WJ’s First “Online Chat” a Success

Rob-Portrait351As some of you may know, last Sunday night we hosted our very first online chat here at the Woodworker’s Journal. I must admit to some pre-chat jitters. What if you threw a woodworking chat and nobody came? As it turned out, I had nothing to fear … we had a bunch of woodworkers chatting and lurking for the entire hour. Another pre-chat concern was blown right out of the water as well – what if nobody really had anything to say? Um, not a problem.

In fact, what with answering the occasional question directed to me personally, I had a hard time keeping up with the flurry of questions, answers and observations. I had originally thought to try to keep the chat “on course,” aligned with the announced topic of the discussion. This proved to be somewhat like herding cats.

But I have to say that I don’t believe anyone cared in the least; they were too busy enjoying themselves. And so I have to conclude that our first online chat effort was a success!

I am looking forward to next month’s chat, and I hope to see you folks there again. See you in the ether!


— Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

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