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I have quite a few "buddies" here at Lumberjocks. When they post a project I get an announcement in my e-mail which will bring me here and then I will comment on their projects. I am not here as much as I used to be but I always cruise through, see the new people and the new projects.
What I am curious about is the number of projects that don't have many comments. Is this because there are just sooo many (projects) of them now? Or as I find myself doing, there are sooo many awesome projects such as furniture that I feel like I am un-qualified to leave comments on anything to do with furniture making. It's all so beautiful to me yet so very, very foreign!
Just wondering? (plus this gives me a reason to say Hi to you all!)
 

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Hi Allison, I think it is because of the volume. You will notice there are a lot of people who post a project that have been one for 600 days with 45 posts. There seems to be a lot of people who post projects that never comment on other's projects. Who has time to comment on all of them?
 

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I agree with Bob that there are just a lot of projects. Because of the volume, I only comment when something happens to catch my eye.

For example, say someone posts a set of Adirondack chairs. Now they might be the finest Adirondacks ever made. But all I see is the little project preview photo on the main project page, and I don't even click on it because I'm not looking for a good Adirondack chair design right now.

I feel bad that great projects go by without comment, but that's the price you pay for a popular and extremely active site.
 

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Sheer volume prevents me from commenting as much as I should. Some days I have time to do so but many days I just take a quick peek at them and move on.
 

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Me too. I read the at least titles of new blog and forum postings, but don't generally read the new projects.

However, projects are cool because when I run across someone with a good suggestion I like dropping in and seeing what sort of stuff they do. And every once in a while I do manage to skim the projects and run across some amazing stuff. Y'all are just too prolific to keep up with, though.
 

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Hi Allison- It is nice to see or hear from you, I am a little discouraged with LJ's and don't come on as much anymore, I had one of my tables picture "stolen" and is now on the front page of a companies website. I am working on a kitchen for some friends, and will show that when done, but I have some other things that sadly I will never put on Lj's until I have some protection on them. These things are going into a production and have never been done before. I will send you pictures privately since I have your home email address, and I trust you with these things. I think it was a cheap lesson about protecting what I do, I'd better heed the lesson. It's really too bad, I really wanted to show these things on LJ's, they are so cool, my response has been excellent. Also there is for me, too many things that seem the same after awhile, it takes something really cool now, to get me to comment on it. I do have my buddies, I always try to comment on, but I average every 3-4 days that I go check out what has been posted. I hope you are well. - Dan
 

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hi allsion, so good to hear from you…lumber jocks has grown quite a bit these days…, but ive missed seeing you around and mostly ive missed seeing your work, your so good and its lovley to my eyes..and it inspires…i hope you will do something and post it soon..that would be a real treat…dont ever think your un qualified to make a comment…even if you say its very beautiful…is better then someone not getting a comment…your a good judge of projects and your comments have value…good to hear from you ….grizzman
 

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I wish I could comment on every project I see but the shear volume makes that impossible. I just usually comment on whatever catches my eye on any given day. As for you not commenting on furniture that's actually kind of funny, after seeing the attention to detail you do on your projects I think anyone would be happy to have a positive remark (or even some constructive criticism )about their furniture projects from you, but I do understand I hardly ever comment on the type of work I know little about such as turning. One of my wife's favorite piece of furniture we have is a small table I made when I first started that I would never admit to building today, but she was my best cheerleader in striving for better. I guess what I'm saying is we all can use some encouragement - Paul
 

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For me, just not enough time. I receive so much everyday in my email from buddies on here that it's hard to even look at the new projects. Sometimes it's weeks before I get to look again. I don't like that, but I like responding to buddies on thier projects more. I wish I could do this while I'm at work, but I can't, that would save me alot of time, but I might lose my job. : )
When I spend weeks working on a project, I spend weeks after that getting caught up around the house too. When I spend to much time on here, nothing gets done anywhere.
 

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Hi Allison, I know it must be disappointing to some members not to get comments but I usually comment on my buddies projects and anything else that really catches my eye. I enjoy looking at turning and carving projects and admire the work that has gone into them but volume and time prevents me commenting on all. I think most of the members will comment on their own media.
 

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Like anything else, I comment on things that catch my eye. Only 24 hours in a day so time is limited. For me it has nothing to do with ability, skill or individual. Just what is of interest. I do make it a point to comment to young people to encourage them as they are our future.
 

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Allison - good question. LJ has become important to so many people. I learn so much - about projects and techniques - and about people. I just let my heart tell me what to view and what to say and when to say it. Thanks for being a member of this community.
 
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