So the main reason for this blog kind of came from quite a sad place. I’d been wanting to start a blog for a fair while (and I mean really post regularly this time, instead of the failed attempts I’ve had in the past…let’s not talk about them.) and I suppose I just needed the right push. That push came in the form of one of 2016’s infamous sucky-things-that-have-happened.
Yelp Glasgow, something that has been a huge part of my life for the past 2 years, something that allowed me to meet some of the very best people I have ever come across, something that brought a heck of a lot of fun my way…was over. Well, not entirely over, but over as we knew it anyway, as of the 4th of November. In case you’re unfamiliar, Yelp is a review site, a bit like TripAdvisor but with more of a focus on the social side of things. When I joined Yelp Glasgow, it was being run by Briony C of The Glasgow Food Blog, who did a fantastic job as the Community Manager – throwing incredible events for us, helping out with our Yelpy needs especially when it came to accommodating newbies, and generally just being an excellent human being. Never have I felt like I fit in more than I do with this incredible bunch of peeps, let me tell you!
Yelp in their infinite wisdom, however, decided to put an end to any Community type activity outside of the US and Canada as they weren’t making any money out of it. With that, came 175 redundancies for those in “marketing” positions around the world, including our own lovely Briony. Everyone in the community was very shocked and upset, not just because this did of course mean that all the fun we’d been having had suddenly ground to a halt, but also because our fearless leader/Community Manager had just been made redundant without any real warning! It’s also worth pointing out that while there were 175 ‘redundancies’, I expect many more people than that actually just lost their jobs. Yelp Glasgow also had Marketing Assistant Lainey, who is also a great gal and was doing a fab job – but had been working for them for much less time in a less senior position, so I doubt she actually got made redundant.
Sad times all round really, but in a bittersweet way it was also nice to see the love for Briony and Lainey pouring in from lots and lots of different Yelpers who had been involved over the years. (Absolutely not tearing up at all writing this, no sir.)
Now, this isn’t meant to be a huge dig at Yelp, I’m just stating the facts and my own personal feelings on the matter. Once I just about got over my moping phase, I realised that what others (including Briony) were saying was right – we did put a lot of work into making the Yelp Glasgow community what it is, and it would be a shame for it to go to waste. I do find reviews to be more trustworthy and fair on Yelp, although I suppose a big part of this has generally been knowing/trusting the opinions of the people who have written them. I’m not sure how I’ll continue to use the site in future, although I do still check-in to places purely for the pride of being Duchess of a particular business (having the most regular check-ins, you get to be a Duke if you’re a dude!) but I don’t think I’ll review as much, which is saying something because my reviews had become a bit sparse as it was, oops.
The good thing is that all of my Yelpy peeps have vowed that we’ll still see each other, which I am obviously ecstatic about! I really meant it when I said they’re the best people – they’re also some of the nuttiest people I’ve ever met, but that’s part of what makes them so totally awesome. I look forward to seeing what we get up to in future 🙂
But anyway – I hope to use this blog for a number of things including: stuff I’ve been up to, random thoughts/rants, food/music reviews and much more depending on what’s going on in my life I guess!
I hope you all enjoy reading it, and I look forward to meeting some of you as well. If you don’t already know me, feel free to follow me on social media where I usually go by _debos_ (nickname by another Aussie pal of mine.)
If you’re wondering where the name comes from, I love words in other languages that can’t be directly translated into English, and dépaysement is one of them. This French word (I basically like anything French too, btw) means the feeling of being a fish out of water, like if you’re in an unknown city/country for example. The thing is, it doesn’t necessarily need to be a negative thing – it can be exhilarating to be somewhere totally new, or in a totally new situation, so I found the meaning of this word pretty fascinating.
…that’s basically it 😛
Til next time,