As I've mentioned in previous blog entries, this network continues to be a valuable learning tool for me, both as an editor and as an individual. I love to visit to see pictures of new builds, what products are piquing people's interest and all the friendly advice exchanged in general among members. That's what this site was created for: the education and enjoyment about all things log from those who've been there (and those who want to be).
That being said, some of the comment and blog posts of late seem to evade that basic principle, making the experience less enjoyable for those who joined specifically for that prospect of knowledge and familiarity. Although we certainly want members to be aware of all the myriad options and products the log industry provides, there are specific areas on the site devoted to promoting such items, such as the events page, featuring seminars, open houses and home shows, or one of our forums that specifically pertains to that information. A good rule of thumb: If the information you plan to post--whether as a blog, a profile comment or other public outreach--is promotional in nature, but was unsolicited, it's probably inappropriate as a public message on this network.
Also, for our newer members, please consider visiting our forums first before posing a question to the network. Oftentimes, an entire thread full of helpful information is already available to you. If a discussion on a similar topic already exists, consider adding your offshoot as a comment to the original discussion to get further input, creating an even more informative thread for the next inquirer in the process.
And, as always, because there are so many choices available to prospective log-home owners in creating their dream home, there are equally as many opinions about them. Be informative in your posts, but please also be respectful of others' posts and comments.
As many of its early members can probably attest, this network has come along way over the past couple years. Help it continue to flourish.