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10-30-2011 07:24 PM

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Hi guys and gals

I was talking to a good friend of mine Randell Child a talented woodworker who has just put together a great web site and is now doing a blog. We talked about what was best to do in a blog, have a lot of writing about how he does things or to have mostly photo based like many of the blogs on Ljs that are great. I felt that was one of the reasons LJs is preferred over other woodworking forums because of it’s visual appeal . What’s your opinion? I know my other buddies that have blogs would like to know what you think too.

You might take a look at Randell’s site and Blog It does take a sign up process for the blog but you would be helping out a good guy and a fellow LJ Member.

Thanks Jim

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#1 posted 10-30-2011 07:51 PM

WOW.. thanks Jim.. that is a very big help.. one problem when having a website is getting search engines to find just takes alot of time.. but the more people who find you..the easier it becomes and more helpful it is..

please don’t be intimidated by the log in sign up feature.. it’s not a hard thing to do just to e mail me for a user name and password.. after that.. you never have to ask’s what came with this particular package of website designing..

Please feel free to tell me what you think needs improving or what you think my site needs..

thanks all..

-- Randall Child

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#2 posted 10-30-2011 08:36 PM

As to Jim’s question, someone once said that a picture is worth a thousand words.
That being said, more text might be advisable under your portfolio pictures.
If you can do it, links under those pictures to related blog entries would be good. (Yeah, more work is just what you need, right?)
Also, a personal message video showing a few of your processes, with a third party voice over, or you speaking directly to the prospective customer, would be awesome.
Finally, a link to your contact page should be on every page. Not just in the header.
Just my 2 pennies worth.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 10-30-2011 08:49 PM

I believe one of THE big appeals to LJ is that anyone can join here and basically use this as their website alternative without any of the hasstle or the cost. You get a gallery, a blog, and a great place to interchange ideas to boot.

Edit: Randell, real quickly… The text seems a little small, move ‘Contacts’ to the far right side(most likely item to get cut off on low res. settings. Maybe change Portfolio to Gallery(more commonly used and looked for). The font in the title bar could be more easilly readable. Particularly ‘Furniture’ seems jammed together. Generally, it seems like the text could be better formatted. I’ll try to give more detailed critique when I have more time, sorry. FWIW congrats on making your site. I like the backgrounds and colors you’ve chosen(coming from someone who knows they are partially colorblind). Overall, it looks good.

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#4 posted 10-30-2011 08:50 PM

your welcome Randy

Thanks for your help Gene

Good point Rance

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#5 posted 10-30-2011 10:32 PM

I’m working on having some of the changes made now..keep them coming if anyone has any more input..

I’m also trying to get a feel for my blog content if it’s interesting or should I be blogging about other things? I had a request for stuff non-woodworking related such as the big crop of corn I grew..and how it came about..

-- Randall Child

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#6 posted 10-30-2011 11:16 PM

I’m no web expert. About all I can say is what my consultants tell me; you have about 5 seconds max to catch their attention or they move on.

I do not read very many blogs because it take too much time unless I am looking for specific information or somethings catches my eye to interest me. Looks like the big turning is something you don’t see every day, but I don’t have the time to read it. I am sure other turners or wannabees might. I spend too much time on LJ as it is. Good thing I type relatively fast and spell check gets most of the Topamax side effect errors.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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