When I learned about the comments Martha Stewart made about bloggers not being experts because we are not trained editors at vogue magazine, it got me angry.
In my case, my blog is very personal and it's where I share my thoughts and my antics, but I read a lot of blogs related to a gazillion subjects I'm interested, and I admire the people who devote their time and money to try out and write about the very recipes and the products that Martha dismissed with an arrogant hand wave.
Precisely because those bloggers try out those things and know by experience if something is good enough to talk about it or not, because they gave their kids a cupcake from a recipe the read about and know if they liked it or not, because they bought a couch and a coffee table and they know if it sucks or if it's good enough to recommend it, they are the experts, not someone sitting in a cozy office at some big name corporation, paid to talk about something that most of the time they have no clue what it is.
The blogger's opinons are the opinions I trust, because like they did, I like to experiment things hands on and get to know if something works out or not. They are not paid to do it, they dedicate their own resources just to try it out and took time and money from their families that could have been used for something else if it turns out that what they tried out sucks. They took chances and I really respect those opinions.
When you hear me talking all exited about something I tried out here on my blog, do you think I like to feel like my opinion does not count just because I'm a small artist and a mom not backed up by a corporation? I don't.
And guess who made you the big corporation you are, Martha? We did. We buy your products and we talk about them. Don't shun us out like our opinions don't count, because they do. And we can take away that too.
Martha, I used to think you were cool. Not any more.