Hey there! My name’s Matt and I’ve been trying to launch this damn site for the past 5 years. That’s a long time.
Part of the problem? I love to tinker. As soon as I get close to launching something, a new idea pops into my head and I spend months reworking everything.
The other part of the problem is that part of me is scared to launch because I’ve spent so much time with the idea that letting go and allowing it to either succeed or fail in the real world is a hard thing to do.
So I’ve come up with a new plan: drop everything and just start writing. That’s what I’ve been telling myself to do for ages, but the lack of a website I’m happy with has stopped me.
This time I’ve got a trick up my sleeve. I’m going to be writing about the development of ActivistLab as I’m working on it. That takes the pressure off a bit, because the more messy things are, the more interesting the story.
Currently, ActivistLab is set to publish on a monthly basis, which gives me the perfect deadline each month to make incremental design improvements while also writing content and recruiting authors (and writing updates like these).
Here’s my to-do list for the next month:
- Write the first three longform articles
- Make it so the website design is at least usable at a basic level
- Transfer the local development version of ActivistLab to the live server
- Talk to at least 2 friends/allies/people about ActivistLab and get their feedback
- Write another development log like this one
I’m not so sure about that first task… I’ve had that on my to-do list since December, I think. Maybe this time I should just aim to write one of them and go from there?
Until next time,