March 26, 2019

Tuesday Edition: #Daily-Stand-Up

Last week to make those epics happen!

Why?

That extra nudge of accountability to achieve even a small step on your IH journey each day.

To join in:

01 Share your epic (a big chunk of work with a meaty objective) you'd like to complete by the end of March.

02 Share what you accomplished yesterday.

03 Share what you commit to accomplishing today.

04 Comment on at least one fellow hacker's progress and give them an IH Point for their check in.

Optional:

05 Share your Work In Progress to underscore your accomplishments.

Then tune in the tomorrow to share how you did on your own tasks!

#daily-stand-up

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    Staaaaaand up!!

    2019 Goals for Magnus Rush

    • 50 Augmented Podcasts: (4/50) 8%

    • 12k MAU for the App: (0/12k)

    March Epics

    (Stats from Clubhouse.io)

    Milestone: Soft Launch: 54% Complete

    • [Epic] Launch Marketing: 38% Complete

    • [Epic] SaaS MVP3: 71% Complete

    • [Epic] App MVP3: 64% Complete

    YESTERDAY

    • Fixed some loading message issues

    • Started on queries to grab recent episodes when subscribed podcasts are retrieved to feed the Download Manager

    • Added UI to configure some pieces of the Download Management

    TODAY

    • More work on the Download Manager

    KUDOS

    @jimbol for reaching out for feedback

    WIP of the Magnus Rush podcast app and podcast augmenting platform

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      You seem back to lion mode! How's the non-side hustle stuff going?

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        It's relentless.. so I need to be smarter and keep the boundaries. Definitely one of the curses of working from home.

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    EPIC

    By end of 2019:

    Get 100 paying customers. 0/100 so far

    By end of April:

    Release Brooklet Premium

    Get 5 paid users: 0/5 so far (3 people have indicated interest in trying it)

    YESTERDAY

    Send out Feedback survey - The one person who responded said she looked for the perfect tracking app for a while but eventually settled on mine and has been using it daily ever since. A positive signal. She liked the customization in particular.

    Basic notification settings

    Set up Stripe - When people pay with Stripe mark them as Premium

    Bug fixes

    TODAY

    Begin working on Goal Setting and related Notifications - These are the first Premium features

    Kudos to @rob_race for pushing on Onboarding - its so important

    WIP - Brooklet

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      That's awesome feedback! How many people took the survey in total?

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        Uhh 1. I only sent it out to 7 people though. Those were the people who have signed up in the last week. I've had a couple of other people tell me the tool fits their needs well. Those people seem to be using the app every day. Thats where the tool becomes most effective.

        In general, I'm seeing decent monthly retention, ~35% of users who signed up in Feb came back in March. I'd like to increase that but I'm also pretty happy with it.

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    EPIC

    By end of 2019:

    5 paying customers for AutomatedApi.com

    By end of March:

    • (Product) Fully Rolled onto Threadbase.io so I can set specific goals for the year

    • (Agency) Completed current client project and lined up one more

    • (Product) AutomatedApi ALPHA ready

    YESTERDAY

    • (Product) knock out some threadbase transition tasks, banged y head against a wall for a few hours with some AWS stuff, but all in I cleared some tasks which feels good.

    TODAY

    • (Agency) wrap up the details for Stakeholder demo on Tomorrow

    That's it, I need singular focus to get that wrapped up after the day job.

    Might put a little time in on a SQL injection lab for class if I can get some time before midnight.

    KUDOS: nicely done @rob_race on the release of premium

    WIP

    AutomatedApi.com

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      How do you intend to balance AutomatedAPI versus Threadbase? (Do you have a full-time gig?)

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        haha, difficult balance to tease out...still feeling around.

        Best answer I can give right now is veeeerry carefully :P

        Day job is a serious hindrance right now, but I'm close to dropping it, so there is light on the horizon.

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    EPIC

    By end of 2019:

    5K MR

    By end of March:

    • 🙌🏾Launched 12 March 2019.

    • Publish 18 articles. (18/18 determined, 14/18 written, 11/18 published)

    • Conduct 3 post experiments with a minimum CTR of 2.69% (1/3 experiments completed - 6.15%) )

    • Increase organic growth from 0 to 11 persons (8 of 11).

    • 🙌🏾Persuaded an additional 15 influencers to contribute posts. (18/15)

    YESTERDAY

    After @louisswiss commented that my site was didn't look quite right on his screen + the ridiculously slow load times, I'm seriously considering rebuilding the site in plain HTML + CSS + JS. Not a fan of WP. The bloat. The constant tinkering with uncertain outcomes... Just not a fan.

    But also not a fan of redoing it all. Suggestions?

    Just to see how long it would take me, I rebuilt the home page last night. Based on that experiment, I think I could rebuild the site within two weeks. But it would definitely damper my content creation.

    TODAY

    • Depending on feedback, continue rebuilding the site.

    • Work on the scraping algorithm.

    • Respond to influencers.

    KUDOS: Congrats to @jpusateri for his new acquisition! Awesome!

    1. 4

      Tough call. I would do some work to hard measure the effort vs reward here.

      • What % of your traffic is mobile web? (Might be hard to say right now)

      • Is it a matter of CSS? Might be worth putting in a day or two of learning the screen size variants you need vs recoding completely.

      I personally might wait until you know you're going to be staying on the project long term, and know what % of traffic is mobile. Try for some quick fixes. With so many sites running on WP, long loading times shouldn't be the overwhelming factor, have you run a web optimizer against your site to see the slow loads? Something like https://tools.pingdom.com/

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        Agreed :)

        I'm not a fan of WP either, but might be good to fully validate the idea before jumping ship, and with the bloat comes some cool features you can drop in quickly. WP also has the benefit that while using it, you might come up with ideas that solve problems for WP users (something like 25% of all websites?).

        All that being said, I'm in love with the idea of static site generators. Guaranteed fast serving, nice structure, and a low learning curve. I was amazed at how fast I got setup with Hugo for the blog, and how easily I was able to use a theme I liked.

        I think there are some tools out there to serve WP sites statically. Not sure of the details, but it's another option.

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          Oh shit. I just brought this up in stand up today! Would love to get your opinion on the questions I asked!

          (Smiling) Design is not an issue for me. And I suck at using templates. So any UI frameworks out of the box will be lost on me. At this juncture, I've my own frameworks and methods for tracking assets and CSS. Any of these benefits would be lost on me.

          And you're so right about identifying pain points while using WP. Seriously came up with 18 different ideas with the 1 month run in.

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          I use Bootstrap Studio to make site skeletons, and it helps a lot but is still wonky. I didn't know about Hugo, will check that out!

      2. 1

        In terms of what % is mobile... pretty much all of it. I'll come in this month around 83%.

        Media queries aren't a problem... in vanilla HTML + CSS. Remember this puppy - happyendin.gs?

        And yeah, I've used a couple web analysis tools to critique the speed of my site... F's all around. Easily fixed (or rather avoided) in vanilla HTML + CSS. But I don't relish testing plugins, removing them/finding replacements, etc.

        (Sigh.) You can tell I'm leaning heavy on the rebuild. My only hesitancy is how much of a pain in the ass will it be when I managing 100s of posts.

        It'll be another month to validate. (The meat of the site will come next month - well the meat during "build audience" phase.) I don't know that I can withstand another month of WP debt.

  5. 2

    EPIC

    1. 2019

      • $50K annual revenue
    2. March

      • 6/32: Get a remote job. (interview/apply)

      • 0/20 Get people to say this is not a real problem & reject my value proposition.

      • 0/10 Get customers to confirm a real urgent problem.

      • 3/6: Schedule customer interviews/calls. (confirm/ask)

    YESTERDAY

    • Scheduled customer interview.

    • Draft customer interview questions to ask.

    • Research on a few MicroConf startups

    • Apply for jobs.

    • Prep for a job interview

    TODAY

    1. Did a job interview.

    2. Research on a few MicroConf speakers

    3. Draft a consultancy sales page

    WIP Mindful

    side note

    While at MicroConf I'm focused on doing Epic #2. I want to get my NOs out of the way. That way I know what I'm NOT building.

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      You're at MicroConf?! #jelly

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