Veteran and new bloggers responded favorably to the piece (though the “be a man” item gave some pause — and prompted a bit of snarkiness in cyberspace.) Fair enough.
But my latest Berkeleyside post has me thinking I should have added another tip to that piece: Invite readers to have their say.
Who knew that a round-up post — on the Top Ten pizzas in town, of all subjects — would generate more than 200 responses in the comments section, Facebook, and Twitter? Clearly, the dead tree media, who have been offering their readers this kind of coverage for years, are on to something.
That’s a commenting record for me; I think it might be for Berkeleyside as well. Everyone has an opinion when it comes to their favorite slice, I guess.
I’d been contemplating mixing up my column a bit anyway (regular readers may recall that I profile well-known and emerging food artisans, restauranteurs, and urban farmers for the site). But, truth be told, I didn’t have an interview lined up for last week and come Wednesday I was scrambling around, as we writers sometimes do, for something to say.
I mulled this matter over at my son’s baseball game when one of the dad’s mentioned he’d ordered pizzas for the kids. I asked him why he’d chosen the pizzeria he picked, a conversation about the best pies in town ensued, and voila, a column was conceived.
You might think a story about the good deeds of a fruit forager who donates to the homeless, or a profile of a food icon like Alice Waters, or a poignant tale about a restaurant couple who continue to work together after their marriage ends, would spur lots of reader responses. Not necessarily so.
But ask people for their pizza preferences and, it turns out, they have plenty to say. I’m still not sure what to make of it all. One thing I’m fairly certain of, though: The “best of” readers’ picks is likely to become a regular feature in my Friday food column.
Taking my own advice here: What do you make of this surge in responses? Chime in below.
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