Turning a Corner

I recently saw something really cool that resonated with me. It's called Tiny Projects, and it's an attempt to create one tiny project a week. For whatever reason, reading about his projects caused me to really question what I've been building recently.

I've been on a bit of an endless grind for the last couple of years. I think I've been getting burnt out by the #IndieHackers, ☕ rise and grind 🏋️‍♂️  treadmill for a while now without realizing it. Seeing "business" after "business" fail, and then moving on to the next scheme has caused me to become a bit jaded. I feel like I'm lying to other people when I try to sell my product - and feeling like a bit of a fraud because of it.

My mind immediately goes to thinking of the next way to benefit off some trend, or how I can market some previous idea. It's made the whole act of programming pretty joyless for me - that constant wondering of how can I benefit from this.

That's why I think Ben's project spoke to me - it reminded me that you can create something without wanting to benefit yourself financially. You can build cool things just because they are cool. I started programming because I wanted to build new and interesting things - and definitely lost track of that along the way.

So that's what I'm going to do. For the next year, I am going to build one cool thing per month. I'm going to do it in the open - not as some BS marketing tactic, but so I can keep myself on track. Here's to hoping that 12 months from now, I'll have brought 12 new and interesting things into the world. Even if they are tiny.

Until then,
Stephen

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