|Forum topic by StumpyNubs||posted 04-23-2012 03:32 PM||2392 views||0 times favorited||74 replies|
04-23-2012 03:32 PM
This is our first “season” and it is a learning experiance for us. I’m trying to establish the direction of the show, fill the niche that I originally intended. That has led to some significant changes over the months the show has been on. The first episode bears little resemblance to the latest episode if you really look at the two side by side.
The vision I have is simple: An internet woodworking show for regular woodworkers. That means those of us who have small shops in our garages, basements and sheds. True, others target that same audiance. “Woodworking for Mere Mortals” does a great job, demonstrating projects that are simple to make with basic equipment. (I am personally a big fan) But Blue Collar Woodworking (BCWW) is different from Steve’s show in that we don’t make “projects”. Instead we make jigs and tools and shop improvements. The point of BCWW is to help regular woodworkers turn their regular workshops into the best workspaces they can be… without spending a lot of money to do it. It’s about woodworking on a shoestring, making your own stuff as much as possible, and making wise tool purchases when you have to.
For a while now there has been a thread on Lumberjocks.com with the show’s schedule for the rest of this year. It’s never been written in stone because I like to make changes as I see the need. But recent events have caused me to rethink the entire schedule… or at least a large part of it.
When BCWW began it was supposed to “document life in an everyday, small, semi-professional workshop”. Early episodes would tell you what we did that week and what we were working on for the next week. But it has evolved into something else. We have featured a lot less of the “happenings in the shop” out of fear that most people really don’t really care about that stuff. Instead we’ve done more on the jigs and such that we are always working on to improve the shop. While The Stumpy Nubs Workshop is an operating small business that makes things from wood, the show has become about the jigs and tools behind the scenes, and that is really not what we originally intended. Is this a bad thing or a good thing?
We enjoyed steady growth through the first couple of months. But once we began highlighting the jigs and tools we were designing, the ratings really took off from hundreds of weekly views to several thousand. Perhaps it’s an indication that you prefer the newer format over the original one?
The bottom line it this: We really began to grow when started to notice what our viewers really wanted to see, and to tailor the show accordingly. So it is good for us to occasionally ask everyone how we are doing, do you like the changes we’ve made, and what would you like to see different.
Here’s some of the changes we are working on right now: We are trying to have a new episode most weekends, and we are working on a series of “Stumpy Shorts” (1-2 minutes long) to be aired midweek. We are building a new website with streaming episodes, a regular blog and FREE jig plans and tips. (Set for release this fall). And we are planning on doing a lot more shows on woodworking jigs and homemade tools. We’re also sponsoring a new contest (the announcement was in episode #16)
So here’s where you come in: Tell us what you like about the show and what you could frankly do without. Tell us what you’d like to see more of, and what you really don’t care much about.
For example: You might like the humor segments and the jig builds, but you get board with the tool reviews. Or you may like the information segments, but you can do without the humor. Or you may want to see more tool reviews in future episodes… or you may want to see more jigs featured, or whatever…
What about the day it airs? We’ve been posting the new episodes on Sunday evenings. Would you prefer to see them at a different time or on a different day? For example, if we started posting them on Monday evenings (like has been suggested) would you be more or less likely to watch at that time?
Let me know your suggestions so Blue Collar Woodworking can become even better!
-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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