Around this time last year we sat down and reflected on the previous 12 months, and decided to turn our thoughts into a ‘2020 Review’. We enjoyed it so much, that we thought we’d do it again! We hope you enjoy reading about our highs, lows and lessons of 2021.
Here is a highlight from every month of 2021. We’d encourage you to do the same and find a positive takeaway from each month, no matter how small!
In our 2020 Review we shared our ‘Badminton Insight statistics’, and we wanted to continue that to keep track of our progress!
April 1st 2020 – 0 Subscribers, 0 Videos, 0 Blog Posts
December 31st 2020 – 15,019 Subscribers, 42 Videos, 17 Blog Posts
December 31st 2021 – 125,981 Subscribers, 96 Videos, 23 Blog Posts
Reflecting on those statistics; firstly it’s still crazy to us that we have 125,981 subscribers on YouTube. If you go back and look at our 2020 Review, we set a goal of reaching 50,000 subscribers which at the time we thought was ridiculously ambitious! We honestly can’t believe the growth, but also the support we’ve received from everyone on the channel. The lovely emails, nice comments and people coming up to us at tournaments or training, all mean so much to us – so thanks to you guys for your continued support 🙂
One area that we have failed at this year, is our website. We set a goal to write 24 blog posts in 2021 and we failed miserably at that. We only wrote 6! To be kind to ourselves, whilst training full-time (20+ hours per week), creating 1 YouTube video every week for 52 weeks (15+ hours per week), playing tournaments, coaching 4 nights a week, replying to emails and comments and doing livestreams… Something was not going to get done! And it was our blog posts.
To hopefully improve this, we’ve set ourselves a goal to hire a writer in 2022 to help us with these. If you have an interest in badminton, writing and are fluent in English – please send us an email! Or if you know someone, send them our way! Haha
This year hasn’t always been easy, and we’ve faced many challenges; from battling with injuries to technology failing on us at crucial times and of course not forgetting Covid, which just wont seem to go away! Challenges will always arise, that’s inevitable – especially in sport! We will just keep trying to focus on doing everything in our power to reduce the amount of challenges and thus negative experiences we face 🙂
One big reason we both enjoy Badminton Insight so much is that it is continually pushing us out of our comfort zones and we are learning new skills. For example we have both read numerous books on public speaking over the last few months as speaking on camera is not something that comes naturally to us, and we’ve also taken several video editing courses as again we’ve had no previous experience in this!
We definitely hope to inspire and encourage more people to push themselves out of their comfort zones as it really is very rewarding and can benefit you in so many ways – both on and off the court! As PT Barnum says in film, The Greatest Showman (we watched it on Christmas Day) “Comfort is the enemy of progress”! This quote moves us nicely onto our next section…
These quotes are a nice reminder that we need to stop every once in a while, something we’re not very good at! This is one of our goals for 2022.
We have also set a few more goals for 2022 such as continuing to release a YouTube video every week that is hopefully helpful and entertaining, and to have even more ‘highlights’ for when we are writing this next year!
As we’ve mentioned throughout this 2021 Review, thank you so much for following and supporting both us & Badminton Insight! We’re very excited to create lots more content in 2022, and we hope you keep following and enjoying what we’re doing!
Happy New Year and we wish you a successful and happy 2022!
Greg and Jenny 😊