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It's like keeping a journal of your work progress, but in public.
It's somewhere to talk shop and be part of a community of people making and learning cool things.
As a two-person startup Hello Code, we wanted somewhere to share what we're working on in public. This gives us accountability to ourselves and to our users. As a small team, sharing our work ideas, struggles and daily efforts also helps us feel supported and part of a community. It's the missing ingredient that gives us a place to share what we learn, and talk shop.
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Recent public logs
Two good days full of stuff done and completed. I’m going to work tomorrow as well (Saturday, I know) as I want to catch up with some pending tasks. Plus I like the calmness and quiteness of the archives during the week end.
All tasks for my job No. 2 are completed so I can enjoy the week end with a free spirit.
I’ve also done some #blog work this evening, but there’s more to do during the weekend. Today after work I treated myself to the local American bakery and indulged with a super fluffy NY cheesecake 😋 detox just to retox!
I submitted #changemap to betalist.com a few weeks ago, after @kraahkan’s suggestion, something I’d be leery of ordinarily but decided was worth a try once. I didn’t pay to be fast tracked, but the whole thing didn’t take long and as of tonight it’s listed on the front page. Hoping it leads to lots of waiting list signups! We’ll see.
Published a new article about game design yesterday. Replied to an email helping someone diagnose an issue. This morning reading and updating some notes. I want to start preparing a 2016 review post
Got #exist’s “location name” attribute sorted on the dev server today, did some #support requests, and later released #larder for #android v1.0! Nice to have the stable version out there. Anecdotally it seems like most paying users are using the app, meaning maybe it seems more valuable to Android users right now, meaning we should get the iOS app out too so we can convert some more folks. Onwards and upwards.
Was super sleepy today, noticed my mind didn’t want to focus hardly at all. Just another reason to prioritize rest.
- Almost done stage 2/3 of Instapaper clean out - exporting the notes. By the end of it I’ll have about 20,000 words to sort through and turn into actions. Whew! Then on to the next #minimalism experiment
- Got on yet another tangent - remade #Heroic character sheet as a Google Doc. Will be incredibly easier to update, and the system forces me to make it simpler (better!). Now am setting that off to the side.
Launched the new “day length” attribute for #exist today and added an in-app notification about it, updated our roadmap, etc. I’m not sure how useful it is in its current incarnation, but it was a quick win for more data, and if we focus more on exposing long-term trends in future, it’ll be appreciated.
Now working on adding a location name attribute via Google reverse geocoding. Once we can match raw lat/lng to a “locality”, as Google calls it, we can do some specific correlations based on the cities users visit. Stuff like “you have a better day when you’re in Melbourne”. That’ll be good.
Continuing to edit the article I want to publish this week. Maybe tomorrow?
I also replied to a few emails related to the book.
Started this week on a weird tangent (Weird is good!).
- Cleared out my instapaper queue (400 articles), speed read (and highlighted) about half, deleted anything I didn’t term as essential. #minimalism
- Started a new experiment, ritual sheets. Spent an unhealthy amount of time making them sexy. #productivity
- Condensed my Inspiration Board.
No work on music. A one day break is probably ok, as long as I keep focused these next days.
Rejiggering my to do lists to handle the offline/online split in my life now has worked out really well! I’ve been getting more done on the train rides into work. One nice thing I’ve discovered is that the command-line tool youtube-dl coupled with noise canceling headphones has meant that I’ve made a serious dent in my list of videos (like conference talk recordings) that I’ve been meaning to watch.
It has been a while since my last life log here. I don’t even know exactly what I’ve been busy doing, especially considering I’ve yet to go back to my yoga class since my mysterious foot pain started ._. I also managed to get first a cough, then a cold, and then a sore throat. Oh and today I was yelled at by a mentally ill person at my work place for really no reason 😐
But on better news I managed to practice both #Anki and #Memrise for #Chinese [though I need to focus more on Remembering simplified hanzi, memrise can become addicting] these days and * drum rolling * yesterday I completed my Goodreads challenge with 25/25 books read! 🎉🎉🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Yesterday morning I had something else I needed to get done, so I didn’t make any progress.
This morning - finished the first draft of next article. It’s needs some editing and then I’ll publish it, sometime this week.
I also need to release another update of the book as some corrections went in a few months ago and they haven’t made it to the release copy!
My break from the web has been great! Didn’t do a complete shutdown, but limited what I consumed. Definitely going to be a habit I strive to implement weekly. #productivity
The real affect showed in how much I was able to produce last week. Five songs! Very proud of this new momentum, feels great to work on what I love. #overture
I keep forgetting to log here, but I’ve been pretty productive since #NaNoWriMo ended. Over the past five days, I:
- Have continued nearly daily #writing (though not as much as during NaNo)
- Edited and submitted a short story manuscript to a magazine (will hear back within ~2 weeks)
- Began rewriting #midnightmurderparty Episode 1 with a hopefully better hook (if anyone wants to give me some feedback on this, let me know!)
- Started researching for MMP Episode 4
- Had an MMP dev meeting with @larouxn and threw together a Github Project board, which we will be reviewing tomorrow. The plan is to finish development by the end of January!
- Started using #LifeRPG again (and programmed another tool to calculate Exp and RP in a consistent way)
- Got OCR working for my typewritten text (new ink ribbon = darker text = good OCR)
- Decorated my apartment for the holidays with my parents (and went to a diner; what’s more productive than diners?)
The experiment with the #Larder github releases page went okay. We got maybe a dozen signups out of it, which isn’t bad given how low they’ve been in general. They’re still trickling in too so hopefully that’ll continue for a bit longer. And of course, hopefully many will convert.
This week will be back to #exist, doing some little bits and pieces. Today I started adding “day length” as an attribute, ie. hours of sunlight, which we can already grab from Dark Sky. That one should be easy and completed in the next few days. I also added a Google Maps map for location on the web dashboard.
I changed the flow for suspending accounts to make it a little more difficult, as many people suspend their accounts rather than deleting, but never come back. It costs us in server resources to keep their accounts up to date (we keep syncing their data as a courtesy, for when they return) so I’d rather fewer people did that.
Not sure what I’ll work on next, I have a few other little niceties to pick from.
I’m halfway through Apple’s official #swift book. I’m amazed by the level of attention Swift gives to enumerations and switch cases; two things you can do without really. I’m no language expert, but if there was no static type system, Swift could unburden itself of Optionals.
Anyways, at least I’m happy that Xcode doesn’t crash on my new computer! I’m looking forward to learning iOS starting this January; it’ll probably take six months of weekends to get a working knowledge of it.
Added two new AB tests for two different “funnels” - the book purchase and the mailing sign-up. The first tests a title change, the second tests adding an image to the mailing list call-to-action.
I spent far to long fiddling with CSS to get the image where I want :(
I’m adding tests to help me become familiar with the AB framework I use. I don’t want to buy traffic until I know I can optimise and measure it’s performance.