Go Wood is about anything remotely related to wood that might be of interest to folks. Targeted primarily at people in the wood industries of the world, we find that others who stumble onto the site are also interested, especially in the lighter posts. I write Go Wood as part of my duties as an Extension Specialist at the Pennsylvania State University, where my orders are to educate people beyond the confines of the campus on the value of wood in society and the work done here at Penn State to enhance that value.
I authored a paper back in 2007 on the concept of "The Virtual Extension Specialist" if you're interested.
2. What do you think Go Wood is accomplishing?
It is my sincere belief that wood is not as highly valued in our society as it once was, and that is in part due to the fact that folks no longer have a regular connection to wood or the world from which it comes. So, by exposing people to various facets, uses, and interesting facts about wood and the forests, I hope that Go Wood in some way helps wood regain the popularity it once had in society.
You can help in this effort by sharing your favorite posts with your friends, co-workers, and customers, by either forwarding the email notice you received, by sending an email link to Go Wood, or by using the "Share It" widget in the right-hand column of the blog. One person can't really make a dent in the culture working by himself, but a bunch of folks working together might just bring wood back to the forefront of our culture and common sense back to our utilization of natural resources.
3. May I comment/Why doesn't my comment appear when I post one?
Every reader of Go Wood is welcome to comment, and all real comments are published, even if they express different opinions than those of the posts (as long as they're stated respectfully). However, I screen out the spam comments which are written for the sole purpose of advertising a product or website. That is why it takes a little while for posts to appear...I have to become aware of the comment via the email the site sends me, and then approve it to post. Just submit once and wait a while; it will appear.
4. Is there an ideological viewpoint to Go Wood?
I try for there not to be, except that people should understand and appreciate wood in our world. But I'm human, and sometimes it comes out in the posts. I strive to not offend.
5. Why an I getting unsolicited emails? How did you get my address?
As required in other facets of my work, I have collected email addresses from public information sources: industry and association directories and personal contacts who are in some way associated with the wood or biomass energy industries. These email addresses are never released, sold, or used for any other purpose other than to notify you of the newest Go Wood post. If you would like to be taken off the list, simply reply to one of the notices with "unsubscribe" somewhere on your response, and it will be done.
If you would like to receive the update notices, there is a feeder gadget in the right-hand column of the site that says "Follow by Email". Put your email address in the little box, press "Submit", and somehow, magically, you'll start getting Go Wood updates.
I get comments all the time that "I used to get your emails but I no longer do." Many company email servers are tightening up their control over unsolicited emails, and subsequently, I sometimes get the Go Wood update returned as "spam". Once this begins to happen, I have no choice but to delete your address from my list. If you suddenly stop receiving Go Wood emails, then likely this has happened.
If you wish to get back on the mailing list, you have at least three options:
- Notify your email administrator that emails from Go Wood are not spam and that you would like to continue receiving them. Then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know to put you back on the list.
- Send me a similar email with a different email address, one not served by the same email server. Personal email address at home is a good choice.
- Enter your email address into the "Follow by Email" widget in the right-hand column of the blog, and follow the confirmation procedure. This will then automatically initiate an email from Blogger, one that should not be screened out by your email server.
6. May I contribute to the blog?
I welcome ideas for the blog, and such feedback is frequently the genesis of the next blog. For professional reasons, since the site is a representative product of the University, I prefer to author most of the posts to maintain the educational integrity of the site. Occasionally, I will publish direct contributions from other authors provided their post is true to the spirit of Go Wood and the quality of the work meets Penn State standards.
7. Where do you get all this stuff (the material, pictures, and videos on the blog)?
Usually, each post starts as something I happen to be thinking about. Then I research it from materials in my office or on the internet. All material is credited to the source, with direct links when possible. I add my personal and professional perspective from my life and career in the wood industry, and voila', you have Go Wood.
There are millions of people out there who love wood, and through the enabling miracle of the internet, I don't mind tapping their knowledge to tell a larger story. That has always been, and probably always will be, a successful educational model.
All material used on the blog is done so under the conditions of agreement for publication for public use and consumption of the Creative Commons. This license allows you to re-use any material on the blog for your own use, provided you reference Go Wood when you use it. A hyper-link back to Go Wood in the attribution is desired and appreciated.
8. How can I search the site for my topic of interest?
In one of three ways. 1) At the top of the blog, there is a small search box. Type in a word or words of interest, hit return or click on the little magnifying glass icon, and Blogger will return all Go Wood posts in which that term appears. 2) In the right-hand column is a list of Topics. Scroll down until you find a topic close to your interest, click on it, and the relevant lists of Go Wood posts will appear. 3) Again in the right-hand column, there is a box entitled "Blog Archive". If you know about when the post you're trying to find was posted, you can click on the appropriate month and you'll get all posts from that month.
9. How are the "Popular Posts" determined?
Blogger keeps track of the number of views each post receives, and lists the top ten there in the order of number of views. As new posts climb into the top ten, they bump off the lowest.
10. Will you add my link to Go Wood's list of Interesting Sites?
Sure, if it's woody, interesting, and informative. That particular list is not meant for commercial purposes, but I don't mind linking to the best commercial sites if they contribute to the educational mission of Go Wood.