14 hours ago
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
We have enjoyed participating in the Foodbuzz community, and we've met some great people doing so. Congrats on your launch Foodbuzz crew! We were very sorry to miss meeting Ryan, Devon and others at the dinner here in New York last weekend, but hope everyone had a good time (we had a previous engagement).
Foodbuzz was generous enough to send us some swag as part of their launch, which Lisl is modeling above. And since you can't miss it in the photo, it seems like as good a time as any to share that munchkin is expecting a sibling in March. Kiddo is going to have to deal with... yes... a baby brother. So when, next April, this blog has nothing more than half-incoherent statements and out-of-focus photos, you will understand!
I can't say thank you to Foodbuzz without a slightly more serious message as well. I'm sure they are a little disappointed in not generating more PR with their launch announcement, but it has obviously been a tough time to get media attention. Since history, consensus and logic all point to the recession causing a pullback in advertising, long-tail plays like Foodbuzz will be a little challenging. Luckily foodies are a relatively attractive and focused group for advertisers, but times will no doubt be tight. I wonder if it will put more pressure on them to grow the main Foodbuzz website rather than overall network growth through the aggregation play, in order to give advertisers a focused location. If so, that might require making some shifts that make the site more mainstream friendly rather than as blogger-focused as it has been. In any case, from one entrepreneur to another, I'm rooting for you. So no more swag! We don't need it; save those pennies! And I hope we all weather this downturn and make our way to brighter days.