Want to win some router bits?

Toolstoday.com are holding a quick woodworking comp through their Facebook page.

If you follow this link, you will come across the page, and where you can submit the photo of your project.  The winner gets $US250 to spend on their website.


31 Jan

FWIW, Jan 2014 was the most popular month on Stu’s Shed of all time (which means “for the past 6 1/2 years”)

In addition to the 1800 direct subscribers (who received each of the daily posts directly to their inbox, RSS reader, Facebook etc), the site received a record 46884 visits – an average of 1512 a day.  Friday Jan 3 received 3553 visits alone!

Pretty cool!

Record Number of Visits!

StatsI did know people (other than me) were interested in the shed build, but I had no idea how that would reflect on site traffic.  About a month ago, the website set a new record of 2003 views at the time the slab was being poured (which was impressive seeing as the previous record day was set in 2009 and since then the rise and rise of social media meant more people were viewing the site through other means (Facebook, Twitter, direct email etc)).

As you can see from the stats page above, today we SMASHED that record, with a new one of 3721.  In a single day.  And even then, there are more visits than reflected here.

It dwarfs the previous record, almost doubling it!  The views in Australia alone smashed the previous (worldwide) record.

It is still a shame that we will loose a lot of this momentum with the shed build shutting down for 2 weeks for the Xmas break – I was really trying to get the build happening earlier.Them’s the breaks.

That will be a hard record to ever beat.  I am still stunned by these numbers. WOW!

Breakin’ Eggs

(Video free from JibJab.com)

Stu’s Shed is now 6 years old!  You’ve heard of human years, dog years, cat years etc (Dog to human years, about 7:1, cat to human about 5.5:1, (and yes I know this is poor science))

A website year is harder to define – few blogs survive 12 months, let along pass 3 years (let alone double that!)  The average blog has the lifespan of a fruitfly (30-44 days) (and some claim the intelligence of one!)

Another quote that I love:

Blogging is not writing, it is graffiti with punctuation

Previously, I have provided stats at the end of each year, but they are becoming more and more irrelevant, being harder and harder to track.  Over the last 6 years there has been a massive rise in social media, with Twitter and Facebook leading the charge.  Counting for this traffic, RSS feeds, direct emails and the old-fashion (but preferred) site hits, and the 1.8 million visits the website shows is closer to 3 million if you account for the other viewing methods.


But whatever, Stu’s Shed is still here, and with the new shed (announcement of commencement very soon (I hope!!!!)), I am feeling really inspired for a whole raft of new content. And returning to more video content to boot!

In the world of blogs (the blogosphere), Stu’s Shed is now one of the elders (remembering too, that it is still a single-author blog, unlike most other long-term players).  Who knows where it leads, but until there is a real push for a more modern alternative, we are here to stay, and even then are very adaptable on the WordPress platform.

So, “Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday Stu’s Shed, happy birthday to you”

Hey! I resemble that remark!

Had a look at Nova Woodworking’s Facebook page tonight, and saw a very familiar image there!


Cool 🙂


I guess we survived the end of the world then.

To all those who (through various forums) have wished me a Happy New Year, thank you, and please accept this as a sincere reciprocation, even if I haven’t done so directly.  And a Happy New Year to everyone else out there – readers and visitors to Stu’s Shed!

WordPress published its annual (basic) summary of the website again: for 2012 there were 330000 direct visitors (in addition to all those who get the website content through RSS feeds, email subscription, Facebook, Twitter etc etc).  With over 1000 subscribers, the real number of visitors to the site is in the order of 1/2 a million for the year (conservatively).  The majority of visitors were from Australia, the USA and the UK.  Coverage was still pretty impressive – 187 countries.  With the total number in the world being 196 (as the most popular count), this means Stu’s Shed was read in over 95% of countries worldwide.

There were 288 posts in 2012, so I have dropped off from the 1/day average, something I hope to correct this year.  I managed it a couple of years ago, and although it was quite a bit of work, it was also very rewarding.  There are some challenges this year as you know, but I am hopeful to get closer to this ideal again.  I also want to continue to boost the number of videos this year, so given it is 1/1, I have already filmed one today, ready for editing!

There have been plenty of comments, unfortunately mostly spam.  At least all that gets automagically trashed.  Of the rest, the top 5 commenters are Ian, Dennis, Alan, Lindz and Lazy Larry. Pete wasn’t far behind.  Thanks for being such active participants!

2013 –  Lots more posts: who knows where the posts will lead!

I can be pretty sure of one thing – at least a few of those posts will be about setting up a new workshop!

So roll on 2013, and onto Stu’s Shed’s 6th birthday.  This year will see the 2 millionth direct visitor (if we are lucky), 2500th post, and loads more.




Stu’s Shed on YouTube

Most probably don’t know, but I have a couple of the videos from here also on YouTube as a bit of a trial I’ve been running over the past year or so.

In the past, I’ve had suggestions that my videos are too long, and could be trimmed down substantially (YouTube has a maximum length of 10 minutes), but if you took one of mine and removed everything that wasn’t poignant to the central message, I’m not sure if there would be anything left at all!

If and when I find some more time, I may chop and upload a few more there, but the long and the short of it, is to get the full video, you would still need to source it either through Stu’s Shed TV, or though the iTunes podcast anyway.

I’ve also been wondering if a Facebook page would be useful, but again – I can’t quite understand the benefit of Facebook versus what we already do here (and there is already 2 way communication happening here quite successfully).  If anyone has a particular opinion on the benefits (or otherwise), let me know.  Otherwise, it is the status quo around here!

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