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epicurious.com...running into the drain

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SarahInMinneapolis Mar 28, 2014 09:15 PM

Presumably, many readers and posters here are familiar with this site. I've relied on it and valued the recipes and the commenters there since the beginning.

But the blog. Wow. I think it has gone seriously downhill. Anyone else and what's the problem?

In my view, what's wrong:

One, weird, desperate attempts to be clickbait. Two, the NYC focus, particularly Brooklyn (can we be done with Brooklyn, now?). Three, just plain bad writing. Four, bad grammar. Is there any editor anywhere and who is that person? Five, schilling for products and not being clear about the paid-for-advertising aspect.

What a disappointing turn of events. I've loved this site for years. It is being ruined.

I get the need to monetize. But be transparent!

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    thimes RE: SarahInMinneapolis Mar 29, 2014 04:17 AM

    I've only ever done recipe searches on Epicurious - funny but after all these years I'm not even sure I knew they had a blog. I'll have to look at it.

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      Hobbert RE: SarahInMinneapolis Mar 29, 2014 05:38 AM

      Huh. I didn't know they had a blog. Love their recipe search on the app though!

      1. mbfant RE: SarahInMinneapolis Mar 29, 2014 07:14 AM

        There has been a recent change of management.

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          alwayshungrygal RE: SarahInMinneapolis Mar 29, 2014 02:24 PM

          I agree on all points and will add this: for as long as I've been reading the blog, at least 5-6 years or more, their list of other blogs to read HAS. NOT. CHANGED. They still list blogs that don't had anything to do with food anymore (Waiter Rant--tho he is still a great writer), don't exist anymore, or have moved to a different web address. I sent 2 emails to the general epicurious address and got a polite "thanks for your email etc etc" both times. Their list of blog contributors includes people who haven't contributed anything in years. The blog pretty much is a waste of time now.

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            jackiecat RE: SarahInMinneapolis Mar 29, 2014 03:38 PM

            New editor and new focus on lifestyle.

            I was stunned by the fact that other recipe sites get so much more traffic. Epicurious has always been the first place I go for recipes.

            http://nypost.com/2014/03/28/layoffs-...

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              SarahInMinneapolis RE: jackiecat Apr 1, 2014 11:21 AM

              Thanks for the link. That business plan will not generate traffic. Who at Conde Nast was dumb enough to sign off on that?

              Who is going to use epi for "Luxury Passover Vacations?"

              Will keep it in the RSS for laughs for awhile.

              Hope they don't dumb down the real goldmine they've got: Recipes with thoughtful reviews.

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                jackiecat RE: SarahInMinneapolis Apr 1, 2014 05:46 PM

                The same idiots that dropped Gourmet and turned Bon Appetit into a lifestyle magazine.

                I hope they save the recipes too. I've started saving them to Evernote instead of on their site.

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