The main issue lately, has been a combination of annoying and tedious things getting in the way of the stuff I want to get done. For example, pandemic-related challenges of having to help with home-school at the same time as I try to do other things. This school year, alone, has stolen more hours of my available time than I can count.
When it comes to the channel, it’s growing SUPER fast, which is great - but along with that, comes additional challenge. And the better things get, the more time it takes to produce the content. So I’m also looking at ways to try and simplify my workflow so that things don’t take as long for me as normal.
More specifically, I decided to have an outside developer help me with the training platform. The idea is that even though I really wanted to develop it myself, I can’t develop this and also produce content at the same time. It’s somewhat of a passion project for me. But I also understand that there’s only so many hours in the day. I found a developer, but then I ran into another roadblock because the quote was three times more expensive than the initial estimate, putting this particular developer outside of what I can afford. So I decided to produce a Kickstarter video to help cover this effort. But my challenge now, is that people aren’t likely to back a Kickstarter project if they can’t at least see a general idea of what it’s going to look like. With no prototype done yet, I have nothing to show in a video. I have my doubts that a video talking about it wouldn’t be as effective as a video that shows something exciting.
Thankfully, work on the Discord server has already begun as of yesterday, because it seems like the simpler to-do item on my list right now, so I may as well knock it out. The server does exist now, but I was pulled away while working on it, and I am hoping to finish it soon.
After some very long thought, I’ve decided the following:
Allow people to volunteer and help out, which will give me some of my time back. I just need to come up with a list of things people can choose to volunteer for. I have some ideas. I will make an official announcement when I can. I can’t take credit for this, someone else recommended that I accept volunteers and I never thought about it before.
Implement a “beta” program. This was also not my idea, but it was suggested to me. The concept is that there will be a private forum here, that people chosen to be beta testers will have access to. They’ll be able to watch videos that aren’t technically done yet, and report bugs. I’ll still test everything myself first, but this will help prevent errors later.
Work on the training platform will pick back up after I finish writing and producing the Kubernetes series. Expect the training platform to also include ad-free content as well, so I’ll start uploading my content there in addition to YouTube.
I’m beginning to think that I need to create some sort of separate thread or maybe a private forum here for early adopters and enthusiasts to chat about things like this and have a sounding board.
TLDR: Unfortunately, I discovered that I’m human, and I’ll need to streamline my workflow and make adjustments to make the overall process better and less time-consuming, which will help me deliver these things faster.