Every January I study on what I’d like to accomplish on the Blind Pig and The Acorn in the coming year. First and foremost I’d like to continue to celebrate and preserve my rich Appalachian culture and heritage. Come March I will have been blogging about Appalachia for 14 years, a length of time which is almost unheard of in the world of blogging.
Here’s the plans I had for 2021 and how things turned out.
Plans for 2021
- I hope to publish more posts written by The Deer Hunter, Chatter, Chitter, and guest posters. Although I did publish a few posts by each of my family members it wasn’t as much as I had hoped for. I did manage to publish quite a few guest posts.
- Make more videos! I’ve really enjoyed the format of video. I especially enjoy creating the videos which share a glimpse of our daily life. I want to do more interviews and “how to” videos this year as well. I definitely accomplished this one.
- Continued growth of my YouTube Channel as a source of income is high on my list of things to accomplish in 2021. Every little bit of money helps with the upkeep and hosting of Blind Pig and The Acorn. Hard to believe but lots of folks make their entire living from YouTube. I was very blessed to achieve this goal.
- Selling my eCookbook as well as a couple of other eBooks is on my list. I did create one eCookbook and it’s been selling very well. You can see my eCookbook here.
- I’m scheduled to teach Mountain Flavors at John C. Campbell Folk School June 27 – July 3. The class was a very good one. My students were wonderful.
Plans for 2022
- Publish more posts written by The Deer Hunter, Chatter, and Chitter. Since Paul manages our Blind Pig and The Acorn YouTube channel he writes a lot of music posts for me. Maybe the way to go on this one is to come up with some sort of regular feature for each of the others. I also hope to continue sharing guests posts with you.
- Although I’ve spent the last year making videos I hope to make even more during 2022. I have a list of folks I want to interview, tutorials I’d like to share, and even places I want to visit and share.
- I’m still blown away by being able to leave my full-time job during the year of 2021. Now my dream is for The Deer Hunter to be able to leave his too. Chitter says we’re starting a Pressley Empire, maybe she’s right 🙂
- I plan to make several other eBooks. The turn around is pretty quick (if I can find the time to do it!) and it’s a great form of passive income. Once the book is completed all folks have to do is purchase it and download it.
- Jim Casada and I are in the beginning stages of writing a cookbook you can hold in your hands 🙂 I’m excited for the progress we hope to make on the project during 2022.
- Our internet service is the best we have ever had, but it’s still not up to par for my online needs. During 2021 our area qualified for fiber optic internet. This fall they came out and flagged the path where they will lay it. Hopefully at some point during 2022 we will have stable high speed internet. Once that happens I hope to teach my Mountain Flavors Cooking Class online. Another thing we hope to do is offer live concerts that folks can attend virtually.
I hope each of you will continue to visit Blind Pig and The Acorn during 2022. And if you know someone who might enjoy the blog or the videos, please send them my way.
Last night’s video: A Snowy Hike in the Appalachian Mountains.