In my several years of writing reviews on yelp, I wrote nearly as many nonsense, prose reviews as I did legit ones of businesses. I reviewed everything from a cleanse I did to marijuana to random men who hit on me. Yelp never deleted any of those.
Today I received an email from yelp HQ letting me know that my post there about my blog had been removed due to it not being representative of direct consumer experience. How in the world was my review of chewing relevant to consumer experience? It wasn’t. Nor were any of my other creative pieces. But, in those pieces, I didn’t point out that yelp is a horrible commercial machine that always sides with businesses and refuses to protect reviewers from both angry owners and harassing fellow yelpers.
Thank you, yelp, for helping motivate me to start this blog. I have well over 2,000 reviews in the two months since I started it, and I never have to worry about anyone flagging me for being honest. As you continue to ignore harassed yelpers and side with the businesses who pay you to filter their bad reviews, I hope others will also flock to their own forums to make their voices heard. You have grown into little beyond an advertising space for desperate businesses.
As much as I try not to spout anything negative, I am compelled to share this photo, which states the obvious in simple words:
Once upon a time, also known as for several years up until a month or two ago, I was a star (and “elite”) yelper. Hell, I was pretty much an all-star yelper, I was so damn yelpy. I got the “review of the day” every three months like clockwork, had over 600 people request to be my friend, and was often featured in the weekly newsletter. Sadly, yelp did me wrong. Repeatedly. I encourage you to read the details of that here: http://www.yelp.com/list/i-said-no-no-no-i-wont-go-go-go-west-hollywood-4
Thus, welcometomyblog. I didn’t really want to do this because I’m pretty much a lazybones, but I also didn’t feel right continuing to exert my time and copious efforts making money for a website that took pride in treating me like poop. I dedicate this first blog to my yelp profile, which is the product of several years of eating, wearing clothes, getting over a major disease, running a business, falling in love, and other living in the Los Angeles area.
The full profile is http://rawariane.yelp.com
My list of organic oases is http://www.yelp.com/list/my-organs-are-organic-los-angeles
Place I can’t stand are what that link in the first paragraph directs you to
My experiences eating raw are http://www.yelp.com/list/rawk-n-roll-west-hollywood
Creative musings for technically unyelpable things are http://www.yelp.com/list/i-beat-you-i-win-west-hollywood
And these are my feelings about local farmers markets http://www.yelp.com/list/farmers-market-floozy-los-angeles-2
There are other lists, but those are my favorites. From this point on, I’ll be baring all the opinionated, no-holds-barred fruit right here.