I’m having a problem. I currently feel like I need to ”accomplish” something, and that I haven’t done that in quite a while.
In reality this is so not true. For the last five weeks I’ve been on vacation and most of that time have been spent raising my baby daughter. Before that I worked and raised my baby daughter. So off course I’ve accomplished something. I’m in the middle of raising a human being!
But that doesn’t make the feeling of needing to accomplish something less urgent. What I mean in this case is that I feel that I should create something, something that is visible online.
I have a lot of ideas of things to do and a lot of started projects that doesn’t seem to ever go anywhere. Here are some of the things I want to do/have begun doing:
Make and iOS app and publish it to the App Store.
Last summer I finally managed to carve out the time to learn how to use Objective-C and how to code iOS apps.
I’ve made two apps that kind of works that’s only been used by me and my girlfriend.1 However I’ve not managed to get them polished up to the point where I’ve felt comfortable posting them to the App Store.
This is very common for me. I start something and it gets ”good enough” for me to use it, but then I never make it good enough for others to use.#
The apps are a photo app to create time-lapse photos of something that slowly changes (like a pregnant woman’s belly) and a private photo sharing app that uses WordPress as a backend.
I also have an idea for a River of News based RSS reader.
Remake this blog/website.
Lately I’ve been really interested in the idea of owning your content, in ”POSSE” and the whole indie web, or silo-less web or whatever you want to call it. That has gotten me to start changing things around on this blog to accommodate ”microblog”, ”link blogs” etc. etc. (I’m also highly anticipating Manton Reece’s upcoming microblogging service.)
This has led to some progress but also to a cluttered site, both in terms of the content but mostly in terms of the underlying code and the services I use (for instance IFTTT and Radio3) to make this happen.
I would like to clean up the code and at the same time move forward in adding functionality, like webmentions and some sort of backfeed of comments from Twitter and App.Net.
At the moment it seems like it would be faster to actually start creating a new theme from scratch (although with the same basic look) rather than refactoring the one I’m using. But it also feels like a drag to do that. It feels like I once again start over in something rather then polishing something up. (Do you see a pattern here?)
On the other hand, working on the theme might result in some open source code and that would really be me making something.
Do something cool with one or more River(s) of News
A couple of days ago I installed a River of News aggregator on my computer and I got blown away by it. Unlike other forms of RSS aggregation this seems like the perfect way to consume a large number of current topics via RSS. I also have a strong feeling that rivers of news will be important in a possible future with a more open web. Hell, Twitter is basically a bunch of rivers of news!
Today I also read a post that, among other things, requested a better way for blogs to recommend each other to readers and to curate content from each others blogs. This is likely accomplished by rivers and the OPML files that are the foundations of the rivers.
So I have multiple ideas of things to do involving rivers.
Or, I could just continue to Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D. Sometimes playing a video game can feel like I’m accomplishing things.
Read a book
I really, really, love to read but I read way to seldom. So maybe I should just continue reading Spook Country.
So, what do I do?
I don’t know. Hopefully something productive. I guess time will tell.