Making is the Drive to Create

Project Updates

Friday, December 3rd, 2021
Started Working on My Next Big Idea

I've been working lately on my next idea. It's a sort of simple learning management system (LMS) that does away with a lot of the complexities of those systems, and makes sending a training out to your team as easy as sending out a series of emails.

It will have tracking built in so that you will know who has completed their courses and lessons. In addition reminders will relieve you from the responsibility of following up with delinquent employees that never seem to get around to doing the training.

It has been fun but challenging to work on. I feel like I'm 50% or more done with it, but I probably have a long way to go still!

The Vote's Out
Wanted to try my hand at making a game

The Vote's Out is a free phone party game with friends.

It's a web app that uses pusher for real time kind of updates. Anyone can just pull out their phone, create a game, invite some friends, and start playing, as simple as that!

The game works like this: Each player answers zany questions with their most creative, irreverent, and witty responses to win votes from other players. The player with the most questions won is the winner of the whole game.

It's a quick and fun game similar to Jackbox Quiplash. Playing it usually has hilarious results that your group will be laughing about for days.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021
Tally Count
Wanted An Experimental Weekend Project

Was learning about some new tech (Lando, specifically) and I wanted to try it on a small experimental project rather than one of my existing apps. I had been thinking about these kind of counter apps lately and how they are getting used a lot during the pandemic. I think it might be possible to rank for a web-only version of one, so I figured I would try it out. 

Not sure its going to go anywhere, but I would consider adding additional premium features if it ends up getting some traffic to it.
Got something up for feedback

I got a landing page created and have part of the builder tool working. I'm starting to email out to some of my agency contacts and see if they have feedback about the tool.

Would love any thoughts you have about the landing page, potential pricing model, or features for the tool itself.

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
Started something new

I'm a glutton for punishment and started a new project. The idea is a quick payment app where companies could send payment links via text or email and their customers could pay with credit card, Apple Pay, or Google Pay.

I've got an alpha version going but I'm still finalizing a lot of stuff about how it will work and how much it will cost.

Sunday, June 21st, 2020
State of Shirts
Been Getting a Few Orders a Week

Kinda fun since I've been getting a few orders a week now. Still only makes $2-5 per shirt, so its not exactly a huge money maker, but still fun to experiment with.

State of Shirts
Launched this awhile ago

But I never posted it here. Thought I should try and keep this up to date, so why not? 

Thursday, June 20th, 2019
Crazy Inspired

Met with Andrew about this the other day and he thought this idea had a lot of potential. It's amazing what a short conversation can do to motivate you to work on an idea.

MPLS Digital Makers Website
Do we need this site?

This site has been pretty quiet since launch. Not sure if this is necessary. Let me know if you have feedback.

Thursday, May 16th, 2019
MPLS Digital Makers Website
What next?

I feel like the basics of the site are there and working. Waiting to see how it will be used and what features would be valuable to people. Would love to hear ideas and feedback. Here were some thoughts about what else could be added:

  • Ability for others to ask questions about projects and have the maker respond.
  • Ability for the maker to add polls to discussions (like what feature to build next)
  • Ability for maker to add a "next up"/"roadmap" to projects, re-arrange them, and possibly allow people to "like" or "vote" on them.
  • Ability to add monthly metrics to projects (such as users, earnings, content added...?) kinda like the "open startup" idea.
Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
Archive Control
Next Steps

I just need to update this so that the WordPress repository says that it is compatible with the latest version of WP. 

I've also been working on adding in the ability to add Advanced Custom Fields to the Archive page, kinda like an options page. Made some progress awhile ago, but need to flesh that out a bit more.

Not Quite Ready
I thought this project was closer to launch, but after dogfooding it for awhile I realized that while it's nice to have the "quick time entry" UI timeline, its really annoying to not be able to edit a full day's timeline. Additionally users will want to go back and edit previous days as well, otherwise you have to go log in to Toggl/Harvest and do it there, which gets obnoxious quickly. Also considering a partial rewrite using Vue.js, I have a proof of concept worked out using it.