Meet The Blogger – Andy

andy

Following on in my Meet The Blogger series, today I am introducing you to Andy who blogs over at Workshopshed.

Andy

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
Hi I’m Andy and I like to make and repair things in a shed at the bottom of the garden.
WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING?

The blog started as a journal to keep track of my projects and thoughts.

HAS YOUR BLOG CHANGED SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED?

The blog still includes my projects and thoughts but also includes interviews with makers, product reviews, visits/events and tutorials. The projects have gone from some simple tools to more complex project using electronics, mechanics and software.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FUNNIEST MOMENT SINCE STARTING YOUR BLOG?

After watching Mr Topsy Turvy with my daughter, I wonder if it would be possible to make his clock. The responses to my Topsy Turvy clock project have been great. Some people are completely unphased by a clock with the numbers in the “wrong” place but others it’s a complete headscratcher, particularly when the hands go backwards from 2:59 to 3 O’ clock. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sVEQQevJvM

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR WORST MOMENT SINCE STARTING YOUR BLOG?

A year ago I had a lot of trouble with hackers and spammers. They did not do any damage but ended up using up all my bandwidth quota so the site would go offline for days. I’ve had some upgrades since then but it was a painful period.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A NEW BLOGGER STARTING OUT?

Don’t try to do everthing at once. Focus on the writing and producing content, with steady improvements to things like theme and automation.

WHAT SURPRISED YOU ABOUT BLOGGING THAT YOU DID NOT REALISE BEFORE YOU STARTED?

I never realised it would produce so many new opportunities such as travel, speaking events, magazine articles and meeting people.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

Making and repairing is what I do in my spare time. I’ve made furniture, boxes, an enchanted weather house, the topsy turvy clock of course, a dragon detecting knight , a flea chariots and a whole range of smaller projects.

IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY WHAT WOULD YOU DO FIRST?

Tick the box marked “no publicity”. After that I’d set something up to provide a regular income so that I did not have to worry month to month. For the blog I’d hire a PR manager to hook me up with people who had fantastic projects I could get involved with.

WHO IS YOUR BLOGGING HERO AND WHY?

It has to be the Bob Claggett. He’s an American Maker and I’ve seen him grow his YouTube channel to a full on maker business with a team to help.

You can follow Andy at

Blog – Workshopshed

Twitter – @Workshopshed 

Facebook – @Workshopshed 

YouTube – @Workshopshed 

Instagram – @workshopshed 

Thank you Andy for introducing yourself and telling my readers all about your Blog and yourself.

If you missed last weeks post, or any of the other posts in the series, you can find that in my Meet The Blogger Section

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18 comments

  1. I’ll have to agree that blogging comes with so many opportunities. It has opened so many doors for me and I am really positive about this path I took too.

  2. I absplutely love the advice to new bloggers. As a new blogger myself I tend to get caught up in the moment and just want to run out and try evry single new idea but I will hold on to this advice.

  3. Blogging is not an easy task. As long as you focus on creating content that would be useful to your target audience, building steady traffic will come easy. I have to check out Andy’s blog. I might find some tutorials there that may come in handy with some projects.

  4. I am so amazed meeting new bloggers. I love hearing stories and where they came from and how did they start. I am so inspired by every story I’ve heard.

  5. There is some good advice in the interview. Also, I always love to read about other bloggers and what they get up to xx

  6. Its always great to meet other bloggers in all different types of industries. Seeing how they got started and the challenges and wins they encounter. Blogging really is a great opportunity to meet other people that enjoy similar things

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