However should you are familiar with the phrase "With great powers comes great responsibilities," those dinner invitations usually comes with an unwritten obligation. Quickly recognized as alternative media, food bloggers too, are expected to broadcast about the event on their own media channels; blog and social network, so there's no such thing as a free loading folks!
Therefore while those invitations in your inbox might excites you, or even makes you proud, let's have a look at what's really going on.
The CostsWait? What costs? Aren't we talking about FREE invitations?
Well yeah, but let's not forget that it still requires time, and time is your biggest asset. In this case then, to be able to produce a quality writing, the blogger must go through a series of pre and post-event activities, for example:
- Research: what's being recommended the most, what's the chef specialities: 30 minutes
- Travelling back and forth: 1-2 hours
- Food tasting, taking photos, and interviewing the chef: 3-4 hours
- Photo editing: 2-4 hours
- Writing: 2-4 hours
- Publishing multiple photos on Twitter, Intagram, Facebook: 30 minutes-1 hour
If you value your time for as low as 100K IDR/hour, that means you spent 900K IDR worth of efforts for committing to one FREE dinner invitation. And that's excluding travel expenses, camera's cost, internet bills or electricity. Or the pain of building up your skill to become the food blogger you are now.
Suddenly the "FREE" invitations doesn't sound like one any more eh?
- A good night out
- Content for your blog
- Acquaintance with chefs and their cooking styles
- Chance of networking with people in the industry
- Expanding your gastronomic knowledge
- Goodie bags, sometimes