(Re-edited 6th January with a new production schedule)
It’s the first post in a New Year, the tenth of this Blog. 2018 started very well and looked as if I would break the views annual record for the blog, but after a splendid June everything seemed to go quiet in the second half year despite regular posts.
Last year in total 299 posts were made and of these the vast majority involved rehearsing the YouTube channel ensuring that everything on there is properly tagged and classified and aiming to allow a forum for comment outside YT itself.
This idea is the reason why I called this site Huliganov TV. I chose the .TV area code because I knew that video and my channel would make up the bulk of what is on here, and Viktor Huliganov was for the first few years the flagship “character” on the Channel.
Between that point in time and this, much has happened, of course. YouTube itself has become the two tier system that it is, with corporate players taking precedence over the community of individuals who really made it take off to the point where Google was interested and bought it. Much of the content is more professional even parallel to established TV channels and the community style, one person channel struggles more and more for views unless they can find a particular angle or specialism and develop an audience around that.
I never really wanted to do that, as I have a number of different interests and instead of running many channels as some have done in order to develop audiences and revenue streams, I wanted a channel which simply recorded me, and reflected my various thoughts and opinions and experiences for the benefit of a smaller number who would appreciate that mix or at least be willing to work around the bits they didn’t like.
In retrospect, that may have been a big mistake. If I had known ten years ago what I know now I could be making thousands of dollars a month online. And passive income is not to be sniffed at as one gets older. Anyway, what’s done is done.
So having set out to do this I do mean to finish it, and one quarter is done with three quarters of the films to go. It will take years more to get them all over here. And the stats show that doing this is not massively interesting for the audience so I have to do some other things while this is going on.
So I thought that I would put up other items on different days of the week this year. I will still try to produce a post every morning for you, but it will be like this:
At this point I am editing on 6th January, because I was fortunate enough to have a very productive meeting with my good friend Alan Heath whom some of you will know from YouTube and his camper van videos and website. He has, by dint of hard work over 12 years, achieved a point where he is able to regard keeping his channel going as a part of his living. He gave me some useful perspectives on the initial plan, which was:
Mondays – a new language related article
Tuesdays – a video from the channel
Wednesdays – a current affairs comment containing a poll. For this I maintain a paid subscription with a polling engine so let’s make good use of it. I hope my subbers will share these articles with friends.
Thursday to Saturday will be videos, again.
Sunday will be a quiz. Different topics will be covered and a quiz section added to the side navigation.
NOW instead of this schedule, I was advised to go like this: the old videos Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and then in the second half of the week when people have a greater chence to relax and enjoy the best new content, there will be the following:
Thursday – The poll
Friday – The foreign languages article (Much Ado About Polish series)
Saturday – A selection of reposts from Quora (I have about 500 Quora answers and recent events have shown that that place is also not secure, so I want to ensure that the work I have done there is maximised, after all, I still do own my answers. Some will be posted both here and in my business site Quoracy.com in the case of those related to business or accountancy. In whichever of my blogs they are they will be classified by theme as well as in a special section in the side navigation, namely “Quora posts”.
Sunday – the Quiz, as above. Always 10 questions, multiple choice A, B, C, D. They will also be classified in their own Quiz section and in the section of the kind of theme they contain. Hopefully they will help to teach you things which can be of more use than mere trivia.
This gives three video uploads to four fresh items per week. I hope this mix will encourage you to give this place a bit more engagement. Especially shares and comments. I always hope a community will develop here with people talking to each other in the comments but these days it seems Facebook groups have a near monopoly on that.
It means of course that it will take me longer ever to get up to date full with the old YT channel, plus the remainder of the material from five years ago, 2014’s videos, which are still being put through post-production and posted up there. Once that happens I even have a lot of old photographs that also could do with being placed up on line, but maybe I will use a photo-specific place for that, one of those where you can actually trade in them if anyone wants to buy one of them. Not very likely, but who knows?
I hope that finally in 2019 I can break the viewing records which I didn’t quite manage to break in 2018. All I am asking for is 150 views a day, which on a worldwide scale is peanuts. Please subscribe and click on the mails when they come, enjoy the show and engage and share onward!
There will be lots to see, read and talk about.
Happy New Year to all my readers and viewers.