Obligatory Hello World Post!

Hi. My name is Marc Spagnuolo and here’s a picture of me and my beautiful partner in crime, Nicole. She’s 27 weeks pregnant and apparently I have too much time on my hands (enjoying it while I can). I currently run a woodworking website at TheWoodWhisperer.com. Woodworking is my passion and I pretty much eat, sleep, and drink it. Making videos, writing articles, building projects, and constantly coming up with new ideas keeps me busy pretty much all the time. Yet somehow, I still find time to indulge my inner geek. Frankly, I think its important for people to have multiple passions in life. Without it, we run the risk of becoming awfully one-dimensional.

When I first started my woodworking business around 2004, I took my passion for woodworking and shoehorned it into something I called a “business”. Well, at least according to the state of Arizona it was a business. According to my bank account, however, I was someone who couldn’t even maintain the $2000 balance required to avoid monthly fees! The drain on my finances coupled with the fact that I was rarely doing projects that I found interesting or compelling, eventually led to woodworking becoming just another job. That is, until I came up with the idea for The Wood Whisperer. So now I am INCREDIBLY lucky to spend my days building projects I love, filming everything with a video camera, and then pissing around on the computer turning those clips into fun and educational videos for my fellow woodworkers to enjoy. For me, several of my passions and things I find enjoyable are all wrapped into what I call my job. And thankfully, my bank account is much more “business-like” as well.

The reason I am telling you all this is to help set the stage for what this personal blog will be. Essentially, I have topics (other than woodworking) that I enjoy talking about. I have lots of hobbies and I dabble in a lot of different things, just for fun. Although I have never been much of a writer, I find expressing my thoughts in words to be incredibly therapeutic. With the upcoming changes in my life (baby on the way), I think I will be coming here to assault you with my butchering of the English language more and more often.

Warning! If you know me from The Wood Whisperer, you might be surprised at what you read here. I rarely, if ever, express opinions on anything except woodworking on TheWoodWhisperer.com. As time went on, what started as a blog turned into a full-fledged business. I value that business and I have the highest respect for my viewers and readers. And that’s exactly why I do NOT allow talk of politics or religion on my site or in my forums. Nothing will separate a group of online “friends” faster than Osama, Obama and God. But on this personal blog, I reserve the right to let my hair down a bit. Expect to hear about my home life, comic books, movies, my dogs, video games, and the fetus growing in my wife’s belly. And while I don’t plan on being vulgar for vulgarity’s sake, you might see some foul language. Hey, I was raised in Jersey! Fuhgettaboutit!

So thanks for stopping by and I hope I don’t regret this. 🙂

21 thoughts on “Obligatory Hello World Post!

  1. Let the language fly! We tend to curse like sailors here in NY too. I’d say welcome too, but the web isn’t so new for you. Instead I’ll wish you the best of luck on this new venture.

  2. Cool. I love politics, dogs, and random hobbies (in addition to woodworking I dabble in ceramics, guitar, and blacksmithing), so I’m really looking forward to an eclectic blog!

  3. Hey Marc, looking forward to hear/learn about the non-woodworking side of you. I suspect we share a lot of interests – being a half italian guy in his 30s who likes wood, games and sci-fi.

  4. I don’t know man, I think this so-called “Internet” fad is going to pass. U may want to stick to your tried and true Commodore 64! Now, how’s my LaserDisc stock doing……?

  5. As someone who also seems to be continually adding to his list of hobbies, woodworking, electronics, gaming, books, etc. I look forward to hearing about all of your different hobbies.

  6. ‘Bout time you let that Italian curl down! I’m sure this will be even more hilarious than your early days in video. I myself am trying to NOT be as vulgar….but, it’s HARD!

  7. Hey Marc, congrats !

    My first daughter was born just one month ago (Aug 20) and you will see, a baby is the most beatifull thing you will ever make (including strange adirondack chairs)

    Good luck from Spain!

  8. You’ve done amazing work in the worlds of woodworking and education, I look forward to anything and everything else you have to offer. 🙂

  9. Love this idea Marc! It is great to have a place that you can share opinions that may not be suited for the woodworking site and for many of us, we like to see the personal side of our online woodworking friends. Good luck with this…..and catch up on your sleep buddy…. you will need it after the baby is born. My youngest is 8 months and still gets up at least once a night!

  10. See, you did it the right way. You indulged your woodworking passion, and you started your business BEFORE you became a sleep-deprived, constantly distracted, perpetually-on-edge parent of young children. I did it the other way around. And hence, I’ve finished only one major project in five years, and my business doesn’t exist yet. I think you were the wiser man. 🙂

    Just sayin’.

    Oh, and the other one . . . ‘Bygones!’, which I gather is supposed to excuse something REALLY HORRIBLE that you just said to the other person. Personally, I see it as a lazy way to imply ‘Let’s just let bygones be bygones, shan’t we?’, but you’re in too much of a hurry to actually say all that. So, it’s a double insult, really.

  11. “Hello World” – First post… Marc, do you also code in your spare time or something? Sounds awfully software/computer-geek speak.

    • lol no. But I have been playing with code for about 5 years now. Maybe its rubbing off on me? Also, every WordPress installation starts off with a Hello World post as a sample.

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