About blogging #1: Difficalties of beggiening a blog

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Blog entry by Pat Gornet posted 02-14-2013 08:47 AM 2156 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So where I live in Sunny California and with in my age group, I have no one to talk shop with and this can be frustrating at times if i want an opinion or need some advice. I have emailed a few bloggers and felt as if i was wasting there time with my simple questions or that I was just asking a question that they have been asked a million times already. And so my solution to that was to write a blog where people could read and even respond only if they cared. but the thing is i keep having trouble bring my self to post anything because i keep convincing my self that i have nothing worth saying and that i will just get swallowed up in the giant world wide web an never here another soul. I have started a couple blogs about a project and about my expanding my garage but i end up deleting them because I scare myself in one way or another. So, today I have decided that I’m going to just through this out there and see if anyone answers let alone share’s the same fear. though i’m sure most do it’s more if anyone cares. The fact of the matter is i just need to stop being so scared and take that risk of putting my self out there.

Thanks for reading

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DeLayne Peck

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#1 posted 02-14-2013 10:23 AM

Hey, Pat, pleased that you posted this. Nothing to fear here. LJS is an understanding fraternity. We share a love of woodworking. It doesn’t matter if your sawing your first board, an avid hobbyist, or make a living woodworking. Everyone here has had to build experience and expertise the hard way. Sometimes are projects are a tremendous challenge and unforgiving. But, your colleagues in the craft fully understand the satisfaction and tears that go with it.

Lay it out there in your blog, post your projects, research and ask your questions, and friend a circle a brothers and sisters!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#2 posted 02-14-2013 10:35 AM


Believe it or not none of us were born with the knowledge you are seeking.

When we say, “Welcome to LumberJocks , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement”, that’s what we mean.

Quite a few of us speak English, several are bilingual and a few are multilingual, but one thing we all have in common is woodworking ‘speaks to us’.

Never fear to ask the question for the lack of terminology, just explain to the best of your ability what your doing and what guidence you are looking for and we might ask for more information to better understand what you need but you’ll not be ignored.

You are among like minded friends here on the LumberJocks site.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 02-14-2013 11:20 AM

Welcome to LJ’s Pat!
I’ve never seen anybody laughed at here… (unless, of course, they were trying to be funny!!)
As Grandpa Len observed, none of us were born with the knowledge, but I’d go a step further and say that all of us are still learning!!
Ask or blog about anything you’d like my Friend…
Come on in, the Water is Fine!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 02-14-2013 11:50 AM

Hey Pat,

I’m new at this too. So ask those questions and I can learn from the answers also. So far everybody on Lumberjocks seems real nice. I’ve spent a lot of time just reading the old stuff on the site and looking at the cool stuff people are making. It can make you feel a little like you’ll never produce some of the amazing stuff that’s in the projects, but then I remind myself every one of those great woodworkers had to learn it, and work at it starting from the same place we are now.


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#5 posted 02-14-2013 11:58 AM

Pat- you’ve nailed -the fact of the matter- and it appears you’re on your way!! Congrats, keep making steps, and we’ll help when you ask. Bring it, Bro, and we’ll all be better off for the experience.

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

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404 - Not Found

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#6 posted 02-14-2013 02:21 PM

There’s nothing to be scared of, I don’t think there are any members here who would look down at what you are trying to accomplish. It’s not a competition either, just do your thing and ask away. On the occasions that I have contacted members about how to do a particular thing, I have been amazed at just how far out of their way they will go to help.

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#7 posted 02-14-2013 02:47 PM

Pat, you’ve made the first, most important step…. actually starting a blog.

The next one doesn’t have to be anymore than a single paragraph to describe your hopes, fears, expectations, learning curve, needed skills or passing on skills learned.

I am going through some of it myself. I don’t blog often, but for me it’s re-learning things I learned 50 years ago or more and haven’t used for most of those years.

Remember, this is a journey and it’s the journey that is the prize, not necessarily the destination.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#8 posted 02-14-2013 04:12 PM

Hi Pat,
my thought is you should work on a project and as you are going through the project you should put it on your blog step by step. Sometimes people read without comment which is what I do 90% of the time. But as you are learning there are other like me who are also learning from your mistakes and successes.

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#9 posted 02-15-2013 12:05 AM

Great start and continue

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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Don W

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#10 posted 02-15-2013 12:12 AM

Welcome and you can loose the fear here. This place is an abundance of knowledge and help, and about the only time you won’t get it is if you don’t ask.

Let ‘er rip!!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#11 posted 02-15-2013 01:09 AM

Feel the same way, but i have yet to recieve any negativity for the little bit or even lame posts j have put up thus far. Eventually ill have something to show ir say thats noteworthy but until then peeps can just read my short bits :)

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#12 posted 02-15-2013 02:44 AM

Welcome Pat. Nothing to fear here. We’re all in the same boat: learning and getting inspired to better our skills. I knew NOTHING when I found this site and feel like I have earned a PHD by asking questions and reading every post. Enjoy the process. I will warn you about one thing: this site is addictive!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 02-15-2013 06:21 AM

I think your own your way, LJ’s is the best site ever.
I have had so much help from these guys and girls, I should be a pro-woodwoker! I’m not!
I am trying to do a build blog on how I make some of my rings,I have never done a blog! Boy am I scared!
I have messaged a few good members about it and they are more than happy to help!
Let it rip and watch what happens! Good things!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#14 posted 02-15-2013 02:27 PM

Honest effort can be its own reward. Do the best you can and don’t doubt there are others in the boat with you. This site is a friendly and helpful place. Stay with it and you will find success.

-- Marvin, Bakersfield CA -- stay alert, be courageous--

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Pat Gornet

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#15 posted 02-19-2013 05:43 AM

Oh my god. Thank you all of you. Each post means a lot and helps me believe that people do read what I’m writing. I really Appreciate the support.

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