Dear Marie Claire,
I am disappointed in Katie Drummond’s poorly researched and painfully one-sided story, “The Hunger Diaries.” Not only does the story pull outdated quotes out of context to paint an ugly picture of six beautiful women, it also failed to address the positive side of food and fitness blogging.
I get that bad news is good news when it comes to selling magazines, but quality journalism balances both sides of the story. (Not that I’d call anything in Marie Claire “quality journalism,” but still…) And there are always two sides to every story.
The way your writer skipped right over the countless highs found in health blogging in order to dig up a few lows to further sensationalize her tabloid-esque feature is laughable. She must have had to dig through thousands of positive comments to find the handful of negative ones referenced. She would have had to read back through several years of posts to find some of the bloggers’ comments cited. And she must have walked out of the Healthy Living Summit before the final panel when I gave my speech about how blogging changed my life.
Why wasn’t any of that mentioned? Why didn’t she share feedback from some of those bloggers’ supporters? Why did she ignore the fact that some people are happy to admit that blogging has helped them overcome eating disorders? Why didn’t she ask any of the rest of us why we were there?
Katie Drummond came into this event knowing exactly how she would write her story. She moved through the weekend with blinders on, noting only what would fuel her story’s fire. This is the only way to explain her story turning out the way it did. There were too many good things happening that weekend (and ongoing in the healthy blog world online) for her to not have noticed one tiny piece of positivity.
I have never been a Marie Claire reader. In fact, I avoid most women’s magazines these days. After all, aren’t these the publications that tell us our butts are too big? Boobs too small? Lives incomplete without the latest purse/shoes/makeup? Your advice centers on weight loss and exercise… just like healthy living blogs. The difference? Healthy living blogs show real women making it happen and making a difference in their lives and the lives of others while your stories are filled with stale content and pictures of photoshopped models who do little more than further perpetuate negative self image.
Rest assured I will never buy this magazine.
Katie… but you can call me Tater
PS – I eat every damn bite of the food you see on this blog. Don’t even get me started.