CBS Is Looking For The Best Food Blogger, Kinda

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Early last month, the CBS-11 announced a friendly competition to crown the area's Most Valuable Bloggers. Categories include local affairs, sports, lifestyle, entertainment and dining, among others. Contestants are entered into the event through a nomination process in which anyone can participate. Currently 17 blogs have entered the food fray.

Among the collection of small, individual bloggers competing -- which includes Full Custom BBQ, Susie Drinks Dallas and Two Hot Potatoes -- several professional group blogs have been nominated. D's Side Dish and The Dallas Morning News' Eats blog are among the participants jockeying against single non-professional bloggers. Seeing these two behemoths got my gears turning. Am I missing something? Are these bloggers, or blogs?

I called Kent Chapline, the content manager at CBSDFW.com and asked him if individual bloggers should be measured against professional group blogs. He indicated that the event was intended to be inclusive, and that it intentionally pitted smaller blogs against the larger in an attempt to level the playing field. Whatever that means.

A contest like this provides an excellent opportunity to highlight some of Dallas' smaller, more passionate blogs. Perhaps Nancy Nichols, or Leslie Brenner, or their handful of supporting bloggers should be nominated on their own instead of as a group? That'd be closer to fair. As it stands now, they're competing against part-timers with no professional photography, no budget, no editorial support. What's D or the News going to do with the $50 Amazon gift card prize anyway? (Give it away on the blog, hopefully.)

You might be thinking that we City of Aters are just bitching because we're not invited to the party, but the nomination process is easy; we could have thrown our names in the hat. Many of the blogs listed were even late to the party and still accepted after the original nomination list was released. But I honestly don't think we belong in a Best Food Blogger Contest, especially when one-man-bands like our own FoodBitch are participating.

While the MVB contest is voted on by the public, Chapline says there is a second contest judged by a panel at CBSDFW.com. The panel will hand out awards based on content frequency, presentation and content quality.

As for the main event, hopefully readers will take a careful look at each blogger listed, and vote thoughtfully and often. There's no limit to how many votes you can submit over the duration of the event, so get clicking.

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18 comments
just sayin'
just sayin'

As far as blogs go, nobody can hold Full Custom BBQ's jock. Sure, he only blogs about one particular kind of food. But I doubt any other blogger in dfw can touch him when it comes to people using his sight to plan trips around.

Robynfolmar
Robynfolmar

The whole point of social media is the democratization of the dissemination of info. That an old conglomerate is trying to put their stamp on something "the young people enjoy" is rich. And a $50 gift card? Really?

Marvin Lee
Marvin Lee

Being a former employee of CBS I'm surprised they sprung for a $50 gift card. 

Nancyn
Nancyn

@twitter-63542972:disqus right on. at marvin lee, say hi to Steve. Danielle, we'll have to work on blogging until your eyes pop out so you can be eligible for a $50 gift certificate while cbs rakes in zillions of hits.

Steven Doyle
Steven Doyle

Me not Lee. We actually have real live readers at cravedfw.com.

Whereas we are happy to be nominated, and even hope to win, I think as Nancy does. This whole deal is self serving and brill on CBS' part.

Dallas Foodie
Dallas Foodie

Thank you for shedding light on this pseudo-contest. I think there should be a professional grouping and a blogger grouping. Contests like this are won by whoever promotes their entry the most. Not who is the best.

Another odd facet to this for me is that according to their rules I don't "blog" enough. I'm all over Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Flickr, Instragram, and Foodspotting with micro food reviews and photos, but I don't write full length blogs very often so I didn't qualify. I don't think there is a contest for best food reviewer though. Oh well.

Carl
Carl

If there was you would still not be nominated. No one reads foursquare, flickr and twitter.

TG
TG

"You might be thinking that we City of Aters are just bitching because we're not invited to the party, but the nomination process is easy; we could have thrown our names in the hat."

So City of Ate is saying that it deliberately chose not to enter itself in this contest - but is now complaining because other blogs did enter? Thoroughly confused.

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

No one's complaining about anyone entering anything. I think Scott's point is that one-man-band bloggers shouldn't be pitted against blogs that are staffed and funded by big media organizations. It just doesn't make any sense. It's not SideDish's fault someone entered them; it's CBS's fault for not setting up a fair fight.

foodbitch
foodbitch

I was thinking I'd buy $50 worth of State Fair tickets and give those away on my blog! Would you like one? #votebitchy

Nancyn
Nancyn

As usual Scott is right. Oh wait, the original Scott not the blogger Scott. I mean the original blogger Scott. New-in-town Scott, you should have "thrown your name in the hat," cliches drive traffic faster than you can Google MSM taskmasters! Original Scott, I didn't know you went to the Marriott School of Management. But seriously, I didn't nominate SD and I feel sorry for whomever nominated Eats, which I don't remember seeing in the original final contenders. The description of their blog reads "great dinng blog" and "your own" foodbitch's says "Ï'll tell you what you want to eat and you will like it" followed by "Foodbitch puts her readers first.....What is my point? Vote for me. I will give New-in-town Scott the gift card.

Scott DFW
Scott DFW

"Attempt to level the playing field" = "Recognition that having scores of cubicle monkeys voting daily on behalf of their MSM taskmasters will generate clicks."

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