Am I the only person who feels like Chowhound has been drying up over the past few years?
When I started HowChow three years ago, I read Chowhound daily. The DC-Baltimore board had dozens of posts a day, and people would pass a topic back and forth with great suggestions about where to eat and shop.
In recent months, there are days with fewer than 10 posts in a day. I go weeks between checks, often because there isn't much to entice me back.
I blame Yelp. Reed and I were recently emailing, and he said that he had put the first review of the new Nari Sushi on Yelp. I wonder if people post single-restaurant reviews these days instead of posting questions and answers on Chowhound.
Don't get me wrong. I post on Yelp. You can track local writers like Reed or Yaka K. to see what they think of local places. But Chowhound and DonRockwell's Baltimore board serve a different role. Instead of just asking "How is Restaurant X?," you could ask where to watch a Ravens game in Howard County or where to find the best deli for catering. I never would have looked up Grace Garden on Yelp because I didn't know it existed, but I found the spectacular 2008 chain and basically ordered right from the suggestions.
When I first explored Howard County, writers like Jason1, Warthog, Little Audrey, Elgringoviejo and DiningwithDoc were generous with their knowledge, and I learned from Chowhound -- especially from topics that were broader than a single restaurant. One person would offer an idea. Others would chime in. It's fun to answer questions and share ideas. I don't really know what changed.
Anyone know what is happening on Chowhound? Is this another place that people left because they spend so much time on Facebook? Anyone have questions that they want answered?