It has been a few days since my last post. I apologize for the disruption, but rest assured you were in my thoughts the entire time. Truly. I have been mulling over one thought or another for the past days thinking of something to put on screen and the words my mother often said keep coming to mind. "Don't talk just to hear your own voice." Hmmm. That goes right along with "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." Two excellent pieces of advice that will leave the average blogger speechless for weeks.
But two precepts I will try to adhere to here out of respect for my mom. And myself. And you, too.
Don't Talk Just To Hear Your Own Voice. First, I have plenty to say, but I won't force it out just to fill your screen with daily fodder. When I have something relevant that I can add to current discussions, I will certainly do so. If I have the rare opportunity to spark a lively debate, I will do that, as well. But I will try not to wander from myself or from you just to break the silence. Remember, a good friendship is one where silence is comfortable.
If You Can't Say Anything NIce... Also, I don't want to get into dishing dirt and spreading negative vibes. Either in reviews or in commentary. If I have an honest comment or a constructive bit, I feel compelled to share it both with my audience and the direct beneficiary. But, I don't want to tear a place down just because it is good reading. Even in a bad restaurant, people are working their butts off. I respect that. If I don't have anything to build on after a dining experience, I'd rather just leave it be. If you want to discuss a place specifically, feel free to email me here.
The last ground rule of this blog, for now, is not based in Mom's wisdom, but rather borne of my own sense for fairness. Color me noble, but I won't review any place that I haven't visited since I started this blog. I think that is fair. I could write a dozen reviews based on experiences I've had over the past few years, but although the writing would be fresh, the information would long since have gone stale. Restaurants change and grow and evolve constantly (or else) and they deserve fresh opinions from fresh experiences.
Three simple rules. Let me know how I'm doing.