Wow. You know, I actually DIDN’T mean to stir anything up with that criticism blog entry… I’ve done journal writing for a long, long time – probably since grade school – and I guess I’m not really used to other people reading it and commenting on my thoughts.
Not that I’m trying to discourage that action in any way! I quite enjoy the interaction and energy it has generated! I’m really trying to approach my blog in much the same way as I approach my journal – I’m either working through an issue or I’m just writing to clear something out of my head. In this case, I guess they’ll mostly be woodworking-related topics; I won’t bore you with my personal life issues, though sometimes they will go hand-in-hand, I suppose.
And I rarely stick to any type of politically correct format. I tend to say just how I feel about something; I don’t walk on eggshells and I try to tear down walls. It’s the way I am at my full-time job. It’s the way I am at my part-time job. It’s the way I am at our woodworker guild meetings. It’s the way I am with my family and my wife and my friends and anyone else who happens to come in contact with me. PCisms retard communication, and I love to communicate. More communication leads to less misunderstanding – and that is a good thing.
It is often surprising in today’s PC world, but once people are used to it, they have come to call it refreshing. This is one of my few traits I wish more people adopted! (Generally, I tend to thrive on being a fairly unique individual.)
But just as an FYI, I write a lot. This will be especially true when…
a) I’m away from home (like now, when I’m in Ohio, visiting with the in-laws over the holiday).
b) there is weather of an extreme nature in my region. Unfortunately, at the moment my shop is my unheated one-car garage. If it is extremely cold or extremely hot, I probably won’t be woodworking in my spare time. I look forward to a time when that will not be the case; in the mean time, if I’m not woodworking and I have the free time, then I like to at least write about woodworking.
c) I have an issue I need to think about “out loud”. Or by typing, in this case. It is my favorite way to work out problems of joinery or construction technique or design issues and I use it often.
d) I’m working on writing up something I think might be a fun article or “last page” in a woodworking magazine. I’m a writer and a woodworker. What writer/woodworker wouldn’t want to try and get published in a woodworking magazine? So sometimes I’ll come up with a topic and I’ll give it a spin and see how it goes. That was pretty much the point of the “Best $25 I’ve ever spent in woodworking” entry. If you happen to read one of those, and you like the idea, please do let me know. If you happen to read one of those, and you don’t like the idea, please do let me know.
As a final note, keep the following in mind as you read my blogs…
If this blogger has offended,
Think but this and all is mended.
That you have but slumbered here
While these blog entries did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a Festool dream.
Lumberjocks, do not reprehend:
If you pardon, we will mend.
Else the Duck a liar call.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Ethan shall restore amends.
That said… on with my woodworking blog.
-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com