As the title suggests, what are your thoughts on Vegan Food Blogs and Social Media Accounts?
I hear a lot of comments talking negatively towards them or criticising them for not doing enough for the Vegan movement. This seems pretty harsh to me and this is why I thought I would write about it asking for people’s opinions and thoughts.
In my opinion I think they are good things. No one will ever be able to do enough for the movement in general, as until every animal is free there will always be more people could do, this isn’t a judgement on anyone as no one can do everything, but its how to fit it in with living a life. Sadly we need to go to work to make money to pay bills, to raise children, to look after family and all the other things life throws at us. Or events happen when we are unable to attend etc.
I know this, I cant get to as many things as I would like. I know what I do isn’t enough, but I will try to do as much as I can when I can. It is also worth noting, that just because you don’t see someone talking about what they do, doesn’t mean that they aren’t doing anything. I know some people who do a lot but you wouldn’t even know it.
For me, there are numerous types of activism/campaigning which can be done and no one method is enough on its own. There needs to be a multifaceted approach. From liberation, open rescue, protests, vigils, chalking, direct action etc. All these approaches and activities make a difference and I have so much respect for anyone that carries out any activism, whether it’s directly helping animals by liberating which doesn’t get public attention (to protect those doing the liberating and preventing measures being put in place to stop future rescues) to posting pictures of vegan food.
Non vegans are not a one size fits all people. They can’t all be given the same method and then go vegan. Some will need to have the benefits for their health or the planet explained to them (ultimately we would like to think that explaining the suffering and pain the animals endure should be enough, but this clearly isn’t the case). Some will have a “selfish” feeling where they don’t want to have to make changes or do the “work” to be vegan.
One of the first things I get asked when people find out I am a vegan is “But what do you eat?” it is hands down one of the first things I get asked. So if there are Instagrams and blogs showing the incredible stuff we can eat, that surely helps knock back that first question? I think food blogs are a good idea. I know I have blogged a couple of foodie things and have some more to do, but I am not a food blogger. I’m too lazy to go to the time and presentation effort most do. They show incredible colours and variety and if I am honest, my favourite food is beans and bread. Baked beans in tomato sauce with a squirt of BBQ sauce, cooked so the sauce is thick and poured over bread and “butter”. I’m a simple man and it genuinely is my favourite food, but if questioned “what do you eat?” it doesn’t sound as appealing to others! 😛 Obviously I eat all sorts, Pasta, Rice, Chinese, Burgers, Pizza, Full English brekkies etc. But I am pretty lazy and after I have made something, I tend to not be able to stop myself chowing down to take a picture.
So, taking out whether or not the owners of Vegan Food Blogs/Social Media accounts do or do not do other forms of activism, what are your thoughts on them? Is it purely because it is percieved they only seem to do food blogs and not much else? Or is there something else which I have not seen?
If you run a social media page or blog about vegan food, what response do you get? Do you get any comments negatively? Or subsequently any comments and feedback about helping non vegans make the change?
This isn’t meant to cause any harshness or arguments at all, I am purely curious as to why people say these things. It’s not just one or two but numerous on social media or other areas, the ones I have asked have stated that “they don’t do anything but post food”. Again, to me, showing people what they can eat is a good thing. Breaking down the stereotypes of salad and berries is beneficial, especially some of the things people post! Mouthwatering! If someone sees they can have burgers or a fry up or the colourful tasty looking things like Raw Vegan Cheesecakes etc and decide that they don’t have to make much of a change or miss out on anything and takes away another excuse it can only be a good thing.
In fact, its made me want to post more food now! 😀
So, comment below and let me know your thoughts. If you have your own blog/account, please leave a link in the comments so others can see as well as leave your own experiences and views.