Enable the new YouTube Dark Theme right now

YouTube is working on rolling out a new design for their desktop application. This new design is cleaner, easier to use and gives channels a brand new look. All that is great but what really has me excited is the all new dark theme. 

YouTube Dark Theme

They are still in the process of testing this out but in this article, I will show you how you can take advantage of this today. 

2,000 Subscribers on YouTube!!

Last week I celebrated another really cool milestone

I was so excited to find out that I crossed 2,000 YouTube Subscribers last week! 

Just like my blog I am going to make a few changes on the YouTube channel. I am going to focus the content on mostly programming related topics. I also am going to work on a consistent schedule.

With a consistent schedule between my blog and YouTube channel, I think the I can do some big things in 2017 and beyond. Thank you to everyone for the support over of the years. I very much appreciate it. 

YouTube Spaces

The other day I was asked to participate in a survey for YouTube Spaces. I have never heard of spaces so I figured I would help out. It was a short survey and most of which was around finding out how much I knew about spaces.






After I completed the interview I went over to the YouTube spaces website to learn more. They are actual spaces in a few big cities where YouTubers can come together to learn, connect and even use the space to create videos. They of course are only in the big cities around the world which is a total bummer. How can we get one here in #Cleveland YouTube? So freaking cool. I guess I have something else to add to my dream wish list.

2016 Favorite Programming YouTubers

I threw this question out on reddit this morning and so I thought I would also ask you guys.

What programmers are you following on YouTube? I am looking to create a list of programmers who are active on YouTube. They could be sharing their thoughts on the industry and or creating tutorials that help others out. If you guys can help me out I will share my list here when I am done putting it together. Thanks and have a great day!

I really want to put a list together of the content developers want to watch. They don’t need to be rock stars in the industry just normal programmers like you and I are just fine. Leave me a comment, tweet at me or whatever you have to do. Thanks!

YouTube Channel Content

I need your help in figuring out what to do with my YouTube channel. I recently just crossed 1,000 Subscribers (more on that in the next post) but I was just thinking about ways to grow the channel. I obviously really love talking about programming related topics. Some of these topics are popular and some of them are not but I don’t care either way. I love talking about what I enjoy working on.

With that in mind I was thinking about adding some new types of content to YouTube but I don’t know if I should add them here or create a new channel. I was thinking of creating random videos on the following topics.

  • Fitness & Health
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Teaching Online
  • Running a Non Profit

I really need your help on figuring out what I should do. I feel like I am going to lose subscribers if I start talking about health and fitness. I don’t think people want to subscribe to a channel where there isn’t a consistent theme in what they are interested in. Thoughts? Thanks friends!

Just. Keep. Uploading

One of my favorite YouTubers, Casey Neistat, just crossed the 3 Million Subscriber count. He said in the video below that the he got some advice early on in his career and he will always remember these 3 words.

Just. Keep. Uploading.

What this means to me is that if you want to grow your audience you just have to keep producing content. I think many of us fall into the category of trying to make everything perfect. While having some pride in the content you put out there is important it is way more important to get your work out there. One of my new years goals was to be more consistent producing content and I think I have lived up to that. I am going to take that to another level though for the rest of the year and really try to grow my audience.


If you haven’t seen any of Casey Neistat’s videos you should really give them a watch!

Lunch & Learn: Spring Boot for the REST of us

I am happy to announce a new series of Webinars called Lunch & Learn. I am not sure how often or when these will be just yet but for now I have 1 scheduled. I got this idea from work because we have lunch and learns where anyone can talk for 30-60 minutes on whatever technology they are playing with at the moment. We are going to have these during the lunch hour (12 PM EST – 1PM) and the idea is you can grab some food and sit down for an hour and learn something new.

In the 1st edition of this lunch and learn we are going to talk about building Spring REST applications with Spring Boot. With only an hour we are going to have very few slides if any and the main goal here is to get you familiar with what Spring Boot is and how to create a REST based service. If you are interested please sign up below for FREE and we will send you the details on how to attend the webinar.

Lunch & Learn: Spring Boot for the REST of us.
Tuesday May 10, 12:00 PM EST

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WordPress Admin Overview

In the last tutorial we looked at how to get WordPress installed in minutes. In this tutorial we are logging into the WordPress Administrator and we will learn about all the settings it has to offer. We are going to take a deep dives into some of the topics in later tutorials but after this lecture you should have a better idea of what everything here does. I hope you are enjoying the series of screencasts and please leave some feedback below to let me know what you would like me to cover.

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How to setup a WordPress Blog in minutes

In the last couple of weeks I have had a couple people ask me about setting up a personal blog / website. They were both for very different reasons but because of both of them I decided to sit down and create a series of screencasts and blog posts on how to do this.

In this first screencast we cover some of the differences between http://www.wordpress.com and http://www.wordpress.org.  This can be confusing to some people when they are getting started so I figure we should start there. I also give you a link to get a FREE domain name and you can host your WordPress site for only a few dollars a month. This is a 1 click install that can have your site up and running in minutes.

Next up I am going to walk you through the WordPress administrator and talk about all the features of WordPress. We will also look at how to find a theme and customize it. This series of screencasts is for beginners and non programmers. You don’t have to be a programmer to get a blog up and running in minutes.

I hope you guys enjoy the screencast and if you have any questions please let me know. Also if you could support this blog and channel by clicking on the link below and getting that FREE domain name I would really appreciate it. Thank you!