Don’t worry, for once, this isn’t a rant.
Just found a great site for food bloggers, with an ethical code of conduct. This is fantastic!
Here’s the general food blog code (to be honest, it’s very “What I learned in Kindergarten,” but many people need a reminder).
There’s one particular to restaurant review blogging, as well.
A couple of my own notes:
*I really wish I could visit every restaurant I review twice, but unfortunately, I don’t have the time or money. I do, always, post updates if I’ve had a markedly better (or worse!) experience on subsequent trips. I realize that one visit isn’t always a complete picture of the restaurant, but am always HAPPY to change my mind when proven otherwise (good or bad). A bunch of commenters on the site said basically the same thing I did, but I do think it’s a good thing to consider.
*I am going to pour over the Association of Food Journalist’s guidelines. I absolutely will start making reservations (when I make them) in a different name– that seems so obvious, I can’t believe I haven’t thought of it before. Though I don’t consider myself a journalist, I think it’s imperative to be as ethical as possible.
*Y’all know I’m all about full disclosure. So glad they emphasize it so much.
What do you– particularly food bloggers in Cincinnati– think?
Also some major props to Michelle’s bub.blicio.us post about Blogging with Integrity, also related to the idea of ethics and blogging.