Okay, so here I am, the end of the line on #The100DayProject .
It's been gruelling, exciting, exhausting, frustrating, rewarding, educational, and ultimately, 'successful'. I'm will write a detailed post outlining all the things I've learned along the way, but not for a few weeks, I need to give myself a few days off from continuous posting (though I'll still be working)! ....and @Harlem will be pleased to have the #daily-stand-up less cluttered 😉!
At the halfway mark (day 50, duh) I wrote a summary of the key things I'd achieved up until then, you can read that here if you're interested: https://www.indiehackers.com/post/56da1d9281 and with that in mind, in today's post I'll talk list key things from the second half of the project!
Two bits of housekeeping first though... so, today 🥁:
Secondly, for anyone reading this who might not have followed the project from day 1, in summary:
I started this project very much as a personal project. The simple plan was to set up a foundation to help friends and family pool resources and ideas to try and combat climate change – really it’s a charity for anyone that feels like they can’t do anything on their own but want to proactively and meaningfully channel that frustration.
I actually co-opted a hashtag that artists use on Instagram called #The100DayProject. The idea is that you make a bit of progress each day for 100 days and see where you’re at. It wasn’t really for starting a charity, but it seemed like a nice way to be accountable to some small audience, and importantly – to keep me focused and committed alongside my responsibilities at work and my family life! Posting it on IHers seemed like a good ideas as I was already part of the community here and I knew I'd get some great advice along the way.
Okay, now that that's out of the way, what were the key achievements from day 50-100 (not 100% chronological as some things are grouped):
Anyway, those are the biggest things from the second half! It's a pretty dry list, I'm not making many value judgements for now, but needless to say it was productive and I'm proud of the work I achieved.
As mentioned, I'll dig into the learnings at a later date. But in summary:
Using #The100DayProject has allowed me to carve out 5 weeks worth of work (if we're talking 8 hour days) alongside my full time job and family life. It's been brutal and tiring, but without the discipline it introduced I probably wouldn't be where I am - which is having a legally registered charity, banking and payment processing, a coherent pitch to encourage friends and family to take up the cause with me, a pretty decent website, a brand, a voice, a new appreciation for the value of consistent output, and a new network of awesome contacts that are interested in the same cause as me 😊.
Special thanks for a few IHers:
@rosiesherry for keeping a watchful eye throughout and chiming in with advice and encouragement.
@SuchIndieHackMuchWow for a ridiculous amount of support, feedback, exchange of ideas and general advice, more than I could possible have expected from someone I'd never met!
@shylands for also offering advice and reviews as the project reached it's final stages, and for the great work he's doing setting up the Impact Makers group, fixathon etc. And...for becoming a donor 😍
@joshdance - we only communicated right near the beginning, but you pointed out that momentum was a powerful thing, and that really stuck with me, especially in the hard parts!
Honestly, there's lots of people I've interacted with additionally on IH, but importantly outside of here too, so thanks to everyone...just thought it would be nice to call out a few people 👋.
I don't know if the idea will work out, but I'm glad I'm trying, and I've learned a lot. As Jeff Bezos would say, today is Day One 🙂