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March 2024 reflection

4 April 2024

For most of March, I continued working at the startup I co-founded 4 years ago, with my last day being March 20th. My reasons for leaving are many, which I hope to share in a future blog post, but this work journal is not the place for it! Even with that time commitment, there’s been some good progress on my own projects.



ProjectTime spent (hours)MetricResult
Dashify27.0active installs<10 (+0)
revenue$0 (+$0)
undo.studio6.8posts written6 (+2)
visitors537 (+454)
johnjago.com14.7*posts written1 (+1)
visitors38,298 (+37,771)
Growing an audience0.4Twitter followers61 (+8)

* Of course, I spent some of these hours redesigning things, and only about 8 of them writing. 😭

In total, I worked 48.9 “deep work” hours on these projects, which is 15 more hours than last month. I’m still a little short of the “regular work hours” comparison I made in my previous reflection, which I calculated allows for around 65 hours of deep work.

The spike in visitors to my website was the result an article I wrote and submitted to Hacker News about an unrelated topic. A few people visited Dashify’s website from that, but the chances of them being in market for something like Dashify were slim to none. 90% of those visits bounced, meaning they only viewed the one article and then exited. So, it goes to show that high numbers don’t really amount to anything if they’re not related to your actual goal. However, it also shows that putting in the hours is sometimes worth it. I think a post I put just 1 hour into wouldn’t have been received so well. I do also want to mention that it was immediately taken down in a subreddit I shared it in. You never know.

In April, I’m going full-time on these projects, hoping to find one that can have a few customers and eventually turn into a business. Maybe it’s Dashify, maybe something else. Let’s see!

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Dashify’s first 5-star reviews! Three months to make a living This month, I’m only focusing on Dashify Honest review of Framer from a developer’s perspective Dashify’s first users February 2024 reflection Starting another bet: LinkQR Dashify is live! WordPress AJAX example with fetch and nonce verification January 2024 reflection Fixing Google Search only indexing my homepage Design your website without CSS We’ve submitted Dashify to WordPress.org for review! Growing on Twitter without wasting time Waiting for 51 days Dashify is launching this week 1,000 Twitter followers in one year? Validating a product idea without talking to users It seems the App source '/Applications/Docker.app' is not there 𝕏/X/Twitter logo to copy and paste Pausing the first idea, starting another A new purpose for undo.studio “Let me make money first” pricing Nothing is difficult, blame the tools Analytics aren’t evil Is typography commercially worth it? ChatGPT pair programming Barely started projects you’ll never finish A consistent setup is a productivity hack Bye Linux, hello Mac Take on less than you think Picking a typeface for undo.studio Choosing good personal domain names A journal for side projects