Today I want to try something that until now I've only heard and read from others. I listen a lot to the Indiehackers podcast, and I read a lot of articles on the topic as well, but I never acted on the advice I'd hear and read all around the internet.
To break the cycle of inactivity, I need to start something. That's why I decided to build a digital info product in one day.
By the end of the day, I want to have enough video tutorials recorded to give programmers the knowledge on how to transform their React apps into a Progressive Web App.
I'm by no means an expert on the topic: I only have three years of software development experience myself, but I've done this in my job as a software developer and in my free time, so I have knowledge that I can pass on.
I'm aware that the chosen timeframe is extremely short and that I have no experience in video recording. In addition to that, I don't have a significant audience that I could sell to, so I know that the odds are against me.
Nevertheless, I want to take this as a challenge and produce something of value in one day, and with a bit of luck, one or two people will buy this.
It's 8:33 AM where I live, so I still have the whole day ahead of me. I'll add updates to this page as I progress.
EDIT 9:29 AM:
I finished the basic outline for the course and started creating the slides I want to use in the videos.
EDIT 12:34 PM:
I needed to go outside to buy a microphone. Now I got back to working more on the slides.
EDIT 4:18 PM:
I had a really bad headache around lunchtime, which is why I couldn't do any work on the project. I'm feeling better now and will continue working on the slides. I've also started working a bit on the Gumroad description for the product.
EDIT 7:29 PM:
I started recording the first part of the course. It's a lot harder than I thought, but I'm optimistic.
EDIT 8:49 PM:
I had issues configuring the sound in OBS, it took me 1 hour, but now I think the sound is good enough.
EDIT 9:21 PM:
I finished the recording of the first part (out of three), and I have to say that it's much harder than I imagined. Not being a native speaker definitely makes it harder, but I think that it wouldn't be much easier doing it in my mother-tongue either.
I will have dinner and maybe record a bit more later on. Hopefully, I'm able to complete the course in two days at least.
EDIT 11:59 PM:
I managed to record and cut most of the first part of the course. Tomorrow I will try to finish the rest. Even though I didn't reach my goal, I'm glad I tried it anyway 😄
EDIT next day, 2:50 PM:
I decided to change the strategy from only talking based on bullet points, to writing out everything I say.
After re-editing the first part of the course today, I noticed that there are too many pauses, "uhm"s, and "ehm"s, that make the content hard to follow.
It will take me some more time, but I think that it will be worth it.
EDIT next day, 11:13 PM:
I finished recording and editing the first part of the tutorial. Using a script was much easier and saved me a lot of time during editing and recording. I will do this the same way when recording of the last section tomorrow.