Hello Fellow SF-Bay Area HOs! (That’s what we’re calling ourselves, right??)
Our Fearless Founder reached out to a few of us – hyperbowler, ernie_in_berkeley, and myself, mariacarmen – to see if we could help brainstorm ideas to invigorate this board. We all know what a vibrant food area we live in – why don’t we have more activity here? What are we missing that we had over at CH?
I will admit I’m guilty – leaving CH opened up time I didn’t know I was missing, and other things filled in the void quite quickly. Life is busy, but… you have to eat! And we all love to talk about eating, and food, and where you get it, how you find it, and what you think of it. We think this board has the potential to be much more dynamic than it is, and to be a great resource to the locals as well as visitors.
Maybe we all just need to commit to posting more regularly. Think about how much you posted on CH… it often felt like the more I posted, the more I wanted to post, and the more I recommended others to the site. It was an invigorating discussion.
Perhaps HO can be a more personal place than CH ever was. While we may not want the focus to stray far off our main reason for being – food – we all know that food is life, and we all have lives. Perhaps more personal stories attached to our food reviews, anecdotes, remembrances, etc. Of course, not everyone participates in that style, and shouldn’t have to. But maybe we can encourage more interaction with each other if we open up a little more.
This is not to say we want to hear about your dog Spot every day. Nor about my goats (yes, goats) every minute. Nor about your uncle’s hangnail – like, ever. But if you had a bad day and want to talk about how a restaurant made you feel better because of the food, ambiance and service, why not?
What ideas do you have for making this board a more exciting, inviting place? We would love to hear them! Tell your friends, post about HO on FB, Pinterest, etc. Let’s work together to bring more hungry mouths and knowledgeable posters to our forum. It can only enhance everyone’s experience.
To start things off, why don’t we follow NotJrvedivici’s lead on the NJ board and get to know each other better here?
What part of the SF/Bay Area do you live in?
What’s your favorite thing to order in a restaurant (of any type)?
What do you want to learn more about, food-wise?
Things people should ask me about?