I’ll Huff and I’ll puff: a cautionary tale
If you’ve read any of my previous editorials, you know that I consider myself to be an avid supporter of food bloggers. While I have worked to create opportunities for fellow bloggers over the past few years, I am always aware of the larger issues that bloggers (and food writers in general) face as sources of income seem to wither away in front of their eyes.
So, it may come as no surprise that I recently announced my intention to stop clicking links that lead me to one of the biggest offenders in the “write-for-free” conundrum many food bloggers face. What did come as a surprise was the Twitter conversation that unfolded.
What strikes me about this conversation, more than anything, is that there is always (okay, almost always) a real, live person on the other side of the Twitter feed. To my discredit, I did not take the time to formally introduce myself to the person at the Twitter helm for @HuffPostFood. I wish I had, because my next question would have been “Do you get paid to do what you do?”
What do you think? Should writers contribute (donate) content to profitable online publications for free? Have you or would you? Where do you draw the line?