Week 6 Progress Report - Basic to Basics

I'm posting these on Twitter and my blog (https://bryansmith.io/Interweave-Progress-Reports-Build-In-Public) but I'm sharing them in full here. Why? Because this is a great community and your feedback rocks.

I'm calling this week the "Back to Basics" week. Code wise I didn't move the needle like I wanted to, BUT look at the good and the bad below. I think that's an okay trade-off. But I didn't finish off the Evidence Vault, close but not quite, just one last dumb bug.

That said I did get 2 out of 3 of my "Next Week" done. Feels good with shorter hours.

Also this week I focused big on audience building and I think it's showing (check out the stats). Love of words written, lots of engagement on Twitter (and now on Indie Hackers) and you can see the needle moving.

Finally, ❤️ Shout out to all the makers who have a loved one by their side. My wife is an all-star. She knows I need to make things and has always been patient and loving. I consider myself blessed that she's in my life.

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Good: Hiring the contractor paid off big time. The code I needed is already done for my editor modification. Plus he did it way better than I would have done. Trading some 💰 for something I "could" do, but frankly I don't need to do is quite nice.

Bad: I'm not really sure there was any bad this week, other than what I said above. I don't know React as well as I need to now. But I have a great resource by Dave Ceddia called Pure React that's teaching me what I know (mostly I got hung up on not knowing the React life cycle like I need to).

Weekly Project Progress Stats:

  • 🗓 Days Worked: 5 (-)
  • ⏱ Hours Worked: 4.92 hours (🔻🔻 8.18 hours)
  • 💻 Commits: 2 (🔻🔻 4)
  • 📝 Words Written: 1,254 (🔺🔺 1,254)
  • 🐦 Tweets: 54 (🔺🔺 24)
  • 🐦 Followers: 231 (🔺🔺 11)
  • 📧 Early Access Subscribers: 20 (🔺 4)


  • 🔒 Just one stupid bug left in the Evidence Vault
  • 📚 Getting smart on React


  • 📻 I don't want to be a radio, always broadcasting, and never interacting. So I pushed myself to contribute this week... and found it was a lot of fun.
  • 💸 Learned how to make an international wire transfer to pay my contractor. Hope I'm not on some watch list now. 😳
  • ✍🏼 I wrote a lot this week, I really do like sharing what I know.

Lessons Learned

  • 🧱 Audience building is stacking bricks, interact, brick by brick, and people will listen.

Next Week

  • 1️⃣ Relax, chill, and enjoy life.
  • 2️⃣ Get smart 👨‍🔬 on React and finish off that bug and the vault 🔒
  • 3️⃣ Publish two essays on Product Market Fit
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