Time For A Checkup
Okay, it’s been about a month since my first post. Time for a personal checkup on achieving my goals for this blog.
Hold Myself Accountable
I realized I haven’t put an idea/project out there to be accountable on, except for this site. This is a hard one for me, I have a lot of ideas. And each idea starts the same way, I am really excited at the start but eventually that excitement fades away or I start to put doubts in my head that it will not work or require too much work. My wife has a good point, force yourself to do one project for 6 months. So, I am taking her up on that challenge.
I’ve decided to work on an IOS app, this is about the third time I have tried to sit down and write an app. I did create a very simple weather app last year, but it was declined. I only put two weeks into the project and by that time I was ready to move on. This time will be different, as I document my adventures with weekly posts (ok, talk about accountability).
Address My Fears
I have followed through on this one. I’ve reached out to folks who have inspired me, I’ve asked for clarification when I don’t understand something and I am more direct with people. Before deciding to work on the IOS app, I was inspired by Sam Ovens story and reached out to 80 strangers via email. I only received about 8 responses. I didn’t proceed beyond the initial contact, only because I needed to focus on one idea. I will re-address this approach after my “6 month project.”
Become A Better Writer
This is a work in progress, and probably will be for some time. I give myself credit for trying.
Warning, this post may suck!
This is my third attempt at starting a blog. The previous two blogs were geared towards ruby. I didn’t enjoy writing a technical blog, so I let them drop.
Is this one different?
I don’t know, only time will tell. The topic is different, it’s about me and my pursuit for something better. I have a good programming job, but my income is based on how many hours I put in. To say the least, this is not scalable from an entrepeneur perspective.
So why this blog?
I have three goals for this blog:
- Hold myself accountable
- Address my fears
- Become a better a writer
Hold myself accountable
I tend to start a lot of projects that never see the light of day (just ask my wife). Why does this happen? I think it boils down to:
- Afraid to ask for help
- Afraid to market the project
- Afraid to market myself
- Afraid that I might not know what I am doing
Or, maybe I just like to start new things… Which is okay, but I need to have a project out in the wild to learn from. I will use this blog to document that process, and keep me accountable.
Address my fears
I tend to read a lot of blogs on making money on the web, I don’t click with most of them. While vacationing in Positano, Italy, I ran across a blog by Karol Gajda. I read through the essays labelled Start Here and this wonderful post 5 Ways To Grow Up, Stop Being a Fucking Crybaby, and Get Rejected. This blog clicked for me, and forced me to realize I need to address the following fears:
- Writing, there is a reason the title of this post is called: Warning, this post may suck!.
- Interacting with others, this includes asking for help.
The day I finished reading Karol Gajda essays, I challenged myself to ask for 10% discount on our hotel room due to the poor internet connection. Going in expecting to be rejected, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a 20% discount. Thank you, Karol!
Become a better writer
I might never be good, but at least I can become better and I am trying. Let me know what you think.