people, or making people eat like you do. It’s about opening people’s ideas to the idea that what’s presented in the main stream media as “healthy” is frequently bullshit (sorry Shape, but if all you tout is Weight Watchers, I think you’re full of it). I don’t follow a strict paleo diet by any means, but you and I are still on the same path to doing what’s best for our health and our families!

Your minority is growing. I am running into more and more people who are jumping onto this train and the train is gaining momentum. And I agree with Mama Badger, if your blog impacts only one or two readers, it’s one or two more that are taking responsibility for themselves. McDonalds isn’t driving MY bus.

Blog awards mean nothing. Still, it always feels nice to get recognition for all the hard work!

Pseudo says:

When your cookbook is out they will be knocking themselves over pubilshing your essay and anything else they can get their hands on.

Pseudo is on to something there…too bad you can’t nix your essay, because you *know* as soon as you publish your awesome cookbook, they’ll be doing two things – kicking themselves for not treating you better (bastards) and publishing your essay basking in the “we know this amazing person” spotlight. ;)

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