If you think about it, there are two basic methods of sharing "how-to" information with others. One is teaching from the front of the class, or the "I am an expert in this and will be sharing my expertise with you" method. The other is teaching from within the class, or "I have an idea, let's see how it works together" approach.
Here in the 2Sand.com blog, we have done both. For example, we certainly used the "teach from the front" method when discussing subjects such as sanding belt shelf life or why your choice of abrasive material matters. At other times we embarked on sanding projects not knowing if they would work at all, but inviting you to follow along as we tried it out as we have done with our flap sander and power profile sanding projects.
Both of these teaching styles are legitimate and have their place, but I have to admit to a personal preference for the less formal teaching from within method. I like sharing both the successes and occasional failures with the reader. I think it tends to spur more creative thinking within the audience, and it tends to encourage people to share their ideas and thoughts more as well.
And in some rare cases, the two methods of instruction actually emerge side by side. Our Sanding Storage Center series published a few years back began life as a study in how best to store sanding supplies when not in use, and evolved into a much larger project, that of building a downdraft sanding table with customized storage for belts, discs and sheets of sandpaper.
At any rate, we fully intend to continue using both methods of teaching to bring you as much useful information on sanding and sanding supplies as we can, and we love to hear from you with any ideas or comments that our posts might inspire. You can comment here on this blog, on our Facebook Page or on Twitter. -2Sand.com