Perhaps you've heard about Martha Stewart's recent interview on Bloomberg TV. If not, you might enjoy watching this little snippet.
When asked about social media, here's what she had to say about bloggers:
"Who are these bloggers? They’re not trained editors at Vogue magazine (sic). I mean there are bloggers writing recipes that aren’t tested, that aren’t necessarily very good, or are copies of everything that really good editors have created and done. So bloggers create a kind of popularity, but they are not the experts. And we have to understand that."
Many bloggers are understandably miffed by Ms. Stewart's comments, stating that they would have expected a little more respect from her. I was a little miffed myself when I first watched the interview. Since I've had time to think about it, I've realized that the very thing Ms. Stewart denigrates about bloggers is the attribute that attracts me to them.
Bloggers may not be "the experts," but that's precisely why I like to read what they write. Bloggers are like neighbors. They're ordinary people leading extraordinary lives. Actually, many of them have become experts in the subjects about which they're passionate, but that doesn't change the fact that they're genuine, sincere, and approachable. I want to know what they have to say.
In another part of the same interview, Ms. Stewart stated, "I think I started this whole category of 'lifestyle.'" Perhaps that's true. I probably should know more about the history of the lifestyle category, since that's how my blog is usually classified.
Clearly, I'm not an expert. But I would have thought that an enviable lifestyle would include a good portion of humility and graciousness. I suppose I'm more interested in life than lifestyle.
What do you think?
This post is the eighteenth entry in a 31-day series: Caring for Myself Body and Soul.