Office. The first episode of RandomKSandom
Released on: 2022-03-07

Just over a week ago, I released the first episode of the new RandomKSandom series, along with some bonus material. It covers my home office, which I love.

I won’t spoil anything about the episode here. But it’s exciting to finally be releasing it, and I thought I’d take a few moments to outline what’s happening, and why.

RandomKSandom is a series focussing on hardware and software projects that I’m am fascinated by. These are of varying sizes. Most of the software projects will be opensource, although I don’t promise that all of them will be.

With this series I want to push it to the next level, with each episode trying to improve at least one thing from the last. I’ve bought a license with a service that provides music and sound effects that I can put in my videos, and I’m iteratively improving my techniques for recording audio. Video is a similar story, where I’m trying to improve some aspect of the video capture. Eg In the office video, I did some experimentation with motion timelapses so that I could do long exposure on panning shots. Each one of those shots took about 30 minutes to 2 hours to capture. I still have lots of stuff that I want to improve with it, but I definitely got the effect that I was going for.

My goal is to make this my full time income. While I have a number of things planned that I will start introducing once I get the initial steps stable; my starting point is Patreon. My goal with this is to have plenty of compelling material on Patreon so that the bonus material on Patreon is enough to earn peoples’ subscriptions rather than simply saying “If you like this; then you can support me on Patreon.” While that is also true, I didn’t want it to the the sole reason.

It begins with an ad-free version of the episode. And with each episode; there will be at least one piece of bonus material, although there will usually be more. - I’m certainly making a strong start on this, with 4 pieces on the first project, and a lot more on the second. I intend to balance the quantity that I release with each project to maintain expectations at a sustainable level, but in this case it just made sense to release several items together.

The bonus material will almost always be related to the project that the episode is about. But for occasional projects, the bonus material won’t come naturally, so I’ll release some bonus material that I had held from other projects. I don’t expect this to happen often, but I expect that it will happen.

The sorts of things that I have planned so far as bonus material:

To be clear; no one project will have all of these things. Ie All of the projects will have at least 1, and usually more.

Additionally, there may occasionally be extra material that doesn’t fit well on the YouTube channel, but makes sense to be freely available. Eg in the next episode, I have an instructional video to help you get the most out of the project. It totally doesn’t fit with the theme of the YouTube channel, but makes a lot of sense to be freely available. Therefore, I’ll be making that freely available on the Patreon page.

Lastly, you may be interested in a blog post I’ve written about the transition from FunnyHacks and what that means for FunnyHacks. The TL;DR is that it will continue as it has been for the last few years with new posts occasionally, and RandomKSandom will be my main focus for the foreseeable future.

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