Plate or Platter?

This latest YouTube upload has already received quite a phenomenal response…

Within the first 24 hours, I think it had reached over 200 views but the staggering part was the sheer number of likes – all 42 of them!

My all-time record for a single video is somewhere between 40 and 50 and that arrived after several days, maybe even a week and many more views. A couple more days passed and that figure doubled!

Now, at the time of writing; I’ve received over 1,200 views for a video less than one week old and, wait for it…

Over 120 clicks on the Like button!!!

I cannot thank people enough because those figures are astonishing! It’s gone a little bit viral and it’s hard for me to see why… But then, if I’m going to try and analyse this, I’d be missing the point when I should simply be trying to acknowledge and accept it. I’ve had some pretty well-known woodworkers following me back on Google+ recently which might also have helped, I guess. With this, comes an air of pressure and ‘expectation’… By setting such a high standard and attracting a new audience (very close to 1,000 subscribers now) with this latest video, I feel a little under pressure to keep that going and not to disappoint.

As I’ve said before; I’ve got a few months’ worth of video footage sat and waiting to be edited on my hard drive, which should help to keep my channel alive throughout the winter months.

If you haven’t seen it already, please enjoy the video. Feedback is always welcome and I’d especially like to know whether you would regard this piece as a plate or as a platter… 🙂


Picture Frame Video

This video was uploaded very late on Saturday night. It might even have been close to midnight, as I remember waking up on the end of my bed (I must have fallen asleep prematurely) at 1.15am, to discover that I’d already received 3 likes and my first comment on YouTube! I’ve taken a lot of positives from this one since, as I’m almost now up to 20 Likes for this one video, while still under 200 views in total.

As I say in the beginning; it was my first attempt at a narration and clearly, it works very well. I was actually hoping that I could’ve cut the footage down to around 8 minutes for this but I’m satisfied with 11.30 and, according to the statistics and comments; so are the majority of the viewers so far.

Tomorrow night, I’m hoping to upload the jig-making add-on to this, where I show you how I made the jig for my mitre saw. Then, over the weekend, I’m aiming to have another small project for you to view.

Enjoy and thank you!

Cutting Board Conclusion

Part 3 and the concluding episode of my Contrasting Cutting Boards series was uploaded to YouTube on Sunday night. Already, I’ve had a very welcome response and, although they’re not everything; at the time of writing this post, I’m averaging one Like for every ten views… And I do like this! 🙂

It’s been quite an enjoyable series to film and I do feel that my editing skills have improved somewhat in the two-years since I made a set of beech cutting boards (another popular series). I found myself with more than one hour’s worth of footage to sort through for each one and I’m pleased that I was able to essentially quarter each of them.

I imagine I’ll pick up more tricks with practice as I can’t imagine the ‘pros’ (highly popular woodworkers on YouTube) allow themselves to climb such a mountain, each and every Friday. Steve Ramsey made an interesting comment recently (it might have been on Keek or in his most recent Mere Minutes video) where he basically stated how and why he tries to keep his videos short (between 5-10 minutes each). With longer videos, he’s found in the past that views tend to ‘drop off’. He also mentioned how the average viewer can kind of ‘make up’ the bits that you don’t show, in between scenes and I certainly feel as though there are only so many times in which someone can sit through a sequence of planing or ripping timber.

I’ve personally received a lot of praise for the detailed, descriptive nature of my content and I want to reassure anyone reading this that you’re not about to lose that in future videos! I do plan to highlight some shorter tips and ideas around the workshop, in between whatever projects I can muster between now and ‘the move’… I’m thinking about the possibility of doing a ‘rundown’-type video on this series. Again, similar to Steve’s Mere Minutes and it’s also something that Laney Shaughnessy and Alex Harris do quite regularly. I’d keep it within the same channel but it might be useful to just sit and look back on things, even if I don’t have many questions to explain or answer.

I’m reluctant to spend any fortune (big or small) on new filming equipment with the uncertainty that lies ahead but I am keen to try and add a narrative to some future videos, to try and counter-act the issues I sometimes have with my voice and speech.

Thanks again to everyone for watching, liking, subscribing and for being here to read this post. 🙂