It's apparently very competitive out here in the blogosphere. Eater just launched a Chicago edition last week, adding yet another voice for local, intensive food coverage - thereby raising the stakes for everyone else who tries to make a living at it. Today, anyone who ever ate in a restaurant is a potential reviewer/reporter/opinion-maker (what up, Yelp), and for those of us on the "professional eating" side, we're all trying to keep those eyeballs clicking back for more. I used to think there was an "arms race" in terms of the speed with which we were covering restaurant openings. I, too, used to tweet or write in my blog after one visit, within the first week of operation. But I'm starting to notice the next iteration of local food coverage: the habit of "premature e-adulation."
First, some definitions. Adulation, of course, means offering flattery or praise.