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Corbin Higley – The One Year Project

Corbin Higley
From Corbin's Facebook

I met Corbin through Facebook. He’s one of the cool yo-yo dudes who is trying to become a great yo-yoer and has a really interesting method though which he’s trying to achieve this. Rather than try and guess what this is all about I went straight to the source and asked him about his project:

Mike: So before we get to the project, would you mind telling us who is Corbin Higley? How old are you, what do you do, what got you into yo-yo’s, etc.?

Corbin: Well, to put things simply, I’m just a 16 year old kid with an interest in film and yoyos… I guess I started yoyoing a little over 3 years ago, when I got a cheap bookstore yoyo for christmas…I’ve pretty much been yoyoing since. When I’m not yoyoing, or making yoyo videos, I’m probably doing school.

Mike: What is the one year project about? Why did you start it?

Corbin: My One Year Project is an idea I had, where at the end of every month, I’ll make a yoyo video showcasing what tricks I’ve come up with during the month, but also portray the basic feel of how I felt by the end of that month. Does that make sense? I guess I started it because I wanted to get better in both film AND yoyoing…so I decided to make videos on a constant basis, sort of as practice, but also so I could go back later on and watch the videos, and see how I’ve grown from them.

Mike: We’re three months into the year now, how do you feel about the project so far?

Corbin: I feel pretty good about the project so far. I already feel like I’ve been growing from it, and I think it’ll be fantastic when the whole thing is completed.

Mike: December rolls around, the last video comes out, what will be different?

Corbin: Well, I think I’ll be a way better yoyoer than I was in January, and I think that I’ll have a good set of 12 good to great yoyo videos!

Mike: Are you working on any other yo-yo projects? What will you do once this is over?

Corbin: I AM working on another yoyo project, actually…though I don’t think I’m gonna say anything about it yet, I’m excited for it. I don’t know how people will perceive it, and i don’t know if everybody will like it, but it’s something that I don’t think has been attempted in the yoyo community yet.

Mike: Anything you’d like to add? Thanks for your time, Corbin!

Corbin: Yeah, I’d like to say that my camcorder is screwy at the moment, so if any video is later than I said they’d be, I apologize. Other than that, though, I think that’s everything! Thank YOU Michael. :]

The One Year Project:

January:

February:

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The Top 5 Yo-Yo Blogs

This post is long overdue, I’ve been wanting to help narrow down what I feel are some of the best of the best resources for yo-yo information. Whether you’re new and have just started learning how to yo-yo or your a veteran thrower looking to catch up on what’s new in the community, these sites will give you quick information about what is going on and what is to come.

And as always, I’d love to know what you think, did I miss someone important? Who would you have picked and why?

(Note: I picked the following blogs due to their noncommercial nature, I may do a post about stores later on)

The Glass Lab


Founder: Brian Cabildo | Twitter: (none found)

The glass lab is one of the oldest running yo-yo blogs out there, they have consistently provided value to our community with trick tutorials and event coverage. It’s one of my favorite sites out there because when I got started throwing, reading about the events made it feel as if I had actually been there.

BombSquad


Founder: Paul Han | Twitter: @hoyitspaul

BombSquad is one of my top five yo-yo blogs because it’s an example of what a yo-yoer can do to get their name out there if they simply apply them self consistently. Paul Han has done a great job keeping his blog  updated. He is basically a filter that cuts out all the bull and leaves only awesomeness (just take a look, there are new product pictures, contests, a yo-yoer of the week, and more).

YoYoForesight


Founder: Elliot Jackson | Twitter: @Helliot

YoYoForesight is a cool little microniche blog focusing solely on “up and coming yoyo players”. There is a new video on the site almost daily showcasing someone that Elliot at YoYoForesight believes is on a path to be a great yo-yo player. It’s a great way to get right to the good stuff instead of wading through the bulk of pointless videos on youtube and vimeo.

Sector Y v2.0


Founder: Gabriel Lozano| Twitter: @Citadel712

Sector Y is another one of those original yo-yo websites. Back when I started yo-yoing it was one of the only sources on the internet (aside from theGlassLab) that had a large selection of tricks to choose from to learn. These were the days before youtube where you had to wait a long time to download your trick video first. Gabe put a load of time into this website over the years. It has transitioned recently into a blog format and they have regular updates now with the help of various (big name it seems) yo-yoers.

YoYoSkills


Founder: Chris Allen | Twitter: @DrYoYo

YoYoSkills is THE resource to go to for up to date yo-yo community information. Whenever I don’t have time to sift through the forums I jump over to Chris’ site and usually find out what was important today in just a few minutes. I love the format of the blog, I enjoy that you can comment on the posts and have a conversation. Make sure you check this on out, there’s really never a dull moment on YoYoSkills.com.