Build a daily writing habit. Create your prompts ahead of time so you can just sit down and start writing.
Unlaunched and development stopped. 😢 Might pick it up again at a later time, but moving on for now.
I attended seanwes conference in November and had the privilege of hearing Shawn Blanc speak. He mentioned how important building a daily writing habit has been for him. He writes first thing in the morning every day. One tip that he offered was to choose the next day's topic the night before, so you can sit down and start writing without having to come up with a topic. Seemed like a good idea for my first project.
Allow members to create a simple list of writing topics. Deliver them at a set time each morning. Add more options if time allows.
I didn't keep the holidays in mind when I planned this project and I struggled to make progress with many other things going on. I also spent too much time on the signup process without first building out the functionality of the application. I hope to come back and finish it up at a later time.
It's pretty disappointing not to launch my first project, but I don't want to fall into the trap of developing for too long on an idea that isn't coming together. The big lessons I learned:
- Plan ahead for things like holidays. You're not just going to do things as usual.
- Pick ideas that seem too simple. They're always more complex than you think.
- Focus on the core functionality. I really wanted to do phone-first signup, but I wasted a lot of time with that. Probably should have started with email.
Notes from the journey
- Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3
- Day 4
- Day 5
- Day 6: connecting to Twilio
- Day 7: getting unstuck and the value of testing
- Day 8: don’t wait until you’re traveling to download the documenation
- Day 9: remember that product development is a marathon
- Day 10: cookie troubles
- Day 11: finally added some more content
- Day 12: signing out
- Day 13: signing in with phone-first authentication
- Day 14: more sign-up work
- Day 15: still signing up
- Day 16: getting unstuck
- Day 17: switching gears to find some momentum
- Day 18: sticking with it
- Day 19: little things add up
- Day 20: getting back on track
- Day 21: starting on notifications
- Day 22: notifications away
- Day 23: testing time-specific notifications
- Day 24: finished testing time-specific notifications