2019 has set in, and I have a ton of goals on the plate for this year. The podcast and everything that comes with it has grown, and I feel the need to keep up with the demand. Keeping Episodes and Guests flowing on the podcast. Videos consistently uploaded to the youtube channel. Keep good posts flowing on the Instagram and Facebook pages. Keeping the relationship with my sponsors good and intact. Doing more for the community such as seminars, and Demos. This is just the start of the goals that don’t include fishing. It is going to be a great ride and here is the plan.
Most know already but we have a YouTube channel here at Paddle N Fin. I want to really buckle down and help grow our channel. If some of you haven’t noticed already I have been trying to stay consistent with Uploads. Videos are uploaded every Tuesday and Friday. Consistency seems to be key now a days for everything social media and YouTube related. Having your audience know when to expect content helps them know when to get it, and not to forget it. Come fishing season here in the North that is going to change a bit. I will be pushing myself to upload either every other day, or every day. This is a daunting task if you have ever attempted video editing. They say it takes roughly one hour per one minute of video editing which I believe is the case. The other struggle is not giving away too much when pre-fishing for tournaments. I may have to offset a little, I haven’t completely worked that out yet. I will get there though. I have and always will keep the content 100% true and hopefully get better and making it more than just entertainment. I feel I could teach a lot more in the videos, and just need to keep that in mind when creating them. So if you haven’t already please subscribe to the channel, and follow along
If you haven’t already please give us a follow and like on our Facebook and Instagram page at @paddlenfin. We try to post at a minimum once a day. We try to keep you up to date with what we are doing on and off the water that is related to kayaking and fishing. What I would like to do more of this year is live streams. I have attempted a few so far, but just haven’t built up the confidence yet I believe. Live stream is a little different than youtube. Youtube I can edit out all the bad parts. Live it is what it is. Look for more of this though, as I am going to push myself to get over that hump.
Sponsorships and Pro Staff positions I hold very personal. I treat every company I work with as if it were my own. I recently recorded a Podcast on my personal pod (Slydog Fishing) about sponsorships and pro staff positions. You have to treat them as a job. I take a lot of pride in working with these folks, as they put their pride in supporting me. Through this year I am going to try to pick up a couple more that I have my mind on. Hopefully it works out, but if it doesn’t I will still stand by those companies and support them. It will also give me the motivation to work harder for them and help promote their great products. Some have told me I do too much for these companies, but I feel that the more you do, the more you will get noticed, and the more support you will get from them. Again I treat this as a job, and like any job the harder you work, the more the boss notices, and the better chance you get at moving up the ladder.
Seminars and Demos
There is nothing I love more about our sport than connecting with people, and helping educate them on our sport that I am dedicated too. I’ve always been a people person that has tried to educate through my experiences . Sure I think you can learn a ton from books and videos, but what better way to learn than getting out there and doing and showing folks first hand. Hands on teaching I think settles into the brain a little more. I’m currently working on an intro to kayak fishing seminar that I hope to hold at my Local paddle shop Rocktown Adventures. I would also like to perfect it, to the point I could present it at fishing show seminars a year from now. I’m a firm believer that through education we can grow this sport. If I can get a few extra people in kayaks to fish from this year I will feel accomplished . I want to grow that as well in 2020.
Demos are another thing I will be doing as well. Not only boat demos, but I would like to do fishing demos as well. Help others learn techniques in their fishing to better their experience on the water. Help folks find that right boat to suit their needs on the water is key to that. I don’t want to see others make the same mistake as I did when I bought my first kayak. Demoing boats has always been something that I have preached on the podcast. The boat may look cool but is it going to perform on the water as you need it to? That’s always the question, and if I can help people answer that, I feel it is going to help better their fishing experiences on the water.
The podcast like I stating in the beginning has grown much larger and faster than I could have ever imagined. I remember when we hit our first 50 downloads. I got excited that people were interested in what we had to say, and what we were trying to do with the community. Our focus has always been and always will be to educate through our guests and our experiences on the water. I think we have done a pretty good job with that thus far. In 2019 this is only going to get better. We have already been talking with some potential guests, and to say i’m excited is an understatement. Not only the guests, but the listeners. We are holding our first roundtable podcast this next episode, and it’s all listeners. How cool is that? I feel that’s our way of giving back to those that support us. Let the listeners have a voice, and maybe help them out in anyway we can. I can not say thank you enough to all of you that support us along this journey! It is truly humbling!
With all of this being said you can expect just what the title states. More Content. I want to help grow and educate through all of this. It is a passion that burns inside of me, I know have to transpire that into the ways I just stated. I know it’s not going to be easy, but I know I will learn something along the way as you all are learning as well. So together I hope we can continue to grow and hone in on our skills. 2019 is going to be an epic journey. Get ready for the ride, and I hope it’s a good one for all of us!