LJ Site #20: 7th Anniversary of Our Site

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 02-26-2013 12:11 PM 1726 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Feb. 26/13

Today is the 7th Anniversary of

Seven years ago Martin Sojka opened the doors to The stats began as 0/0/0/0/0/0 and have grown to: 59,937 woodworkers making 2,015,793 comments on 78,561 projects, 32,485 blogs, 3,126 reviews and 45,533 forum topics.

This growth and success of the site is due to the wonderful design of Martin’s and the extraordinary projects, stories, and interactions of the members—of you. Thank-you.

Congratulations, Martin, and thank-you.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 02-26-2013 12:43 PM

CONGRATS! LJ makes me a better woodworker – thank you for the site and all the improvements over the years!

-- John - Central PA -

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#2 posted 02-26-2013 12:45 PM

Yes, Congratulations Martin for building a great website!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 01:04 PM

Congratulations and THANK YOU MARTIN for creating and maintaining this website which has become THE “go to” place for ideas, advice, instruction, and encouragement. Thank you Deb, as well. The site information is fresh and steadily grows new opportunities for all woodworkers.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#4 posted 02-26-2013 01:16 PM

Thank you Martin and Debbie.
Happy birthday LJ
Thank you also to all the members who participate , especially the older member such as AJIm who is always so willing to help and to encourage.
Without them this site would just not exist.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 02-26-2013 01:37 PM

Yes, congratulations and thank you Martin & associates, for this mighty finest sites out here is cyberspace. Wishing LJ’s and all of its members, many, many more good, safe, years of all aspects of woodworking.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 02-26-2013 01:41 PM

Thank You Martin!
I think there were about 120 LJ’s at the time.
This site has not only increased my knowledge in woodworking, but I think I even learned a lot more about how to use the computer. Martin helped me whenever I had a problem such as posting images, & a multitude of other things.
MsDebbie came along a little later, & put some spark into our group. Now she’s the editor of it, so also congratulations
go out to her also.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 02-26-2013 01:53 PM

Totally agree with you Debbie. This has been and remains the premier woodworking site on the net, bar none, and
many thanks to Martin, yourself and of course the members for making it so.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 02-26-2013 03:34 PM

That is quite an accomplishment and most certainly one to be proud of…
78,651 projects by 59,937 members in 7 years…That averages out to 1.3 projects per member over a seven year period…? If every member was posting projects occasionally the numbers would be astronomical. We do have many great commentors.

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#9 posted 02-26-2013 03:48 PM

Thanks to everyone. This is the best woodworking site of them all!

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#10 posted 02-26-2013 04:05 PM

congrats! I ditto Dick and Barb…I came in with a few hundred jocks and its crazy to think there are nearly 60,000…

Continued Success!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 02-26-2013 04:36 PM

Great JOB!

Martin et al

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#12 posted 02-26-2013 04:40 PM

Thanks Martin, Debbie and all you LJ’s out there.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#13 posted 02-26-2013 04:42 PM

I’m fairly new to this site, and other that getting on FB to see photos of my grandkids, I have never been one to chat and make friends online. Not until LJ! I am returning to woodworking after a 10 year hiatus and you guys have all been soooo helpful. I have been so impressed by how respectful and encouraging you are to each other. I sure over time there may have been exceptions but I have not read one forum or blog post where a person was rude, obnoxious, or cutting. It’s very refreshing!

I have been struggling with medical complications that came about just after I started getting my shop set up and this has been a great outlet for keeping my juices flowing. AND I have been really touched and FEEL very supported by those of you who read my blog, and have taken extra time to send me personal messages and check in on me between blog posts.

In the past I have usually turned to the magazine sites for ideas and solutions, but because of the extensive history and number of active members, I have yet to do a search that didn’t turn up something, and if not, I put out a call to the members and have received every bit of information I needed, and links to further information.

I also appreciate the fact that LJ is not intimidating, and all levels of woodworking and projects are posted and get great support. I am a big fan of FWW (I have a collection of every issue since #1) but they don’t have the same kind of community as LJ, and mostly feature a level of woodworking that is nice to admire and aspire to, and also a bit intimidating.

Thanks to you who work in the background to keep this site going, and thanks to all you members who keep it real, keep it encouraging, full of useful information, and best of all thanks for keep it friendly and kind.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#14 posted 02-26-2013 04:57 PM

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY…......THANKS YOU MARTIN AND DEBBIE FOR THE HARD WORK TO GIVE US LUMBERJOCKS…....when i came on board there were around 8000 members, and wow look at it now…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#15 posted 02-26-2013 05:11 PM

Awesome accomplishment. The site is astonishing! I’ve learned a lot from the members here. Thanks.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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