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
- 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
- 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)
- 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.