Apologies to all but my monthly vlog went off the rails a bit towards the end of the year so this is an unscheduled update and roundup of the awesomeness what was 2018.
Vlogs off the rails
Ok so once again I’ve got behind, I was going to do a DecNovTober vlog but let’s just cut our losses here and wrap things up for the year.
Next year I’m going to massively up my game on YouTube and zealously get a Vlog out once a month at the beginning of each month without fail.
I’m not that sorry however as I have however been having loads of fun, got some great videos out and spent some quality time with my family and that is what it’s all about!
One of my better projects I did was a scrollsaw piece of art of Boba Fett and I was particular proud of this. The project itself was great but I tried a totally different video style. I’m still not sure how that went down as viewer figures were less than I had hoped for but I really liked the video especially as I tried a few effects.
I’d like to do more videos like that but as I didn’t get the response I was hoping for I’m not so sure.
The last video I did was back to my old style, a retrospective on my first turned pen and what I’ve learned since. I want to do some more pen turning videos in time but 10 minutes of talking can be pretty boring and I felt the video was fairly humourless.
Somewhere in between this video and the Boba Fett video is I think where I want to be I think.
2018 was amazing.
This year I started YouTube, something I’d been talking about doing for years.
My workshop was finally complete or at least complete to my standards where I felt there was no excuse not to start working on projects and putting out videos. In hindsight I should have started doing stuff sooner and stopped making excuses. I could have filmed lots of the fitting out my workshop and made some good videos from it. Its done now though so I musn’t dwell!
I joined some amazing wider international maker community groups and gravitated away from the local maker groups that I no longer lived near and ended up making some great friends. It was these friends that kicked my ass to get started finally on YouTube and I am forever thankful as its been an amazing journey since.
Makers Central, the big event at the NEC was like Maker Xmas. As I’ve mentioned before I had a brilliant time but also probably did so much for the maker community by being there and sending people to their local makerspaces. I’ll be going again next year and it will be bigger, better and just generally more awesome than ever!
Not only did I start my YouTube channel but I’ve also had the privilege of working with some really good companies on stuff like CAT and Gorilla Glue and there are more opportunities to come. Even with my little subscriber base I’m surprised I’m getting interest from people at this point.
I also a few months ago launched a little Dad blog which can be found at www.madmakerdad.co.uk after a friend of mine Vikkie Richmond pestered me to start one it made sense to document my journey as a dad. One of my life goals now is to try and install some of my love of making in my daughter and so this all just made sense. I’ve not posted much so far but a have done well on Instagram and have a few pins on pintrest and blog posts on some crafting activities up and with much more planned over the upcoming years.
I do plan to up my game next year but not at the expensive of spending time with my family, at least not until a time where this channel can actually generate a little money. I can justify spending time away from the family if it earns a bit of cash for them to spend on shiny things!
I don’t have the free time to join the “52 club” and get one video out a week which is what they recommend for getting really good growth on YouTube so I’m going to be realistic and aim for a minimum of 2 videos a month one of them being a Vlog. There will be the occasional month where I might try and do more but no promises as I’d rather produce less videos but better quality even if I don’t grow as fast.
I’m also going to make sure each video has a little blog post alongside and try and build my blog up a little.
I have a new lathe so expect a lot of videos coming from that and I’ve made a little camera rig to help with filming, ordered some ore lighting so I’m hoping the overall video quality will increase a few notches.
What’s on the bench
I did want to do a the scrollsaw Freddy mercury project next but I did make the mistake though of creating a pol on Instagram after Stan Lee passed away asking if I should do a Stan Lee scrollsaw piece next or Freddie and the result was massively in favour of Stan Lee so he needs to come first.
Project wise I’ve not really had much on the go as I’ve been just doing general improvements to the workshop.
I have my new lathe, the Axminster precision pro and this thing is fantastic for pens and all the little stuff I want to do so expect some videos centred around this coming up soon.
I’ve also sorted out a basic dust extraction system and this was long overdue. It covers the lathe permanently with a blast gate and a feed to my scrollsaw that can be swapped out with a feed to my other power tools or a long hose. It works from a really nice shop vac with a cyclone bucket and this thing sucks hard!
I’ve also done a little work on my small metal lathe and this has been stripped down and cleaned up a bit. I’ve filmed everything so far so this might make an interesting video later too.
I’ve got also myself the fantastic Robert Sorby sharpening system as I was just not getting on with my wet stone grinder so now all my tools are nice and sharp so I’m really going to be uping my woodturning and general woodworking game.
I’ve also just done the fools with tools secret Santa project before Xmas but as I was rubbish and didn’t send it on time that’s not got there yet so will be a video of me making that coming up.
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