Warning of forthcoming sin

Confession: I’m going to commit an unforgiveable sin this week. Two of them.

I’m going to host another giveaway tomorrow.

And then I’m going to publish a post that contains the word “gluten.” And a bad word.*

*Unless of course I get cold feet, a health condition I am much prone to.

I have to give this disclaimer ahead of time, for my own sanity and for conscience’ sake. I have always hosted giveaways at least a month apart, to discourage greed in you and commercialism in me. This is intentional and I prefer to keep it that way.

Giveaways boost my stats temporarily, but I have given up faith that they matter much in the long run. I now host them as a means to an end: for you to discover and I to defend the products and authors I care about. {Still, it is fun to watch you come out of your holes.}

And the other post? I am a mercy person and much less forthright in real life than in writing. I am perpetually afraid of offending someone, and I have gotten gun-shy in writing as well, lest something hit the fan. But sometimes when even a mercy person gets tweaked so long, she stands up on her soapbox and preaches like a boss.

I suspect that I cause offense to at least half of you at least half of the time—not that you are deeply disturbed by what I say, but that it means nothing to you. Those of you who love my occasional humor and clear-headedness are probably bored to tears by my crafts and recipes. Those of you who love my hands-on projects probably wish I’d get off my theology already. It is the cost of having a popcorn blog: whatever comes to mind in the wide, wide world.

I’m considering renaming my blog Something For Everyone: Shari Zook’s Collection of the Bizarre, the Outdated, and the Macabre.

And the purists who want me innocent may object to the mercenary side of advertising.

Sometimes I object to it too. I am thinking on it, and welcome your input. Meanwhile I do not mind advertising products I actually love, however apologetic I may feel about the timing.

Matthew at Christian Learning Resource said their big push on this brand new cookbook is now, actually—just in time for Christmas—and there’s free shipping until December 10— And I said “Yes of course. I’d love to host a giveaway.”

So here we are. Hang in there. Push back on me when you think I’m getting lopsided or big-headed. And ignore the parts of me you don’t like. This is just a blog: that’s your prerogative.

Plus, I ignore the parts of me I don’t like all the time. Let’s ignore me together.

Till tomorrow then!


Any thoughts? I’m listening.

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9 years ago

Who could ignore such a winsome lady? 🙂

Beth Russo
9 years ago

Of course I can’t speak for everyone but I think most of us read your blog because we never know what we’re going to get. The regular readers know you say and do different things and we like it. You can never make everyone happy and there will always be someone who thinks they’re more pure than you, you know that. It won’t be me though. If you want to have 30 giveaways a month, you can, we’re not going to have a secret meeting and kick you out of the club. In fact, we don’t even have a club. Keep up the great work, I don’t read many blogs anymore and I have too much fun here. 🙂

9 years ago

I like your candidness… it’s refreshing, shocking, humorous and inspiring all rolled up in one. 🙂 This is one of my favorite blogs to come read!

9 years ago

I enjoy all the different aspects of your blog 🙂

9 years ago

Yes, Yes, Yes!! I want Beat’s cookbook!!!!!!

But not quite enough to start a blog just so I can get a review copy.

9 years ago

I’ve never looked forward to someone sinning this much before! 🙂

Beth Russo
9 years ago
Reply to  Bethany

BAHAHAHA!!! ^^^^^

9 years ago
Reply to  Bethany

this is exactly what I wanted to say too! 🙂 I can’t wait for that bad word…

9 years ago

Just a suggestion (ahem), how about a giveaway with 5 (of this book you’re doing) instead of 1, that way more people will feel like coming out of their hole, since we have more of a chance (supposedly) to win one! Great idea I know!:) (cough)
P.S. I enjoy your blog 🙂

9 years ago

I love the ‘popcorn-ness’ of your blog! I know I never comment, but I read every single post. My roommate and I always compare reactions – ‘Have you read Shari’s newest post yet?’ 🙂

9 years ago

You always make me laugh.

9 years ago

You make me laugh; I don’t know you, really, but I sure never object to bein’ who ya are!

9 years ago

Actually, I love all your different kinds of post. The theology, the crafts (not that I ever do them)… whatever you throw at us, I enjoy it. Popcorn style blogs don’t usually work for me, but yours does. It more than works. This is the only blog of someone who is not related to me that I keep up with all the time. 🙂

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