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Blog entry by pashley posted 03-03-2010 12:16 AM 1099 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some of you may know that I’ve done website design (and implementation) for a few years now, and I’m pretty happy with my level of expertise.

Being the “netrepeneur” my dog thinks I am, I am considering starting up my own woodworking website.

STOP. It won’t be like Lumberjocks! I love this community too much to try to even challenge it. Whereas LJs is more community driven, by virtue of posting projects and forum topics, WoodBuzz would be more informational and news driven, with yes, a forum of course. There would be resources for us LJs – things like where to find free plans, how to market your business, appropriate videos, and so on.

Again, this is not to threaten LJs – I think of it as more of a companion site.

Your thoughts?

-- Have a blessed day! http://newmissionworkshop.com



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Dennis Fletcher

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#1 posted 03-03-2010 12:38 AM

Try it, we’ll see. I know it seems to me that you could do the same things here, just by starting the appropriate threads, but I could be wrong.

-- http://www.ahomespecialist.net, Making design and application one. †

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#2 posted 03-03-2010 12:49 AM

aren’t blogs and forums doing the same thing already?

speaking for my own- I like to have everything centralized in 1 place. so LJ.com is pretty much “my site”, and just trying to keep up with this one alone is a 24/7 job. the only other place that I visit is TWW community site, but it seems like most things are redundant between the 2, and I find it somewhat wasteful at times.

but if administrating and managing a website is in your blood, and you want to do it as a project, with some revenue/other ideas for future development – than go for it and see how it goes :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 03-03-2010 01:00 AM

If you haven’t registered “Woodbuzz” yet, it’s probably too late. Always register your domain name before ever speaking it.

Who knows, you might be the next Twitter. Go for it.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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Wood_smith

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#4 posted 03-03-2010 01:24 AM

..hmm, so I probably shouldn’t suggest a certain ex to go for her website dream… nagger.com…
oops! did I say that out loud?

-- Lloyd Kerry; creator of the Kerry-All Pouch, http://www.kerrywoodworking.com

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Will Stokes

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#5 posted 03-03-2010 01:26 AM

I wish LJ would let us post Sketchup plans along with photos of our projects. That would do it for me. Posting pdf’s might also be nice. Maybe even zip files.

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noknot

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#6 posted 03-03-2010 01:35 AM

Will I think you can post sketchup iv seen it but I dont know anything about computers Pashly hell go for it thats what is great about this country you dream it you can live it good luck but I agree with purplev I can only ride one horse at a time

-- GO DAWGS!

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#7 posted 03-03-2010 02:17 AM

As a beginner, I sometimes think it would be nice to have a woodworking version of wikipedia with user generated articles on basic tools, techniques, woodworking styles and so on, with links to other sites for more detail. That sounds pretty similar to what you’re talking about.

I’m not too sure how the news element would work, though.

Good luck if you decide to go ahead.

-- John

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pashley

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#8 posted 03-03-2010 02:24 AM

Basically, a “how-to” section; good idea

-- Have a blessed day! http://newmissionworkshop.com

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#9 posted 03-03-2010 07:10 AM

pashley, I can see you aren’t getting something you want from LJ. Plans to me are projects without the details. How to market your work is a forum thread or a blog post. Information is a review and videos are videos. Now I agree that it would be nice to have a repository for measured drahrings (Normism) that was searchable, sortable and so on. It’d be nice to have articles about different subjects posted again, sortable, etc. that would include marketing your business too. Videos to go with all the other things would be nice too.

Here’s the rub for me. Fine Woodworking is an on-line magazine that has all those things but their site is nothing if it’s not frustrating to use. They have a paid staff to contribute to their site and you’re lucky to see anything new once a week. Go figure. There are other magazine sites too. Have you ever noticed how hard it is to find a “good” video of something? LumberJocks has a lot of videos but you can tell the “good” ones are rare. Good content is expensive and hard to come by from what I can tell. So, if you plan on free content from dedicated woodworkers, be ready to wait a long time for the quality ones to show up.

So, I guess I’m saying it appears you’re going to be competing with YouTube, etsy, LumberJocks, Fine Woodworking, etc. and hoping to carve out a little niche. Go for it!!! Make them all your slaves!!!!

-- Jim

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#10 posted 03-03-2010 10:04 AM

I an not a net wizard by any means but I have two websites and they are going ok…
Lazy Larry Woodworks is an e-commerce website hosted by Pagebuzz...
and
Larry's Workshop a blog style site I intend to devote to video projects.. ie video of projects that I make.. hosted by Wordpress
So I say go for it.. There are many who have gone before and who are well know… well some are.. and there will be those who follow in the future..and they will be known or not… but I wish to be one of the well known who is followed..
I do not want to be the next LJs or Marc or Matt or Stu.. I want to be Larry…well Lazy Larry to be exact.
I for one will come and visit….. so let me know when you have your site up and running…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#11 posted 03-03-2010 05:38 PM

I believe in the free market, so go for it. As a fellow internet jockey, I’ll be interested to see what you come up with. Good luck!

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#12 posted 03-03-2010 05:44 PM

Take your shot and see what happens.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#13 posted 03-03-2010 05:53 PM

Hey, nothing ventured nothing gained.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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pashley

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#14 posted 03-03-2010 06:15 PM

Appreciate the encouragement – this will certainly be no half-baked attempt, I can promise you. Before “opening the doors” I have to “stock the shelves” so that people have something to see once they come in…..

-- Have a blessed day! http://newmissionworkshop.com

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