My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #594: A Milestone for Me Here on Lumberjocks

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-26-2012 01:04 PM 1742 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 593: A Much Needed Break Part 594 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 595: Decisions, Decisions . . . »

Most of you who know me know that I am not a ‘numbers girl’. While I know that statistics are an important way to measure things, I usually don’t notice them much. I kind of noticed when I reached the top of the blog list, only because it is right there for us to see whenever we click on the blog page. I didn’t think much of it at first, but I do think it is kind of cool in a way. It isn’t that I have something astounding and earth shaking to share with you all every day, but I suppose it shows that I am a creature of habit and writing here every day has definitely become one of them. Slow and steady wins the race and all of that.

Yesterday, someone asked me a question regarding something that I had mentioned in one of my previous blogs. As you can see by the entry number here, I have almost 600 posts in this series and it isn’t always easy for me to pinpoint what I said where. I went to the main page for this series to look through the entries. While I was there, I noticed something that kind of surprised and shocked me. In looking at the number of reads for this series, here is what I saw:

I had to look to that number twice to make sure the number was what I thought it was. Over half a million reads!

I remember the first day that I wrote here. I never had any intention whatsoever of making this a daily ritual. I was looking to market my site a bit and grow my business and the thought of writing to people I didn’t know scared the heck out of me, much like when you have to get up in front of people and say a speech. I thought “who would ever be interested in what I had to say or read this anyway?” I didn’t know if I would be accepted or considered a lightweight because all I did was scroll saw and not build boxes or cabinets or have a big shop. Besides that, I am a “jockette” rather than a “jock” and even though I hate to think that it would matter, to some people it does.

I remember finishing my first post and hitting the ‘send’ button and wondering if I would be laughed at or ignored or who knows what. Would people really care what I had to say? Would I ever be able to offer anything to others?

But by the time I got out of the shower and checked, I already had about 10 reads. I was excited! By lunch time there were about 50. I thought to myself “Wow! 50 people took the time to read!”

And then the comments began to come and with that the friendships started to develop. No longer was I writing to a black hole. I was having my morning coffee and writing to my friends. It was as if I was talking to Martyn in England, Dennis in Denmark, and Grizzman in Alabama and Jim in Oregon all at the same time. It got to be like I was having coffee with them in a cool little shop and we talked of projects and business and even families and our lives every morning. (Of course, my kitties were roaming freely or sleeping on my lap!) And day by day the numbers grew to too many wonderful people to mention here.

It was easy to become addicted to such a great atmosphere. Whether you read or comment every day, I know you are all out there and now I also gained friends from posting this on Facebook and my own site. When you think about it, it is so darn cool!

Thank you all so much for joining me here for coffee every day. Whether you stop in once a week, once a month or every day, you have made my life indescribably better. Seeing that number really kind of blew my mind. To think that that many times people took the time to read what I had to say here is amazing. I hope in some small way I have given back even a fraction of all the good that you have brought to me. I want to thank Martin and the others who run the site for allowing such a wonderful forum for us all to communicate through and share not only our love of wood, but our love of life.

I have an eye doctors appointment today, so I have to keep this short. I did finish up my written instructions for the calendar project yesterday so it is officially put to bed. I hit the “send” button for emailing the instructions at 10:15 last night and slept like a log.

I also had some new opportunities come my way yesterday and I can’t wait to return later today and begin working on them. I will talk more about that tomorrow though, as I do have to run so I am not late.

I’ll be here. You can count on it! :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 01-26-2012 01:19 PM

Here’s to the next 1/2 million!!! :D
Well deserved attention.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 01-26-2012 01:30 PM

Congrats on all those reads. It is certainly well deserved.

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#3 posted 01-26-2012 01:36 PM

Always a pleasure to read your blogs, Sheila.
And… to be a friend.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 01-26-2012 02:01 PM

don’t forget 100 million words
and 200 tons of coffee

great to awake to your posts sheila

thank you !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 01-26-2012 02:42 PM

Well deserved indeed, but not surprising!!
Your positive, can-do attitude and up-beat personality are infectious, and the “Pink Cloud” World that you describe so well, is an appealing oasis during these troubled times…
Hey! And let’s not forget your Talent!!
I hope I’m lucky enough, to be your Millionth reader… :)
I’m a little curious about the 167 Personal Messages notification on the screen image though…?!
Do you get that many every day?!
Holy Cats!! :-D

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 01-26-2012 02:45 PM

I think David (Patron) said it quite well.



-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Martin Sojka

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#7 posted 01-26-2012 03:30 PM

Congrats Sheila!!!

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#8 posted 01-26-2012 04:21 PM

Way to go in both the number of blog post and the number of reads. I know I look forward to them.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#9 posted 01-26-2012 05:52 PM

na I´m sure the last diggit looking thing is just a fly on the screen …. LOL
congrat´s Sheila
I´m with Mike …........glad I ain´t have that many Pm´s every day to go thrugh
unless I cuold enheritge your speed reading and writting tecnic tomorrow and
a bucket full of energie luckely fall on my head :-)

have a great day on the pink cloud you deserve it

take care

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#10 posted 01-26-2012 07:09 PM

Well deserved, Sheila. Porgy or Bess sit on my lap as I type as well. Its an amazing place here, isn’t it?

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 01-26-2012 08:15 PM


It’s amazing how things add up isn’t it?

C o n g r a t u l a t i o n s !

It’s good to know that you’ll keep on a counting & writing!

Does the Search command cover Blogs? If so, it might be worth a try… (???)

Have a good one!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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Bob Kollman

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#12 posted 01-26-2012 10:04 PM

If you could get LJ’s to pay you royalties you could quit your day job…:)

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#13 posted 01-27-2012 02:23 AM

Well what a nice set of comments I came home to!!! You guys are all awesome! You sure make it fun around here. I saw my friend Bernie today while in Digby. He is always saying I should write a book. I tell him to get a computer because I HAVE pretty much written a book and I am working on one the size of ‘War and Peace’ it seems! When I told him the number of reads, he said I should charge a dollar for each. Bob – you two are on the same wave length. I told him that I was glad that I wasn’t the one being charged to write!

I am looking forward to seeing if I hit a million. I am going to forget about it a while though because it isn’t going to happen anytime soon. It was just fun to think about it today, anyway. Maybe if (when) I do get a million, I will get a LJ T-shirt or something cool like that (hint, hint!)

Thanks again for everything! You all sure make it fun! :) (((GROUP HUG)))


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#14 posted 01-27-2012 02:37 AM

As they say in my old neighborhood in the north end of Toronto, Mazel Tov!


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#15 posted 01-27-2012 03:08 AM

Everyword counts and been said… Pinoy shouts “MABUHAY” ... LONG LIVE!

-- Bert

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