This is the usual “WELCOME” message to the New Silicon Folly Board. It’s a different concept from most of the Internet Glass-based Boards and Forums. We’ll get into the ideas behind this format here in Blog Posts and on the Discussion Forum, as we become more comfortable while the Board mechanics settle into a routine. There’s always a learning Curve for anything worth learning.
I’ve always had the uneasy feeling that people who are good at blogging have a certain type of arrogance,which is somewhat past the usual self-esteem that lets many of us coast through life, secure in the knowledge that we can do anything. Whether that self-awareness is based in fact or delusion, it’s a damn good trait to have and a good tool for approaching new roads as they pop up in the path. The results are often the same either way. If you believe in your personal power there will, sooner or later, be somebody else who does as well. I admit to having an extra large dose of self-esteem. I’m a thinker and have done a lot of writing inside and outside of Forum and Internet. However, I suspect you can see that I’m approaching this BLOG thing with a bit of trepidation.
Here I sit, spewing out the most precious product of the mind…Words. There you sit, reading them, (I hope) and while you CAN reply it’s not the same as the immediate responses on an open Forum. On the BLOG, you’re a voluntary prisoner of whatever ideas I toss out. It sort of reminds me of deer hunting, which is an unfair sport because the deer can’t shoot back. OK, you will have weapons and a range where they can be used. Replies in agreement or counter ideas are easily posted in BLOG comments…or take them to the Discussion Forum for true interactive debate.
The IDEA…crazy as it might seem…for this Compressed 2-Forum Board is based in a desire to revive the Glass Forum system which has fallen on slowing activity. This isn’t obvious when you look at posting activity over a year but on a day to day scan it’s getting scary. Silicon Folly was founded as a home for information. Primarily I wanted a site to post the Stone Manuals that I had written after many requests on Forums and in E-mail. I had already sent that info out in more than 350 E-mails when Webbie and I decided it was time to give it a home. I was a system Admin (and user) of many years experience so it seemed natural. The Board info and the 5 Forums that were added just sort of naturally emerged in response to need. This version has retained all the info sections of the original SF. That was over 10 years ago. It’s become more obvious lately that the needs have shifted.
We will have a General Discussion Forum for all kinds of ideas and talk. It’s been the most active Forum on SF since it was opened. I’m always impressed by the intelligence and verbal skill which fills that Forum. It’s a delight to merely be in the company of those members. I would do anything necessary to preserve that venue and Keep those wonderful people in my daily life. Just get on there and TALK. It’s what we’ve always done there. Make a topic, join other topics and don’t limit your action to just one or even, one at a time.
The Glass Discussion is where the real departure from traditional formats emerges. Glass is our passion and it’s the thing that brings us together on these Forums. Glass artists rarely do just ONE kind of glass construction. I would like us to come together and talk about GLASS…anything to do with glassing, whether you’re a Pro or a hobbyist. Of course, as people start threads, the glass talk will naturally layer out into topics. That’s fine, but I prefer NOT to pigeonhole that talk into structured categories where the users must migrate, one at a time, to participate. Within a Thread, there may pop up several ideas, maybe about different glass activities. Maybe the talk will include overlapping techniques. Some of them will stimulate NEW Threads. Let’s try the open Discussion Format for Glass. The Forum program has a subscription and Search functions that are useful for following your interests in the messages.
OK, that’s my BLOG and I’m sticking to it. Nothing is written on Stone Tablets here. I welcome your ideas…here, on the Forums or in E-Mail.
What’s that silly FLOWER doing there? Anything visual to attract attention. OH, the arrogance of a Blogger!