I’ve been here for about 2 1/2 years, and in that time I’ve seen the huge increase in members and continue to marvel at the interest in this site. like many of you, I’ve referred others to the site because I’m excited about it.
But as it has grown, I’ve begun to wonder if all growth is good growth. (I want to be very careful, here, so as not to come across as critical of the site in any way, because I don’t mean it that way, I’m really just wondering about it)
Here’s what got me thinking about this. I used to be able to watch the projects and various comments as they were posted with some regularity, but as the membership has grown, just because of the sheer numbers, I don’t have time to keep up. Obviously, I have some things that I have an interest in, and some things that I can pass on, and finding my way through all the things here seems to take more time than I have to spend.
For example: since I’m kind of a Shopsmith nut, I feel kind of a connection for other “smithys” on the site, as we may have the same issues with our tools (don’t even go there). Or, there are pen turners, or bowl turners or pros (those who actually make a living doing that which we love) & there are newbies wanting to learn the basics, and serious guys who can teach those basics and so much more.
What I’m wondering about is, would it be helpful, or useful, or beneficial (or whatever, pick your favorite adjective) to have not just forums, but maybe subgroups or perhaps call them workshops, like ” the bowl turners workshop”, or “the Professors workshop” for the guys who can teach us all a thing or two, or the “hand tool workshop” for those who live in the land of hand cut dovetails, or even the”Shopsmith shop” (you know I had to throw that in.)
Would something like this make it easier for those with specific interests to gravitate to those areas, under the big Lumberjocks umbrella as we get more and more members?
I think (and LJ’s has done this) that as a site grows, it needs to continue to adapt to that growth this is simply a “toss out” question to all as to whether something like this would add to our experience here, or detract from it? -SST
-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you