About the Blog
Comments on 05/21/2010:
You’ve stumbled onto one of my new projects: writing a blog.
Back about 4 years ago, I sold saxpics.com to the good folks at USAHorn.com. After the sale, I thought how nice it’d be to start a saxophone wiki. Why? Well, when saxpics.com was in its heyday, I was getting more than half-a-dozen e-mails a day about sax-related things — and that was AFTER I kept referring people to post on the various sax forums I was at. Additionally, maybe 25% of the e-mails I got were in the form of, “You got this fact wrong.” To cut out the middleman, I thought that a wiki would be ideal: just post your corrections and I’ll come on by later to see what you posted.
The wiki was a good idea, unfortunately very few folks played with it. I think this was mainly due to the complexity of the Mediawiki software (the same one that Wikipedia uses). While I thought it was easy to use, it wasn’t as convenient as just going the e-mail route. And I’m a computer tech. Sometimes I don’t give enough credit to “ease of use.”
On the other hand, A friend of mine has been doing a blog for some time now and she’s had very good success with that. When I started playing with WordPress, I realized it was easier to use than the wiki and I could have essentially the same functionality and content. And, because I’m switching servers, it was convenient to make the switch now.
So, enjoy! Drop me a line if you have any questions.
There’s one further question to be addressed: aren’t I ripping myself off — that is, isn’t this about the same idea as saxpics.com?
Well, no. Not really.
Saxpics.com already has a ton of makes/models that I wrote on. I have no desire to, say, copy my own Conn pages from saxpics.com. Yes, if I found out something significantly interesting about Conn, I’d probably post here about it, but I don’t want to just re-write everything. That means that I’m going to be concentrating on makes/models that aren’t on saxpics.com. Additionally, I won’t necessarily be doing complete make/model breakdowns like I did on saxpics.com. As an example, in the near future, I’m going to write about a couple of Leblanc models, but not every Leblanc model there ever has been.
Another difference is that saxpics.com is a website, not a blog or wiki. You can’t immediately interact. I want that interaction here.
Comments on 06/19/2010:
I’ve realized that I really didn’t mention much about this blog’s FEATURES.
The one that most people will want is the, “How can I make the letters BIGGER?” feature. In the uppermost RIGHT corner of the screen, you see three “A”s of different sizes. Click on a bigger one to make the text bigger and a smaller one to make the text smaller.
For what it’s worth, my work setup is a 23″ Apple Cinema Display and a 24″ aluminum Intel iMac. At home, I have a 22″ Viewsonic widescreen and a 21.5” Viewsonic 1080p display. I try to use all that real estate when I create the posts.