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I don’t want to see pictures of your food

I just don’t. Clearly, some people are into that. I’m not one of them. I don’t even have an Instagram and I’m mad that so many people use it to post pics of the meals they’re about to eat. Because then it spills over to people thinking they can put those on Facebook and even gasp! WordPress, too. Please, don’t. It’s not cool.

Superfluous kitten pic Image source: I stole this off of the internet

Superfluous kitten pic Image source: Internet

I do, however, want to see pictures of your babies, your pets, your gardens, your houses, your spouses, and yourselves. Those fascinate me. Pictures of edible foods, like garden bounty, or ingredients plus the final product in the context of a recipe, are fine with me, too. I just have a strong aversion to seeing the meal you are about to eat. I don’t know what it is.

If you are a doctor, the psychologist kind, or just want to act like one for a day, feel free to comment on why I’m weird about this. And if you love to show people images of your meals, tell me – WHY?

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46 comments on “I don’t want to see pictures of your food

  1. Just Me
    December 14, 2016

    I’m new to your blog, so that explains why this comment is two years late….haha!

    I agree. But, my blog is private, so you won’t have to suffer the pics of mah freshly baked Christmas cookies this year…cookies of all sorts! Peanut butter, chocolate chip, sugar, snickerdoodles, and on and on! You shall be spare, dear goose! :o)))

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    • thehonkinggoose
      December 15, 2016

      Pictures of baked goods are just fine. My sister makes amazing decorated cookies and I love seeing her latest creations. And actually, since I’ve been working in a restaurant kitchen for the past year, I’m taking a greater interests in food and even blogs and gasp! photos of food, than I ever did before. πŸ˜‰

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      • Just Me
        December 15, 2016

        The years change us, don’t they? πŸ™‚ I find myself loving things in my 40’s that I detested in my 20’s, haha! I’ll think of you when I bake (cookies, that is. ;o))

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  2. dbp49
    November 23, 2014

    So people do this for sport do they Oh Great Goose, Thank-you for the heads-up. Now I have to buy a smart-phone I guess, so it will actually mean something when I refuse to get Instagram. The work you make me do…Lol.

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    • thehonkinggoose
      November 24, 2014

      The smart phone is an idiot trap. Avoid it like the plague. Unless you are of above-average intelligence, in which case it should be relatively safe. Just some extra unsolicited advice from your friend the Goose. πŸ˜€

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  3. vvuureoc
    November 23, 2014

    I can understand it as example of something special (a burger filling a whole plate)
    Or to illustrate a recipe. But sending me a photo of your BLT sandwich is a bit boring. I sometimes wonder if that was most exiting thing to hapen to sender that day.

    Don’t bore us get to the corous – Roxette

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    • thehonkinggoose
      November 24, 2014

      Maybe, just maybe, if people’s lives are boring for a day, they could consider not tweeting and instagraming about it. Am I right? πŸ˜‰

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  4. vanbytheriver
    October 11, 2014

    Long before there was internet, I was taking pictures of food for the sheer artistry of the plate presentation. Often at conventions, banquets, business meetings, etc. or anywhere a gourmet meal was served. I agree, seeing someone’s beef stew, pesto, or fried eggs is not very appealing. Maybe they are insecure about their cooking skills and looking for reinforcement. ???
    Nice blog…you have good stuff here. ☺

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    • thehonkinggoose
      October 11, 2014

      It’s more like people showing off the food they are about to eat at a restaurant. If someone is sharing something they cooked, especially along with a recipe, then I get it. I read and copy recipes online and I’ve posted some myself on another blog. And I know that professional food photography is a thing. I’m not against that. That would just be silly. πŸ˜€

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  5. sunburst2014
    October 3, 2014

    Rightfully so THG.Piping off on foto’s of fooood,the nerve.
    As long as it doesn’t have eyes im ok with it sometimes.
    Buzzing topics abound but food is nare on my list
    Indulges such as #climatechange or #globalwarming
    I wonder whats 4 dinner tonight…honey !

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  6. eduardodefrutos
    October 2, 2014

    I agree with you. What’s the use of pictures of food if you don’t eat it?

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  7. Bring on the animal pictures.

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  8. Mike Shortall
    October 2, 2014

    COuldn’t agree more, even though I have fallen into the foodie post trap when I had an Instagram account. (Still have it. Just don’t use it.) I think it’s just a fad many go through whenever they get that new iPhone, tablet, etc. It gets old FAST!

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  9. Stephen McLeod
    October 1, 2014

    I have been only blogging since July, and I just have to say, it is amazing how personally people take things. Like this. I don’t care one way or the other about pictures of food. But I like your piece. I am commenting only because I just cannot believe how much resentment there is in the world and it even comes out in “challenge” comments on a harmless post like this. I read blogs for the writing, not for the value of any particular opinion. I can read the New York Times for that. Anyway, nice post!

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    • thehonkinggoose
      October 2, 2014

      Controversy is a sign of diversity and diversity is essential to the continuation of any species, so it can’t be but a good thing, my friend. πŸ˜€

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  11. artistdevee
    October 1, 2014

    You’re not alone! My husband doesn’t get the food pic posting thing either but I have to confess, I’ve posted a food pic here and there. I don’t do it often, only when I’m truly wowed by the creativity of the chef i.e. creating a Jamaican flag using food only (no food colouring) on the dessert plate of each guest as the base of the dessert. I’ll spare sharing the picture with you here – lol!

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    • thehonkinggoose
      October 1, 2014

      Oh great! I totally want to see that one. Is it on your blog somewhere? I love Jamaica… I’m a big fan of reggae music.

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  12. godchangeslifes146
    October 1, 2014

    Thank you for following my post. God bless.

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  13. belleandcandle
    October 1, 2014

    This really made me smile. I blog recipes occasionally and loathe taking a pic of the finished dish and usually go for a pic of the ingredients. I don’t know why it just feels weird!

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    • thehonkinggoose
      October 1, 2014

      If it is part of a recipe, then I get why it’s there, otherwise, not so much.

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  14. Hardethaewoh
    October 1, 2014

    Well, for me, discussing meals, talking best foods is not even my style! how you prefer your recipe cooked/served is not a topic you would find me discussing… And the topic for this post caught my attention!!
    when I see food stuffs, I just scroll past… Its a free world -You know! I wouldn’t complain though… But I’m glad someone spoke!

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    • thehonkinggoose
      October 1, 2014

      I’m not even trying to hate on people that do it. Like you say, it’s a free world. But I reserve the right to react with my honest feelings about it.

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  15. jsack1
    October 1, 2014

    I love this finally someone who said it!!! I have to admit though I’ve followed fitness accounts that post a lot of foods but I enjoy seeing the recipes. I’m guilty of taking a pic of a fabulous meatloaf and hash tagging it #putalittlepiginit. I had too though my hubby worked hard to build it. πŸ˜‰

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    • thehonkinggoose
      October 1, 2014

      I think a recipe for something is entirely different. Of course if you are learning to cook something you want to know what it will/should look like in the end.

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      • jsack1
        October 1, 2014

        So true, plus if I browse those Instagram pages just for their pictures of food I get ridiculously hungry. πŸ˜‰

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  16. wifemothersurvivor
    October 1, 2014

    I had instagram. I’ve been guilty of the dinner pic, but only stuff that I made that I was really proud of. I agree that there are people that abuse the “freedom of the internet”. Just because you have the right to post whatever you want, doesn’t mean it’s always a good idea πŸ˜‰

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    • thehonkinggoose
      October 1, 2014

      I’m really a firm believer that people should do whatever the heck they want as long as they’re not hurting anyone. And am I hurt by people posting meal pics? No. But I reserve the right to mini-rant about it. πŸ˜€

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  17. teagan geneviene
    October 1, 2014

    That was fabulous. πŸ˜€ Hugs!

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  18. ladygrace33
    October 1, 2014

    Haha….One facebook everybody is doing it… posting from breakfast to late dinner, and all the snack between, but nobody want’s to see it. Go figure. I don’t think you’re weird. I don’t need to see what people having for dinner neither πŸ™‚

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  19. mercedesparkles
    October 1, 2014

    I could be following along with the old “if the shoe fits” thing here, but it seems quite coincidental that I just posted not long ago about my lunch and included images from google of what I had (granted it wasn’t actual pictures of my meal, but I found pictures of what I had eaten nonetheless).
    I’m not sure if it was my post that triggered this, but I’m a bit bothered by your standpoint…
    I completely feel like you’re entitled to your opinion, but to say “Because then it spills over to people thinking they can put those on Facebook and even gasp! WordPress, too. Please, don’t. It’s not cool.” kind of pushed my buttons.
    People can put whatever they want wherever they want…that’s the glory of the internet, and people don’t do it to be “cool”. It’s a matter of author’s content preference.
    If you are “mad” about people posting pictures of their food, then why would you follow those blogs if the content is not what you want on your Reader?
    Whether this post was prompted by my post of food or not, my opinion doesn’t change on the fact that the purpose of the internet, including blog sites such as wordpress, is for people to be able to put whatever they want out there. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to be forced to view it. Another wonder of the internet, free will over content exposure.

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    • thehonkinggoose
      October 1, 2014

      Whoa, whoa, whoa, relax. I’m totally not targeting anyone specifically. Did you just post a meal pic? When I click on your name it doesn’t go to your blog, so I can’t check. It’s just my free expression of my own thoughts. You do you. Sorry if I caused you offense. I really am.

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      • mercedesparkles
        October 1, 2014

        That’s fine, and as I sad I am a firm believer in the fact that everybody is entitled to their own opinions! It just seemed like it was a passive aggressive-type of stab, and considering I’ve only had this blog for maybe a week my thoughts were “you gotta be kidding me X(”
        You didn’t offend me personally, because I really do feel that if a person doesn’t like the content they don’t have to follow that author, I just wanted to address it if it was directed at me.
        It doesn’t help that the pictures I posted from google were GIGANTIC. XD I tried to resize them but there was no hope.

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        • thehonkinggoose
          October 1, 2014

          I didn’t even see your food pics. I did read your anniversary post though, I thought it was cute. I’m still gonna follow your blog, so there! πŸ˜‰

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          • mercedesparkles
            October 1, 2014

            Lol you’re crazy, that post was so spazzy hahaha! Most of my posts are, though. I’m kind of all over the place haha. Well I’m glad to hear you’re still a follower, because I wasn’t going to unfollow you even if that was about me, because I do enjoy your blog lol. πŸ™‚

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            • thehonkinggoose
              October 1, 2014

              Thanks! I just can’t believe anyone could celebrate monthly anniversaries after so many years have gone by. I barely even remember to celebrate my yearly wedding anniversary.

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            • mercedesparkles
              October 1, 2014

              Lol honestly most of the time it’s just “good morning sweetheart, happy anniversary!” And that’s it…I don’t remember the last time we’ve done gifts or cards or flowers…but it’s still acknowledged at least. πŸ™‚ I’m sure the day will come where we give up on the monthlys, lol.

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