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Red Shirt Jeff Special and 2021 YouTube channel retrospective

In 2020, I got serious about my YouTube channel after seeing explosive growth from a series on the Turing Pi Raspberry Pi cluster. Early in 2021, the success of my books and the YouTube channel resulted in me quitting my last paid consulting gig, and focusing all my time on Hosted Apache Solr, writing, and making videos.

In 2021 the channel went from just under 100,000 subscribers to 253,000 (and counting!):

2021 Subscriber growth - Jeff Geerling YouTube

Video views went from about 6 million to 21 million, as a few of my Raspberry Pi-related videos took off (though I wouldn't consider any of my videos 'viral'—most get a slow 'wave' of growth if they get popular).

Launched: Red Shirt Jeff merch store

It makes me throw up a little in my mouth to say this, because it's such a YouTuber thing to do... but I now have an official merch store to go along with my YouTube channel:

Red Shirt Jeff store - launch products

The Red Shirt Jeff store has original designs that I find interesting or funny, and there are three shirt designs available at launch: