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.