Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Straw Poll

Feel free to express your vote in the comments box provided:

What would you rank as the most important aspect of a book/magazine/website/other publication?

a) Content
b) Style
c) How it's produced
d) Why it's produced

Please use one side of the paper.

I absolutely promise this is the last GWW related rant on this Blog, 'cos I give up now. When the opinion is expressed that readers are getting "hung up on analysing the content and style without much knowledge of how and why it's produced", I admit defeat. You can't offer constructive suggestions if the recipient has already decided you're too ignorant for them to be any use. I certainly can't do it if content isn't the primary concern. I thought we were on different pages; now I see we're in different libraries... End of rant.

No workshop progress to report I fear. Been a bit under the weather and just didn't feel in the mood. Of course that has nothing whatsoever to do with the nagging feeling that I've boobed big time with the CD storage and I'm going to end up really wishing I'd planned ahead...


  1. Personally, content is the big thing for me. I don't mind if its printed on brown paper and held together with a paper clip as long as there is lots of stuff I'm interested in. (By the way, thats woodwork. With a "making fine furniture slant".)
    Hope you get back on your feet soon, Alf. You nearly finished those tables?
    (One of the Alf-ettes)

  2. Alf-ette? Good grief...

    Theoretically the tables are done, except I found a tiny area on the edge of one that needs a little extra work. I could have sworn I'd been all over them with a fine tooth comb and not found anything, so I'm not best pleased. Oh well, at least I've got until Friday week to sort it and give the finish time to cure properly. Unless this is the moment when the big disaster happens... Oh dear; wish I'd never thought of that.

  3. Mike Wenzloff (MikeW)8/03/2005 11:01:00 pm

    Do I get to participate in this poll? Well, I waited for a mere 30 seconds and no one objected...

    Everyone who cares to share in this blog poll is going to say content, of course. But I don't think if this was a widely participated in poll that everyone would actually mean that.

    Content nonetheless is my choice.

  4. I think style is hot on the heels of content, funnily enough. You can have the best information in the world, but if it's hard to get at then you might as well be reciting the 'phone book. :~)

  5. I'm going to have to side with Alf on this one... content is very very important. Presentation, however, is also important; especially to the novice. Some magazine articles leave out tidbits that might be intuitive to experienced woodworkers, but that make newbies stop and scratch their heads.


  6. Ed wrote: "I'm going to have to side with Alf on this one..."
    Ed, you can visit any time you like ;~)


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