What’s Next

What’s Next

Two¬†weeks ago, I left my job at Automattic¬†to pursue some ideas I’ve had kicking around for some time. If¬†there ever was a time to build something new,¬†there’s no better time than now.¬†I don’t have anyone who depends on me, and I’m extremely lucky¬†to¬†have the support of a country with universal healthcare.

Last week I left my¬†apartment in Brisbane and¬†moved back home to¬†the Sunshine Coast, where I grew up. It’s a bit confronting to be closing in on¬†30 and living at home, but with the price of property in Australia today it’s hard to justify buying or renting when there’s another option.

In exchange for a place to stay, I’ll be dedicating a day a¬†week to improving the family business¬†online store. That leaves a¬†bunch of time to work on other things. The plan is to¬†build something (or multiple¬†things) that¬†brings in a modest income to sustain myself and continue to build more things.¬†The first project I’m planning to work on is small, but is something that I use myself¬†every day.

Time tracking apps are a dime-a-dozen these days, but I still haven’t found one that suits my needs so as far as I’m concerned¬†it’s still not a solved problem.¬†For quite a while I’ve kept a Google spreadsheet to¬†track time to get a better picture of where my time goes (not just for work). The problem is that the spreadsheet is very manual and¬†sorely in need of a better interface, so it happens to¬†make a nice well defined project to kick things off. The great¬†thing about this¬†is that even if nobody else is¬†interested in it, I’ll have a tool that I know I’ll use for myself in future projects.

As much as possible, I’ll be detailing the development process¬†in the open (though the majority of this¬†first app is likely to be closed source… I’m a big fan of¬†open source but¬†I still need to eat). I’ll be posting regular progress updates, technical and other details to this blog and an email list – if you’d like to get email from me and haven’t already done so,¬†add yourself¬†to my list.