- Steven started a Youtube channel. It can be a difficult journey to get an audience. A few lucky people will hit is off right away but for most it is a day to day grind over years to build up that audience.
- Steven's first video only had about 20 views after a couple of weeks. Over time subscriber numbers have ramped up and he now has over 25,000 subscribers.
- Steven created his first course from scratch, the Youtube videos address as single topic and don't run in a particular order or have exercises to go with them. Steven wanted his courses to do this.
- His first course was "Getting Started" but now has a library of courses. 7 full-length courses in total. He has noticed the demand for intermediate and advanced courses has increased.
- A piece of advice from Steven is to focus. Are you going to be a Front End Developer, a Back End Developer, work on mobile or for desktop. You become an average developer if you know everything but you can become a really good developer if you focus on a particular area.
I thought there needed to be more content like this [...] Not just teaching how to do things, but actually digging into the language
Anyone who's done anything on YouTube knows it can be a difficult journey trying to get an audience [...] it's a day-to-day and week-to-week grind over years.
I think my first video had 20 views, but over time subscribers have ramped up. I now have over 25,000 subscribers.
When the program doesn't work the way you think it should, you try to find out why [...] I'm not sure what makes a student do that more than another student, but I do know that attribute helps students the most, those are the students that excel the most. [09:34]
I think after you've learned the basics, the majority of your time will be spent on projects
There was a time where people were trying to be fullstack developers. I think that's changed. You need to focus.
Steven Hancock: [00:00:22] Chris. It's good to be here. I'm excited for this.
Chris: [00:02:21] Definitely. Yeah. So what sort of Things did you take from, from there that experience with e-learning obviously, you know, you're training corporates, how did that translate over into starting all things, Jarvis?
Chris: [00:03:53] Yeah, I feel like this is a recurring theme amongst course authors that they'll have one, one particular [00:04:00] course, so they can point to and say that was a kind of an inspiration or something that got me thinking, Hey, maybe I could do this too. So that's interesting to hear that one referenced. Okay. And, and so you started with, with YouTube. What was the experience like? How did the first two YouTube videos go.
Steven Hancock: [00:04:17] Anyone that's done anything on YouTube knows. It can be, it can be a difficult journey trying to get a, an audience. Yeah, yeah, yeah. There are a few lucky people that hit a big write off, but most people it's a day to day grind, week to week grind over years to try to build up that audience. So that was, that was how it started for me. It was initially that way. I think my first video after about a couple of weeks had made maybe 20 views, something like that. So it wasn't, it wasn't a. Wasn't very successful. But over time subscribers have ramped up. I think I now have over 25,000 subscribers and there's plenty of people that are interested in it. So that's, that's been fun.
[00:05:00] Chris: [00:05:00] Great stuff. Yeah. I mean, that's, that's an impressive growth and you're quite right. I mean, it can be tough out there on YouTube. So did you take the approach with putting together your first course of kind of combining some of the, the different YouTube videos you'd made or was it, was it more. Tailored. How, how did you go about creating the first course?
Chris: [00:05:55] of thing, which was your first.
Steven Hancock: [00:05:58] It was the [00:06:00] getting started course. I thought, okay, well, I'm going to start at the beginning. So let's start
Chris: [00:06:04] there eggs and said since creating that, that first course. Cause I mean, for the listeners, you don't know, you now have a whole library of, of different courses. I mean, it was a little hard for me to gauge looking through the site. Cause some of them are a personalized boot. How many total courses do you have now?
Steven Hancock: [00:06:21] Total actual courses. So full length course. So I've got seven right now, right? There's a lot of smaller things obviously, but those are the full length courses.
Chris: [00:06:31] And so since that, that first course, and now of course, number seven, how has your approach changed or not changed? And what's that journey been like?
Chris: [00:07:15] Yeah, I, I feel like this is another trend I've been noticing and that I've experienced myself as a course creator kind of. Niching down into some more advanced topics. I feel like sort of five years ago, there was kind of tough if you weren't doing a getting started or a whole whole sort of boot camp style course, but now demand for the more sort of intermediate and advanced level courses is ramping up. Is that something that you you agree with or is it just the natural course?
Steven Hancock: [00:07:47] Definitely my, my most popular course courses are probably the regular expressions course and the asynchronous course. So those are two very focused courses and [00:08:00] those ended up being probably the most popular.
Chris: [00:08:02] Okay. And, and, okay. So looking at the students who are taking your courses, what do you notice about those students who do well and are able to, you know, get a lot out of the courses versus those who don't like, what, what sort of tips do you have for students who are taking the courses to, to do well?
Chris: [00:09:28] Yeah. And, and what's your view on the right balance between sort of following the, the material and going through more contained exercises versus getting out into larger projects and building more complex things? What, what do you feel like is the right balance for students?
Chris: [00:12:16] is that just because of the growing complexity of the tooling and the frameworks? Is that why you say that?
Steven Hancock: [00:12:22] Yeah. There's no way you can learn. All the libraries, all the frameworks. I just think you're, you become an average developer if you know everything, but you can become a really good developer if you focus in a particular area. So
Steven Hancock: [00:12:52] Well, I'm partial to front end development. So I guess that's what, that's what I would say. I don't know that there's [00:13:00] really a, there's a need for developers in all the areas. So I don't know, there's a particular area that would be the best, but react is, is very popular right now. And so becoming a front end developer learning react, there is a lot of possibilities for employment and jobs and work in that area. So that. I'd probably be a, that's probably the biggest area I would guess.
Chris: [00:13:24] Yeah. I mean, from, from personal experience, I've, I've got a lot out of, of learning reacts and really enjoyed the experience. I've, I've tended to find, cause I, I guess. Stronger on the backend. I've tended to find that some of the, the tooling set up, you know, the, the web pack and that sort of stuff has been a little bit of a, a barrier of some things to work out. What, what would you say to students who encounter similar challenges with the setup? Yeah,
Chris: [00:14:25] So I, I guess what, yeah, what you're saying is that you just have to mentally prepare yourself for allocating some amount of time for just learning the tool chain and mean that, that pays off in the long run,
Chris: [00:15:34] Perfect. Well, Steven, thanks very much.
Steven Hancock: [00:15:37] You're welcome. It was a pleasure to be here.