As I look at my coding journey, I realize I’ve stagnated a bit. I mean, I’m super proud of the Dynamic Worksheets program, but, to be honest, I’ve moved away from coding.
Lately, the coding work that I do is realizing that something is broken, and then spending an afternoon mostly realizing that my code really does make no sense. And then, eventually, finding the problem and fixing it. It is not as rewarding as actually building the thing was.
And, it’s not for lack of ideas. Or, really, for lack of time (though discipline is a thing that needs to be trained and maintained). I’ve kinda reached a place where I’ve lost track of my next steps.
So, it might help to write through this.
Logical next steps for the worksheet site
I had really hoped that I’d have users for the site before the end of 2017. And, though I shared it with a few people, only one of them actually went through the steps of making worksheets.
So, if I set “making dynamic-efl.com a community of teachers who actually use it (in Germany, at least) to make their classes better,” what are the logical next steps?
Here are the things it makes sense to work on in 2018:
- Establish a list of exactly which “behind the scenes” tools I want before I advertise, and make them.
- Draft the series of “welcome emails” as well as “explainer videos” that users will be sent/invited to view with time.
- Write out a plan for how I’ll approach the market, planning on times to ‘force’ written reflection on lessons learned.
- Implement the plan.
I’m not going to lie. Most of those things feel more like work to me, than like the play that creating the site was. I look forward to having people use something that I made, and think it’s fair to say that it’s not fully finished until people use it and value it.
So, what are the things I’m excited about doing?
Logical coding goals for the near future
I have ideas for other projects. They meet the standards of “things I would like to use” and “things I think would make the world better.” The thing is, starting a new project seems so daunting now that I see how hard it is to get a project truly finished.
There’s something I’ve meant to get done that isn’t especially sexy. I’d like to create a bunch of reusable Django boilerplate that I could use for basic user management with projects in the future. This is based on the fact that I think I did users badly in the dynamic-efl project.
Django includes a basic User model, but I found myself wanting a lot of other things (some of which I haven’t implemented, yet) like email verification links, something to automatically delete accounts that haven’t been verified or logged into in the last year. There’s more, and I should write it down.
So, put all that together, and it seems that it seems as though it would make sense for me to set the following coding goals in the near future:
- Practice writing a Django app that can be re-used
- Write out what I want the Eternal Customer Model (working title) to be and do
- Code the Eternal Customer Model and, finally, use it in a project such as
- The Latin drill program.
That gives me stuff to work on. Look for updates.