Welcome to Can You Etch It, the web’s first laser engraving series that specializes in laser engraving strange, unique, and even common items. Today, I take a look back at the most popular episodes.
Can You Etch It began on December 16, 2011 where a walnut was engraved. It was a short post with no video but it was the one that started it all. As of May 11, 2012, there have been 21 episodes and 15 videos. Below are the three most popular episodes:
Created for a friend, the idea for a laser engraved luggage tag began months before when I began Book Worm Laser & Design. The design chosen was a red fish or red drum, a popular fish around this area. Laser engraved anodized aluminum looks great and the detail possible is amazing. Here is the video:
One of my favorite materials to laser engrave is glass. When the laser strikes the glass, the glass is fractured, resulting in a frosted appearance. Due to the fracturing, laser engraved glass does not work well with detailed designs but text looks great. Here is the video:
I am always looking for things to laser engrave, especially for Can You Etch It. The same friend that I made the luggage tag for (the most popular episode) was gracious enough to allow me to experiment on his fishing reels. You can see the result in the video.
The design is the same, a red drum or red fish, sized to fit on an ambassadeur® C4 baitcast reel by Abu Garcia. This was the first time I used the design and I decided to tweak it a little for the luggage tag, resulting in the difference in appearance. The detail was very impressive and I look forward to laser engraving more fishing reels. Here is the video:
Why were they the most popular?
The data for the most popular list came from a plugin, WordPress Popular Posts. The data it provides is great for determining how often specific posts are being viewed in different time frames. The results did not match up with the views from YouTube but it is hard to trust those results due to some moving around I did a while back with the videos. For those of you interested, here is the most popular list according to YouTube:
As with any business or website, producing content that is well received and liked is, at times, difficult. Sure, when you produce content that you are excited about, that excitement shows through. The result is often better when you are following your passion and being more authentic. Creating great content is a skill that can only be learned from experience. One of the best ways to get better at a skill is to review your past results.
I spend a considerable amount of time considering what readers like, what they don’t like, and how they find my content. In that way, this post is a great lesson for me to understand where to focus my efforts. Some of my most popular posts have been the Can You Etch It series. For all of you that view the episodes and any of my other posts, thank you. I appreciate your interest more than you can ever imagine.
Can You Etch It Roundup
For those of you who are keeping score, the list is as follows: 6 social media icons, a mirror, a hand-drawn robot design, a CD jewel case, a pair of drum sticks, a luggage tag, a fishing reel, a couple of impact sockets, a drinking glass, a little industrial labeling, a baseball, a Frappuccino bottle, a tennis ball, 12 Scrabble tiles, a custom ink stamp, Thank You cards, M&M’s, a slice of bread, a clothes pin, a cinnamon stick, a sweet potato, a walnut, and a toothpick. Let me know if you have any suggestions for future installments.
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