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 is moving!

Sorry about the delay in posts in the last couple of days, but I’ve been a bit distracted.

Just to add to workloads, early in the new year we are relocating (confirmed today), and Stu’s Shed will be relocating at the same time.  Just what I need: more work!  What this will mean for the physical shed is a bit unknown – at the moment the new property has a 3mx3m, and I just don’t see downsizing from 41m2 to 9m2 is a viable option!  So the 36m2 double garage will have to do until a new shed can be built.

There will be some good out of all this I’m sure.  I will be aiming for the new shed to be closer to 60m2, and with greater head height than current.  A lot of the ideas over the years can be built in – better dust extraction concepts, better layouts (in general, and also for filming), better storage.

One thing I am trying to ignore at the moment though – just how do you move such a significant amount of machinery?!!

And that’s a wrap

What a year, and what a decade.  As both draw rapidly to an end, my feeling is one of…..shellshock. It has been a tumultuous decade that we have lived through.  Looking back, and on a personal level one can recall event after event of positive, milestone achievements.  From a global perspective, what one remembers is a torrid flood of negative ones.

If you would permit me, I feel a need to touch on a few of them, hopefully vaguely relevant to the existence of this website, doctor.

At the start of the decade, I had been living in Australia for just over a year, and by Easter 2000 I had met a girl, who then became my girlfriend, my fiance by November, and we were married just after Christmas the following year.  We just had our 8th wedding anniversary (and have an almost 3 year old daughter, but I’m getting ahead of myself).

Easter 2000 was also about the last time I used a film camera (SLR), after Kodak totally destroyed all the (Velvia) films I had shot while making a photographic trip down the Great Ocean Road.  The photographic passion took a massive hit, which it has never recovered from, and only around 2005 when I got my digital SLR did I experience a brief resurgence, but even that didn’t last, and now photography has become very much a documentary process for me, rather than an artform.

2001 is pretty infamous on the international stage, something you never get over seeing (and I happened to be watching it live until around 3am), and marks the start of an age of Terrorism (they were around for a lot longer than that, but never had such a global impact to my mind).  There is no need to rehash all the subsequent events here, but they really have shaped the entire decade, and set humanity on its current, and less than desirable path, giving the vocal minority (particularly governments) too much power to choose the destinies of the citizens (the increasing of powers of “The Police State”).  The current rather zealous approach to “Global Warming”, I don’t think would have occurred in the way it is if not for 2001.  The War the world has been involved in started in 2001, and despite name changes has persisted ever since, with no definite signs of an end.  There have been an incredible number of events since – bombs, floods, tsunami, crashes, crisis (financial and otherwise), and although I could summarise a massive list, Wikipedia gives a better list: just use en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200x and substitute the x for the year of interest.

Christmas 2001, when my (now) wife and I were married placed a major building block that resulted in this website, when (we) were given a lathe as a wedding present.  That required I build a bench to mount it on, and I needed a saw to make that bench.  I chose a Triton, and the rest is history!

Throughout the decade, many seemingly unrelated event occurred, which lead to a point on 20 June 2007 when Stu’s Shed was launched. It has been growing ever since, and currently enjoys between 1100 and 1300 visitors daily.  This year, the 1/2 millionth visitor mark was passed, and already another 120,000 visitors have come through the virtual door.

I have no idea what the next year, let alone decade holds.  I can only hope for a steadily increasing presence of Stu’s Shed on the local (and world) stage, and perhaps, just perhaps, it might actually make a little bit of money (I doubt enough to live on, but we can all dream!) Watching my daughter go through the real journey that going from 2 to 12 entails will be a fascinating experience that my wife and I will get great pleasure from.

I sincerely hope that the world finds a greater sense of stability – the chaos of the last decade is not healthy in the long, or short term. But there are no signs of an improvement anytime soon, politically, financially, environmentally.

But looking towards the light for a moment – I hope the last decade has been good for you personally, and the next is incredibly rewarding.  Looking from here to 2020, I wonder just what creations will come out of the shed, how it will change and grow.

I’m not a great one for sticking to resolutions set, so don’t think there is much point trying to set any – I’d like to get a book published, build a workbench (finally), and I’m sure I could create a mega-long, mega-scary and mega-impossible-to-achieve-everything list if I put my mind to it.  Sorry about the ramble!

Happy New Year everyone!

When Did ‘That’ Happen?

2008 came and went…apparently.  Did anyone see it?  I certainly blinked.

I’ve never been particularly big on New Year’s Resolutions – mainly because I always think of a few, and often they are the same from year to year as I never seem to keep them.  I doubt 2009 will be any different.

So of the ones that seem to reoccur from year to year, I rehash them again just in case I somehow manage to achieve any of them.

I still want to become a lot more competent with the Incra LS Positioner, and achieve a double dovetail joint with it.

Get back to somewhere in the vicinity of my fighting weight.

And finally, the one thing that seems to roll over from year to year to year.  I really want to get a book published (and hopefully one will lead to another). If you haven’t noticed, I’m not adverse to writing a word or two, and if I took all the words that make up this website so far, I’d have two 400 page tomes to my name.

Of all of these, the chances are that I may only achieve the 4th one.  No – I don’t know what that 4th one is yet, but I still think it is the most likely one to be achieved.

So thus draws the end of another year.

Happy New Year to all my occasional, and regular readers out there.  Keep an eye on this site – there is so much more to come!

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