How My Blog Got Started!

By Robert Robillard on Contractor Advice

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How It All Got Started: Read my story below.

My site is my outlet, and it’s a creative one. I read more, my writing has improved, I’m learning more and it helps me promote my business.

As a self-employed carpenter, I first used “Concord Carpenter” as a place to post images of carpentry projects. But before long I started sprinkling in remodeling, home improvement tips and child and public safety quips – things that just about any reader could relate to.

Nobody wants to hear ranting and raving so I avoid that.  But I’m not afraid to give my opinion — never have been. When I do give an opinion about something, I make sure it’s based in fact.

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The “Concord Carpenter” started commenting before he ever had his own forum. I was drawn into the blogosphere through a friend, the Rev. Austin Fleming of Holy Family Parish in Concord whose blog is “A Concord Pastor Comments.”

I was a regular reader and commenter on his blog. After joking with me about my starting my own blog, Fleming secretly worked on a dummy blog that he called “A Concord Carpenter Comments.”

One day when looking at Fleming’s new profile photo, I click on it. When I clicked on this, it opened his blogs dashboard, and I realized that he did not have any Administrator edit controls [password] set for it.

I also noticed he had a second blog named A Concord Carpenter Comments in DRAFT FORM. I liked the alliteration in the catchy title, and realized that he was up to no good!  So as a joke I added all my information onto the blog profile. Well in the meantime Fleming discovered what I had done and we had a good laugh.

When Fleming deleted the blog I received an auto-email asking if I wanted to keep the blog. I said “why not,” changed the email in it, and it became mine….. That’s how it started!!

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I look back and realize that this launch into the blogosphere was not without some anxiety. Blogging was a bold move for me. I never expected it to last as long as it has but I really enjoy working on it. It gives people a chance to get to know me and gives me a chance to reveal myself.

Some of my fellow carpenters “don’t get it,” but my customers do — or they’re starting to anyway.

My blog gives me a voice. When customers, neighbors and friends ask me questions related to carpentry, I can often direct them to my blog where I’ve already written on the question they’re asking.

Sit back, grab a cup of Joe and take a peek at my current and archived posts and enjoy !

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About the author

Robert Robillard

Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor / Writer / Video Talent

Robert Robillard is a remodeler, general contractor, and principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts. He also writes the "Ask the Carpenter" advice column in the Boston Globe, and serves as the Editor of Tool Box Buzz and founding editor of A Concord Carpenter . Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review - Tool and Product Review - Video Channel, , where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the remodeling industry. The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob <a href=""

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