First project over 2000 reads!

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 09-30-2010 04:35 PM 1957 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Woo hoo! My snakes cutting board has topped 2000 reads. Didn’t think I’d see that happen. Zee is coming up fast, at 1930 reads, as well.

I would like to thank all of you out there who view my projects and read my blogs. When I joined LJ’s 8 months ago I didn’t think I would attract this kind of interest.

A friend of mine is willing to put together a website for me. Up until recently I have had a block (like a sort of writer’s block) about this. Probably fear of failure. I’m fighting against it and the sort of support I’ve had here is going to help no end. This doesn’t mean I’m going to dissapear from LJ’s. I get a lot of enjoyment and ideas from this group and I like to give it back in return and will continue to do so. I don’t know when I’ll get the web site together but I’ll be sure to let you all know. The URL will be in my tag line when its up.

Thanks again and keep posting.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 09-30-2010 04:41 PM

I think it is a splendid idea! You have so much to offer others and it would be great to have a place to call your own, besides here at LJ’s. We’ll all come and pester you over there (like long-lost relatives that come to visit that you wish would go home!)

I for one will be looking forward to seeing more of your work and tutorials. It is will be great to showcase all you do on your own turf.

Remember Martyn – Failure is NOT an option!

Your Fan, Sheila

PS – Congratulations on the 2000 reads! May you have 2000 more!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 09-30-2010 04:51 PM

I’ve only been here for a couple of months but I’ve certainly noticed the quality of your projects and a lot of your posts including blog posts. I think that you will be wonderful at doing a web site and I look forward to seeing it soon.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 09-30-2010 05:51 PM

Martyn, You and I joined LJ’s on the exact same day. I have followed your work like someone watching their favorite TV show. You are surley one of the greats! I am sure your website will blast off to high success.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#4 posted 09-30-2010 07:50 PM

Hi Martyn,
We love you here. Not only your projects, but also your words and way to be – so I would be so sad if you leave.
Congrat on the 2000 reads, thats cool. (I just checked I have two on 1800, so I’m behind… But perhaps it’s because I have a website where I do not post wood projects… Laugh).
Best thoughts and a smile,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 09-30-2010 08:00 PM

Why not have 2000 reads expect much more. Any projects you post Marytin are worth reading over and over.
Keep your amazing work

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Wes Giesbrecht

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#6 posted 09-30-2010 09:12 PM


I don’t really see that one has much to do with the other.
That is, a personal website and LJ.

I’ve had a website for about 6 years. I started out with one that was created from scratch by a good friend who does that sort of thing. Paid for it with some of my work.
The problem with that, and I’ve heard this several times from other people in the same boat, was that I got really, really tired of nagging to get on with building the site and once it was finally up and running, constantly having to nag him to do updating and make the changes I wanted.
Since it wasn’t a ‘professional’ relationship where I got a bill for maintenance and upkeep, it as awkward and I felt guilty for asking for things.
Eventually, at his suggestion, we switched me over to a SmugMug, do it yourself template type website.
This is better. It was designed for photographers originally. You can post lots of images, it’s fairly easy, and it’s cheap.
But…. it looks like a template website.
To get something really slick and professional looking can cost a LOT of money. As in, how much do you want to spend.
Anyway, what I was getting to is this:
Even tho I’ve been selling my product thru galleries for over 11 years, and there are close to a thousand of them now, all over the world, each with my signature highly visible on the front; and even tho
I’ve handed out thousands of cards, and even tho my website comes up right at or near the top when you google my name,
I haven’t been contacted directly thru the site, more than maybe a dozen or so times.

I’m not saying that the experience will necessarily be the same for you, I’m just saying that it probably won’t take up all of your spare time answering inquiries. (Altho I’d be very pleased for you if it turned out that way.)

I expect you’ll get more action from it than I do from my site because your products, while highly unique, are more in line with what people know.
Not a lot of people have a clue what a wood mosaic wall hanging is so they’re not out there looking for them and they absolutely do not translate well from an image on a monitor. Wood workers can understand what they’d look like in reality but regular folks not so much.

Anyway, just my 2¢.

-- Wes Giesbrecht

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#7 posted 09-30-2010 10:51 PM

Congratulations Professor… I remember when I first posted and got to 1000 then a few at 2000 and now one near 4000… I could not believe there was so many people who would like what I did.. they proved me wrong and now you are there as well… well done.. and well deserved… I for one am adding my view to everything you post.. look forward to more on the clipboard…and just how you make your fantastic Wooden Eye Candy…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#8 posted 10-01-2010 12:12 AM

Indeed, you deserved the attention from all of us. The way you precisely do the work, the unconditional tutorials, the words “not competing to anyone” and the new and variety of designs are the kind and heartfelt things you put in this LJ blogs and projects that make my day to really look at what you post.. Thanks for all of this and keep it up. By the way, thanks for the pm reply.

-- Bert

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#9 posted 10-01-2010 01:08 AM

Thanks Martin for all your inspiring work I really like the way you think it through & you give us all some great ideas
Cheers mate

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#10 posted 10-01-2010 05:59 AM

Probably fear of failure

We all came nude to this world, so nothing to loose here. The worse project is the one unstarted.

Besides, In this century those offline, do not exist.

You may not sell nothing through a web page. But for sure a lot of Wes clients in the Brick & mortar business have scrutinized him on the web beforehand.

Come on, if someone has something (any good, service, talent, art, etc) to sell me which gives me a no reply at google, no opinions, no coments, no audio or video. Well that product doesn´t exist. I wouldn´t spend any minute on that.

So that´s my other 2 cents. So now you have 4 cents already.

BTW, congrats on the 2001 visits. Wouldn´t say anymore, everything is said

-- Back home. Fernando

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#11 posted 10-01-2010 11:35 AM

Thank you all for your response (comments and PM’s), particularly over the website idea. I thoroughly enjoy being here, amongst people who care.

Carry on posting!

Be seeing you

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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