“I will miss sharing and rating my school dinners and I’ll miss seeing the dinners you send me too. I don’t think I will be able to finish raising enough money for a kitchen for Mary’s Meals either. Goodbye, Veg”
And with that, nine-year-old Martha’s fantastic blog, Never Seconds, chronicling her school meals has ceased, the latest food blogger whose photography has been misunderstood. Speaking on the Radio 4 Today programme this morning, her dad made it clear that the quality photography was such a big part of the storytelling that the blog couldn’t continue.
What a shame. I hope that the small-minded actions of Argyll and Bute Council in halting this enterprising project doesn’t put her off publishing in future as Martha obviously has a flair for journalism.
The professional PR people employed by local taxpayers who will have to deal with the public annoyance at this petty pressure could learn a thing or too about engaging with the local community from Martha judging by the responses her blog and its closure has prompted this morning.