Friday, January 30, 2009

Purpose of the Blog

Every blog should start with some kind of mission statement. I don't mean some corporate speak gobbeltygook full of buzzwords meaning nothing. But I believe in having some focus, some reason to exist. I've tried the "whatever I feel like writing about" blog and that lasted about four entries.

This blog is a bit more narrowly focused, and is really meant just for me. It is where I shall record the (very slow) progress of my woodworking projects.

The name, Incidental Woodworker is appropriate as "incidental" means:
  • (sometimes followed by `to') minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature or occurring as a chance concomitant or consequence ...
  • incidental expense: (frequently plural) an expense not budgeted or not specified; "he requested reimbursement of $7 for incidental expenses"
  • not of prime or central importance; "nonessential to the integral meanings of poetry"- Pubs.MLA
My woodworking fits this definition well. I get only a few hours a week, when I'm lucky, to work in my shop. Recently, though, I have been having the desire to create a record of what I'm doing, and how I'm doing it to try and remember what I did to solve certain problems. It's also nice to remember all of the mistakes I made and what I learned from them.

So, this blog is really for me as an aide memoire for my woodworking experience. It won't be a daily thing, nor will it be terribly interesting, I suspect, for anyone else. But, I will assume I'm writing this for an outside, and interested, spectator who cares as much as I do about what I've done. In other words, it's for my future, senile self who can't remember what I did, but would like to remember.

Here's to you, future self. Hope you're having a good time regardless of the memory loss.



  1. Hi Andrew. Visited after seeing one of your posts in the Oldtools group. Your blog is a very enjoyable read. Really love your personal comments as to why as well as how. Will visit again. Steve -- in Thunder Bay, Ontario

  2. Hi Andrew. I've just run across your blog at Logan Cabinet Shoppe. Great stuff, and I'll definitely be cozying up with my laptop to catch up. Ironically, I just started my own blog and have a post called "Note to future self." :)

    Also, your blog has a "bacon" tag so it's automatically awesome.


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