Over the past few weeks I have gotten many emails regarding Foodbuzz and our community. I had too many questions, but not enough answers. So I went to the source, and contacted Foodbuzz directly.
I got an answer from Beth at Foofbuzz within an hour of my email, and we set up a live meeting to discuss the future of Foodbuzz and what role Food Bloggers were going to have with the redesigned community. I will tell you that I was not hurried, or put off at anytime and my questions and concerns were all addressed. Now this doesn’t mean that Beth had answers for everything, because Foodbuzz is still a work in progress and a lot of what happens will be determined through input from bloggers like ourselves that make up the community.
At present there are many viable options that are being looked into to restore our community networking system. My suggestion was a type of forum, where we could pose questions on various topics, bring up issues in our community, schedule meetups, or what ever might be on your mind, and have a dialog with fellow members. Of course these would have to be moderated and I’m sure Foodbuzz would look to us to help look after the forums. So if you have any ides at all this is your opportunity to be heard. You can send your suggestions or thoughts to Beth and her team at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Before I get into the new Daily Buzz, I do want you to understand why changes had to be made, and when you think about them I’m sure you’ll agree these were problem areas.
The amount of spammers setting up accounts had to be 20x that of legitimate accounts, and this was overloading the servers, which was why they were down so often. The inbox had grown into a nightmare, and believe me when you have 3500+ friends your inbox fills up faster than you can imagine. Stop and think about all of the bloggers and the incredible amount of post that were shared daily.
Now add in all of the extra shares by those members that really had no clue how to use Foodbuzz. They were sharing all of their images, re-sharing old posts and just making a real mess out of our inbox’s. Many of the new bloggers thought that by sharing everything they had would make us see just how amazing they we’re, and it would propel it would help them become the next superstar of the food blogging world….sigh Those of you that have been around long enough know that’s not how it works.
Then there were the problems with the servers being down too often, and not being able to share our posts. This caused many of us to re-share the same post a more times than necessary, thinking the problem was on our end. Now add all these problems together and you have a monster that was completely out of control and needed to be stopped. Do we miss it? I know I miss watching my posts climb in buzz rankings, and having an easy way to see my friends posts. But I certainly don’t miss the Inbox and the frustration of the system not working. And that my friends is one of the major reasons for the restructuring into the daily buzz.
The other reason was since Federated Media now owned Foodbuzz, they wanted them to be aligned with their policies and practices. Take it from someone who works for a huge corporation, when these orders come down from the top, whether they make any sense or not, they must be done.
And truthfully maybe they’re doing us a favor by changing the game. We are food bloggers, we love all the friends that we’ve made because of the community that Foodbuzz had created for us. But let’s face it, getting 150 comments on a blog post from all of our friends just makes us popular with other bloggers, and I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. I think that most of the time those are the people I blog for, those are the people I speak to when I tell my stories, because those are the people that seem to know me best….other bloggers……my dear friends. But when the dust settles for those of us that are looking to make this into more than just a hobby, we need to increase our visibility not to other bloggers but to regular people. We need to get out blogs read by real people looking for something new for dinner, or just for a little entertainment. This my friends is when your hits are going to increase, these people will give you visibility……not comments. They will tell their relatives, their neighbors, their coworkers and their friends about you, and when that happens you’ll see the results. So by taking away the inbox, Foodbuzz has actually given us a chance to use our time more productively, finding new readers, instead of just chasing the buzz.
The Daily Buzz
I know a lot of you are upset with the format that has replace our beloved Foodbuzz, but lets talk about the Daily Buzz for a few minutes.
The daily buzz now offers you more exposure than you could have imagined! Instead of just one Top 9 , that honestly never really made sense. We now have 8 different venues to be featured on. In addition to the top 9, you now have 7 other headings that feature the top posts of the week. There is no more voting and it’s no longer a popularity contest to see who gets the highest score. The folks at Foodbuzz are picking out what they think the public will want to see……ok, now hold back the boos and the hissing….I know you think this is unfair, that’s not how we use to do it, but this way is better……trust me. The reason it’s better is because these people do know their jobs and their jobs are not picking the most popular posts for bloggers, but they want the posts and images that are going to keep so many non bloggers coming back every day.
You do know that the top 9 had a ton of traffic daily, and not just from bloggers. The top 9 in its own right is a foodporn site, and needs to be treated like one, but now in addition to the top 9, Foodbuzz has given us more opportunities to shine. These extra pages will also get more traffic headed our way, from regular people looking for a little break in their day, and hoping to find a few new recipes to try in their homes. Foodbuzz just made it easier for us to get new readers, and my friends these are the ones we want.
The word is that there will also be new programs coming out of these pages that will allow us to make a little extra money along with more recognition, and that’s always a good thing! Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day, this is quite an undertaking and still a work in progress, so hang in there it’s going to get a lot better.
One more word of advice, for those of you posting topics other than food. You also have other daily buzz programs you can be part of, Healthy Living, and Moms are probably the two that would work the best, but there is also Lux, Tech, and style, so you may want to broaden your horizons a bit and carve out another area to gain readership from. I’m still trying to figure out if I can qualify for moms, since most of my readers are moms.
I’ve already had friends tell me they’ve picked up a fair amount of traffic from another daily buzz site. In case you haven’t noticed the Top 9 is now themed,
Here’s what Foodbuzz has to say about the top 9 on the Daily Buzz:
“A great new feature of DailyBuzz Food is our ability to share our editorial calendar with you and ask you to submit posts on specific topics. We’ll pick the best of those submissions and feature them in specific Top 9 collections throughout the month.
Beyond this, most of our Top 9s and content channels will be inspired by seasonal foods and current food blogging trends. Keep doing what you do, and continue to inspire our work!”
Here’s what Foodbuzz has to say about the top 9 on the Daily Buzz:
“Unlike the Foodbuzz Top 9, which was based on buzz score, the DailyBuzz Food Top 9 is editorially-curated around a daily theme. The #1 way to get featured is to continue to create great original content with beautiful photos.
The Top 9 is also not only based on the previous day’s posts, so your content could be featured at any time if if fits the theme of the day.”
Here’s what Foodbuzz has to say about the topics that are featured on the Daily Buzz:
“On DailyBuzz Food, content is categorized into six different channels: Quick, Healthy, Sweet, Savory, Festive, Global, andSpecial Diet. Here’s a rundown of each channel and what you’ll find there:
Quick: The best quick, easy-to-make recipes.
Healthy: The best light, healthy, and delicious recipes and ingredients.
Sweet: The best sweet treats such as cookies, cakes, pies, brownies and more.
Savory: The best savory fare such as main dishes, appetizers, soups, breads and more.
Festive: The best festive and special-occasion recipes, including party and holiday fare.
Global: The best international cuisine, including Italian, French, Mexican, Asian and more.
Special Diet: The best recipes for special diets, including gluten-free, vegan and more.
Some posts are automatically classified into these channels based on the title and content of the post itself; others are manually added by our editorial team. New posts are constantly added to the channels, so there’s always fresh content for you to enjoy.”
I think that gives you a pretty good idea of where we’re headed with foodbuzz, and I think these are good positive changes, but I do think we need to give them suggestions on how we can keep our community together. So put your thinking caps on, and send them your best idea’s on how to set up some sort of community area, where we can still interact. Send your suggestions to the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com just don’t forget to tell them Chef Dennis sent you!
I’ve also had many question regarding the Foodbuzz Festival in San Francisco this year. Yes it’s still happening and it looks like there is a good chance I will be attending. This years festival is shaping up to be an outstanding event (hopefully no ones leaving them in the lurch this year, It seems last year some senior staff left prior to the festival to start a new venture. I sure they were hoping they would fail………not to professional was it.). This years 4th Annual Foodbuzz Festival will be on October 19th and 20th. Click Here to get your tickets. The cost to Featured Publishers is only $30.00. You’ll find more information about the event on that page.
So what’s the Buzz with Foodbuzz? I think everything is going to be ok, so just hang in there Foodbuzz is still the biggest and best online community on the web!
If you’re looking for somewhere to connect with all of your Foodbuzz friends head on over to Google+ and follow my unofficial page and I’ll start our own circle of Foodbuzz bloggers and we can keep up on each others posts that way!