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!

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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’m on Patreon!

I’ve been creating content online for almost six years now, and have reached a point where the biggest thing holding me back from creating better content is revenue.

And so, I want to ask you to help me make my dream of creating content on a daily basis a reality. I’m not looking to build out a massive studio or invest in fancy cars, instead I want to produce content at a higher quality while supporting myself financially in college and beyond along with giving back to other creators.

Please consider becoming a patron, and help me live my dream. Thank you!

Personal Update: March 2017

Long time no see, blog! I promise that I haven’t forgotten about this domain. In fact, this is a big part of today’s announcement: daily content will flow from me to the Interwebs. Here’s the schedule of what to expect:

  • Monday & Friday: New posts right here on this humble abode (told you, I haven’t forgotten about it)
  • Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday: New videos on YouTube
  • Wednesday: New post on Workaholic
  • Sunday: This Week on GameChops, recapping the top geeky tunes of the week on GameSentral

This change is being made to help me do more for you. 2017 is the year of transparency, and part of that is sharing more content with you, so expect to hear more from this keyboard every single day.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on YouTube tomorrow.

2017: The Year of Transparency

2017 looks to be a big year for me on several fronts. While the Paw Print Media family of sites is growing substantially on all fronts, I want to focus attention to both this site and on YouTube/Instagram.

This year is the year of transparency and that is going to play a significant role into all three of the aforementioned platforms. Relatively long-form posts like Christmastime Sadness where I can just freely express my thoughts are going to become the norm here on this site. I’m not going to promise any sort of consistency immediately but I am aiming to have a new post once a week right here.

I’ve been eyeing YouTube to grow for a while now. My personal account was set up over 10 years ago, and while this is only my second full year of running the revamped Andrew Okwuosah channel I’ve been looking to grow the channel’s audience substantially. Here’s how I plan to do it.

The channel was initially built on delivering short, digestable highlights as I play games. While I’ll definitely still be doing that for games like Rocket League and Madden, this format will be modified somewhat for new games on the channel like NBA 2K17. For that game, I’ll be providing a semi-weekly highlight reel featuring the best moments of my slightly taller alter ego in his quest to dominate the association. Paw Print Media’s YouTube content will also be expanded in the New Year, with a focus on creating easily digestable content.

Of course, series like On the Road will continue in full force like they have been supplemented with coverage on Instagram Stories. The goal here is to share moments with intimacy and immediacy. Consider this as a behind-the-scenes look at the story behind the montage.

I will also be rolling over my goals from last year, since I clearly failed miserably at those.

Let the year of transparency begin.

 

Recapping 2016

To say 2016 was a bit of a downer is an absolute understatement. I won’t go into depth on what I’m sure has been in the back of most of our minds over the last few weeks.

Not to brag, but 2016 was a yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuggeeeeeee year for me personally. Paw Print Media had a record-breaking year on all fronts with record viewership on both Paw Print and GameSentral. YouTube was pretty solid as well.

Unfortunately, I fell flat on both of my goals for the year. I read a grand total of six books throughout the year and posted a total of  314 posts this year.

Thanks so much for the support this year, and on to the next one.