Dear readers, listeners, viewers, followers and subscribers! This is the 4th annual housekeeping blog. I summarize the past year and outline my plans for Tommy’s Outdoors for the coming year 2021.
Last year, like those before, was mainly dedicated to the podcast. I published 26 episodes and this year the podcast will remain the core of Tommy’s Outdoors content. One significant change, made late last year, was to switch the category under which the podcast is listed from ‘sports’ to ‘education’. I believe we all feel that this change more accurately reflects the content.
Like many of us, in 2020 I moved almost all my activity on-line. Only 6 out of 26 episodes were recorded face to face, two of those were from the previous year. The explosion of the popularity of Zoom and other online communication platforms made scheduling remote podcasts much easier. As a nice side effect, now all the episodes of my podcast are also available in video on my YouTube channel.
Speaking about my YouTube channel… I hope you have all subscribed by now, but if not, please do it here. The simple act of subscribing helps me a lot. I will continue to experiment with various video genres: podcasts, vlogs, reviews and more. Please don’t forget to let me know in the comments which type of videos you like the most.
Overall, in 2020 Tommy’s Outdoors grew across all platforms 77% compared to the previous year. That’s a significant improvement from the previous annual growth figure of 45%. I am delighted to see that the growth of Tommy’s Outdoors is accelerating and I would like to thank you all for making it happen. After all, it’s you and your interest in my content that is driving this growth!
I wish you all the very best for the year 2021.
It’s been a while since our last housekeeping update. So in this blog, I’m going to tell you what I’ve been up to recently and what to expect from Tommy’s Outdoors going forward.
First, I need to give myself a pat on the back. At the beginning of 2019, I promised to put out at least 30 episodes of the podcast. With episode 60 published on the 25th of December, I have successfully kept my promise.
In the coming year, I will keep the podcast on a biweekly schedule with new episodes published every second Wednesday. However, I am planning to do a few releases on Tuesdays to see if you like the timing better. As always, if you have any comments on this matter please leave them down below.
You’re going to see much more content on Tommy’s Outdoors YouTube channel. The videos will range from regular vlog updates to feel-good outdoors videos, from event reports to documentaries related to the issues important for outdoors people. I also hope to put out more video podcasts like this one.
Importantly, I am planning to cut back on the content on non-podcast weeks and use that time to focus on bigger projects, such as more ambitious video productions or blogs and articles that require more extensive research. I still might put out an odd blog post or vlog on those weeks, but I want to focus on quality over quantity.
Finally, you will see more affiliate links to products and services. This means that if you click on one of the product links and make any purchase (not necessarily the product that is linked), I will receive a small commission that helps me with the financial cost of running Tommy’s Outdoors platform. Obviously, the price you pay for the product won’t be affected. So if you need that roll of duct tape, go ahead and buy it through one of the links. You will get what you need and you will help me run the website and the podcast while you’re at it.
The new year has started and all the fuss and distractions of the Christmas holidays are behind us. In this short blog, I would like to address a few housekeeping items as we enter 2019. Firstly, I would like to draw your attention to the excellent episode of the podcast, Forestry and Native Woodlands with Ciaran Nugent. The episode was published right after Christmas, so I’m afraid that many of you might have missed it. It should be appealing, not only for people interested in forestry and its history in Ireland, but also for those interested in shaping forestry policy for the future. I also think that hikers and hunters would benefit from giving it a listen, as it will help them to better understand the landscape they interact with.
We are going to continue to publish the podcast every other Wednesday even though I heard from a few of you, that the episodes are being published too often. That is a little surprising to me as I would ultimately like to settle into a weekly schedule. So, I’d be grateful if you would provide your thoughts on this in the comments below. For now, I am planning to publish no less than 30 episodes of the podcast this year. That, of course, means that I will be switching to a weekly schedule a few times, just like I did last year.
There are also a few other things that I am planning for this year. In the coming weeks, Tommy’s Outdoors website will undergo a refresh. The extent of it will depend on many factors, but the goal will be to improve the consistency of the look and feel. It also looks like it’s time to give the Tommy’s Outdoors logo a little facelift. My graphic designer will be delighted to hear that! Finally, I am planning to put together the very first Tommy’s Outdoors Live podcast. The final form and shape of that event is still very much a work in progress, but if you have any suggestions, or perhaps are interested in being in the audience, please leave a comment.
I wish you a great new year and many unforgettable moments in the outdoors.