I remind myself, it takes time to create cool stuff.
My new mantra :)
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March 13th to March 24th
My current mood is good, but wishing the universe would grant me full power over time, space, and matter for a month… 🤪
Adding genres and age data is a monster project.
I knew it would be. But it has taken longer than I thought it would.
Design - 90% done.
We are finishing some last-minute design tweaks.
We are trying to improve/simplify the filter feature (an utterly key UX element)
Dev - 33% done
Backend - 100% done
Frontend - 0% done (work starts next week)
Data processing - 10% done (Ben’s job)
Organizing age data - 95% done
Organizing genre data - 25% done
Building genre pages - 0% done
Building age pages - 0% done
I've got a lot to do over the next 30 to 60 days.
I’ll know more next week…
I am trying to ship the new book page + filter before Marton (our fantastic part-time dev) goes on a much-deserved vacation. I am unsure if this is possible, and I will know more as we break down the work next week.
If we can’t make that work, it could be late July before we launch this feature fully. There are a good 10 to 12 weeks of solid work here.
I am just reminding myself it takes time to build cool stuff :)
What worries do you have right now?
I need to 3x our traffic this year so that we reach break-even on costs and can keep adding new features at the same pace (or faster).
Google rolled out a big update this week and that has hit us with slowing growth slightly. That is normal and part of the process for a new website, but frustrating.
I am hopeful that April picks up on traffic and I am doing a lot of work to improve the experience for readers as always. Slowly but surely we will get there :)!
What is going on outside of Shepherd?
My lovely wife celebrated a birthday. I surprised her with a trip to the beach for the weekend. It was a bit cold, but we had an amazing view.
What am I reading?
Savage Peace - I love this book! Hoping to finish it soon.
P.S. View from our little beach cabin in Portugal.
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