> Please join me in my effort and do finish your projects.
Hear, hear. A friend and I hosted a "Finish it! Weekend" once (as opposed to a "Startup Weekend"). The idea was to get people together for one weekend and finish that last 10% or whatever of a project. Sadly we were the only two to show up. (And we both finished our projects, which suggests this might be a good kind of hackathon to host every six months or so).
Even though we'd never met and did everything via email, I still found it effective and built a site that made several hundred dollars and then sold down the track. Nothing lucrative, more than my hourly rate by hours spent.
Each night I did a tiny portion of the work:
- research keywords and write bullet points
- decide on domain, buy domain and set up hosting
- extend bullets to x paragraphs per page
- create site with nav and pages
- launch and paste in ad code
Each evening was about an hour.
MFA sites are a bit slimy and unfulfilling so I tend to favour other side projects these days.
Big monoliths are too useful to go away. Does emacs "do one thing and do it well?" No, it does a million things, some of them better than others. Nevertheless, lots of Unix guys use it.
The image just happens to have a text editor and a bunch of other useful utilities built-in.
Emacs looking like the antithesis of the Unix philosophy is only because the Unix nature is deeply embedded within it.
EDIT: Also: I might take part if the "Finish it" weekend takes place, provided my wife takes care of the kids long enough.
You've heard of Startup weekend, right? You spent an entire weekend working on something and then, come Monday you've got yet another project sitting on your plate that needs your attention. Now what?
I floated an idea by Steve Wainstead a while back for something we're calling "Finish Up Weekend." The idea is, take one of those projects that's part way finished and FINISH the damn thing! So, that's what we're doing.
Tomorrow morning around 9, Steve and I will be setting up shop at WIP and digging in to projects that we both want to make happen. No checking email. No checking Facebook. And especially, no working on projects for clients. This is all about YOU and that project YOU want to work on. Be prepared to show off what you finished!
We'd love to have you join us. Come on down and make something awesome.
Hope to see you there!
What gives this idea some mojo is it's an event. It's an incentive to set aside everything for one weekend to push the project over the finish line. And you're in the company of others with the same goal; this creates peer pressure to avoid distractions and stay focused until the end.