December 22, 2019

Came up with the idea

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I was struggling to restart my regular daily 10 sets of pull-ups habit.

So I thought, in 2020 I will do this every day, no matter what. I did it before for a long time so it should be doable.

Then I thought, well, if I miss a day but I make it up for it the next days (doing more pull-ups) then it's acceptable. But I want a way to track this. So here's the idea of x14: set a measurable goal for the year, split it into daily, weekly or monthly chunks, and track your progress.

It's a simple web app:

  • create your goal,
  • add progress when you make progress
  • view your daily, weekly, monthly or yearly "progress bars"
  • share your progress with your friends,
  • view your friends' progress

Where am I at now, 22nd Dec?

  • I picked the tech stack: Go on AppEngine flexible environment with Firebase auth and Firestore for data
  • No, it's not a Firebase single-page app - I built some of these and I don't really like it. Besides, I want to build some features that will require some sort of back-end anyway (and for some reason I don't want to use Cloud Functions). Those features: auto-updates from things like FitBit, Strava, RSS feeds, IFTTT, etc.
  • I have a working server with auth setup and some templating work (I feel like Go templates are lacking some basic features in terms of template inheritance... Maybe I'm doing it wrong?)

I'm hoping to launch a basic version before Christmas, and some fixes before new year's.

Today's Top Milestones
  • Posted my MVP on IH to be roasted
    Made a post on Indie Hackers to get some feedback on the project, see what others have to say: https://www.indiehackers.com/post/show-ih-super-simple-
  • Perseverance and random dev notes
    And here it comes the tough part. Major features have been developed, along with frontend optimizations. Now it's time to make some promotion and star
  • Every Wikipedia article table is now an API!
    I added a free tool to sheet2api.com this weekend. It lets you create an API from any Wikipedia.org article (as long as it contains at least one table
  • 118 users and first paying customer!!
    My COVID passion project might actually be turning into a real product! This is a really exciting moment. Some quick context on this project. Mental m
  • Launching the app 🚀
    Here is my strategy: 1 - Test the facebook ad with : - Taking of email - Without email capture 2 - Post in facebook groups without taking the email Wh
  • Launching the app 🚀
    Here is my strategy: 1 - Test the facebook ad with : - Taking of email - Without email capture 2 - Post in facebook groups without taking the email Wh
  • Finished (super rough) MVP in 1 day
    I read somewhere that if you are not ashamed of your MVP then you launched too late. This is why this MVP still has wet paint that needs to be dried,