First some history ….
A few weeks ago what I thought was a lot of cane projects started showing up. When I first saw the cane projects, I was very impressed. Interesting designs and beautiful workmanship. As more and more posts showed up, I wondered what was going on. It seemed that someone was posting an entire catalog ( my wording ). I started reading some of the posts in detail and seemed to me a little salesy ( just my opinion ).
I thought about doing a post to object to this use of the LJ site. Instead, I decided to post it as a marketing strategy and see what other LJ’s had to say. Could be that I was the only one that didn’t like it. I include Mark’s name in my post as the source of the strategy.
After my post, one of Mark’s buddies ( Darryl ) thought I was being mean to Mark and posted a comment that Mark was a really nice guy and that I should just “Back off already”.
I responded to Darryl’s comments in the forum and explained how I didn’t feel I had done anything wrong. Furthermore, I felt that if the friendly atmosphere, the sharing of opinions and woodworking expertise go away why should I stay?
So Mark annoyed me with his projects, I annoyed Darryl with my forum post, and Darryl annoyed me with his comments about my post. I’m ready to quit LumberJocks.
Not off to a very good start!
So I’m working on my LumberJock’s resignation letter. Stuff about how I don’t need the aggravation. How I can get 90% of what I want from LumberJocks by just lurking and never participating. My spiteful side was wondering if Martin had “It’s A Wonderful Life” button he could push to delete everything I’d ever done on LumberJocks. LumberJocks and I could part company as if I’d never been here.
Then I get two PM’s. One from Mark (the guy that annoyed me). He is encouraging me to stick with it, keep participating and don’t quit. He seemed to think that LumberJocks needs people that are involved and willing to contribute to make it even better. Seems too that Mark had recognized the problem that had annoyed me – posting lots of projects with a sales spin. He tried to find a way to get the projects into his gallery without posting them as projects but currently that’s the only way to get something in your gallery. Mark also included his personal and business background and some history on the LumberJocks site. Turn’s out Mark is a really nice guy!
The second PM was from Darryl (the guy that I annoyed and the guy that made me want to quit ). He was actually asking me to stay too! He apologized for his over exuberant response to my post. Seems that Darryl is a nice guy too!
While all this is going on, Bill – Ad Marketing Guy weighs in on my original post about my interpretation of Mark’s “marketing strategy”. Bill thinks there needs to be some clarification on how search engine optimization and Internet marketing work. So Bill offers to start a blog series on Internet Marketing.
Things are looking better…
I got acquainted with two really nice LumberJocks and got another LumberJock to contribute some much needed marketing advice.
All because I saw something about the LumberJocks site that I thought needed to be addressed and because those involved are mature, intelligent people that are capable of working through their differences.
Based on the GREAT Success of this post, I’m going to renege on my “promise to keep my opinions to myself in the future”. I plan to keep posting things that I think need discussion. Might be more controversial than “What You Have for Breakfast” but I think free and open idea exchange is necessary for the healthy growth of LumberJocks.
-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "