Last week I excitedly visited your online list of nominations for the ‘Top 100 Mom Food Bloggers’. You see, for the past 5 months I have been promoting your website and asking my food blog readers to vote for Hot Pink Apron (www.hotpinkapron.com) on the page. As of last week, Hot Pink Apron had received over 160 unique ip votes and ranked #65 on the list. I was proud and extremely excited that my little food blog was going to be recognized by babble.com, an online magazine that I used to actually read and respected.
As you can imagine, after months of build up and excitedly checking on the ranks, I was devastated to see the published list with absolutely no mention of Hot Pink Apron. Worse yet, if you scroll down the comments of the published list page you see that many more bloggers, ranking high in the nominations, simply disappeared from the manufactured list.
Does democracy not exist at babble.com? Why ask for nominations to be voted on and ranked if you were going to ignore and publish your own manufactured list anyhow? Oh wait, I know the answer to this – traffic. You exploited me, my brand and my readers to boost online traffic to your website. Classy. I especially like how you offer no explanation or even respond to the bloggers that drove their readers to your site once you no longer find a use for them.
I don’t enjoy being exploited as a blogger, as a mom and as a mom blogger. You cannot pluck the strings of our egos to boost your website’s traffic, please your advertisers and give us nothing in return. Our time is worth something. My direct endorsement to my beloved readers is worth even more.
Online editors and content producers of babble.com, I’m breaking up with you. You seem to consider me to be disposable and not even worthy of an explanations after you made certain claims which turned out to be lies. There are far too many online worlds to explore to waste anymore time on you. I have to admit though, I am really looking forward to the day when Hot Pink Apron and myself as a food figure are extremely popular and can do great things to endorse your business. Maybe then we can meet in person, I’ll whip up a classic French dish, made of gelatin, boiled eggs and canned meat just for you, as a friendly reminder that you can Kiss. My. Aspic.
Thanks for the life lesson, jerks.
Hot Pink Apron (always #1 on my list)
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