I’ve said it time and time again, I’m not here to make friends. (wait, have I said that before?) I eat a burger, write a review and move on to the next one. More often than not, there may be a negative angle in the review, but I promise it’s not for shock value. It’s just the way I am, I wouldn’t say I’m a negative person necessarily, but I’m definitely not Mr. happy-go-lucky either. It’s not like I’m searching or reaching for some off-putting remark to throw in there to hurt someone’s feelings, I’m very in the moment, and if I’m not satisfied with what I’m eating, you can bet I’m going to write about it. I attended the Eat, Drink, and Be Social event in Cambridge on Monday morning, full of chefs, restaurantuers and fellow nerdy food bloggers such as myself. A lot of ground was covered, a lot of topics discussed and it was a very valuable event all around. But again, maybe it’s just the negative side of me speaking, but there were too many similar opinions on these panels. Everyone did a great job, I’m not here to trash anyone, in fact, I’m jealous, I’d love to build that reputation to the point where I can speak on one of these panels some day. (anyone looking for a bitter burger blogger, you know where to find me) But c’mon, were we all here just to kiss the collective asses of all the chefs in Boston, hoping to become friends with them? I have better things to worry about than wondering if a celebrity chef in town wants to be my Facebook friend. Yes, there are some fabulous places to eat in Boston, but I thought the whole point of blogging was to share your voice, what happens when all those voices really just become all of the same?
While I agree that a critique can impact someone’s lives, I disagree that “negativity is boring.” In fact, I’d argue the opposite, shouting praise all day every day is boring, how can you filter that? At least, in this bloggers opinion, the occasional B-plus or A-minus burger in a sea of mediocrity is much more special than handing out 5 star ratings all the time. My voice is my voice, I don’t want to be known as the negative guy, but if that’s how people see me then so be it, I’d rather have that reputation than sound just like everyone else.