[Reading Hacker News] is not launching
I really enjoyed patio11’s AnyAsq, especially this part:
My most important bit of advice: LAUNCH. Asking me questions is not launching. Reading about the topic is not launching. Launching is launching. All good things come from launching. My business went from conception to launch in 8 days. Put a red mark on your calendar: 8 days from now, a month from now, whatever. Launch something by that day.
This answer resonated with me, because I’ve spent a lot of time reading and thinking and wishing about building something in the past. I’ve tried to build things before, but I never launched, and I think that the answer is not to just try harder but to replace these non-launching activities with just launching.
So, I’ve marked my calendar. And to do it, I am saying “goodbye” to Hacker News and Reddit and other news aggregators, along with various time-wasters with the help of a simple tool I wrote. If I really need help or advice, I’ll use IRC or pick up the phone, but otherwise I’m in the rare state of figure-it-out-yourself mode.
By Saturday the 6th of August, I will release a new public-facing website where people can give me money in exchange for the product or service hosted on that site.