17 July 2009

Big Round Up of Recent Stuff

There have been some recent developments with the site along with some enhancements (minor and major) which I thought I would share with you all. I will be covering some recent activity including some of the best recent posts, changes to the layout, the new YouTube channel and some statistics including the most popular all-time posts and more right here right now :)

YouTube

Firstly, Low Tech Combat now has a YouTube channel! There are so many interesting, entertaining and simply amazing videos out there that it has been decided that a specific YouTube channel was the very best way of maintaining a way of keeping these worthy videos all in one place for future reference.


This channel is only relatively new and is being added to consistently. There are some great videos there, some older classics and many new videos not seen before by me prior to adding them to the playlist. The web has sooo many great videos out there. As they are discovered, they will be placed into one of the playlists.

The three playlists are:

  1. Low Tech Combat - Naturally, this is where all of the combative type videos will be listed.
  2. Adventure/Adrenaline/etc - This is where the better videos will be listed which are really motivational and inspire us to get out there and live our lives to the full!
  3. Funny Stuff - Laughter is the best medicine. There is some funny stuff out there. This will be the place to go to relax and just have a laugh or shake your head...
The channel and all three playlists will be added to regularly. For all YouTube users, get in touch with us there and let us know about the best videos! Only some videos will be posted here, the rest will remain on the Low Tech Combat YouTube Channel.

Video of the Week

As some of you will have noticed by now, towards the top of the sidebar will now be the home of the Video of the Week! And what better way to open this feature up than with a great Dog Brothers video. Incidently, I only first saw this one very recently. This will remain there until the end of next week. To all you subscribers, be sure to check in with the main site regularly to check it out.

Recent Stuff

Some of the better stuff from Low Tech Combat really has to include the Warrior Spirit video...





...and the very best wrestling compilation video I have ever seen or am likely to see. When I Tweeted this on Twitter it got quite a few ReTweets (which means people pass it on if they like it). Of note, even Tony Blauer (@tonyblauer) retweeted it.





Posts

Now, the recent post, How Hard is it Really? was the second most visited post in the last 6 months. This went quite popular at Stumble Upon for a short while. It has received 1,147 views so far. What are your thoughts on it?

The most popular post here at Low tech Combat in the last 6 months has been 11 Key Differences Between training and the Real Thing. This post has received 2,277 views and quite a few thoughtful comments.

One of the more heatedly commented on posts was Real Combat is Raw and another is an older post titled TMA v Modern Systems. I recommend you have a look at either of them and check out the discussion.

Randomness

At the bottom of each post now on the main site is the widget 'You might also like'. I feel that this is a great little tool to highlight other similar posts to the one just on and is a good way to highlight some other content that the reader may not be aware is there.

At the bottom of each post now is also a little button called 'Twit This' which allows a reader to Tweet about that particular post. With the massive growth of Twitter, this will likely become a more and more handy tool for people.

@lowtechcombat on Twitter

The combination of both this blog and twitter has evolved to a point now where they both really compliment each other well. This main site is where the more in depth posts are written and presented for the world to see, read and forget ;)

The twitter site however, is used for very different purposes. With less time available these days, it is a fantastic way to share interesting stuff with people of similar interests. Rarely will these things be shared or posted here on the main site. Also, when following people with similar interests, it is a great way to stay on top of events and happenings related to Low Tech Combat and the world at large.

Here are some examples of some of the things I have shared and discovered through twitter recently that didn't make it onto this main site:

And there is much much more. Check out Low tech Combat on twitter for more.

In the future, I will be periodically posting a sample of the feeds that I post on twitter, to the main site, so that I can share these great links that I come across. For regular visitors to the site, there is still the Low tech Combat Twitter feed along the sidebar as well.

The Future?

In the future, I plan on providing a lot more content being available for you, the readers. I want to continue to develop the site and make it much more useful and interesting. I want to make more relevent information available, not just blog posts but real news, relevant twitter feeds, some video and possibly audio or podcasts. I will be embracing the whole Web 2.0 thing.

I will also open up the site to contributions from guest writers to write guest posts. I will also invite recommendations for the best videos and other related material.

I am also considering the possibility of featuring academic papers, essays or other written material related to Low Tech Combat. There really is a lot of great material out there and I intend to share it with you, the reader.

If you have any ideas or recommendations, please feel free to let me know and I really encourage you to do so here.

Happy training!

Image by Paul Hudson

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