My YouTube journey has reached a psychological milestone in the last day or so, and I’ve passed the 10,000 subscriber marker.
I can say only one thing: thank you all for your support on this journey. Whether you’re a ‘regular’ or just pop in now and again it all counts!
I’m not sure whether YouTube takes more notice of my channel now; I’ve heard anecdotally that they will suggest videos to viewers from channels with higher subscriber counts (which almost seems the wrong way to do it).
For most viewers, the subscriber count is totally irrelevant. It’s the content that matters and to some degree the presenter and his or her style. But which all lead to an increase in subscriber count if the viewers like what they see and hear, so it’s a good feedback measure to the video creator.
I’m about to release an oft-requested video about putting the ESP8266 to sleep – and waking it up again, although the way it wakes up is a bit odd, to say the least. In fact, I’m sure it contravenes the Trades Description Act in the UK!
The good news for us all (I hope) is that all this Arduino (ATmega328P) and ESP8266 sleepiness has fired off a number of potential future video thoughts including, but not limited to:
- writing a custom bootloader (easier than you think) for customised boards
- running the chip at a lower or higher speed
- with or without an external clock
- uploading sketches without a bootloader at all (more space)
- looking at a bootloader shield, just to make life easier
- some bare-bones ATmega328P PCBs to tidy up our breadboard designs
- a tiny 3W class D amplifier, perfect for Arduino usage
Well, these and many other thoughts mean that there should be videos for some time to come and I haven’t even mentioned the Raspberry Pi ideas including some nice HATs (Hardware Attached on Top, aka shields to us Arduinites) that allow some easy prototyping.
And what has happened to my workshop automation project?
Let me know what your preferences are – your comments could easily influence which way I end up going.
And, once again, thank you all.