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Extremely Average #74: David Has a Great Point

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Blog entry by Ecocandle posted 03-17-2010 05:53 AM 961 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 73: Todays blog is actually titled... Part 74 of Extremely Average series Part 75: Outputter's Suggestion »

Hello All,

I had some of the Lumberjock folks come over and check out my blog and at least one of the cats (Outputter). The comment that it was hard to leave comments was helpful. I didn’t realize that I had the ‘must be approved’ bit turned on. That has been fixed.

Yesterday’s little bit that asked people to click on the link had some great comments too. David had a wonderful point, explaining why people didn’t want to click on the link. He explained that the Lumberjock community is just that a community, and it isn’t the same to have to leave, via a click, to read someone’s blog. I can completely understand this and I am sure there are lots of people, probably the majority who feel this way.

There was one comment that mentioned a preference for posts with pictures, and I agree with that 100%. I have not done as good a job of photographing my work of late. The photography portion usually adds an hour to the time it takes to get everything up, but I think it is worth it. I will try to do better, of course, I don’t know if he is one of the people who will read my blog, but his suggestion was a great one regardless.

Lastly, I would like to say I really appreciate all the help and feedback I have received in the first 72 days of my journey. I am sorry and saddened that most of you aren’t interested in reading my blog anymore. I will really miss your comments, but I completely understand. :-)

Well I have to get back to my woodworking and the blog. Tonight I made a horrible blunder while routing the dado on my beautiful table top. I almost cried. I was installing the miter track and though it is in, it is marred, but I digress.

Thanks Again Everyone (And the cats too)

Brian Meeks
ExtremelyAverage.com

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com



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oluf

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#1 posted 03-17-2010 06:20 AM

Will Harry Wood be found at extremelyaverage.com or will we have to wait for him to come out in hard cover and or a movie?

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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Ecocandle

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#2 posted 03-17-2010 06:21 AM

Mr. Wood will be there. I haven’t uploaded all the ‘back episodes yet’, but I will put that high on my priority list.

Also, I will try to get another ‘episode’ out soon. :-)

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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patron

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#3 posted 03-17-2010 06:27 AM

was it a faulty track ,
or a messed up grove ?

-- 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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Ecocandle

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#4 posted 03-17-2010 06:30 AM

It was a faulty router operator. The track was fine. The pictures show how I messed up my beautiful router table top, but alas, it will still work just fine.

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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rtb

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#5 posted 03-17-2010 06:36 AM

Don’t confuse the number of comments with the number who read your blog. here at least you have a counter and to be counted the reader must have clicked on to read the entire posting to be counted. as oftime that I started this comment you were averaging one per minute.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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Alonso

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#6 posted 03-17-2010 06:37 AM

Brian,

I saw your router table, it should work just fine, you are doing an excellent job, and I’m looking forward to keep looking at your progress as a woodworker, if you think that leaving LJ’s is what is best for you I’ll support you, but I will miss your daily night extremelyaverage blog….. I guess I should not worry about that since your website its already under my favorites tab.

Alonso

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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Ecocandle

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#7 posted 03-17-2010 06:40 AM

RTB,

That is an excellent point. I use Google Analytics to track the results for the website. Before today, I was averaging about 50% of my total readers, were on Lumberjocks. Sadly, I am just getting too busy with my job to be posting to 3 spots. Tonights was much easier, because WordPress is starting to make sense to me.

I am still going to hang out here and read other people’s stuff though. So you will see me around. If you have any good cat stories, you will just have to Direct Mail them to me. I do love hearing about your flock of felines….or is it pack? :-)

Brian

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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patron

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#8 posted 03-17-2010 08:27 AM

can you route it straight ,
and glue in a wider piece ,
then route the track grove again ?

-- 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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Ecocandle

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#9 posted 03-17-2010 08:37 AM

Patron,

I could do that! I hadn’t cosidered that as an option. I may give it a try. Great idea.

Brian

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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stefang

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#10 posted 03-17-2010 12:07 PM

I have enjoyed your woodworking progress and stories Brian. It is always interesting to see how a new woodworker faces the same challenges we experienced on our own journeys. Everyone has a little different approach and often we who have a bit more experience might not necessarily learn a new technique, but we might just learn a better way to address the new things we are learning. So you’re newbie contributions are appreciated.

It seems you feel that a blog has to be done on a daily basis. This of course becomes an obligation and a lot of work to boot. My suggestion is that you continue with blogs here when you want to share something with us.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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SPalm

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#11 posted 03-17-2010 02:25 PM

Hey Brian, I will probably not click through. I don’t know. There are many others here who post little teasers of their blogs and then tell us click through. I usually don’t. I really like the community aspect here, and all its variety. I could just follow separate blogs elsewhere, but I have very few that I do.

I have really really enjoyed your posts. But it seems like some kind of challenge that you have given yourself to blog every day. Blogging seems to be at the top of your list. Just don’t let that control your life unless you really want it to.

Keep in touch. I would like to follow your progress,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Ecocandle

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#12 posted 03-17-2010 06:58 PM

Autumn,

Outputter has suggested that I leave a ‘teaser’ each day, just to let people know that the blog is up. I didn’t do that yesterday, but it seems there are some people who are interested, so I think I will.

Brian

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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Ecocandle

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#13 posted 03-17-2010 07:17 PM

Steve,

The question, ‘Why do you need to blog every day?” Is one that has been asked before, and it is a good one. I am not sure the answer is very logical. I will do my best to explain my reasoning anyway.

The nature of my being is that I like to do things well. I spent one semester at college studying chess theory 8 – 10 hours a day, ironically, skipping classes to do so. It was my best semester too, mostly because my brain was so very sharp from the exercise it was getting. The blogging has had a similar affect on me. The self imposed pressure of doing the blog, making sure I get a couple of hours of woodworking in, and then an hour of photography and photoshop processing, each day has, for lack of a better term, ‘raised my game’. It is similar to when one gets past the first few weeks of going to the gym, and they notice for the first time that they are actually making progress. The feeling is wonderful. In addition to the wonderful rush of having a well oiled brain, I feel like my writing skills are improving, because of the daily repetition of banging out 800 – 1200 words. One might ask what would be the harm in taking a day or two off. And there certainly wouldn’t be any harm for most people, though I fear that it would quickly become a case of writing only once per week or month. There are days were it is easy to write the blog post, and days where I really struggle. It is the days where I am struggling, which would get skipped, and those are the most important ones. The times where it is really hard to get my thoughts down in an entertaining way, which makes me better.
So in summary, I blog every day, just to see if I can.

On a personal note, I appreciate all of the fine comments you have left in the past. There are plenty of fantastic things to read here daily, so I am not at all upset that you don’t want to continue reading my blog. It has been great getting to know you a little bit.

Thanks,

Brian

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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Bill729

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#14 posted 03-18-2010 01:19 AM

FWIW, I agree with David’s point about the Lumberjock community. Bear in mind that it’s you who appear to be leaving us rather than the other way around. I don’t think there’s anyone here that doesn’t wish you well except for that one feller who never really understood Mr. Wood. ; ) I think that type of support is scarce…

Best,
Bill

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Ecocandle

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#15 posted 03-18-2010 01:25 AM

Thanks Bill. I appreciate the wishes. :-)

I should note, I am not actually leaving, I am just not posting my blog here. I will still be around.

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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