Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Starting "the Blog"

I am laughing at myself because I have just created a blog, but now sit here with a case of writer's block - wondering what to write about.

Maybe the place to start is to explain why I am here.

About 2 weeks ago I was on the MIT campus in Boston, attending the annual Furniture Society conference called "Fusions: Minds + Hands Shaping Our Future". My reason for attending was twofold. First, the event was an excellent opportunity to get together with other woodworkers and furniture makers, to share ideas and learn new skills at various seminars. Second, I wanted to see a juried exhibition of student work called "Faculty Selects", where my son Kevin had the following coffee table on display:

One of the seminars had to do with Internet marketing, explaining how this medium is taking on greater relevance in telling the world who you are and what you do. On some level I was aware of this already, because I have been surprised in recent years at how effectively a tool such as a website can assist in garnering commissions for custom furniture work.

Of the various suggestions made at the seminar the one thing I didn't have was a blog.

Now I do.

Of course, creating a blog is one thing.
Maintaining one that keeps people interested is quite another.

And, so, it begins: my foray into the world of blogging.