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Though we normally avoid posts about posts here on Toolmonger, we couldn’t resist telling you about reaching this milestone — this blogging rite of passage.  But as exciting as it is to reach quadruple digits post-wise, I can’t help but think of our work so far as our first thousand posts rather than a thousand posts.  We’re here to stay!

Some other Toolmonger firsts:

But best of all, we’ve decided to celebrate this occasion in classic Toolmonger fashion — by giving away a couple of tools.  We have two brand-new Black & Decker AutoWrenches (that somehow missed our first “test to destruction”) that we’ll give to two lucky readers who comment on this post and tell us a) how you first heard about Toolmonger, and b) what you’d like to see more of here on the blog.  As usual, we’ll pick our favorite entries.

Thanks for reading, and thanks even more for participating through your comments and your tool submissions.

On to the next ‘thou.


7 Responses to Toolmonger’s 1,000th Post!

  1. Nick Carter says:

    What’s odd is that I feel like I’ve done 1000 TV Tonight posts. I’m really looking forward to new seasons of the rather rerun heavy shows, and a few new shows (like “Protoype This”)

  2. Brad Huffman says:

    Congrats guys! Found the site via this Penny Arcade post, and haven’t looked back since. I’m checking the site at least a couple times a day to see the latest news/review/deal post. Really enjoy the content.

    As far as what I’d like to see more of…??? Hmmm… I enjoy the hands on reviews. Nice to see an honest opinion of a tools performance. Realizing this is a blog, I think the site could also possibly benefit from a forum of some sort where users could post projects/questions/reviews of their own, and benefit from the wealth of knowledge contained in the collective that is the Toolmonger community.

    Keep up the good work. Looking forward to reading the next 1000 posts.

  3. James says:

    I discovered Toolmonger through Make, and it quickly became one of my favourite blogs. As a novice toolmonger, I love reading about unique tools and their uses. (I enjoy the Lee Valley catalogs for the same reason)

    What I would like to see is more how-to material. I’m a programmer by day and the Internet is filled with high-quality tutorials and screencasts for programming topics, but I find it hard to find good tool instruction. (I live in Canada, so I don’t get the DIY network)

    http://marcswoodcreations.com/thewoodwhisperer is cool, but I’d like to see the same thing for metalworking, welding, etc.

  4. Jake says:

    I found toolmonger through MAKE magazine’s blog.

    Another thing that I would like to see is tool buying tips. For example, I was picking out a miter saw the other day and needed some pointers on what to look for. One thing I learned is that cheap saws tend to have a cheap blade so if you want a better cut, you’ll have to upgrade the blade and end up losing the money you saved.

  5. Matt says:

    I too found Toolmonger through the MAKE:blog. I love the coverage of unusual and interesting tools, particularly those that a home improvement guy like me can use to make my life a little easier. Plus, I’m a gearhound- I love specialized tools and equipment, no matter what its for.

    I would like to see more hands-on tests and how-to’s. And I’m pretty excited that you guys have upped the # of articles you’ve been posting lately. Keep up the good work!

  6. Myself says:

    I can’t remember where I found Toolmonger, but I don’t think it was Make. I’ve come across it accidentally while looking for other tools (like once, I went to submit the plasti-gage as a reader find, and while Googling for a supplier I discovered that Toolmonger had already reviewed it), so it might’ve been just chance.

    I’d like to see more visitors! I try to plug Toolmonger where it’s appropriate, and I’m glad to see the posting population increasing, because it’s the reader comments that really give a site like this its balance. Nick and Chuck and Sean are great, but that’s only 3 points of view and 3 guys worth of experience to draw on. When you see a posting followed up immediately by a reader comment like “actually this rocks / sucks, and here’s why:”, it really increases the value of the site for all of us. More readers = more collective knowledge.

    Sites like Make and Instructables are the appropriate venue for how-to project docs, I think. However, a specific “how this tool works” would be nice, especially for the odd stuff that not everyone’s familiar with. I know the first time I saw a nut splitter, it took me a few moments to figure out what it was for. There are plenty of tools like that, and I think this is another area where readers can really contribute.

  7. Brian Mark says:

    Your blog does a lot of things I could only wish to have the time to do. But alas, I’m busy creating an online business on the Internet Retailer Top 500 list, and blogging comes somewhere down the list.

    I guess I suffer from blog envy. 😉

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