Since the foodbuzz festival wiped me out last week, I skipped “Myth Busting Monday”.
So to make it up, I’ve written up a special “Foodbuzz Myth Busting” edition.
For those of you who frequent the many food blogs, I’m sure you have had enough of all the pictures and recaps. But I have yet to see a blogger conjure up myth busting like me. Hmmm…Think I’m cocky much????
Anyhow, without further ado…..
Myth #1: The Foodbuzz Festival will be a giant estrogen infused popularity contest: This was my fear before going. And yes, there were a lot of women, but many men too. Plus, some female bloggers dragged their significant others along with them. I have a feeling no guy would object to a free food and booze emporium with other hot babes walking around. So that takes care of the gender myth. As far as popularity goes, I think there were SO many different bloggers that popularity became a little bit of an after thought. I did feel some bloggers wanted to hang out with “popular” bloggers (although I don’t know what they were trying to get at, as if being next to someone who get a lot of comments will automatically give you a lot of traffic?). All in all though, people were open minded. Many people I became fast friends with never heard of me and I wasn’t expecting them too. But the cool people stuck by me not because of my blog, but because I was a damn cool person. No one got special attention because they were popular (at least I didnt feel they did) and no one walked around with their stats on their tag. I think the only contest held was that lame natures pride raffle they had at the tasting pavilion (and who ended up wining that?).
Myth #2: You will eat SO much and surely gain a few lbs: Many people fear this when they take vacations. I’m unusual in that I end up loosing weight when I’m not at home. Anyhow, the reality is that the foodbuzz folk dont feed you all that much. You get lots of free nibbles and samples and yes, a gala dinner, but that’s about it! Don’t count on them to feed you breakfast (aside from the farewell brunch which was nice in theory but the food was kind of lame). I’m not complaining. San Fran has so top notch restaurants that are worth a visit. But I think people assume since its “FOODbuzz” there is food everywhere you turn. Plus, everyone seems to really like working out and San Francisco is home to some pretty steep inclines. So I would not worry about being away from your gym or whatever. And even if by chance you do gain a little weight, so what?! two or three days won’t tip the scales that much and when else are you given this kind of tasting opportunity? Eat up while you can!
Myth #3: My blog is new and no one will know who I am, so I better not go: This was at the forefront for me too. Although I had my old blog from five years ago, Eden’s Eat’s is fairly young (about 8 months). And truly, its only recently that I started having the balls to actually comment on some peoples blogs. So I felt I would not belong. Plus, my blog isn’t all about food. In fact, its a fairly small part. So I felt like I’d look like a desperate deer in the headlights in front of some other veterans. But everyone I clicked with was super cool. I’ve been reading Holly’s blog for a long time and only started commenting when I realized she was going to foodbuzz and thought she might as well know that I read her blog so I dont look like a doofus reading her! But I think even if I had never commented, Holly would have been awesome. She greeted me with a warm hug as if I’d known her for years. I think even if you blog is a week old, there is something about meeting people in person that makes it easier for them to warm up to you. I dont think there is much room for snobbery. I mean you have a blog, you didnt cure cancer.
Myth #4: Foodbuzz is just a giant advertisment: Um, yes, there is a hell of a lot of product placement, but I will not criticize it because they pay for all of our swag and the food and all that. I actually think foodbuzz is a genunirley cool company. The CEO had a chat with me on friday night (I did not know he was the CEO until into our conversation, I asked what his blog was and he said he doesn’t have one because he is the CEO of foodbuzz). The people there really care about bloggers using the internet as a form of expression and truly building a community, yes, as cheesy as that sounds. I just wish smaller companies could have gotten their hand in there instead huge companies like “nature’s pride” and “electrolux”.
Myth #5: The hotel rooms are teeny: Actually, they are fairly small. But most of the buildings there are old so I guess thats the small price to pay for a little authenticity.
Do you have any myths about foodbuzz you’d like to know te truth about? Or any myths you would like me to bust? Are you getting kind of tired of myth busting monday? I’m running out of myths!
And as promised, more pictures from the Sanrio Festival and Blogger meetup. Check out yesterday’s post for our video!