TL;DR: I created an MVP, text-only version of 1 Second Everyday
I wonder if there’s a word or phrase in the English language for the feeling felt when falsely correcting the path you’re on.
- I’m driving
- I’m in the fast lane, but it’s moving slower than all the other lanes
- I switch lanes to what I think is the actual fast lane
- I drive faster for all of 12 seconds
- All the cars that were behind me in the lane I was previously in proceed to pass me
- I unnecessarily switched lanes
- I’m playing Mario Kart
- I get a green shell
- I throw green shell
- I want the green shell to hit opponents ahead of me
- Green shell misses opponents, bounces off wall
- I get hit by the shell I threw
- Do I lack patience?
- Did I miscalculate?
- Was it just bad luck?
Here’s how I ended up here:
- Make habit building software
- I’ve failed to make journaling a habit
- Make a habit building journaling app
- Okay, I’m making TenWords Journal
- Write at least ten words a day
- If I miss a day then all my previous entries get deleted
- Wait, that didn’t work out so well
- Try to write ten words each and every day
- I feel most of my days aren’t journal worthy
- Now this app inadvertently highlights the general mundaneness of my life
It’s funny because I don’t feel that my life is boring at all.
- I like software engineering
- I have hobbies that still offer much to learn
- I made $0.29 off of TenWords Journal
- Don’t invest too much time in brand upfront
- Identify potential competitors from every angle. Tunnel vision caused me to overlook 1 Second Everyday
- UX can make or break software. It is worth investing time in wireframes and UX flows.
- Keep costs as close to $0.00 as possible.
- I saved money using Coredata and Cloudkit instead of Firebase
- I wasted time prototyping with Firebase
- I wasted time and money in prematurely creating TenWordsJournal.com
- I wasted time having UX and UI crises
Instead of creating an app that would take short entries to write a life story, I ended up highlighting the insignificance of day to day life through poor UX decisions. I neglected to understand the popularity of 1 Second Everyday and instead focused on competing with other journaling and diary apps.