Monday, February 18, 2013

Two Years

I started this site because there were very few comprehensive and systematic written reviews of gear.  It was a way for me to organize my thoughts and really write something that, if I were to stumble across it, I would like to read.  It was never intended to be anything more than that.

But things change.

Just before Christmas the site had its one millionth view.  That is pretty cool, a nice round number.  We are average around 80,000 to 100,000 views a month.  Blade HQ has been kind enough to send me stuff to review.  And the ad revenue and commissions from Blade HQ have powered simply awesome giveaways.

For the second anniversary of the site I am going to give away the McGizmo Haiku Hi CRI edition.  I am going to close the giveaway contest at the end of February and then announce the winner in early March.  There are quite a few good entries.  I am still accepting some, so get them in quick.   Even if you didn't get a review in for the McGizmo I still have quite a few nice pieces of gear to give away, so check back on the two year anniversary for details on how to win.

Finally, the big surprise--there is a podcast now.  You can find it here: Gear Geeks Live.  Aaron over at Practically Everyday and I have teamed up to do a thirty minute podcast once every two weeks.  There are two episodes out right now, the initial episode I did, Episode Zero, and then Episode 1.  If you subscribe in iTunes you should have both appear on your i Device.  If you don't have an iDevice but want the RSS feed you can find that here.  The podcast, Gear Geeks Live, will be a quick look at gear.  The format for the show will probably change some over time, but right now it looks something like this:

0-5 minutes: Intro and Virtual Pocket Dump
6-10 minutes: News and what we are hunting (gear we are researching/stuff we are waiting on)
11-25 minutes: Topic of the Week
26-30 minutes: Questions

It was very informal, just me talking (Aaron was on vacation).  Really, it was just a test for hosting and posting a podcast.  Bear in mind, we are doing this on a shoestring budget.  The hosting is cheap.  We don't have mics (yet) and we are going to just use iChat or Skype.  If this works out we'll look at upgrading in the future.  Right now, we just want to get started and have something for folks to listen to on their drive to work.  You can also find it in the Gear Geeks Live tab in the tool bar at the top of the website.

When I started the site, had a few goals.  I wanted a corporate sponsor.  I wanted to give away a Haiku.  I wanted to have 50,000 readers a month.  All of that is done.  The only goal I haven't met, is that I want a review sample from Spyderco.  I have worked with many of the big companies out there, but Spyderco is still on my list.

The goals for the next two years are pretty straightforward.  I'd like to add a writer, someone with knowledge about things I am unfamiliar with--watches and pens, in particular.  I'd like the podcast to get a base of listeners and hopefully get picked up by a podcast network (like 70decibels).  Finally, some how, I want to give away a Hinderer.  I figured that it is the only thing I can reasonably afford that is in the same league as the Haiku.

All of this, however, is not possible without you the reader.  Thanks for reading.  I work hard to keep up to date, to be honest in my reviews, and put out content on a regular basis.  But none of it would be fun or rewarding without you the reader.  Keep reading.  Big stuff is on the horizon.  The week of the site's two year anniversary will be filled with giveaways, totally close to $1000 in gear, so stay tuned on how to win.

6 comments:

  1. Congrats on all the success, Tony! Well deserved as we all know how hard you work on the blog. I certainly enjoy it. I have always thought this niche was ripe for a good podcast so I am happy to hear you guys are putting one together. I actually bought a mic and was thinking about putting one together myself, but I've just been so busy trying to get my real-world business off the ground it has had to take a back seat. At any rate I look forward to listening to the podcast and look forward to many more years of Every Day Commentary. And it's needless to say, but if you ever want a guest for your show feel free to drop me an email.

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  2. This has become one of my favourite blogs — consistently well-written, in-depth, engaging, and free from hype. Keep up the good work.

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  3. Congrats. This has been (for probably a year now) and will continue to be one of the few blogs I read regularly. Thanks and keep up the great work.

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  4. Congrats on your success putting together an incredible site. I'm a huge fan and regular reader of the site for many reasons, but especially because of your honest, no-nonsense approach (i.e., you fully admit when you have a bias for or against a particular design), and because of your scoring systems, which make sense both logically and mathematically. (I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- I love the logarithmic nature of your 20-point scoring system used for reviews.)

    Thanks for everything, and keep up the great work -- can't wait to see what happens in the next 2 years.

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  5. Cheers to you Tony for making this blog so consistently engaging and informative.

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  6. Yeah, well done on establishing and fleshing out a fantastic gear resource Tony. The podcast is a great addition to the stable, just make sure you keep the blog content coming!

    I have to say, the philosophy of no-cargo-for-opinion is a huge plus, and a really big reason for preferring your site over others. It would, I imagine, be a struggle to return or give away some of the stuff that comes over your desk. .

    Richard
    Australia

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