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Martha Stewart speaks out against bloggers?

10/15/2013 - 151 comments

I have never been a fan of Martha Stewart.

It has nothing to do with her criminal record, something about her just always bugged me.

Today she actually earned my disrespect.

With obvious disdain in her voice she asks “who are these bloggers?”

It starts at 1:44 in the video when the interviewer asks Martha if social media is “in poor taste?”

Apparently bloggers are not experts because we aren’t formally trained editors.

Apparently someone who has children cannot possibly have learned anything about parenting without schooling. Someone who has spent years cooking cannot possibly be considered an expert without formal education. Someone who has learned to sew or craft and has created great new, creative things is not an expert without a degree from the Martha Stewart school of trained pretentious wax figures.

Hey I’ve been eating since the day I was born. There is a slight chance I might know what tastes good and what doesn’t.

Obviously not everyone who blogs is an expert, but that does not mean we aren’t providing credible and useful advice or information that the average person can relate to.

She talked about bloggers being “popular” as if that is a negative thing. And also implies something about blog readers with this statement as well.

Maybe she is just jealous…

I wonder how her magazine sales are doing?

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  • Reply Matheus 10/28/2013 at 12:09 pm

    lol, I can describe her in a single word: Envious.

    That’s funny how such people get annoyed when they start to see ordinary people taking their market place.

  • Reply Daphne @ Veggiestyle With Daphne 10/22/2013 at 7:55 am

    OMG, what an obnoxious and rude woman! I’m glad you shared this video on you blog. I was even thinking of applying for her blog circle (probably without result, but you have to start somewhere, don’t you?). I will take my blog and ‘expertise’ elsewhere ;-)

    • Reply Kimberly Grabinski 10/22/2013 at 9:08 am

      I know a number of bloggers who removed themselves from her circle after this.

  • Reply Vicki Winters 10/20/2013 at 10:59 am

    Well said! Great post!

  • Reply Constance @FoodieArmyWife 10/19/2013 at 1:57 pm

    Excellent rebuttal post. I couldn’t agree more. I thought the same thing – “Are her magazine sales down because she has competition with bloggers?’ Why buy a magazine, when you can find tried & true content from people just like you?

    • Reply Kimberly Grabinski 10/19/2013 at 2:17 pm

      It really was my first thought. Why get so violently opposed to bloggers if you didn’t feel threatened by them?

  • Reply Michelle 10/19/2013 at 12:56 pm

    Guess what, Martha? I don’t necessarily want an “expert.” Who are these bloggers? They are the people I turn to for ideas because they have real, down-and-dirty life experience cooking for a family while holding down a back-breaking job (without a team of people to assist), while cleaning their own houses and taking care of their kids themselves. I don’t need some pampered, snobby expert to tell me what looks, smells, and tastes good…because your idea of these things probably aren’t going to work for me anyway. I don’t have a staff. I do my own stunts.

    Oh…and another thing, Martha–I write a Cajun & Creole cooking blog. I grew up in NOLA and lived there for 19 years–lived in Cajun country for 10. What about you? Have you ever been more than a tourist for a week in my area? I promise you between the two of us, I’m the expert, sister.
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    Kimberly, I found this shared on FB–this is my first time to your blog. I agree with what you’ve said here. Martha’s assessment of bloggers is insulting and only proves that she doesn’t know anything about the blogging community.

  • Reply Jane 10/18/2013 at 10:39 pm

    She is so dated and boring! Bloggers are fresh, real life and have much to offer, so much more…! I salute all the bloggers and I thank you, keep up the good job!

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