What I'm Working On Now

Ever get asked, "So what are you up to now?" Yea me too. So this page answers that question. Inspired by Derek Sivers /now page movement.

Initial Plans For 2020

Personal

  • Spend as much time as possible with my daughters. My oldest is now in college across the country so my time with her is limited, which is all the more reason to make our time together count.
  • Write every day - Journal.
  • Write every day - Creative (blog, tech, marketing emails, newsletters, guest posts, etc.)
  • Read at least 15 new books in 2020. I've had a goal of 16 or 20 the last few years and never seemed to make it. So I'm lowering it to 16 this year. You can follow the progress on Goodreads. (2019 challenge results)

Business

  • Launch AnyHow, formerly known as Grinch, to the public.
  • Work hard on business development for Insight Miners.
  • Complete water project at Colonial San Martin (rollover from 2019).
  • Work from at least 5 different countries, aka "workations", in 2019. This is a lower number than the previous few years because I am trying to focus on products a lot this year. This involves staying in one place more often (at least for me)
  • Attend at least 1 non-tech related conference.
  • "Ship" something daily. Progress displayed on my WIP Profile

What's Actually Going On

Back in California

I spent most of the year trapped in Nicaragua. I was finally able to return to Los Angeles on October 12th. Honestly other than my daughters, I didn't miss the US much, especially with the current climate in the country.

I find myself missing Nicaragua every day. LA is awesome and will always be home to me but I'm ready for a more permanent change.

Daughter Time

Now that I'm back I've been hanging with my youngest daughter basically daily. She and I also just returned from a trip to Boston and New York to visit my oldest daughter. I had a great time and got a kick out of my daughter being able to legally drink alcohol now; she turned 21 while I was out of the country. So our first night together we had a drink together.

We spent about a week together just exploring Boston and New York.

Writing

I've basically done zero writing. Not even in my journals. Sure I wrote a bunch of help docs and maybe a few small blog posts for AnyHow but that's about it. I do have a large post about remote work that's about 70% done. I need to wrap that up and publish it as it's pretty important given the current situation, especially for small businesses struggling to adjust to the new norm of remote work.

Reading

Currently reading Atomic Habits by James Clear. This is one of those books I've had recommended many times but I always put it off. What a mistake that was! This is a fantastic book and provides actionable advice right from the get go.

See the Goodreads Challenge for the overall reading goal progress.

AnyHow

AnyHow is live! We launched it in mid January 2020. I wish the launch was more of a success in terms of new users but it wasn't. Since then we've been working, albeit slowly, on marketing. I have to admit this part is hard to focus on because we just want to build it. We've had a few releases since then and added some great new features and have some more ready to be released.

As of Monday, November 16th 2020 we have a new person joining Netlandish who's main job will be selling out products. AnyHow is the product that will have most attention given to it.

Insight Miners

Things are progressing very nicely here. I can not disclose to much but in my 2019 retrospective I wrote a bit about things. Read that if you're interested.

Colonial San Martin

We recently launched the brand new website for Colonial San Martin. I have to say it's a massive upgrade from before. Without much effort we're also getting incoming leads and people downloading the investors kit. So I'm excited about this. I'm working on a marketing plan to help get this kit in front of more targeted eyes.

Learning Go

I've been learning the Go programming language the last few weeks. It's a very fun language and surprisingly easy to learn. You can get a solid grasp of the language in an afternoon if you're an existing developer with a bit of experience. I mainly wanted to learn it to help tackle some larger tasks on the SourceHut platform and I'm also writing a CLI utility to "tag" files locally. Basically scratching my own itch. I'll talk more about that when it's ready for a release.

Last updated November 14th, 2020.