Somewhere near Paris, 2:26 PM UTC, 01/11/2020 Part of what makes sunday suck is how crude the scarcity of *free* time reveals itself to you. That invisible hand holds my gut, crushing my stomach into its iron gauntlet, feeding an irrational appetite for a long desired overnight success that would save me from having to deal with this.
Over the years, I have been looking for hacks to feed that void, with easy, reproducible successes. Truth is, there's no simple tricks.
Still, in the recent months, I have come to appreciate setting up small *non-devmercial* objectives. One example of this is *cooking*. Whatever the skill level, whatever your experience, armed with a good recipe, google and some good will, you will be able to deliver a delicious bourguignon beef, I promise you. You may find different recipes for the same dish, but usually people won't scream at you how fucked you are to cook your beef in an oven instead of a sauce pan (draw the parallel with programming).
Anyway, day's not over and I may still come up with a revolutionary idea or identify the perfect niche for a micro-saas. Or I may end up trying to implement my own DNS server in go, trying hard to gloss over a rampant imposter syndrome. Or just accept that sunday is just another regular day.
Somewhere near Paris, 8:53 PM UTC, 11/10/2020 Feeling anxious, darkness creeps into your living room as hours get by and inevitably bring you closer to that fateful moment where you'll have to wake up to the scream of you phone clock alarm. Another day dreaming of everything you could have built, "just start" as they say. Lost in the duties of the week-end, you watched your free time gets wasted scrolling twitter, your feed filled up with gurus advices and successful indies advocating about their productivity while you feel guilty for not having taken that time to work on this idea you had the other time.
Guess what ?
I feel the absolute fucking same !
Tonight, I am just launching this simple page ~ no framework, not even server-side language, just plain fucking HTML (and the minimal portion of CSS I could think of). At this stage, I don't even know what this is. And I don't really care to be honest. I just know that tonight, I purposefully created something without purpose, without business model, without losing my mind looking for the perfect language + framework combo I should use. Just to get that feeling of having taken a step, back this time, to just appreciate that not all ideas are marketable, and don't need to, but that shoudl not stop you from building it ~ for fun.
Esc :w Alt+Tab reading this out loud
That sounds shitty.
And, that feels good.
UPDATE: I wanted to thank you all for the awesome discussions you brought to HN. I won't list them here, as I think this would be a valuable experience for anyone to just dig in the different threads that arose (you would find the link below). This has been an incredible feeling, and I also wanted to thank you for that. I guess that with around 70000 hits to that page in one day, we can safely draw two conclusions here:
- HN is a fantastic and massive community
- When you got the possibility, please do more of what makes you feel great.
Take care people