Hello. Have we met? My name is Shuna and I am the author, owner, chef, writer, photographer, recipe tester, friend, confidante, father, reader, pastry chef, user, fact checker, editor, copy writer, publisher, floor sweeper, designer, poet, human being, listener, pillow, magician, dishwasher, carny, family, suggestion taker & answerer, promoter, event planner, advocate, mother, scout, community organizer, and all around everything for Eggbeater. This here is my blog, home, muse, friend, companion, experiment, book, food, buoy, compatriot, alter ego, evil twin sister, art, visual food, delight, love, heart and so much more for which there are not enough adjectives or words.
Please consider your comment before you hit the button called send or publish or post. Please read your comment aloud to the person in the next cubicle (much of the blogosphere's traffic comes Monday - Friday during business hours), or room, or send it to someone you know who can give you honest feedback about your tone.
Remember that email renders your tone murky at best, and various languages structure humour differently.
Think of it like this: You go to someone's house. You have never met said person but you are going to a dinner party and you will be with people you know and people they know. People may not know your last name but they are trusting that because you have a few shared interests you will enjoy going to a new person's house. And everyone is looking forward to being fed by someone else for a change.
During the dinner party would you wait for an opening to attack the host you've never met? Would you critique their food and tell them that's the worst outfit you've ever seen on a person?
Please take a look around Eggbeater. You are in an ad free space. I am not asking your for donations or trying to sell you lowfat mayonnaise. When I direct you to my Paypal link it's because I am offering a service: I am a chef and a teacher and I teach because I love to teach, but also because I pay my own way and have been since I was 14 years old. I do not have a husband or wife who supports me financially when I want to take time off from paid work to follow my passions. My passion has to offer me a living, or else I cannot afford to do it.
Moderating comments, and your knowledge that I do so, means that those of you who write nasty comments do so to hurt me intentionally. Many of you, I'm sure, have begun to notice that I am editing comments when they appear to be solely for the purpose of advertising, fighting, being mean or posting misplaced comments/questions on posts. If I have time I am answering your questions and queries a new way: in the body of your comment I am writing to you specifically in italics.
Eggbeater means a lot to me and I am working hard to ensure it's a place for dialog, question asking, constructive criticism and critique, information sharing, education and all around basic good-hearted silliness when we all need a break from the hard stuff.
I'm not afraid of confrontation but I expect a fight to mean something, not just defending myself against a meaningless attack. If you look closely, if you really read my words, you'll see that I spend a lot of time looking at, pondering, questioning and taking responsibility for my part in all situations whether they be joyous, challenging or difficult.
Remember that beyond your own computer screen, keyboard and the fingers you use to type out the words you send, is a human among humans. I am a person with feelings and so are my other readers, many of whom who have been reading and following along since the beginning.
Eggbeater is me and I am Eggbeater. It doesn't get much simpler than that. If you can't play well or nice you will be ejected from the sandbox and other blog authors who have any self-respect/ control over their content/ self-esteem will do the same.
Please consider respecting my house rules, they are not unreasonable. I ask the same of those who enter through my front door, work alongside me, or sit in my classes, and I, in turn, give a whole hell of a lot back, through Eggbeater and also in life.
Thank you for reading.
Shuna fish Lydon