Lately, and following a distressful situation, I discovered the stoic practises through some interesting books on the topic like "A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy" (really good book). I read other classics like Marco Aurelius and Seneca.
After all these knowledge absorption, it was time to put it into practise. I decided to start practicing some of these teachings by keeping a daily journal of my progress.
However, I found that there was no app that fit my specific needs, so I did what I do best, which is building a product. This time, I decided to build an iOS and Android app in maximum one week.
The entire codebase is open sourced and you can find it in the link below.
The app is actually being used!
Without any kind of promotion, I got some user to download the app. This is an interesting thing, given that I put zero effort in promoting the application, apart from publishing it to the marketplaces.
I never intended this project to be used by anyone but me, but I published it just in case other people would find it useful.
People are ruthless
This is the main take away from this altruistic experiment, some people will hammer you with negative feedback, even when you give them free things and time.
As an example, check out these two reviews:
Apple App Store
Android Play Store
Dedicated landing page
- It is good to build quick and deliver fast.
- Building things that you are interested in resonates better with the audience.
- There will always be haters. It is important to be extra clear that this is an altruistic act to slightly deter them.
- Free of charge still requires maintenance, which takes time and is not free.