2018: The Year of Focus

I know 2018 started 28 days ago, but better late than never for a state of Andrew update.

2017 in Review

2017 was a mixed bag for me personally: while a lot of progress was made on YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram along with the launch of my Soundcloud account, Paw Print Media hit a downward spiral.

Stats were down significantly, and I felt that the brand didn’t have a direction moving forward. If you noticed, I posted significantly fewer posts on Paw Print & GameSentral compared to last year. While school did play a role, part of it was also caused by this lack in direction.

Twitter and Instagram stayed largely flat for me, but I have a lot of fun using both platforms so I don’t expect that to change anytime soon.

YouTube has picked up significant steam however. Views and subscribers nearly doubled compared to last year, and I made over 50 videos in 2017.

While being completely new, Soundcloud is quickly becoming a labor of love for me with Heavy Rotation serving as the flagship show there.

Before I dive into what’s new for 2018, let’s take a quick look back at my goals for 2017:

  • Read 25 books: 6/25
  • Write at least 500 blog posts: 202/500

What’s Next

I’ve been inspired by Kraig Adams‘ videos on minimalism recently, and it’s caused me to reevaluate my brand. Paw Print Media is now Andijack Productions, and it includes Paw Print (now renamed Andijack News), GameSentral, Heavy Rotation, and the Andrew Okwuosah YouTube channel.

All of my personal accounts (Twitter/Instagram/Soundcloud/Facebook/etc.) are now @Andiironda, and have been changed in the header above.

YouTube and Soundcloud will get new episodes of Heavy Rotation every Tuesday, which celebrates the music that brings us together. This new weekly version of the show is inspired heavily by Dj CUTMAN‘s This Week in Chiptune podcast that gave hundreds of internet musicians a platform for their music to be heard for a loyal community.

Also coming to both platforms is a new opinion-based show called for your consideration that will hopefully launch in February. I haven’t worked out all of the details yet, but it will focus on providing solutions to problems that I believe exist in the world.

Here are a few goals I have for this year:

  • Read at least 25 books
  • Write at least 250 blog posts
  • Post at least 75 YouTube videos

Let the year of focus continue!


What did Andrew do today? Dec. 22, 2017

Hey there!

What happened today?

Tomorrow’s top priority

  • GameSentral Rewind
  • Pre-producing videos for Christmas week
  • Record Heavy Rotation 003

Video of the day


I just dropped a new mix dedicated to the one and only SkittlesBeats on SoundCloud and Mixcloud. Please be sure to check the mix out on Mixcloud and follow to be the first to hear my new mix series Heavy Rotation, launching this Saturday!

Art by Alix Lytton: http://twitter.com/alixesque
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00:00: Dj CUTMAN – Let’s Jam Some Wind!
2:10: Dj CUTMAN – Chao Garden (ft. Breakbeat Heartbeat)
4:55: Grimecraft – POKEHAT
8:38: CG5- Inkoming (Splatoon 2)
12:04: Nokae- Stairfax
14:30: Owl City- Fireflies (Dj CUTMAN Remix)
17:29: SkittlesBeats- LILLIPUP!
19:19 Mykah- Long Live Splatfest!
22:35 Party Members- Everytime We Splat

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Why teachers shouldn’t be responsible for low test scores

Tests showcase what a student has learned on a certain topic, so it should only make sense that teachers are responsible for low test scores, right? Wrong, teachers can only do so much to help out a student so the blame for low test scores shouldn’t be placed on them.

There are a lot of factors that go into whether a student does well on a test, and while teaching is definitely a factor, it’s not the only one. Students that choose not to study the material will obviously do worse than someone who did. Teachers can’t be there to watch over a student and make sure he/she studies. That responsibility falls solely on the student. Students are also just ordinary human beings that have their good days and their bad days, and even if the teacher did their job well, that test score’s going to drop if it happens to be taken on an off day. Teachers shouldn’t be held accountable for low test scores caused by factors they can’t control.

Holding teachers responsible for low test scores will force teachers to teach to the test. Students wouldn’t be able to get the full value from a course because their teachers are too focused on teaching to a test crafted by the school district. Teachers would be pressed for time trying to cram in all the material before test day, and won’t be able to teach to the best of their abilities. Instead, they’ll be worried about whether their classes’ average score is enough to keep them in a job.

I’m not saying that teachers shouldn’t be held accountable. They should, but it should have context behind it. If a student gets a low test score, compare it to their overall performance in the class. Look at performance reviews to see if the teacher teaches well or better yet, just sit in on a class. Any of these methods paint a more complete picture of a teacher.

Teachers shouldn’t be responsible for low test scores because it will ultimately have a negative impact on the students. Let teachers do their jobs without being focused on appealing to a scantron.

Rave (Mix 3.0)

A new mix appears! Here are some tracks that’ll make you want to rave: