Friday Check-in #2

Ok, so it’s actually Saturday (sssh!). But that doesn’t stop me reflecting on the week…

The hard stuff

Feeling blocked

I’ve been feeling the “procrastinate and find it hard to focus because something isn’t right for me to dive into it” feeling about starting the game dev article series. I spent the first few days of the week really looking forward to my days off work (Thursday and Friday), but when it came to them I didn’t accomplish much. I’ve done a bit of thinking about it, and I think my lack of clarity is caused by mixing the two sources of motivation I wrote about previously. I haven’t been consciously using one or the other, so I’m defaulting to a mix of both. The result is that I feel conflicted instead of motivated. I’ve only just figured this out (horray for insights!), so I’ll have a play with it over the coming week.

The good stuff

The Fluent Self

What’s so great about The Fluent Self? Havi writes about fear and stuckedness, and dealing with it. I didn’t realise how much of an issue this was until I started thinking about doing scary things (ie. job quitting and online-business-making) and getting annoyed at not doing them (see above). Along with IttyBiz, this blog supplies great brain-food for those working towards biggifying something (ok, I’ll stop stealing Havi’s words now).

Talking to Clay

I had a chat to Clay from Finance Your Freedom the other day about how to start an online business that doesn’t fail (like the last four or so I’ve been involved with). He pulled out a key point, the lack of which I think underlies all the failures thus far: do market research and identify a demand before creating a product. In this case, market research == search engine keyword research, and a demand == people searching for something. I’ve had a vague notion I should be doing something like this, but I’ve never gotten into keyword research before. I’m having a go at the first three days of the thirty day challenge to get the hang of it. I’m feeling much more confident of being able to make something that actually gets some interest, and it’s nice to be able to get some instant feedback on ideas instead of committing a month or two (minimum) to building them first.

That’s it for this week!

Hopefully I’ll have some Real Live Actual progress to share next week. Catch you then!

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2 Responses to “Friday Check-in #2”

  1. Luke
    28 February 2009 at 23:54

    If that doesn’t work out, you could just watch office space again.

  2. Rohan
    1 March 2009 at 20:54

    Hmm… that movie was inspiring. So the answer is to stop going to work, try to steal money, fail, and get a construction job? Not so sure about that :p

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