Why Blog? Why Now?
Wikipedia defines a blog “(which is a blend of the term web log) as a type of website or part of a website that is supposed to be updated with new content from time to time. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Although not a must, most good quality blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and even message each other. It is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites. In that sense, blogging can be seen as a form of social networking. Indeed, bloggers do not only produce content to post on their blogs but also build social relationships with their readers and other bloggers.”
So for MoldMaking Technology’s Blog we want to focus on the interactivity. We want to create discussion and start conversations to continue building the community we’ve brought together through MoldMaking Technology magazine since 1998.
Just as with the magazine—and its family of media vehicles: website, newsletters, conferences, etc.—we want to get industry directly involved. That means putting your knowledge, expertise and boots-on-the-ground experience to work, naturally—by just sharing what you see, hear, think and feel on a particular topic, issue, challenge, event, concern, solution, etc.
To get things started, I’ve put the editorial staff as well as our Editorial Advisory Board members to work, by doing just as I stated above. Sherry Baranek, Bill Wood and I will be regularly contributing our own observations on what we are hearing and seeing in the world that affects mold manufacturing, and the magazine’s board members will also join us. But we won’t stop there, please consider this your invitation to participate in our postings.
We are hoping this blog becomes a place where candid discussions are welcome and encouraged, especially on hot-button topics that touch all of us, such as the continual number-one cited challenge to the moldmaking industry today: finding, hiring and retaining a skilled workforce for the present and future.
You can navigate to the blog from a link on our home page or bookmark it. Past and current posts can be found here moldmakingtechnology.com/blog.
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