This month I took steps to become less like a one-off blog and towards something more professional, something with a bit of rhythm. One of my favorite entrepreneurs always says to “Trust the process.” It’s become something of his motto. I’d like to adopt that attitude going into May.
I published eight (8) posts in April averaging 1,084 words per post for 8,675 words overall. This is below my goal of 10,000 words for the month but above February and March. Late in the month, I became more focused on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday posting schedule and for at least a week have been maintaining this ritual. Come Hell or high water I’ll post every MWF, I think it suits me.
For May I will maintain the goal of at least 10,000 words overall.
Given an MWF posting schedule, this means I’ll have 13 posts for May. That will be the most articles I’ve posted in a month by far and should be very doable. With my average 1,000+ word count per article holding up I will reach the 10,000-word goal with words to spare. So there it is — another month with the same goal. I will hit it this month.
Last month I noted there were a lot of data science related issues in the news. This has not abated. I forsee data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence topics being discussed openly throughout the rest of this decade. There’s plenty to think about.
April had 708 sessions across 432 users for a total of 1,051 page views. Fifty (50) of those individuals came in through honest-to-god organic search. These statistics surpass those of March where 454 sessions were created by 267 users across 838 page views.
As long as I focus on the process and produce high-quality work I’m not focused on these numbers.
That said, it would be nice to double these numbers for May.
I have not gotten into a flow state with the podcast. It remains a difficult problem to approach: Are people turned off by the automation used to produce it? What format should it take, should I have a guest to discuss issues with, etc. I have very little time to expand the scope of the podcast. Having a secondary host or interviewing famous data scientists would be great but I have little inclination for it and believe others have taken on that angle effectively.
There were 39 podcast downloads in April and only one produced. Forget the downloads, the podcast needs to come into itself and land on a process to be successful. I think the best expression of the podcast is a story-telling aspect.
So for May, I am again dedicating myself to four (4) produced podcasts.
I’m not setting a goal for downloads or listenership. As long as they are produced they will be listened to.
As I mentioned 39 people downloaded an episode this month. I should be able to at least double that in May if I stick to some process and deliver four podcasts.
I published three videos on Youtube in April. These are more tutorial focused videos and recently have focused on Tensorflow. I want to continue with the Tensorflow tutorials (1) because I’d like to learn it better myself; but (2) because I think that as the framework matures it will become the industry standard framework for deep learning. There is a lot of opportunity in knowing how to build and deploy models using this framework. I think it’s a big growth area for the channel.
Given the amount of time it takes to produce one of these videos, I will likely spend many of my weekends working through them. And these videos will regularly feature as one of my MWF posts. I need to keep them short and sweet.
So, yes, the goal for this month is to publish four more videos on the channel.
Though it’s only been a week only 10 views accrued on the tensorflow basics video. Despite my characterization of the video market above (i.e. that tensorflow will become increasingly important), I think most people are watching the introductory courses. I need to think about what I can contribute in that space.
This blog is nowhere near profitable. In no way did I even start to recoup my investment. But that’s fine. This is about the process and having Machine Love Us deliver consistently thoughtful, compelling content.
My expenses this month were the same as in March. I spent $7.00 on GitHub hosting and $12.00 on podcast hosting.
My weight continues to drop as I stay with this one-meal-a-day diet. I’m down to 212 at the moment. I feel amazing.
I can’t stop thinking about this book. The games in your life, that you play every day whether you know it or not, can either by finite or infinite. They each have their own goals. In a finite game the goal is to win (e.g. Monopoly). In an infinite game, the goal is to keep playing (e.g. democracy). I recommend it.