The last few days have been pretty interesting. I went from getting just a few hits on my blog each day to over 100. While that's certainly not Jeff Atwood territory it's a lot more than I expected. I've been doing a series of videos on YouTube at MattStopaDev and was averaging around 20 views a day. Then Matt Slay posted my a story about my videos on Rubyflow. Well that's all it took because as soon as I woke up on Tuesday I had 50 new subscribers.
By the end of that day I had 130 subscribers and over 500 views. Check out the chart:
Definitely didn't expect this much traffic. I was happy just getting a dozen or so viewers. So that's definitely been a lot of fun. The key now is that I need to improve the quality of my videos. Most of them were done pretty much by the seat of the pants, and were pretty rough. there's a lot of noticeable "Umm"s and confusing parts where I screw up. I've thought about editing the videos and making really slick casts like Ryan Bates does with RailsCasts. Really though, I want to put out a large volume of videos. In order to do that I think that means I'm going to have to sacrifice quality somewhat. Granted I really do need to improve, but lots of editing just isn't worth it right now.
So with that in mind my plan is to practice speaking without any pause words like "umm" and also to have an outline and some specific sentences that I want to use in the cast. Explaining code is hard, and doing it without screwing up is even harder. It's going to be interesting though. I want to create a lot of useful videos and then, well, we'll just see how it goes.
Thanks to everyone for subscribing!