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Vegan Blog Coming Out of Retirement – Follow Me on Instagram

Vegan Blog Funky Cat

Vegan Blog is Funky!

Surprise! I’m back. Well, I can’t believe it’s been almost two years since I posted on my little vegan blog! I am here to announce I am taking my vegan blog out of semi-retirement. Woo hoo!

Vegan Scallops Sophie's Kitchen

Sophie’s Kitchen Vegan Scallops

You know when I started a vegan blog I thought it would be a lot of fun, and it was. But, then as I got into it, suddenly it became more work than it was fun. I have a lot of respect for all the wonderful vegan blogs and vegan bloggers out there because there is so much that goes into it. Blogging is a lot of work! Writing, cooking, documenting the recipe when you didn’t even follow one, taking pictures, editing photos, updating the blog software, making sure links are working, learning HTML code and other codes you never wanted to learn, formatting, dealing with spammers and hackers and other security issues in the background, approving comments, responding to comments, promoting, Twittering, SEOing, Facebooking, Pinteresting, Instagramming, linking, and the list is endless. I found it all a bit much just for a little vegan blog (for example this post took 3 hours) and then life events also have kept me pretty busy. So, that kind of explains my being semi-retired for about 2 years now.

Dehydrated Watermelon

Dehydrated Watermelon

First, I want to thank all of my loyal fans and followers. Secondly, I have been mostly on Instagram these days posting photos of delicious vegan food and other funky stuffs. Please follow me on MY INSTAGRAM. I have really enjoyed connecting with other like-minded vegan people on Instagram and have truly been blessed and enlightened by my experience with everyone there. The pictures in this post are just a few from my Instagram.

I also have decided to bring this blog back to life a little. Perhaps not posting for 2 years was a bit extreme. Ha ha. So, maybe if I post once a month (give or take) that will be a good balance. My focus these days is really on my music, which takes so much time and energy.

Wheatgrass Juice Vitamix Buddha

Wheatgrass Juice Vitamix Buddha

Mrs. McFly and I have been leaning towards becoming more raw vegan and may try to do a raw 30 day challenge. Also, in the last 2 years so much cool stuff has happened in the vegan world and it is easier and better than ever to lead a plant-based lifestyle. We also have been evolving in our knowledge and bought a Vitamix and Excalibur dehydrator. So exciting and fun. Maybe I can get Mrs. McFly up to speed on how to blog and she can take over some of the blogging duties.

That’s enough from me for now. Stay funky and vegan.

Sincerely,

The Funky Vegan –  Funkinutt McFly

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VegNews Using Stock Photos of Meat in Vegan Magazine Articles

VegNews Using Stock Photos of Meat in Vegan Articles

Screenshot - VegNews Using Stock Photos of Meat in Vegan Articles

******04/19/11****** – Update to the Original Article

VegNews issued a formal apology yesterday and even used the term “screwed up” mentioned in my article!  You can read the VegNews apology here, which also includes a written policy on their photography practices going forward.  I am very happy to hear this good news. I will keep an eye on their website and check them out at the newsstand and if they pass muster then I will go ahead and subscribe. Yay vegans and Yay VegNews!

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Subscribe to VegNews? You may want to reconsider. It was just exposed yesterday by QuarryGirl (thanks QuarryGirl) that VegNews has been using stock photos that actually contain meat in the pictures in their magazine and on their website. WTF? Funny thing is that I had recently been thinking about subscribing to VegNews. I’d been following them on Facebook and checking out their website. Since I am newly vegan, and since they are the only vegan magazine available, I thought it would be “cool” to subscribe. I no longer believe that they are cool, but just a bunch of liars. They have pictures of ribs (that are supposed to be vegan) with the bones photo-shopped out! Come on. Really?

I followed the breaking story this morning and read many of the comments online from various sources, with no response from VegNews. Then VegNews released a response and it was lame. They did not apologize, but instead made excuses about money and bragged about awards and said they would try to do something about it soon. Umm – they need to hire a PR person because they really missed the opportunity to get it right.

Now, I used to work for a retail website and took pictures of products and Photoshopped them. It is time consuming and requires a lot of attention to detail. However, the site I worked for would never consider using a photo of one product to represent another, which would be deceptive. And, if they can pay someone to edit a photo from iStockphoto.com to make it look vegan, then they certainly could pay someone to take pictures of real vegan food, or better yet use vegan stock photos, of which there are plenty. They weren’t even crediting the photos to iStockphoto.com, which is a requirement for use. Lying is not a good business practice and does not lend to journalistic integrity. What if I used fake pictures for my recipes? It makes me question everything they have done. IF you read their response it is filled with BS and lies.

VegNews Using Stock Photos of Meat in Vegan Articles Letter

Screenshot - Apology Somewhat Small on the VegNews Website

I cannot begin to explain the unethical nature of their actions or why they did it, although they tried to explain it away. But, excuses are like a**holes. Everybody’s got one. Certainly they have done some good in the world. I guess my problem is that their letter to their readers sucked. Not only was it in PDF form, making it harder for search engines to find and index, it was just a small blurb on their site entitled “A letter from the VegNews staff.” That could be about anything! Why not just come out and call it like it is and say you screwed up and that this is unethical and a dishonest practice and that it will stop. And, while your at it issue a real heartfelt apology. Surely this story will end up on the news, and other major websites like Huffington Post, if it hasn’t already. Better to to some damage control than do some corporate crap press release that doesn’t really address the issue.

Trust is so important, especially when it comes to a small niche market like veganism and the food we put in our bodies. Do you trust VegNews at this point? I don’t. Deception on this level does not lie. A better source for vegan news is the bloggers online who spend hours writing and taking their own photos. What do you think?

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