Is what many of us perhaps ask ourselves when starting a passion project.
And yours truly is no different.
As, let's be honest, want and will are oceans apart; even if you have an idea that provides value.
Even then, you need to put in the work; which life experience has taught me is no fun ... that's why I only do things I enjoy ... which ... now I feel lost in a thought loop ... what was I doing again??
Oh yea ... trying to get free!
Or at least that's the conclusion to which I arrived.
We'll talk about the journey it took to get here later.
Nonetheless, like I said, I need this to work; and that means getting money.
"Money empowers you to do things. I don't think you can buy happiness, but you can sure buy time to find happiness." ~ Felix
Yes, this is all connected to a larger product, but there are still some issues with that product; and so writing this book seems the best place to start.
A book is relatively easy to create, in theory.
I enjoy writing. It's fun, I have fun doing it.
And I have knowledge I can share; not a ton, and I did get the idea validated by a few folks earlier this year.
While, before getting kicked out of a coding bootcamp, I hosted Saturday sessions for about 1/3 of my cohort to help them stay caught up on the weekly work.
So that helps validate the idea that I can help others learn; they are all now gainfully employed in tech.
Nonetheless, writing an actual book, and submitting such written words to the masses, when there's already SO much out there ...
Beyond exporting a Google Doc to PDF, anyone have any ideas of how to make a super snazzy PDF, short of using LaTeX ??
And that's where y'all can give me some insight and feedback, perhaps ?
First off, I got this handy-dandy lil' survey for those who are learning to code, want to learn to code, or have learned how to code and are willing to donate insights from their journey.
Here's a list of the questions I'm asking:
I'm sure that if I did more research I could find ready-made answers to many of these questions, but ... why not ask them myself, I said.
OMG, I'm actually gonna do it y'all ...
Lil' orphan Culture Clap ... venturing to the big burly platform of PH, where ferocious space-kittens prowl searching for the latest and greatest in all things digitally cat-nipped ...
I'm skurred ... but fear cannot win the day!
This has to work!
And so my dear reader, we forge ahead ... I've created a Ship page!
Perhaps you have an interest to follow along, and learn more ?
Here's the link: producthunt . com / upcoming / rebel-coding
I gotta build up my rep here before I can share multiple links ~ also why there aren't any picture :( C'est le vie.
If the world were to turn my way, I'd love to launch the book in the beginning of May; and I've tentatively set May 2nd as a launch date.
Though truly there is much work to be done before then ~
And so, in subsequent posts, I will illuminate this journey.
Admittedly much of it still remains little more than shadows, even to me ...
Though maybe my adventure, and associated inquiries, can shine a light for others?
Ahh, yes, in time I will court the grown lions of Hacker News, and even attempt to dance a jig with the beasts of Reddit.
To share my survey, and other solicitations of support.
But first, for you fellow Indie Hackers.
Y'all seem like such wonderful folk.
Oooo, yay, and my product just got approved here!
indiehackers . com / product / rebel-coding
So many of us in similar boats, floating between the islands of others, wishing one day to make our own.
And so, if it's alright with y'all, I'll continue to share the quibbles, quandaries and quasars, of this journey here first.
This being part one of an unknown number of posts ...
A thousand mile journey begins with a single step, they say; and perhaps the book of one's digital life, with a single, first, post.
That said, if you've made it this far, thank you for taking the time to read my wondering words.
And if you have any immediate questions, please feel free to inquire below.
So, until next time, I hope moments find you safe, enthused and energized to continue the work your life is calling you to pursue.