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February 2017


Spent most of the weekend coming down from the high of #playgroundscon. It’s quite similar to the post-show blues I used to get in theatre, as you spend a short period of high intensity work with a group of strangers, then suddenly you’re plunged back into normal life and it’s quite a shock.

Yesterday I drafted a #blog post about #diversity in tech and some of the good and bad things I noticed at Playgrounds. I also put together the start of a WIP doc on GitHub of ways conference organisers and speakers can increase diversity and inclusion at their events. Hoping lots of other people in the tech community will contribute so this doc can grow over time and provide lots of suggestions for people who want to improve their events but don’t know where to start.

January 2017


My update of #exist for #ios successfully uploaded to the App Store today. Phew! Waiting for that to get through review now.

Today I worked on a couple of drafts for the Larder #blog and some more bug fixes for the Exist iOS app.


Since I’m working Mon, Tue, Wed at #rescuetime now I probably won’t have many early-week logs. But Thursdays and Fridays are #HelloCode days so here’s a #laterlog for yesterday:

  • Paid my latest #tax instalment
  • Cleared out my inbox (mostly)
  • Followed up most of the #changemap tasks for #exist that came in over the past week
  • Wrote up the Hello Code monthly report for December and drafted a matching #blog post
  • Worked on bug fixes for #exist for #ios, sent a new version to TestFlight, and tried to submit a new version to the App Store but iTunesConnect was broken yet again.

December 2016


It’s holiday time this week, but also stinking hot so I haven’t been doing much. A little #drawing yesterday which was fun. Also worked on some blogging today and yesterday. I have a whole stack of drafts that need to be edited and published on my #blog now, including:

  • My 2016 year in review
  • My must-have apps for 2016
  • My thoughts on switching from iOS to Android for good
  • A recap on my fountain pen journey in 2016
  • A recap on my planner journey in 2016
  • An update on my 2017 planner setup

And I still need to draft a post about the habits I tried to build in 2016. Phew! #writing

November 2016


Spent quite a bit of time putting together new pitches for #client #content work this afternoon. A couple of my clients have cut back my workload, so I’m in panic mode again about having enough work in the future. A stop gap job isn’t very good if it’s not stable while you work on your side project! Debating different options for improving that situation, but don’t want to take my focus off #HelloCode if I can help it.

Also published a planner review on my #blog that I’ve been meaning to finish for a while, and wrote up a long post about my analogue planner setup for next year. And did some final edits on another draft I had waiting, so I think I’ll hit my goal of publishing 4 posts on my blog this month!

Also published a short post on the #exist blog and sent it out in the blog #newsletter.

September 2016


Aha! I may be finally getting my groove back. Today felt like my most productive for a while. Here’s what I did in the afternoon:

  • Outlined and drafted a #client #content article due this week
  • Emailed a couple of people who might be interested in my new #monthlyreview project
  • Sent pitches to two clients
  • Edited a client article from last week
  • Responded to all my emails #inboxzero
  • Followed up client feedback on another article from last week
  • Made some final edits to a post for my #blog

August 2016


Another busy #HelloCode day today:

  • Drafted a blog post for #exist about our new Todoist integration
  • Finished replying to #interview questions from @josh so he could publish our first interview on the #larder blog
  • Finished my first draft of my first personal #essay attempt. Got some feedback from @josh so I can refine it before pitching to editors.
  • Drafted a post for the Larder blog about my work schedule
  • Worked on a post for the Hello Code blog about fixing a tricky #exist for #ios a while ago
  • Emailed some active Exist for iOS users to see if they’ll beta test for me, as I have a tiny pool of testers
  • Republished my #sketchnotes post from my #blog yesterday on Medium
  • Cleared my inbox
  • Sent a media pitch about Exist
  • Thought I finished the Larder import/export guide but it needs some changes still

Oops! Forgot to log yesterday. Here’s what I got done:

  • Sent #exist for #ios update to the App Store for review.
  • Submitted an Exist guest post idea for consideration
  • Made a new list of #larder blog topic ideas after chatting with @josh about our angle for the blog
  • Republished our last Exist blog post on Medium
  • Published a post of my #sketchnotes on my #blog
  • Edited a draft for my blog about how I work with clients on content

Another smashing day today. One thing I love about my current approach of starting work at 1pm is that I can go out for brunch without it affecting my workday 😏 So here’s what I’ve done today so far:

  • Started a guide to exporting bookmarks from various browsers/services. This will eventually be available for #larder users to help them import bookmarks into Larder.
  • Republished my #blog post about tools I use for writing on Medium.
  • Pitched guest posts to three different sites as part of my #marketing push for #exist
  • Added a link to our Exist roadmap to help users ask IFTTT to let us integrate with them
  • Took screenshots of some of my own Exist correlations to be used on the homepage as examples
  • Emailed a contact at a media site about republishing some posts from my blog and the Exist blog
  • Drafted a little post for my blog about some of my #sketchnotes
  • Emailed a media site and a couple of prominent bloggers about using Exist to get insights from productivity data

Another big day starting work at 1pm, though things seemed to take longer today. Here’s what I got done:

  • Finished my first #client #content article and submitted it
  • Drafted, edited, and finished off my second (and last) client article and submitted it (that’s right, no more client work this week! #HelloCode time ahoy!)
  • Planned #larder blog topics after discussing with @josh last night what kind of audience to focus on
  • Brainstormed guest post topics to go with yesterday’s list of places to pitch guest posts to
  • Pitched some articles from my #blog and the #exist blog to be republished on a tech site that’s syndicated our content in the past. Unfortunately, my contact has left the company and I got a big run-around when trying to figure out who to contact now, so that may not lead anywhere
  • Hit #inboxzero

Phew. Big day. This working from 1pm until dinner thing is going pretty well so far. I was a little late getting started today, but apart from a break for a late lunch, I worked (on various thing) right until now… 6:30pm. And got a lot done. Success! Here’s what I did:

  • Sent my weekly #newsletter and the #blog newsletter for #exist
  • Republished an Exist blog post on Medium
  • Made a list of possible topics to write about on our new #larder blog
  • Made a list of marketing ideas for Exist (mostly places to pitch guest posts, but some other ideas too)
  • Drafted a #client #content article
  • Completely emptied my inbox
  • Did the #research for my other client article for this week

July 2016

June 2016


Getting back into a proper workflow today. Here’s what I’ve done so far:

  • Planned the outline for a new #book I’m considering #writing about #content writing and strategy.
  • Drafted a short post for the #exist #blog.
  • Did a little Exist for #ios testing.
  • Did some follow up work from our Exist user survey.
  • Sent an email to Exist users about my #productivehabits course, since a lot of users said in the survey that they’re also interested in habit tracking.

May 2016

April 2016


Made some updates to my website and my now page today:

  • Removed my email address so I (hopefully) won’t get so many cold emails about stuff I don’t care about/don’t have time for.
  • Cleaned up the copy so it’s shorter and easier to read.
  • Removed my dedicated “content” and “development” pages, so it’s just a two-page site now.
  • Added links to my #blog and microblog in the footer, with icons.
  • Changed my name to “Belle B. Cooper” instead of Belle Beth Cooper, because people keep calling me Beth. (@josh thinks this is because Belle is not a real name, and I might as well be telling people my name is “Fancy Beth Cooper”. I think that’s a great analogy, and hope that using Belle B. will make it more clear which one is my first name.)
  • removed pretty much all reference to #client #content work, so it’s clear that I’m primarily (I wish) an #ios developer.

March 2016