This was too hard to resist posting.
Here is an excerpt of an asinine post from Eater.com:
Part of the point of Eater National is to parse, aggregate and save you from the massive amount of noise generated by the digital food universe, which brings us to the matter of the beautiful yellow sticker you see here. Given that the internet is about 1,000,000 cutesy food blogs too vast, for a limited time only, Eater is offering $25 to any food blogger who will agree to shut his or her food blog down (and post this yellow notice on the site). What better a way is there to mark this glorious day than with a special offer! Answer: There is no better way. Ladies and gentlemen, You’re welcome.
Here is the complete article if you really want to get offended:
I know one reason for their DICK move is probably to gain more popularity and lure more people (angry, pissed off people) onto their site for their new launch. And it’s an incredibly idiotic move considering the majority of their readers are foodies, ‘mundane’ foodies as they would call them. Noticing the angry comments in response to their post, I think the majority of the readers will cease to read THEIR website from now on.
And $25 to food bloggers to shut down?! Really??? Most bloggers blog because they enjoy it. And $25 sounds so insulting since this is what Eater.com thinks your site is worth. I heard that Eater actually offered Seriouseats.com $1000 to shut down THEIR website as well! Ridiculous.
Maybe they’re afraid of all the competition from people who actually have unique websites with creative ideas. Looking at eater.com’s site, all I see are a bunch of foodnetwork banners, and poorly written articles recapping various food reality tv shows. Who’s mundane now? It looks like a weak version of Seriouseats.com to me. If they focused on improving their website design, writing, editing, and stopped being douchebags, maybe they’ll gain more readers by actually being a good quality website, and not trying to bully other bloggers.
In addition to that, after they expect to buy out blogs for a measly $25, are we suppose to bow down to them and read what THEY think is worthy to be read? How pompous and arrogant of them. I mean, Eater NATIONAL only seems to cover NY, SF and LA. I didn’t realize national meant 3 cities. So like….a bunch of food reality tv show recaps + reviews of overpriced restaurants in 3 cities. Nice. At least Seriouseats has some variety in their posts.
If Eater doesn’t like the ’1,000,000 cutesy food blogs’ on the blogosphere, then they should stop reading and move on. And I’ll move on and never read their website again.