- I’m looking for a big fat hook I can hang great content on here, that you’re going to want to read and remark on. I can write about a lot of things, but it’s more fun, useful and interesting when they tie together into something bigger.
- I need to get back into developing. While I love to write and am pretty good at it, there was a reason I got out of reporting – I want to build things, not just talk about them. Having done zero coding for nearly a year, I need to build up my programmer muscles, and get back up to speed with what’s going on in the Rails community these days (short answer: a lot! 3.1, CoffeeScript, Saas, jQuery…!). And there’s the not small motivation that developing in Rails pays well, but you need to be able to show you can do the job as it’s defined today, not a year ago. (digression: Railcasts has just added premium ‘casts – sign. up. now.)
- I’m writing this book, WordPress for Startups, and while I like where it’s going, I want to include in it a real startup’s site that I can mercilessly critique. Volunteers for public beatings are not abundant.
- I’ve been doing way more reading/talking this past year about the humanity-wide social media party in progress than actually participating. It’s time to go back in and enjoy the party, and that means bringing something to share.
- Getting older is a drag, and the box I in my head where I store all that programming knowledge needs a good clean out and refurbishing. As easy as it is to Google everything (Stack Overflow everything), I want a better way of learning how to proficiently and fluently code. Have looked all over the interwebs and while there are flashcard/memorization dorky web apps for students, there’s nothing I’ve found suits aging online entrepreneur developers who need to learn 2.5+ programming languages fast. Sounds like an unmet need to me!
So, here’s my solution: Build a useful web app for online folk who need a streamlined way to get info from the web into their own personal long term memory. Detail here what I learn about what works and doesn’t work – circa late 2011 – as I tackle all those not the actual coding issues that every self-funded startup founder has to grapple with. Rinse, lather, repeat.
First up – Picking a URL.