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Blog entry by hunter71 posted 10-21-2020 11:20 AM 979 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been a contributor to LJ’s since it began [about] There has always been a very active postings for the great projects that we all made, WHAT HAPPENED? Most days there are fewer that the TOP 15 postings. Sad to see, I don’t have an answer, but I cannot upload pictures and the admin said it’s my fault, maybe, but something changed. Other sites work fine. HUNTER71

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#1 posted 10-21-2020 11:40 AM

I have also been here since the beginning. I cant speak for others, but in my case. .. I just have not done anything lately. I seem to be having a very hard time getting myself in the shop. Maybe this winter I can get a bit more motivated.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#2 posted 10-21-2020 12:07 PM

Brian, we are all getting older, but where’s the younger guys and gals??

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 10-21-2020 01:42 PM

I’m one of the newer kids. Only been here a few years. But I’m in the thick of building a project for a swap (a surprise, so I can’t talk much about that), a gift box for some neighbors (a new design, so I’m working out details as I go), and many many bookcases (lots of blogs, but at least 20 more boxes to build before there’s a project post), so over the course of six months, I’ll have three projects, if that.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 10-21-2020 02:01 PM

I do a lot of things i dont make a post for right now im working on a truck ,in the swap ,hung new microwave above stove ,cutting reindeer for SWMBO , picking up leaves ,so on and on :<)) PLUS GETTING OLDER :<((

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#5 posted 10-21-2020 02:01 PM

Hunter, sorry you’re having a problem posting pics. I’ve not been a member since the beginning, but I’ve been around a while. I’d say Facebook is one reason there are fewer posts here; many see that platform as being more compatible with their way of working and sharing via social media. Then there’s the issue of on-going support. LJs has been a stagnant application for years. There’s no support to speak of re: bug fixes, and enhancements for the most basic of functions simply will not happen.

In a certain sense, it’s pretty depressing if you want it to be.

But I, and others, stay here because of the people.

My .02, and worth half of what you paid to hear it.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#6 posted 10-21-2020 02:09 PM

Hard to do woodworking staring at an iPhone screen…

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#7 posted 10-21-2020 03:03 PM

I think facebook is most of the reason for the decline. I personally don’t like facebook at all. They are in your business everywhere tracking you if you ever even visit their site once. I don’t like their business model.

A forum format is much nicer for me.

But I quit posting projects. I only posted a few and it’s some trouble to do it, and hardly anybody commented on them because they were pretty ordinary. Unless you re doing something exceptional or are really quite entertaining, folks aren’t interested.

One of the guys I follow on here is oldguy2. He keeps posting away and often I’m the only one who comments on his projects. Most people won’t go to the trouble for that. You go to the “projects” tab and cliick on “silent projects” to find ones with no comments. As a kindness to others try to fhink of something to say about them I try once in awhile to do that. Usually all I can say is that I wouild be proud of that if I had done it.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#8 posted 10-21-2020 03:25 PM

I was an semi old guy when i joined and I’m older now. Been trying to get packed up to move going on year and a half now. Boy you sure collect a lot of STUFF over forty years. Wife is having a harder problem than me. Anyways point I was about to make is my shop is a pit. Half the stuff I might use is packed and the other half (large tools) you can’t make enough room to work around. Been reduced to making cutting boards. Need to stop that and give my friends the boards that are taking up room.

Never been a very active poster but I log on and read other posts. But I must say there are a number of poster who do pass on their knowledge and many helpful bits of information. I will continue to check in to read the newest posts.

-- Bob, FL Keys

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#9 posted 10-21-2020 05:54 PM

You are absolutely correct and I am guilty of not adding much to the website. I truly do enjoy this website and I will try to do a bit more typing and a bit less ‘lurking’, even though I am a bit of an introvert. Nevertheless, I hope you like to read about a beginner’s adventures in woodworking. Nothing i make looks good but at least you can smile, take a sip of coffee and say to yourself “poor schmuck”. :)

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#10 posted 10-21-2020 07:13 PM

I think many of us started here long ago. Since then there are other social media alternatives so as we dropped of for various reasons there were more of us leaving than joining. I wonder where that will lead us over time?

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#11 posted 10-21-2020 07:14 PM

I’ve been here a few years and still build projects and post. Just not as much. One thing is I’ve built over 65 post office box door boxes. I can’t see reposting them over and over, the same project just done at a different time.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#12 posted 10-22-2020 01:53 PM

I’m also one of the younger (is 32 still considered young?) people and I’m also brand new to the site. In fact this is the first time I have ever commented or posted anything here. I’ve been lurking for a while though, using all of the awesome work to help plan out my projects, or reading reviews to help with tool purchases. Currently working on my first hand tool workbench but I get so wrapped up in the build I always forget pictures.
I’m hoping to start contributing though, sharing my experience as I learn everything from scratch. I’m not the most outgoing person though so it makes me a little nervous.
I look forward to posting and discussions with all the talented people on here!

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#13 posted 10-24-2020 10:32 AM

One of the reasons it that LJ’s had little competition when it started, Now there are many sites that are out there. I personally belong to several. These sites cater to specific subjects IE; CARS, TRUCKS, EQUIPMENT, WALKING STICKS, CARVINGS all things I do and it keeps me connected to others with the same interests. Time marches on….............

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#14 posted 10-24-2020 10:52 PM

G’day Doug,
Maybe we can blame it on the virus as so many are but that’s so lame.
Both forums I use have been a little slow especially the toy especially the toy and model makers; just not enough of us around to put smiles on a child’s face.
Maybe some of the old timers could start writing up blogs on how to do and make things, especially toys.
Woodworking is so relaxing and rewarding, a perfect stress relief from busy demanding work schedules.
The blogs on how to have helped me along with folk likes yourself Doug, who have gone the extra mile with personal woodworking assistance.
Thank you Doug and thank you to all the others who take the time to share, help and assist others.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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