3rd International Day of the LumberJock

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 06-12-2009 09:19 PM 3448 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As Debbie mentioned in the latest eMag, we have declared June 12th as The International Day of the LumberJock. This happened in 2007 when we reached 1,000 members, just 2 years ago. Fast forward to today and we are more than 10,000 members strong. Unbelievable…

I had no time to post frequently in the last few weeks. I returned from Yemen two weeks ago and am still catching up. And as this site grows leaps and bounds I find myself spending much more time on the maintenance and support than on developing new features (the part that I enjoyed most). However that’s the best part of this long-term project – I’m getting experience in so many different areas.

The most important truth that I learnt to accept during these years is that you cannot please everybody ;)

I’d like to thank our team on this special day. Judie is doing excellent job on the advertising front and her efforts are starting to pay off, Michal is managing GardenTenders and HomeRefurbers with a dedication and always optimistic Debbie is the best motivator you can find – believe me ;)

I’m just glad that most of you decided to keep this going despite it’s obvious growing pains. I want to assure you that I’m reading all the feedback (suggestions, complaints, tips…) each day and am trying to stay on top of things. Most of the frequently discussed major feature requests (groups, attachments, ignore list) are already on my list and I’d like to deploy them one by one this year. However it seems like there are always more urgent updates that have to be done…

... like fighting the spammers right now ;) I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. I added another step into the registration process today. No account will be activated without an email verification anymore. Let’s see how this helps.

Dan posted an idea about the Addictive shirt design today. I liked it so much that I decided to design it and add these shirts to our “apparel store”. If you like it as well feel free to buy one for you ;)

Last but least, I want thank all of you for making this site what it is!

And you should really start designing a nice garden bench instead of reading my ramblings because Summer Awards are coming ;)

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#1 posted 06-12-2009 09:31 PM

OH my GOSH you have womens T-Shirts. I must FORCE my wife to wear one. :)

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#2 posted 06-12-2009 09:31 PM

hold on there…. what do you mean “can’t please everyone” ? huh?


good job to everyone – this site is great. and the community for coming up with ideas to make it even greater.

of course with growth you also have growth of issues and problems – which is part of the game. one step at a time, and we’ll get to that as well.

Thanks Martin! Judie, Michal (from Israel?) Ms. Debbie, and the Gang!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 06-12-2009 09:42 PM

Thanks to you all…especially you, Martin, for all your hard work in keeping this site neat and clean…and addictive!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 06-12-2009 09:57 PM

I’ll throw my 2 cents in as well. This site is the best woodworking website I have found. Everyone is very encouraging. Speaking of ecouraing … Hey Martin—Where are your projects? LOL

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 06-12-2009 09:58 PM

Great job Martin. I’m looking forward to 10 000 members on GT :).

PurpLev: I’m from the same city as Martin – Brezno, Slovakia.

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#6 posted 06-12-2009 10:02 PM

oh, Cool :) Nice to meet you

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 06-12-2009 10:14 PM

pretty crazy!!! clearly it is all because we love you…cant wait to meet you at the woodworking show next year…

BTW…where are the HATS???

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 06-12-2009 10:15 PM

BTW…this is a double WOOT for me…today is my first day off——FOR 60 DAYS!!! WOOT!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 06-12-2009 11:37 PM

Thank you Martin!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#10 posted 06-12-2009 11:37 PM

Have you considered making safety clothing with the LJ logo? I’m already so addicted to the site that I’m afraid my wife might try to kill me. Every time she wants me to do something guess what I am doing. I think you and whoever is helping you are doing a great job administering this site Martin, and it is a great site to be a part of it. Thank you for all your efforts.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 06-13-2009 12:05 AM

I, too, want to congratulate Martin on the success of his online communities.

Rustic—I’ve been asking Martin that for a year now! Maybe 2010 will be his year to show us some woodworking projects :)

Napaman – the hats can be purchased “here”. Rick and I both have LJ hats and we love them!

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

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#12 posted 06-13-2009 12:21 AM

Fantastic job on the success of the site Martin. I am in the boat as Stefang, I am definitely addicted and am happy to be part of it. Thanks

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#13 posted 06-13-2009 01:13 AM

Thanks a ton Martin, for everything. I know this is your baby, but you have made it feel like it is all of our babies. For as much as this site has grown we have relatively few problems thanks to you and a bunch of good hearted people. God Bless You Buddy. Mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 06-13-2009 02:25 AM

Great site Martin. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t give someone the E-mail address to someone.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#15 posted 06-13-2009 02:52 AM

martin : thank you for everything you do for all of us , my brother told me to look up woodworking blogs on google,
( i didn’t even know what a blog was ) and L . J . came up on top so i clicked it and don’t even know if or how many
others there might be , as i never looked further .
what a wonderfull family you have created , from someone who is used to working alone , it is really a pleasure
to be able to share so much with , and learn from .
so thank you and those that help make this site what it is !

P.S. i notice yoou don’t do much woodworking yourself , i would be happy to trade you lessons in w.w. ,
for lessons in how to use my computer !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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