Uke Hunt’s 1,000th Post

Decorations are hanging in the street, people’s faces are lit up with cheer, kids are singing merrily in the streets. All of them waiting for that special day: the 1,000th post on this blog. It’s very flattering that the whole world has been brought together by the event.

Unbelievably, those 1,000 posts have collectively been looked at 12 million times. A big thanks to everyone who has made a contribution to that 12 million. And a massive thanks to everyone who has contributed to 8,000 comments on those posts.

But enough about the past. On to the future.

Here’s some things you can expect to see in 2010:

Focus on ukulele stuff – I’ve been following this policy for a while (with the occasional exception). There’s no point putting up chords for non-uke songs when you can easily find them on Chordie or Ultimate Guitar – particularly now that there’s so much uke stuff to cover. So I’m only doing chords for uke songs. But there’s still justification for doing tabs for guitar songs on the uke.

New ebooks – the next two ebooks will probably be a classical ukulele tab book (I’ve got a few arrangements together for that) and a book on ukulele soloing (which will be called How to Shread the F**k out of a Ukulele unless someone can convince me otherwise).

Fewer posts – I say it every time I do one of these things and it never happens.

And some things I’m considering and would love your feedback on:

Site Redesign – I’ve been thinking about getting a pro to overhaul this site and, even more urgently, How to Play Ukulele. If you’ve got any suggestions on what should be done or who I might hire leave a comment.

Private Forum/Site – Quite a few people have suggested I set up a forum. I wouldn’t want it to be a ‘the more the merrier, everyone’s welcome’ thing. Because it isn’t and they’re not. I’m lucky that most people who visit the blog regularly get what it’s about and why it is the way it is. But the bigger the site gets the more people there are who completely miss the point. And also there are a lot of people who want me to do stuff but don’t want to take 30 seconds to say thanks.

So I was thinking about a ‘members only’ section (either invited or paid) with a forum, tutorials, lessons, tabs etc.

Road Trip – I’m more tempted to go round the UK (and further afield) visiting ukers than I used to be. There are still a few things holding me back: it’s a two person job and I have no idea who I’d do it with (plus I don’t drive); and I have no camera skills, editing skills or interpersonal skills.

Tutorial Videos – I keep getting requests to do these from people who don’t realise how much of a total disaster they would be. I think I should stick to what I’m occasionally competent at.

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63 Comments

  1. frances December 15th, 2009 12:26 am

    I love this site the way it is, which is the way i found it, and the way it continues to be, for ever and ever, I should hope.

    Just don’t break nothing.

    Seriously, this has been one easy to navigate site. I look forward to my morning songs by email, and take lessons from your books beside my ukulele chair.

    One thing that works is that the site allows ease of posting by you, so that things are in real time. A rich rich resource, and I sure do have a lot of bookmarks going to places here.

  2. drywell December 15th, 2009 2:14 am

    Well on your way to a 1000 congratulations and thank yous, much deserved. For the future, please just keep doing what you do, which appears to be staying true to what inspires you with a forthright voice and a generous spirit. I’m just finishing my first year in uke-world, and can easily credit 99% of what I know to this site.

  3. Rob NY December 15th, 2009 4:19 am

    Congratulations Al! Happy to be part of the 12 million visits.Look foward to many more. Please Al,no fewer post. I do believe you would do a video tutorial very well. Thanks for all you do.

  4. Clare December 15th, 2009 5:04 am

    Only 1000 (and 2)? Top drawer!

    Finding this little uke community has made 2009 a special one for me. Thank you Al for all you do. This is the only place to get decent uke info in a truly uke spirit, uke hunt!

    Aloha! and other festive salutations

    PS fewer posts? We say No!

  5. jeff December 15th, 2009 5:59 am

    Al, I bought “How to Play Ukulele Strums” because it was the only way I could say thank you for this wonderful thing you have given to the world. Loved the book! I would be proud to be a paid member. Especially because the popularity of that 3-year-old playing “I’m Yours” means 1,000,026 people are going to want to start playing the uke because HE can. I’ll pay to be one of the few, the happy few, the band of brothers, for he who plays the uke with me this day shall be my brother!!! Sorry…carried away as usual.

  6. Anne Marie December 16th, 2009 4:38 am

    Congratulations and thank you thank you thank you for one thousand posts!

  7. Cat Green Bike December 16th, 2009 9:51 am

    Al,

    Bloody fine work Sir, you deserve a trophy. When you come to Bristol on your UK travels I shall present you with said trophy, albeit in the form of a cake.

    All your resolutions are sound, especially a ‘members only’ forum. That would make me feel special, until I found out I wasn’t invited.

    I can not fully express the admiration I have for your dedication to this most excellent site, but I hope that it continues for as long as you can be arsed to do so.

    I am here to assist you in any way I can. I hope you have a delightful, or at least bearable, Christmas.

    Xen x

  8. Woodshed December 16th, 2009 10:07 pm

    Jim: Thanks very much.

    Tamster: There is definitely an option on the PayPal page to use your credit card (they don’t make it obvious and I think they don’t let you use it after spending a certain amount).

    Bob: Thanks.

    Clare: Really glad you’ve enjoyed it.

    jeff: But they’ll all want to learn I’m Yours. Uck.

    Anne: A thousand ‘you’re welcome’s.

    Xen: Cakes > trophies any day.

  9. Howlin' Hobbit December 20th, 2009 2:08 am

    Congrats on the millennial post!

    Lessee…
    I see no reason to host a forum.
    Feel free to change the look or not.
    I’m not much the shredder type but don’t bowdlerize your book title for anybody.
    Post as many or few as you like. I’ll read ’em all.

    I probably missed something in that list but I’m just like that.

    Thanks for the great uke stuff and keep it coming!

  10. Woodshed December 20th, 2009 2:28 pm

    Hobbit: Thanks very much!

  11. Bossarocker February 9th, 2010 10:03 pm

    Eek, I meant to comment sooner but December was kinda hectic. Anyway, this site is amazing. I got my first uke for Xmas 08 & found this site soon after – now my life would not be the same without it! Thank you for all that you do & for bringing this uke community together. I hope the uke tour takes in Manchester & if you’re looking a for a great camera that’s easy to use, I recommend the Flip Cam: http://tinyurl.com/y95lggl

    Oh & for the record, fewer posts = very bad.

  12. Woodshed February 11th, 2010 8:59 pm

    Bossa: If I do decide to it, Manchaster will certainly be on the list. I have a Flip (although it’s not the HD). If I was doing it seriously I might invest in something that you can plug a mic into.

  13. Bossarocker February 11th, 2010 10:09 pm

    Woodshed: Ah, I’d not really thought of that. I’m fairly new to this videoing lark – only just starting to explore video in my current job where the flips are perfect & easy to use. Thanks, you’ve probably just saved me some money.

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