Why I’m Quitting Daily Snowboard Blogging

Yep, you read that right… starting today, I’m quitting daily snowboard blogging.

First, don’t panic. Snomie is not going anywhere, but I’m making some huge changes to how I do things and how this blog is run.

Why change Snomie?

Well Snomie is successful and it brings in a full time white collar income for me, not to mention our traffic is constantly rising each year. However, that doesn’t mean it’s perfect and it doesn’t mean that we’re doing things in a way that benefits the most people.

I started doing daily snowboard tips 2 and a half years ago and just kind of kept doing it because it was working. Our subscribers grew and traffic grew so I kept doing it.

However, if I could do it all over again, I think there are ways to improve on the format to make it more useful and make the quality of the blog better for other snowboarders while still getting the benefit of growth and subscribers.

I’m in a unique situation now where after working on Snomie for 2+ years, I have the time, money, skill and influence to make a difference and to have a positive impact on the snowboard community with what I create and do.

So why not make the best impact I can and help the most snowboarders possible with the most high quality content possible.

Now that said, I do know that a lot of you guys enjoy coming here daily/weekly to read a bunch of short, mini snowboard blogs, but I think our current method has a few issues.

The problems:

Problem 1) I’m repeating too much content

The problem with daily blogs of me answering snowboard questions is that the same questions get asked over and over and I’ve basically briefly covered every snowboard topic possible at some point in the past 2+ years.

It seems kind of silly to keep repeating the same topics without adding anything new and while our newer followers benefit from the topics, I’m sure my older readers get a little bored of reading the same answer over and over.

I don’t want to blog for the sake of blogging if I’ve already covered a topic 500 times already.

Problem 2) It’s hard to be detailed in short blogs

One huge issue I have with doing daily blogs is I don’t get the time required to make them epic and make them detailed tips on each subject.

Having to have the blog done within 1 day means I have to start and finish the blog within a few hours, otherwise I run out of time to get it posted and otherwise I don’t have time to get the other tasks at Snomie handled (such as answering snowboard questions via email, recording/editing trick tip videos etc).

And a huge side effect of that is sometimes short blogs end up being very generic snowboard guides that don’t offer as much value and teaching to other snowboarders as I’d like.

The last thing I want to do is become like ‘Snowboard Pro Camp’ or some other blogs/sites who I’ve seen pump out a lot of generic, low quality snowboard content just to get website hits/video views. It may work for views and traffic, but that doesn’t mean it’s good.

So here’s what’s changing:

Change 1) Less frequent, but more epic snowboard tutorials and guides

Instead of daily mini blogs, I’m going to make snowboard posts less frequently (maybe once every week or fortnight or less), but when I do make a post/update, it’ll be something epic that will be highly worth reading and learning.

This means if I write a tutorial on choosing snowboard boots, it’s going to be the most detailed guide to choosing snowboard boots that you’ll ever find and it’ll have video, illustrations and more.

Or if I choose to explain a snowboard technique, it’ll have step-by-step analysis and video break down of everything.

Basically instead of skimming over the daily Snomie blog and seeing if it’s something useful, I want you to see a new blog on Snomie and immediately think, “Awesome the new Snomie blog is out, I HAVE to read this because it’s going to be an epic guide that teaches me something big.”

I’m going to spend a lot of time carefully crafting, researching and breaking down each snowboard topic so that the final result is some of the most epic snowboard blogs, guides and tutorials that you’ve ever read.

Change 2) Real life mini vlogs

I’ll still do the occasional vlog and mini post, but they’ll become random and fun mini looks into what I’m up to and the adventures I’m having.

So for instance I might do a vlog when I’m eating snake flavoured ice cream in Japan or when I’m back in Whistler hiking for powder or even just mini showcases of the random places I’m staying (like I did with my Korean apartment tour).

Think of it like mini glimpses into my real life while I travel, snowboard and run an online snowboard company. It’ll be my way of staying connected and still being able to say hi once in awhile since I won’t be doing the daily snowboard blogs.

There won’t be any schedule for doing these vlogs, they’ll just kind of happen when I’m doing something interesting.

What’s not changing:

I’ll still answer your emails and snowboard questions, so don’t feel like I won’t be here to answer your questions because I still intend to keep that up.

You can still come say hi and I’ll still respond and still be part of the community. The difference will be that I may not make a public blog with the answer I give you, but you’ll still get my answer and help in private :)

So yeah.. big changes, but I think it’s for the better if I want to take Snomie to the next level and really focus on making the best quality content I can create.

- Jed

Quickie Update On Upcoming Snowboard Trick Tips & Training

Quick update today because I know some of you are waiting to get access to our library of snowboard videos & tutorials inside our private members area and I did say we’d be re-opening it all shortly and I don’t want to leave you in the dark.

To answer the emails that have been coming in recently:

1) No you haven’t missed out

If you signed up for our waitlist here, you’re still on the list to be among the first to get access to our snowboard members area when it re-opens for new members, so don’t worry because you haven’t missed out.

Don’t worry, I didn’t delete the list or anything like that, you’re all still there :)

2) Will I still get the free snowboard trick tip videos or will I have to pay?

Yes, as I mentioned previously, everyone on our waitlist will be receiving an entire set of snowboard trick tip tutorial videos for free when I re-open the program.

Whether you choose to join the members program afterwards is totally up to you, but you’ll get free trick tip tutorials regardless of what you choose.

3) When will the members area re-open?

I’ll re-open sign ups within the next 7 days, so not long now :) Everyone on our waitlist will get the first snowboard trick tip video emailed to them within the next week then you’ll get details to join the members area in the follow up emails.

So yeah, that should answer the questions that have been coming in lately. Feel free to send me any other questions about our Snowboard Trick Secrets members area if you have them.

- Jed

Snowboard Trick Tip DVD Giveaway – June 2013

My friend Nev over at SnowboardAddiction.com (affiliate link) likes what we’re doing here at Snomie.com and is hooking our readers up with their kickass snowboard trick tips for FREE :)

He’s allowing us to give away 1 free trick tip tutorial dvd to a lucky Snomie.com reader each month and it’s time to give away this month’s trick tip dvd!

These are the number #1 selling snowboard trick tips online with over 17,000+ copies sold every year.

Snowboard Addiction Logo

To Enter Do These 2 Things:

1) Click that floating ‘Like‘ button to the left of this blog

2) Leave a comment below with your answer to this question:

Have you ever made your own snowboard video edit before? Why/why not?

Entries close June 8th 2013. Winner will be randomly selected and announced below on June 9th.

(edit – Did the draw, congrats Thu Tran, sending you an email now.)

Please make sure you use a real email address when commenting or we can’t contact the winner to send you your prize.

Prize:

Any of the following Snowboard Addiction DVD trick tips.

They cover how to spin, ride halfpipe, ride rails, do flips, hit boxes and even how to learn flatground buttering tricks:

Snowboard Addiction Trick Tip DVDs

If you want more info (and sample videos) of these freestyle trick tips, I’ve written a very detailed review here:

Snowboard Addiction Review – Freestyle Program

Feel free to have a look for yourself and see why they sell over 17,000 snowboard training videos every year :)

- Jed

Important Heads Up For Snomie.com Readers

Alrighty, so there are some important things coming in for Snomie.com and I just want to give you guys a heads up so you’re not left in the dark.

1) The entire site is moving web hosting

You may have noticed this site loading slow sometimes and being up and down at random intervals during the last week. At first I thought it was the videos inside our membership area lagging the site, but after trying a few things it seems it’s a bigger issue.

Basically the huge amount of blogs on this site and the new addition of an entire membership section that I built for our ‘Snowboard Trick Secrets’ training course has all made our site a little overloaded at times.

So I’ve decided it’s time to upgrade to more powerful web hosting that can handle our load easier and let us grow without me having to worry about the site slowing down or crashing randomly.

I figure it’s best to do this before I add even more load to our site by launching our Snowboard Trick Secrets program (which is all set to go), so I’ve already signed up for the new hosting and we’ll be moving the entire site at the next possible time within the next week.

2) How this move affects you guys

Due to moving web hosts, there will be a period of 24 hours where I can’t update or change anything to the website while we copy everything over to the new host. This means there won’t be a blog update during that 24 hour period and commenting on blogs will also be turned off during that time.

I don’t yet know exactly when that 24 hour period will be (the web host’s migration team hasn’t scheduled me in yet), but I do know it’ll be sometime Monday to Thursday in the coming week.

While all this is going on you shouldn’t notice any downtime. You’ll still be able to get to the site and there will be new blogs outside of that 24 hour period just like normal.

3) What about the ‘Snowboard Trick Secrets’ launch?

Once everything is moved over to the new website hosting, I’ll finally launch our much delayed and long overdue Snowboard Trick Secrets video training.

It’s all basically set to go, just have to flip the switch and it’ll be live for all of you.

For those asking, yes, I will still be discounting the price to $47 for 4 days during the launch period for Snomie regulars. Don’t worry there will be a heads up via both email and on the blog right before the launch.

I’m as eager to get this course launched as you guys are to get access to it and I’ll do my best to get it out right after they finish moving us to our new website hosting.

The plus side of all of this headache is our new fancy website hosting should make everything on the site run even faster and they handle sites doing 1 mil+ hits per month, so we can scale without any troubles in the future.

Okay, back to our regularly scheduled blogging :p

- Jed

Snowboard Trick Tip DVD Giveaway – February 2013

My friend Nev over at SnowboardAddiction.com likes what we’re doing here at Snomie.com and is hooking our readers up with their kickass snowboard trick tips for FREE :)

He’s allowing us to give away 1 free trick tip tutorial dvd to a lucky Snomie.com reader each month and it’s time to give away this month’s trick tip dvd!

These are the number #1 selling snowboard trick tips online with over 17,000+ copies sold every year.

Snowboard Addiction Logo

To Enter Do These 2 Things:

1) Click that floating ‘Like‘ button to the left of this blog

2) Leave a comment below with your answer to this question:

Think of a snowboard trick that you understand how to do (ie. 360s), but haven’t been able to master yet. What has been the hardest part of learning this trick?

Entries close Feb 8th 2013. Winner will be randomly selected and announced below on Feb 9th.

Please make sure you use a real email address when commenting or we can’t contact the winner to give you your prize.

Prize:

Any of the following Snowboard Addiction DVD trick tips.

They cover how to spin, ride halfpipe, ride powder, ride rails and boxes and even how to learn flatground buttering tricks:

Snowboard Addiction Trick Tip DVDs

If you want more info (and sample videos) of these freestyle trick tips, I’ve written a very detailed review here:

Snowboard Addiction Review – Freestyle Program

Feel free to have a look for yourself and see why they sell over 17,000 snowboard training videos every year :)

- Jed