I’ve been blogging since 2004, running an anonymous blog on my own little patch of electronic real estate on this world wide web. So when I started getting interested in woodworking, it made sense to me to chronicle my ups and downs on my own website/blog. Thus Adventures in Woodworking was born.
And so I did what most good bloggers do when first starting out: I visited other blogs. That’s a good way to get your name and website out there and to make friends along the way. I had very few readers, so I posted sporadically. Then one day, I emailed Christopher Schwarz a link to a Roubo-style workbench I made with my son’s Lego set, and he posted it to his site. My stats went through the roof (compared to the 5 hits a day I was getting), so I started posting a little more regularly.
And then I joined LumberJocks.
I received 10 welcome messages within a day of joining. In my 11 blog entries posted here so far, I have gotten over 100 views on most of them, and no fewer than 4 comments on each one – not to mention personal messages within LumberJocks via email. I’m getting valuable feedback on how to be a better woodworker and am making friends at the same time.
Who needs a personal website? I’m now considering shutting Adventures in Woodworking down, since LumberJocks seems to be meeting all the needs I had when I started the site.
So job well done, guys!