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Thoughts on Blogging, Social Media and Other Stuff

First, I have made a little progress with the full-size mock-up of my daughter’s bookcase. I was hoping the mock-up would be finished by now, but some excellent things happened this week which caused me to lower the mock-up’s priority rating. What I really want to talk about is blogging and social media. I have come to the conclusion that I don’t understand social media. Just when I had all but given up on Facebook, I got a big boost in blog traffic. This past week I published what is basically a SketchUp tutorial – it was one of those blog posts which I almost did not publish. I am not a SketchUp expert by any means, so I did not feel like I was in any position to tell others how to work in SketchUp. The SketchUp people thought otherwise. They shared my blog post on all the major social media platforms. In the image above, their Facebook wall status shows 171 likes. They put a very similar message on twitter and Google+. There …

When Snow Hits Unexpectedly

I just got off the phone with my wife. She spent the night stuck at work. She slept on the floor of her office with the tablecloth from their break room to keep her warm. She is one of 16 people where she works who did not make it home yesterday. My daughter walked from her office to a friend’s apartment where she spent the night. She was one of six people there and slept on the floor. Both safe and warm. I work from home, and after seeing the snow begin to fall, I stopped by the house for a conference call and never left. Yesterday was a disaster. Snow was forecast for the area south of us. Snow started falling about 10:30 and did not let up until 4:00 or so – a short period of time really. The fact that the metro Birmingham area was unprepared for this winter weather meant that unsuspecting people went to work thinking Tuesday would be a mostly normal day. It wasn’t. It became a mad dash …

Sight Seeing

We are traveling this weekend to the New York City area, my first ever visit to NYC after living 53 years on God’s green Earth. This means I’ll be away from my workshop for a little while; and subsequently, no blog post. In the mean time, above is a cool video by Frank Howarth, the woodworker who I have been spending my allotted YouTube time with lately. The project he tackles in the video is somewhat simple, but I like watching the construction process and contemplate what it would be like to work in such a bodacious workshop as his is. Enjoy the video and your Memorial Day weekend.