Where Else I’ve Been Writing

fiber-optic-mushroom-animated-smallGenerally this blog has been about projects that I do in my spare time.  You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been writing a bit less here these days.  Trying to do 3 posts a week on original stuff that I’ve made is pretty difficult, so that’s one reason.  Another reason, that this audience might be interested in is that I’ve been writing for several other publications.

DIYTripods.comAs I’ve been doing more and more stuff with my DSLR camera and GoPro, I decided to dedicate a site just to that.  Unlike, I feature stuff from others quite a bit as well as my own work.  Let me know if you’d like something featured there.

Popular Science – I was quite happy to have an article published in the March 2014 issue of PopSci.  Hopefully there will be more, but you can find my first article on light graffiti here.

Wired UK – I’ve written for Wired UK for a while now, and you can find some of my articles here.  They’ve been really cool to write for, and I was really excited to see my first article in the summer of 2012! – The first site that I was actually paid to write for.  Definitely glad to be a former [HAD] writer, and I still get to do articles for them once in a while.

EETimes – Hackaday’s former editor Caleb Kraft now works at EETimes, and was cool enough to think of me when he needed writers there.  It’s a fun format as all the articles engineering or technology related, but other than that the subject matter is pretty open.  Check out my articles here.

Youtube – Ok, not really writing, but I’ve been doing quite a few videos for my general DIY channel, which can be found here, and the much newer DIYTripods Youtube channel.  My videos have improved immensely over the years, but I definitely have much more to learn.  Check out the videos after the “read more” to see the contrast. Read more »

Another Quadcopter Giveaway (Now over)


Yes, you can win one of these!

Congratulations to Charlie for winning this!

As before, I wanted to point out here that I’m again giving away a Hubsan X4 quadcopters.  I’ve reviewed it and repaired it, but as before, this contest comes via my other site,

You just have to subscribe there and leave a comment per instructions on the contest page.  Also, my Twitter account counts as a subscription, so maybe you already subscribe to that.

2014 Writing Goals

2013 has been a good year for me personally, unfortunately for, I haven’t been posting quite as much as I did last year.  On the other hand, I was able to meet several of the goals set in 2013, even if my focus has changed somewhat.

2013 Goals:

  • Total Traffic: 400,000 pageviews – 236,565 views as of this writing on December 29th falls quite short.  This site has had 655,290 pageviews total though, so maybe I’ll eventually hit 1,000,000!
  • Daily Traffic: 1500 pageviews/day (average number next December 2013).  Not even close at maybe 500/day.
  • Subscribers: 600 followers, including email, feeds*, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube – 50 or so RSS followers, 368 Twitter followers, and 194 Youtube followers, and 40 email subscribers means this goal has been accomplished at 652 (I don’t update the Facebook page anymore).
  • Pay-per-month sponsors: at least one – Thanks to pyMCU/Circuits for Fun this goal has been accomplished.  Be sure to check them out!
  • Event: Show at a Maker Faire or the like – I did accomplish this, showing at Columbia this summer.

So I met 3 out of the 5 goals that I set in the beginning of 2013.  For better or worse, I’ve been putting a lot of time into writing my other blog,  Read on for my 2014 goals! Read more »