First, I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to visit and participate here at Mac Guru Lounge. The response since I opened the site at the end of November has been tremendous. More people have visited the site than I expected, and I’ve received some great questions and positive feedback.
I really appreciate that people are posting comments. I hope you continue to do so. Even if you just post “This worked/didn’t work for me,” it helps me improve the site and everyone else contribute in a meaningful way.
So What Will 2009 Bring?
If you’re a regular visitor to this site, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted since Monday. While I have been traveling over the holiday season, the main reason the posts have slowed is because I’m working on a new series of posts called Getting Started. Out of the questions I’ve received from the Get Help page, the most common is for me to write primers on the basic applications that come with the Mac. Instead of giving very specific tips, people want to know what they can do with these applications. This makes perfect sense, as there is so much you can do with your Mac, but you have to know where to begin.
Starting next week, I’ll begin posting these new articles. I’ll post these in addition to the daily tips. Thus, they will not appear as frequently (I’m currently shooting for 1-2 per week). My goal is to start providing more than one answer per day, but that’s where you come in…
What You Can Do!
I want everyone to know that this site is for you. I have many ideas for articles, and I hope that you will find them helpful and insightful. But what I want to do is answer your questions. I want all my readers to feel that their questions matter and that they can get answers. I’ve already respond to many of you who have written in, but for those of you who have not yet received a response, that just means I’m still working on your request!
What does this mean? You help by asking questions. Click here to ask a question. What kinds of questions can you ask? Almost anything! There are really only two kinds of questions that aren’t appropriate for my site. First, if your computer needs a hardware repair, I probably cannot help you. Thus, if you can’t get any sound out of your computer or it doesn’t turn on, you’re better off taking it to an Apple Store. Now, I can try to give some troubleshooting tips for the most common problems that seem to be due to hardware but are really software problems. That’s the extent of how I can help. The other type of question that is more difficult is when your issue is truly unique to you. For example, if you use a custom FileMaker database at work and have questions about it, I’ve never seen the database, so I can’t help.
Other than those two questions, you should feel free to ask anything. Want to know how to make edits to photos in iPhoto? Go ahead and ask. Want to know what you can even do with iPhoto? Ask that, too! Do you want to know how to make a website or want to know how to use email? Set up Parental Controls to help protect your children? I can help with this. Of course, if you have specific questions, like how to optimize Spotlight searching or compiling applications in Terminal, please continue to ask those.
Whether you’re a computer novice or long-time Mac user, please ask questions. This site has been so successful because so many of us have the same questions, even when we feel that the questions are basic, too advanced, or just silly. Why not get the answer with a clear explanation?
Once again, thank you for all of your support and feedback. If you have suggestions or ways to improve the site, feel free to contact me. I want to make this the best support site for Mac users, and I need your help to do it.
Here’s hoping 2009 is a great year for all of us!