June Update – It’s Not All About YouTube!

Hey everyone! Well, I’ve failed miserably at getting a blog article out regularly… but with good reason! Things have been crazy busy AND I’ve finally started to make decent headway on updating my video articles on here! I’ve briefly talked about this in some past videos… let me explain why it’s not all about YouTube.

For a long time I’ve been wanting to build this site up into a more comprehensive resource for ‘makers’… and I define makers very broadly, from tradespeople through to weekend DIYers. If you like making stuff, you’ll probably find something on here that you’ll find at least vaguely interesting… hopefully.

So, as you’re probably aware I have quite a lot of YouTube videos out there. I didn’t realise exactly how many videos I had out there until I had to write an article for each and every one of them. At first I randomly started doing it only for new videos… but then, well you know how it is. Within a very short period of time I was something like 20 videos out of date. In fact, let me check…

OK, so the last video article link thing I added to this site was video number 107, all about Buying Wood From A Timber Merchant… that was back in March and I didn’t even have time to write an article, I just added the link to the video. The last article I wrote was for video 102. Anyway, the crux of all this is that we’re now up to video 132 and I think I’ve only written 2 accompanying articles. It’s time to get this done once and for all.

Self Imposed Targets

So I’ve set a ridiculously unachievable target of writing 10 articles per day. That means, extremely optimistically, it will take me 13 (working) days to write the 130 articles I need to get up to date. These aren’t going to be master pieces… but at least it will be a start. I can make them better, add fancy pictures etc. later on. SO… if I stay on target, which frankly is unlikely, I’ll have this done by the end of the first week of July. The good news is I have the first 20 done – yay! To find them you’ll need to go all the way back to video number 1 – How To Use A Tape Measure. I figured there’s no point in adding any new articles until I’ve at least sorted the existing ones, so I’m working from the bottom up. Churning out an endless array of videos on YouTube is only half the job… and that brings me on to another thing.

It’s Not All About YouTube

I mean that in the nicest possible way because in a way it is all about YouTube… at the moment. But I want that to change. I really don’t like having all my eggs in one basket and I don’t want to churn out content for the sake of it. I have a MASSIVE amount of content filmed ready to edit. My editing backlog is to the point that I don’t know how many projects I have filmed. Some of them are dating back months and months – honestly, when you see them you’ll wonder what’s happened to my workshop! If I wanted I could put out 2 or 3 videos a week at the moment. However that’s not sustainable and if I want this ‘thing’ to work I need to build a better model that isn’t entirely reliant on a single source of income from Google AdSense, which let’s be honest pays pennies anyway. So, for the moment at least, I’m going to continue putting out my one video per week – usual Saturday morning thing to watch with your coffee and toast. My top priority at the moment though is updating this site and for the next couple of weeks that will be my full time job. Everything else is on hold. Joinery jobs are on hold. Editing is on hold (luckily I’ve already got my next two Saturday morning vids done and dusted – I’ll let you know what they are on Patreon!). So watch this space and bear with me for a few weeks. Yesterday I did vids 1-10, today I did 11-20. Tomorrow’s job is videos 21-30. Let’s see… something about reclaimed solid birch shelves. That should be a fun one! IF you happen to check back tomorrow night and there aren’t an extra 10 articles on here then I’ve failed after 3 days. 🙂

Cya’s! Andy Mac x