August 11, 2020

A week of vacation to work on my side project

Drew Bredvick @dbredvick

About me

I'm a developer trying to build businesses on the internet. I write nextjsnotes.com each week and a monthly essay at drew.tech.

Right now, I'm working on building out Fit Vitals.

Intro

Today is day two of my weeklong vacation, where I'm working.

I'm lucky enough to work at a company with unlimited vacation time, so why not use it?

I was feeling stretched very thin between working on an MVP for Fit Vitals link, work, and trying to maintain a personal life.

My goal is to have a product to actually sell by the end of the week.

I'm going to update this post with my progress as I build.

Wish me luck!

08/10/2020

08/11/2020

  • Created custom back end AWS Kinesis -> Firehose -> S3 delivery for metrics
  • Created property view page
  • Added charts for Core Web Vitals

core web vitals

08/12/2020

Got the analytics working today:
core web vitals analytics

Also, the AWS free tier is wild:

08/13/2020

  • Started displaying real data in my charts
  • Tweaked the data pipeline to add in more fields

08/14/2020

  • Changed the charts to display
  • Expanded data model to handle sorting dates
  • Upgraded charts to ApexCharts
  • Added "Good" and "Needs improvement" markers

cls mobile

Question

Have you ever taken time off of work to build your side project? How did it go?

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