Saturday, July 29, 2006

Members Lounge

Hey Guys,

Just letting you all know that I am now adding the finishing touches to next months edition of the Sword Buyers Digest (well, actually the members lounge)...

Since the members lounge is really where all the action is, I am trimming down the actual newsletter to just site news and the link and password to the members lounge. Especially coz a lot of people are subscribed by hotmail, etc, etc - it doesn't look half as good as it does on 'Outlook' so to cut a long ramble short - the actual newsletter is getting smaller and the members lounge is getting bigger! :-)

The August edition is pretty jam packed - there is a very cool interview with Windlass Steelcrafts, A $225 Windlass Sword selling for $165, the last chance to for someone to win the US$100 a review of a rather contraversial sword training book by a slightly deranged sword enthusiast (no, it's not me... hehe) and - well, that's not bad for a start now is it?!

Ok, hope to see you all in the lounge...!



Sunday, July 23, 2006

Been a While Between Posts...

Oops, looks like its been a while since I have posted here, so some news is probably a bit overdue...

First off, I just received my latest in a series of INTERVIEWS with the best manufacturers of entry level swords, with this one by one of the oldest in the business - Windlass Steelcrafts.

This eye opening and frank review will be included in next months edition of the Sword Buyers Digest and has just minutes ago been revealed there, so if you aren't already a subscriber, you won't want to miss out!

It MIGHT be delayed slightly from the scheduled sending on the 1st of August, but if it is it won't be by much.

In other sword buyers guide news, behind the scenes I am also planning a much clearer page for the SBG Cheness Cutlery shop. Actually, I have bought a sub-domain which will have much more defined categories instead of the current rambling, scrolling down forever page that is currently there... (as you can tell, I ain't happy with the new revamped page or the old one, so its actually pretty overdue).

Its taking up a fair amount of time, but hopefully this will be ready to unveil at sometime mid-August.

Speaking of Cheness Cutlery, as some of you undoubtedly know Mr. Paul Chen is currently overseas visiting his father who has taken ill and been hospitalized. So on behalf of SBG and all my visitors, we wish his father good health and a speedy recovery.


Sunday, July 16, 2006

Guide to Cheness Katana

I've just finished the first stage of an important new development to my Cheness Cutlery Sales page. You see, I often get asked a lot of questions about Cheness swords - and believe me, I love getting questions and comments from my visitors - BUT there are some things that keep getting asked over and over again and at the end of the day, it means that I need to put them on my site somewhere..! :-)

Anyway, to help with this I've started to change the layout of my sales page to be more of a guide to selecting the right sword rather than just listing them with a few notes here and there. It's far from finished, but I've at least made some reasonable headway - check it out HERE and if you've got any comments or suggestions, let me know.

I've also got a fair few testimonials that I'd like to put up on the site, but unfortunately I didn't properly arrange them in one place as I got them so I gotta go hunting for 'em...!

Anyway, just a quick update - I've got a list as long as my arm on things to update and add at the moment, but I'll let you all know of any other changes here so that you aren't left going 'What the...'?

Cheers guys, talk to you all later,


Monday, July 10, 2006

New review

Hey Guys,

Have been taking a little break since I worked pretty frantically on the last edition of my newsletter the (1) Sword Buyers Digest but I have certainly not been resting on my laurels...

When I look at my site, there are just so many more things that I want to do that it can actually be quite intimidating..! ;-)

But I like to think of it this way - how do you eat an elephant?
With a Knife and Fork!
(oops, that's not right... I should have said "one chewy bite at a time!" hehe)

Anyway, there's a new review up on SBG for the Windlass Steecrafts Scimitar Sword sent in by Canadian History Teacher and SBG Visitor Jean-Pierre Francouer.

Plus, when I looked at the homepage, I noticed that I reffered to the "Navigation links at the bottom of the page" that I removed a while ago. So I decided to put them back in my biggest pages.

Actually, listing the reviews and articles was a real eye opener! I never realized just how many reviews there were on SBG and how much the site has grown since the beginning - there is certainly a lot more there than at first meets the eye.

Anyhooo - I decided to make this links to the SBG 'sub-pages' pop up in another screen when clicked. I think that maybe this will make it easier to navigate without losing the page (ala MSN) BUT let me know if any of you guys think otherwise.

Quite a bit planned for this month (actually, I've got a lot planned for the next 3 months at least!) - so can't blab here all day, it's back to the grindstone! :-)

See ya next post!


Saturday, July 01, 2006

Check your inbox...! :-)

Hey guys, just sent this months edition of the
Sword Buyers Digest out to all my current subscribers. If you missed out, don't worry, you can still access the juiciest stuff in the members lounge - it's all explained on the linked page above.

As I am fond of saying, see ya in the lounge - the interview is well worth it!