Friday, October 18, 2013

Martha Stewart Is Catty About Bloggers

As most of you know I am NOT a fan of Martha Stewart and her recent interview where she talked about bloggers most definitely didn't not raise her up in my book of favorites *okie even tries to remember which book Martha would be in but then remembers dear Ms. Stewart is on a "list" and not jotted down in one of okie's books*.

In the interview Martha states:
Who are these bloggers? They’re not trained editors at Vogue magazine. There are bloggers writing recipes that aren’t tested that aren’t necessarily very good, or are copies of what really good editors have created and done. Bloggers create a kind of a popularity but they are not the experts. We have to understand that.
Well she is correct in her statement but allow me, if you will, to give a slight rebuttal to her comments.

"They're are not trained editors at Vogue magazine" 
  • CORRECT! I am not a trained editor nor do I pretend to be or even want to play one on TV. I have seen "The Devil Wears Prada" and believe me I have no desire to be a person who is so puffed up with self importance that I treat other people like dirt just because I have the money and power to do so.

"There are bloggers writing recipes that aren’t tested that aren’t necessarily very good, or are copies of what really good editors have created and done." 
  • INCORRECT! Of course the recipes have been tested! They were tested on friends and family, people who we love and care about and certainly don't want to kill with our food *okie does think she knows a few people she might serve bad food too, not to kill but maybe just a little unpleasant stomach issues for a few weeks*. Now the second part of that statement confuses me...she says "what really good editors have created and done", so are they chefs or are they editors? WTH? Oh and as far as copies, well tell me what ingredient do you not copy from somewhere? It's not like someone goes out all the sudden and discovers a new spice called Funkamuskybutt and starts using it in food! *okie wonders why the heck she came up with that word for a spice*.
"Bloggers create a kind of a popularity but they are not the experts. We have to understand that."
  • INCORRECT! We are all experts at something, even if it is how to wash a dang baby bottle, clean a toilet, getting gum out of our kids hair, removing a stain from a shirt, etc etc etc. But to Martha I would like to say "Thanks for saying I am popular. I have noticed that you talk down to your staff on public television and I bet you wish you were popular, you probably don't even realize what a pompous ass bitch you are, bless your heart".
But to answer Martha's first question of "Who are these bloggers?"

We are the people who buy your products and share our reviews with each other, most of which are pretty bad and I don't know many folks I talk to that buy them anymore. We are real people with real opinions who don't give a damn if you like us or not so we tell the truth...which is appreciated *okie wonders if that is what makes bloggers popular*.

We are folks who sit around and type out or blog posts ourselves without the aid of a staff of 500, and yeah we make grammatical mistakes and misspelled some words *although okie is quite grateful for spell check working most of the time*. We share ourselves with our readers, our real lives, real problems, real success...well okay we are THE REAL PEOPLE.

We are people who have to make our meals and projects on a REAL budget where we don't have a $5,000 bucket of Swavaroski crystals to hot glue on a phone case. Nor do we have that same staff of 500 digging in our gardens and dicing up our vegetables and killing goats so we can cook a dinner in 30 minutes for a party of 12 and still have time to make Baked Alaska because it's our guests favorite dessert. We are the people who after working all day dig through the trash for the pizza coupon and hope there is a box of Oreo's in the cabinet for dessert so we can have an extra 20 minutes to spend with our families before we have to do the laundry, run the vacuum, feed the dogs and help the kids with their homework and get them ready for bed. And sometimes we are the people who put a roast in the crockpot so we can have extra time to spend in our craftroom making projects and realize we forgot to plug the dang thing in about 4 hours later *which okie so did yesterday* and hope cooking it on high gets it done in time for supper.

We are the guys and gals who love making projects and understand that basically no idea is original, yeah that includes YOUR so called idea's Martha *okie seriously wonders if Martha could show up in okie's craft room and turn out a fabulous project without the help of anyone telling her what the products are or how to use them* and share them freely with others and delight when someone comments about how they love the project and can't wait to make one.

What it boil down to Ms. Martha is this...Who are these bloggers? We ARE your worst nightmare. We have caused you to lose business because we are just folks who make things easy enough, budget friendly enough, and with as little effort as possible and blog about it for others to read and take what they want from it for FREE. And, to quote you "It's a good thing!".

You can watch the video below if you would like to do so!


37 comments:

  1. Applause, Applause, Applause!!!! (Standing ovation) Laura D.

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  2. Well said Okie!! This really ticked me off the other day too. And she would not be able to show up in anyone's craft room and know how to use things--she has no clue!!

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  3. Great post Okie!

    Each post I have read over the past few days about the Martha issue reminds me that every "expert" started off as a beginner. I think that most bloggers did not start out thinking "I am going to be the next Martha Stewart". Most of us do this, like you said, for fun . . . sharing ideas and inspiration.

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  4. Okie, this might just be the best post I've ever read!! I can't stand MS either...and I think she is a pompous ass!! You are so correct on your post about all points. I would much rather read a blog from someone real and down to Earth than something "produced by editors". And you are SO right...I don't think she could do even 1/2 of what she portrays to others without her team of minions.

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  5. Brilliant post Shirley, very well written, and totally on the button x

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  6. You tell them Okie!!!
    I watched this the other day and she seem to me that she was stumbling over some of her own words which made me think she knew what questions were going to be ask and she or .....someone else did.
    you said it all very well.
    I hope some how she gets wind of this and reads it.

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  7. She's an old hag thinking that she is better than everyone. I was really turned off when she had her PATP punches on HSN and she had "no clue" how to use it. Her assistant (not sure of his name) had to show her how to use it. Talk about clueless when demo-ing her own craft punches.

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  8. If you've ever seen her on HSN when she's selling her stuff, half the time she doesn't even know how to use the item correctly. Don't tell me they're "Martha Stewart Crafts"---she just slaps her name on the packaging and gets paid.

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  9. well stated Okie! I for one will NEVER purchase her products ever again. I have a small blog. I try to share my creativity (or lack there of) with others. The key word being SHARE. We don't charge an arm and a leg for inspiration. You are correct, we are her worst nightmare and she just pissed us off!!

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  10. Could not have said it any better myself...I too dislike Ms. Stewart and have never purchased any of her products nor do I ever intend to.

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  11. Okie...you ROCK. That women is a piece of work. She won't see a dime of my crafty money. Ever.

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  12. Ms Martha has definitely forgotten that she started from something, somewhere. We all know that she does nothing "creatively" without the "help" of her minions. That is probably why she never shows up on HSN without a member of her "creative team" or she sends them to do her bidding for her. Wonder why she doesn't make every HSN appearance? She must be so self-assured that she doesn't have a need to be there is person.

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  13. Excellent! I agree with you completely - well said!

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  14. Well Said Okie!

    I think we should all start spreading this article among the crafting world!

    Geez Martha - sure thought prison would have taught you some humility. Guess not!!

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  15. YEA!!!! Okie I think you speak for all of us. Well done. I'd rather read you any day.

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  16. I follow Okie not Martha for a reason!

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  17. Well Said, I think you should send this to the editors of Vogue, I remember Martha way back when, and I do believe that she started writing her own articles in House Beautiful...cooking mostly...we all start somewhere...I admire all the crafters who take the time to create something and then have the time to blog about it...keep up the great work Okie, I love your blog...xo

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  18. I will not buy anything Martha Stewart again.

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  19. I would say I won't buy any Martha Stewart anymore but I already don't! LOL! I'll take the blogger advice any day.

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  20. YAY!!!! Very well said!!!!!!!!! This is one of the MANY reasons I LOVE & read your blog!!!

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  21. A-M-E-N!!!!!!!!! Very well said!!!!! She is too full of herself & being in jail didn't give her any humility at all!!!

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  22. well said..i used to buy martha but haven't in a long time...and now i definitely won't.. how disappointing i expected her to have way more class!!

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  23. well said..i used to buy martha but haven't in a long time...and now i definitely won't.. how disappointing i expected her to have way more class!!

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  24. well said...i used to buy Martha but haven't in a while because of the cost.. now i definitely won't ....so disappointing i would have thought Martha would have had way more class!!!

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  25. Well said!!!
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  26. Very well said Okie! I realize now that there is a reason that I haven't bought any MS Craft Items in a couple of years. I happened to tune into some show where she was supposedly showing folks how to make a craft table. The whole time I watched her, all I could think about was how inept she was. I think I was done when I saw her name all over stuff at PetSmart.

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  27. Totally agree with this! I'd prefer to have many blogger friends posting some of their favorite things then have one woman tell me what's good and what isn't! I'm glad I came across this Okie! I think she's more interested in protecting her own revenue! You keep it up!

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  28. I don't usually make comments, but I am really appalled at what Martha said in that interview. She kept mentioning people such as Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, etc. I wonder if they ever go on HSN to buy any of her products as the none expert bloggers do. I can safely say that I won't be spending any more on my "none expert" money on any of her products. I wish I had seen this before I spent the money for her etching cream the other day. Some people just don't know when to stop talking. WOW!

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  29. I don't usually make comments, but I feel that I must agree with Okie on this one. I am sure that her expert friends like Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, etc. are not on HSN buying her products as the "none expert" bloggers are. I wish I had seen this a few days ago before I spent money for her etching cream. I can safely say that I will not be spending any more of my "none expert" money on any of her products. Some people don't know when to stop talking. WOW!

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  30. I recognize that this response is slightly dated from when you posted. I am behind in reading the blogs I follow as I am trying to manage the life of a mom, wife, daughter, teacher, and friend. I am thankful for bloggers who share their gifts (recipes, crafts, life stories). They provide inspiration for me as I attempt to make a difference for those I have been blessed to have in my life. MS is out of touch and irrelevant. Thank you for your post and for the part of your life and creativity that you share. You are appreciated.

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