Sunday, January 14, 2018

Administrative stuff: Clarification about the old blog, new blog, and new site


I've been getting a lot of questions about this blog and the new site, so I thought I'd address them here.

1. This blog isn't going anywhere. What you see here is what will remain here for the most part. (This will be referred to as the "old blog".) We simply can't import more than 2,900 posts over and make sure the links all work, plus there are some great conversations in the comments that I don't want to stop and great ideas that should be shared.

2. The new blog is a work in progress. We are slowly moving over some things to be part of the resources section of the blog to make it easier to find things, like a beginners' section or ingredients. (This will be referred to as the "new blog" or "new site".)

3. Everything I write from January 1, 2018, onward will be housed over there. I will post links to posts as well as weekly digests on this, the old blog, so you can find them, especially if you're a subscriber by e-mail.

4. I will be linking to the old blog when I write posts on the new blog as I have always done. When I write about olive oil, for instance, you'll see a link back to the olive oil post in the emollients section, and so on.

5. Some of the posts - those labelled "Patreon" - will only be accessible by people who subscribe to the blog through Patreon at $1 or higher. They are the ones paying for the site, the blog, and the Disqus commenting system, as well as keeping it all ad, pop up, sponsor, and affiliate link free, so there will be exclusive posts for them. I originally conceived of the new site as being for Patreon subscribers to find material I've been posting for them over the last 18 months, but I decided to open the site to everyone as it didn't make sense to have two blogs going at the same time.

6. Everyone is welcome over there, and as you can see from the two digests of links I've shared already - January 1st to 7th and January 8th to 12th, - there are loads of posts for non-Patreon subscribers.

7. I will still get notifications on comments you make on this, the old blog, but I don't know if I will have time to respond much. The new blog has a very active community of commenters already - which is incredibly exciting - and, as I said in this post, I need to be a part of something like this to recharge my batteries, to connect me with people who love what I love so much, and to give me ideas on what to write about next. I encourage you to join us over there and share your thoughts on all kinds of topics!

I can't stress enough how important it is to be part of a thriving community of commenters. So many times in 2017 I thought about shutting all of this down, about making it a private blog for only a few people to access as I was getting so sick and tired of plagiarizers and others taking and taking and taking, and it was the interaction with the few people who comment here and the many who comment on Patreon that preventing me from doing it. 

I hope to see you over there commenting and sharing. It doesn't matter what your experience level might be, you have something to contribute!

I hope this has addressed any questions you might have about the new and old blog. Please share your thoughts or questions on the copy of this post on the new blog!

Related posts:
More about the new site
2018 and change

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Weekly digest of blog posts for January 8th to 12th, 2018

I thought I'd share a digest of all the links for what's going on over at the new blog

I'm so excited by all the comments and discussions we're having over on the new blog! One of my goals this year is to help create and maintain a community, and we're on our way there! I hope you add your voice to the conversation as there are so many things we can learn from each other! 

And I'm so excited that Raymond has completed all the things necessary to automate the purchasing of e-books and e-zines, including a way you can get the charts! 

I've created a sticky post that will remain at the top of the blog on how to log in to the posts if you're a Patreon subscriber. Let me know if this isn't clear enough and I can modify it!

I'll be categorizing the posts in the subject line as there are posts that are only available to people who subscribe to the blog through Patreon.

Patreon means this is a Patreon exclusive post, and you have to be a Patreon subscriber to access it.

Patreon Q&A means this is a question someone posed on Patreon and I'm answering it. You have to be a Patreon subscriber to access it.

If it doesn't say Patreon on it after January 1st, it means it's open to everyone.

Administrative stuff means stuff about the blog, like how things work or will work.


Discussion is an open thread where I hope to see your comments, thoughts, or questions, although you're welcome to share on any post over there.

January 8th
January 9th
January 11th
January 12th

New e-zine: Emollients you will love!

Do you love oils? Sure, we all do! That's why I wrote this e-zine about more of my favourite oils and butters! Join me for some fun learning about and formulating with ingredients like cupuacu butter, sal butter, pear seed oil, watermelon seed oil, plum kernel oil, and more!

Accompanying this e-zine are my comparison charts for oils and butters, so you have a handy dandy reference to which you can easily refer while formulating! (The oils one is 13 pages!!!)

Check out the table of contents here! 

You can buy this e-zine in the e-books & courses part of the new website. A link will be sent to you mere minutes after you buy it. Isn't that awesome?

If you're interested in receiving the monthly e-zine, please visit my Patreon page to learn more!

Friday, January 12, 2018

New e-zine: Emollients you will love with the oil and butter comparison charts!

Do you love oils? Sure, we all do! That's why I wrote this e-zine about more of my favourite oils and butters! Join me for some fun learning about and formulating with ingredients like cupuacu butter, sal butter, pear seed oil, watermelon seed oil, plum kernel oil, and more! Accompanying this e-zine are my comparison charts for oils and butters, so you have a handy dandy reference to which you can easily refer while formulating! (The oils one is 13 pages!!!)

Check out the table of contents here! 

You can buy this e-zine for $13 Cdn in the e-books & courses part of the new website. A link will be sent to you mere minutes after you buy it. Isn't that awesome?

If you're interested in receiving the monthly e-zine, please visit my Patreon page to learn more!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Weekly digest of posts - January 1st to 7th, 2018

As I mentioned in this post, we have a new website and blog! I'll be doing all my writing over there from now on, and I'll post links to that work for those of you who have this bookmarked or receive e-mail notifications. This one is a summary of the posts over the last seven days just to catch you up.

To answer a question I've been asked quite a bit this week: No, there will not be the option to receive the entire post by email on the new blog. One of the reasons people gave for not commenting was that it was easier to read the post in email than to visit the blog, and although I appreciate that you're reading the blog in any form, I miss getting comments a lot and really want a sense of community, so I'm doing everything in my power to make it easier to interact, like paying for Disqus commenting system where you can post links, pictures, and other media, and it's harder for spammers to bother us, so no moderating required!

I'll be categorizing the posts in the subject line as there are posts that are only available to people who subscribe to the blog through Patreon. 

Patreon means this is a Patreon exclusive post, and you have to be a Patreon subscriber to access it.

Patreon Q&A means this is a question someone posed on Patreon and I'm answering it. You have to be a Patreon subscriber to access it.

If it doesn't say Patreon on it after January 1st, it means it's open to everyone. 

Administrative stuff means stuff about the blog, like how things work or will work.

Discussion is an open thread where I hope to see your comments, thoughts, or questions, although you're welcome to share on any post over there.

January 1st


January 7th

Discussion: How do you organize your workshop?