STH Q2 2023 Update A Letter from the Editor Multi-Channel Accident

National Revolutionary Martyrs Shrine
National Revolutionary Martyrs Shrine

Every quarter I like to do a little update just to give our readers a behind-the-scenes look at what is happening. Oftentimes there is a big difference between what folks see publicly and the inner workings of STH, so I like to peel that back. In this edition, I want to go into how we are almost accidentally creating another channel for STH and some of the future plans. I also have an ask of our readers.

Previous Updates

If you want to check out how this series has evolved, here are the links to the previous ones:

That list is getting quite long so we updated the format for 2023.

The Personal Update

We tried adding a second video editor for YouTube videos over the last quarter. Ultimately we need one to increase our video throughput. Part of that challenge, and our ability to get video out, has been that I have only been home in Austin 10 of the past 45 days. Oh, and I got married last weekend in Los Angeles. We are going to have a bigger ceremony in October, but yes, that happened at our old college campus (Loyola Marymount in LA.)

June 2023 LMU Chapel Wedding
June 2023 LMU Chapel Wedding

Things are quite busy personally as one might guess. We are hoping to start a family in late 2024. In the meantime, I now have a new four-legged friend.

One of the projects I hope to do over the next month is to take some of our content, plus some other bits, and start doing analyst reports as paid downloads. We need to have a product, and this is perhaps the most obvious. There is a decent market for these analyst reports, and often the analysts who are doing these reports are sourcing data from STH anyway. Publication #1 is STH and will continue to be. Publication #2 is going to be YouTube as that is on its path. Publication #3 is likely going to be these analyst reports. If folks have ideas for what their companies may look to purchase from analyst reports feel free to let me know.

Patrick In Hamburg For ISC 2023
Patrick In Hamburg For ISC 2023

Later in 2023, we are going to talk about some of the bigger infrastructure projects for this year, but I might wait until they are ready before showing them off.

The Elephant in the Room

In our Q1 Letter from the Editor, I focused on some of the behind-the-scenes happenings at STH. Even since then, some may have noticed that the STH YouTube channel has taken off like a rocket ship. While in Taipei, we had a few folks ask about this, and here is a simple visual:

STH YT Growth June 2019 To 2023
STH YT Growth June 2019 To  Early June 2023

It may be small, but it is growing very fast. Whereas the STH YouTube channel has around 188K subs as of the time of penning this, the main site would be a ~1M subscriber YouTube channel in terms of engagement, assuming the engagement level held constant.

Currently, we are seeing views equal to 50-75% of our subscriber count on each video. For some frame of reference, many larger YouTube channels often get 10-20% so we are expecting that to change over time, but our current trajectory is very strong. Perhaps this summer it will slow, but it is on track to double in ~10 months in both subscribers and monthly views.

That growth rate and ratio are important. The STH YouTube was ~1/10th the size of the STH main site on 9/30/2022 when we hit 100K subscribers. Three quarters later it is on track to be ~18-19% of the size. My original stretch goal of hitting 170K subscribers by the end of 2023 is now silly, and the number might be more like 270K or around 27% the size of the STH main site.

STH Computex 2023 Team
STH Computex 2023 Team

Usually, everything slows for STH over the summer, but if we kept this growth rate, we will be treating STH YouTube as its own “publication” later this year or next year. When we started the channel, our assumption was that it was going to be the same audience. Now, we know they are effectively different audiences. That was my miss. The impact is that it will become its own thing.

It has been fun to see STH grow. Walking into one of the exhibition halls at Computex 2023, AIC had a booth near the door in the front row, and someone pointed out our AIC SB407-TU 60-bay Storage Server video was playing in the booth.

Patrick On Patrick At AIC Computex 2023
Patrick On Patrick At AIC Computex 2023

While personally I like to read, we also need to recognize that the YouTube channel is growing rapidly. We have been getting many companies interested in video-only content recently, but I have been pushing back against this concept. At the same time, we are now getting around 8 requests to sponsor videos per week, while only publishing 4-8 videos per month.

It seems like the video side is taking on a life of its own as its own publication, and that was not the expectation even a year ago.

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Final Words

Again, a huge part of this journey is all of the folks making STH an amazing community. That includes our readers, viewers, our team, forum moderators, folks at vendors, and more. Hopefully, as we move into our new facilities we can expand the team to bring even better content to the STH community.

Just to give some perspective on how rough it is right now behind the scenes, this piece was planned to go-live weeks ago, but it is now just barely making it in the Q2 timeframe.


  1. I wish you the best in all your efforts, but I am sorry, I just can’t deal with your videos. Your delivery is just to grating to me. Nothing personal as I still read the website. If others dig it then by all means let em have it.

  2. Congratulations Patrick!

    But I must point out that it’s not acceptable to mention a new 4 legged friend without posting photos.

  3. Congrats Patrick on your wedding! That’s a very happy news!

    Also congrats on the fast growing of your site! Just one thing… there will be a day when a company named Future US LLC or some similar giant will come and try to buy your business. What I wish for you to have the strength to do not give on the temptation they will offer you, even if they keep you in charge for a couple of more months or 1-2 yrs. You are building something amazing.. don’t let big companies take the fruit of your work. You can become a big company by yourself.. it just take time. Good luck!

  4. Congrats on the wedding!

    Regarding analyst reports, I could see following reports being successful:

    1. “DPU report” where you list the strengths and weaknesses of DPUs on the market and what companies have on their roadmap. You could update that quarterly. This could be important for middle-sized companies running their own data center. You have more access to DPUs than most analysts.
    2. “Data center efficiency report” for the ESG trend. What parts of DCs are consuming how much power in a todays DC? How can we reduce power today? How is power consumption changing over the next years for CPUs, accelerators, networking?
    3. “AI accelerator report”: What’s on the market and what’s going to come? Strengths and Weaknesses for different applications; What HW are start-ups developing? You have really good contacts in this industry. This report could be interesting for both enterprise customers and financial analysts. Drawback: A lot of research needed but the hype today might make it worth it.

  5. Hey Patrick, thanks for the update. Congratulations on getting married!

    I’d love to see a single video or series on Youtube standing up PFSense firewall on the N100 or N200, the reviews are great but watching a YouTube video on how to utilize the box that is on your channel vs someone else’s channel might be a great catch to generate more traffic or return traffic.

    Enjoy your content, thanks for taking the time to create it!

  6. Congrats on the wedding and the channel! Keep up the good text content, even if it doesn’t seem like it’s getting a lot of hits, it has a lot of impact.


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