Have you ever started a project and forgotten what it was about?
I started this website and published my first article, “Stuck in the Past“, nearly a year ago and I’m kind of ashamed to say that I haven’t done nearly as much with this website that I had hoped to do. I thought I would have published far more actual articles, doing research on interesting history related topics, than I have. I look back on the content I have published and as of writing this there is a grand total of 2 legitimate articles that were not me advertising a new social media platform, or a video I made on one of my YouTube channels. What is even worse is that creating these self-promotion articles didn’t help this website or those YouTube channels.
At the beginning of 2016 I quit working for a place that had employed me for nearly seven years. With the extra time I had I started a podcast for this website, hoping that this might drive up all the numbers that are necessary to get this project closer to being something resembling profitability rather than a monthly bill reminding me of how much I’m not doing. Making the podcast is a lot of fun. It gives me an excuse to hang out with a friend of mine I don’t get to see very often. But between school schedules and everything life throws at you the podcast has been on an unofficial hiatus. (I still have an episode that I need to edit and publish.)
I recently began to question what I am doing with my life and these projects. What are they for? Where do I want to take them? Why haven’t I been doing more with them?
Just so you understand, I have five youtube channels, and associated social media accounts, other than those I have for Casual Historian. I have school, which is only going to absorb more time when fall comes. So what am I going to do? Am I going to try and make content for all these projects or am I going to have to abandon some?
Unfortunately, I have concluded that it will have to be the latter. As much as I would like to keep up all of my projects I don’t have the time or energy to do so. If I split up my time and energy between all of them than they are all going to be mediocre. What I need to do is drop some of these projects, at least for a little while, so that I can revamp some of my more important projects.
So what is this project for? And by this project I mean YouTube and The Casual Historian. Ultimately they are both long term income earning projects. I want both of these projects to be profitable and pay for themselves. This of course takes a lot of time and energy to make this happen, and that’s one of my goals this summer. I am dropping all of my projects except for YouTube.com/GrantGHurst (my main channel) and this website. As of right now I am saying that the Casual Historian Podcast is officially on a hiatus until July or August. I am going to put more time and effort into writing articles for this website, and improving the quality of my YouTube videos. That is my summer goal.
There is another question that has come to me as I question the purpose of this website; what kind of content do I make? I have had difficulty in deciding. “History Related” has been difficult to determine. Do I write about a specific area of historical study such as American History, Political History, Economic History? Do I write more about historiography and how we look at history? Or do I get more meta and talk about the writing of history or the industry of doing so? Part of me wants to do all of it, and part of me wants to pick just one. And this is a question I still haven’t answered. At this point I have decided to continue doing anything and everything history related, if for no other reason than to assure that I always have something to write about.
This summer is going to be important for me and all of my projects. This website will be getting a facelift in the coming months, as will the content. I’m doing a bunch of stuff with my home office, and maybe I’ll share some of this with you.
All I have left to say is thank you for reading this, and I hope the next 3 months don’t disappoint.