Seth’s First, ten

Seth’s post titled First, ten from back in 2009 is still relevant today. If you are building a product, finding your first ten users can be challenging but they are the first step to 100 then a 1,000 and so on.

Plan on the gradual build that turns into a tidal wave.

Be patient and stay motivated. Three years ago when I made the first commit for my weather extension, I never could have imaged it would have grown to over 200,000 active users. I was focused on the first 10 users and listened to their feedback. With many ups and downs, it has been a great journey so far. Here’s to another new year!

Weather Extension Status Page

When managing multiple websites, apps, and extensions it is important to know when a site is down before your users have to alert you. Currently, I use UptimeRobot to monitor all my websites etc. It’s a great service that offers uptime checks and will alert you by email or text. It’s free for up to 50 sites checked every 5 minutes. You can even ping servers.

Recently I noticed they offer free status pages which can be public or password protected. Within a few minutes, I was able to create a public status page for my weather extension. Setup was pretty easy after adding the CNAME to my domain in Cloudflare. So now will display the current state of my API, homepage and weather provider. Currently all checks are 100%!


Side Project Tech Stack

I want to start this post by saying this is my preference on the frameworks and technologies that I use for most of my apps. Depending on your experience and goals you should experiment to see what works for you. For example, here’s a tweet from Pieter Levels that his site is running on a single PHP file and is making over $2,000 a day. He makes a good point that if your goal is to make money, the frameworks and libraries can get in the way of you making progress. It’s impressive what he is able to accomplish by keeping things simple.

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