Back to writing in public

Published on Apr 2, 2019

I finally finished my first book yesterday. Inspired by how makers create tech products in public, I documented this journey in public. Once I had enough public writing materials, I edited the resulting bag of words into a book and added some original content in private posts. I learned many things in the process, but I'll keep it for future posts.

I'm now back to my regular writing schedule: 200 words per day every day. I was forced to write considerably more over the last few days - up to 4000 words in one day - so it feels incredibly easier. I have been writing continuously for more than 150 days. New ideas are still popping up. It's a bit like how power-lifting works: growth is achieved by increasing the weight you lift. New heights are achieved by stretching the limits you are capable of, up to your point of failure.

Finishing the book also means I'm back working full-time on 200WaD. The community sent me many ideas, it's time to implement them. I missed coding, it's high time to get back to it! This Wednesday I'm changing the web server to make the product much faster, so expect a bit of downtime. I devised a strategy to nullify the migration time, but I'm pretty sure something will go unexpected. Once I'm done with the new server I will be able to work on improving the notification system by adding email support. The main issue with 200WaD is retention, so I need to release new social features and organize community events to grow more interactions.