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2015 Writing Goals and 2014 Results

My Current Twitter Profile Pic

My Current Twitter Profile Pic

Hello

First of all, to everyone that follows this blog or my other projects, thanks for reading!  If you want to drop a comment and say “Hi” or whatever, I’d love to hear from you!  This post is as much for me as anyone else, since it’s good to reflect on my progress, and I can refer back to it later and see if I’m getting anywhere.

2014 Results (Stats as of December 21st)

According to my 2014 Goals, I wanted to have:

250 Email subscribers for here and my other site DIYTripods.  I fell well short of this at 49 followers on JCoPro and 74 on DIYTripods for a total of 123.  To be honest, I haven’t concentrated on this quite as much as I intended to.

1200 Subscribers Between Twitter and Youtube.  This was a different story. currently have 1044 followers on my main handle, and 964 on my @DIYTripods handle.  I’ve put a lot of effort into this, so it seems to have paid off somewhat.  Youtube was also successful with 364 subscribers on my main channel and 10 on my DIYTripods channel that I haven’t really updated in a while.

That gives us a total of 2382, nearly doubling the goal set at the beginning of 2014.  The great thing about Twitter is that since it’s independent of this site, I can promote whatever I’m writing, or just interact with people, which is cool in itself.  If you don’t, I’d invite you to especially follow on @JeremySCook and shoot me a tweet!

Other Writing Notables in 2014 Read more »

SC Maker Faire 2014 Results

As alluded to before, I showed off my MountainBeest at the Maker Faire in Columbia, SC.  Here’s a video of the results:

It was fun, and I had a good time at the event.  I tried to conserve battery in the morning, but the legs were functional the whole time.  Along with this, I’m happy that nothing shook loose or jammed “catastrophically.”  My GoPro ran out of juice after a few hours, but that’s not too bad since it was transferring video over WiFi.

mountainbeest-setup

The components I used from Servocity performed quite well, including the 6 RPM gearmotors that powered each set of legs, the PWM relay to allow them to be controlled, and the servo pan-tilt device that my GoPro was mounted on.  Thanks to them for their sponsorship, helping me to build this ‘Beest without breaking the bank too badly.

I was happy to meet everyone there, and thanks especially to Jay for setting up the event.  For a little broader look at the cool events there, check out my article on Make’s blog about this, or there’s a huge set of photos available here.

My Youtube Video Progress

youtube-jeremy-cookI’ve been giving a lot more thought to my Youtube videos lately.  At first it was just a way to host videos for this blog, but I’ve been trying to produce them so they could stand on their own for the most part.  They could certainly get better, but I thought I’d take a look at some of my earliest posts and see what kind of progress I’ve made.

First up is one of my first Youtube videos, appropriately named, “rev1_robot_for_youtube_0001.wmv.”  I will probably change that soon to something better optimized for search.  It was taken with a webcam when I was in college, and not edited or lit correctly whatsoever.

So not exactly Citizen Kane.  Next up is a video Read more »