People keep asking me what I think about this. I don’t really like to REACT, I like to have all the attention, ME ME ME, but I do have an opinion and it’s pretty simple:
Basically Martha Stewart says bloggers are not experts.
Well guess what, she’s right.
Most bloggers aren’t experts. And that’s what makes us appealing to the everyday person. But I for one, when I want to learn, I go to an expert. So when I wanted to learn about watercolor, did I read a book and then get on my blog and act like I knew what I was teaching you? Nope. I hired a fantastic water color artist to come and share a skill I was interested in.
But I share recipes! I’m teaching a sugar cookie class for heaven’s sake! Am I an expert? Well, I have 6 years of experience, I’ve read at least 5 books on the subject and made hundreds of cookies. Am I a professional? Not really. Could I be? Maybe. Am I an expert? I don’t know. I know I’m an expert at doing them how I do them. So there you go. People want to know how I do them, so I’m teaching a class.
I think that’s how it is with most bloggers. Are we culinary, craft, or any other type of EXPERT? Not usually. But we’re experts at being ourselves, and that’s what we are sharing.
Boo hoo. Martha said bloggers aren’t experts. She didn’t say, “Bloggers are frauds.” She probably should have said, “ALL bloggers are not experts.” Or something like that, but whatever.
What really gets my goat are all the comments I see throwing jail time back in Martha’s face. Or the name calling. Apparently we are in 5th grade.
Ok she did jail time, but she kept her brand and business afloat afterwards, served her time, and was publicly humiliated. So, um, why do we have to keep bringing it up? Should we keep brining up the mistakes I’ve made in my life every time I say something that upsets someone? GAH. I hope not.
Today I’m turning in a piece on a last-minute Halloween costumes for the digital editors at Martha Stewart. And I am happy to do it. I’ve worked with them, they’ve treated me well, they have been gracious and courteous, and frankly, treated me with more respect than 90% of the brands who I have come in contact with. Firsthand, as a blogger who works with Martha Stewart and her minions, I am not one bit offended nor will I cease working with them.
So, there are my thoughts.
Let’s all just be nice. Martha is like, 72 years old. She built an empire, and probably has people telling her all day to take pointers from these bloggers, who in a large part are riding the wave of a trend she started. I’m not going to take it personally if she got a bit annoyed and doesn’t think we’re all experts.
let’s just all keep on keeping on!