Another blog, Tom?

In case you hadn’t figured it out yet, I run a woodworking blog called Tom’s Workbench.  Been at it for a few years, and put up a few posts…

Yeah. And the Grand Canyon is just a hole in the ground.

The honorable John Nance Garner

You would think that would be plenty to keep me busy, but not so.  You see, last month, I was installed as the St. Petersburg Woodcrafers Guild Vice President. Yes, this is the same position that the honorable John Nance Garner said isn’t worth a bucket of warm spit. But, that’s beside the point.

One of my duties with this position is to serve as the external affairs officer for the guild. Yes, that’s an emergency management term, but stick with me here. What this means is that I am in charge of the guild’s website and social media presence.

The current guild website

One of the first jobs I was tasked with was a redesign of the current guild website. The current guild website needs some help. First, it’s not the easiest of things to update, since it has to be done in HTML editing, and only one person has access to it.  This one person has done a great job, but recent job commitments have limited the amount of time he can spend on the site.

But, hey, that’s OK. The tough job of gathering the material for the site has already been done. This is good. What I wanted was a platform where I could work easily with the content and have most of the functions of the site done automatically. It also needed to be easy to put graphics, videos, links and the like into. I had heard that last year, the guild had considered creating a site on WordPress, the same platform that I run my blog.

The updated guild site

So, with a little blogging hocus pocus, I was able to bring in some graphics and the content from the old site and voila – our new site. Please let me know what can be improved!

The guild's Facebook site

Another thing I was able to do was start up a Facebook page for the guild. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to do enough cool stuff to make a visit there worthwhile.

What’s next? I dunno… but I can tell you that I’m looking forward to it. Even though it’s a second blog…


3 thoughts on “Another blog, Tom?”

  1. Tom, the new version looks much cleaner and more approachable. Well done.
    I’ll be interested to see how it works for ongoing basis as time passes.
    I hadn’t thought of using WordPress, being an old school web/print production person,
    but I believe you are on a good path.
    Take care, and see ya in Cincy later this year.

  2. Great post Tom and great job on the Facebook and the newly upgraded website. It is going to be an exciting year.

  3. Many kudos to ya Tom. I would never have a clue on how to construct a blog let alone a web site. I’ll stick with cuttin’, sandin’ & finishin’ WOOD.

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