Ramblin' Dan Kautz
There is no doubt one of my hobbies is writing about my hobbies. I read somewhere a long time ago, the best things to write about are the things you know very well. I have been writing and publishing long before the personal computer became the tool of choice. My first printed and published club newsletter was created in the late 60's.
Many evenings were spent hacking away on a manual typewriter trying to produce a perfect master copy. Then running the finished newsletter to the copy house the next morning. Making those tiny little edits that meant a do-over of the master copy page. I was so happy with my first computer text program even though the output was to an Epson MX-80 dot matrix printer. It all seemed to work so wonderfully. It was called desk top publishing back then.
I was always the guy who became the writer/editor of the club newsletter. I have done a dozen different newsletters with my name on the editor’s line, from hobby type clubs like amateur radio and experimental aircraft to my Rotary Club. The most expensive newsletter I published for several years, was a high budget, glossy four color offset press, high quality, professional newsletter for a brand name manufacturer of HVAC equipment. I had a staff of professional full time designers and print people to put it together. Everything the company published was top quality.
I and an amateur radio friend of mine published a newspaper column for a couple of years in the Youngstown Vindicator called “Hams and Hackers”. It was all about Amateur Radio and the new growing hobby of Personal Computers. We would dump our "copy" into a blind modem connection (acoustic coupler in those days) and a few days later it would be published.
Today, in the real computer age, the on-line publishing with web sites, blogs and bulletin boards has pushed total publication count considerably higher. It seems with the ease of digital publishing, just as with this new web site, I just can’t stop myself from putting my thoughts in print.
I did not study professional journalism in college. My intention then was not to go out and make writing a career. My style style was created by trying to follow the rules for writing I gleaned as part of the normal education process. Little did I realize back then how HUGE a part of by professional career, good writing and editing would become.
I find there is just a certain style and beauty in how words and their meaning can be utilized when they are presented in print. I know when it looks and flows right for me. It is probably an old dog, new tricks where I am set in my way. I just enjoy word crafting.
Ramblin' Dan's Print Design Studio continues in my show and tell fashion. I write my opinion on things and how I see and do them. showing off the projects and things made with 3D printing. Most readers like to see how things are made in a sequence of pictures and comment. Most importantly this blog is about creativity and making of things.
I, like most unknown (non-famous) authors who write on obscure topics, have little knowledge (except for counting hits) the size of the audience I may be reaching. Feedback from readers is encouraged. I do receive a few much-appreciated comments from readers from time to time, so I know the number isn't zero. It’s enough to keep me going but I would probably still do it if not just as a personal journal for my eyes only. I just don’t keep it locked.
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