[Homeroast] What Coffee Do You Buy, When You Can't Roast

Frank Parth fparth at me.com
Fri Jul 12 16:50:57 CDT 2013

Couldn't disagree with you more. This is indeed a forum where members have been free for years to share ideas and experiences. 

I don't know what kind of business you're trying to start. But your statement about advertising is way off base. Your web site can be a very valuable marketing tool all by itself if you do it right. 

I've never advertised my consulting business anywhere but on its web site and I'm turning contracts down because I have more than I can handle. I've opened offices in Europe and in Australia to handle most of the overseas contracts and I still spend a lot of time on airplanes. That's why I haven't participated in this forum as much as I used to.

Frank Parth

On Jul 10, 2013, at 1:07 PM, Michael Baladi <mike at baladi.ws> wrote:

> This is an email list, not a forum. Email lists are one of the biggest form of advertisement on the planet. What do you think most SPAM is? If I'm forming a new business and only advertised on my website I can guarantee you I'd fail as a business.
> The greatest weakness of this list as a form of record on discussion of beans is the lack of history. I don't have a local copy of everything sent on the list. The copy I have seen online, frankly, the interface sucks.
> Not to mention, I think there's a lot of potential to a direct link from the ordering page to a history of the beans purchased from that coop/farm/etc...
> Not just Tom's views, but discussion on that bean as well.
> No one's forcing anyone to use that information, but I think it'd be a great resource for those interested.
> I don't know, I guess Amazon has it wrong by leveraging user reviews? Yes, there's a lot of crap to weed through on there sometimes, but if you know how to use them I find them invaluable.
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> From: Homeroast [homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com] On Behalf Of Dhananjaya [djgarcia at improbablystructuredlayers.net]
> Sent: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 2:25 PM
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> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] What Coffee Do You Buy, When You Can't Roast
> I just woke up ... I'll be quick with my useless comment.
> Marketing is on the web site. If you rely on a forum for marketing ... Good luck.
> From the Merriam-Webster definition of FORUM:
> a : the marketplace or public place of an ancient Roman city forming the center of judicial and public business
> b : a public meeting place for open discussion
> c : a medium (as a newspaper or online service) of open discussion or expression of ideas
> Nothing there about ideas expressed having to make any sense :). Thank you for expressing your ideas. We are also expressing ours. I
> don't criticise you for expressing yours, I just really don't agree. OTOH, you did get me to post.
> I like dysfunctional - normalcy is way over-rated. Most progress comes from dysfunctional thinking :)
> You can see some landscapes in my dysfunctional web site:
> http://islbeauty.net/
> Or check out my way old coffee roasting database (MS Access required)
> http://islbeauty.net/CoffeeRoastingDB/CRDBHome.htm
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