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We have a new mantra for all creative entrepreneurs: Don’t Blog for Other Bloggers. This is extremely important to remember if you’ve ever been criticized or seen others be criticized for something posted on your site. Don’t let it change you, become emboldened! Also, if you’re interested in how to know your own voice, listen in to Bev Weidner talking about Authenticity as a Blogger or Cara Ansis sharing about Finding Your Voice.

Today's guest on the Chopped Podcast is Anya Hoffman talking about our new mantra: Don't Blog for other bloggers!

Today’s guest, Anya Hoffman, is senior editor at Epicuriuous. I read an article by Anya that was published on Epicurious (see link below) where certain recipes were “shamed” for being too mom-focused. As if being “mom-focused” is a bad thing?

Anyway, the point of the interview was to discuss how these things happen—where people are critical of you or others and as a result it can be easy to change your focus. You may resist publishing certain edgy posts because you don’t want to receive criticism. Or maybe you will avoid certain ingredients because you’ve seen others receive harsh comments when they’ve used them.

In Anya’s post, she describes how a recipe was published on Epicurious that used canned biscuits. That was enough to raise the ire of some folks on their Facebook page. However, Anya took those lemons and made lemonade by writing about it and the issues behind shaming others for using certain ingredients.

Our goal at ChoppedCon is to help you be your best. We hope this encouragement — don’t blog for other bloggers — is helpful to the important work you’re doing every day!

Now, go forth and Be Your Best You!

Here are some of our favorite quotes from today’s episode:

If someone's trying to cook, and they buy some crescent roll dough, it would be lovely for them to not feel like they've somehow failed and then just give up on cooking altogether. Click To Tweet It takes a lot of guts to put an opinion out there that you think might not be popular. Click To Tweet

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Here are some of the highlights of my discussion with Anya, where we discuss:

  • Anya describes how she came to work for Epicurious
  • We talk about the article that they published on Epicurious that resulted in some mom shaming
  • Marly talks about how shaming goes on within the food blogging community or how we see other bloggers getting shamed and as a result we change our behavior and stop creating the content we want to create
  • We talk about the editorial planning process at Epicurious

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