Build a Ruby Gem Email Course - Week of Hustle - Day 1
I did an 8-day sprint to launch my Build a Ruby Gem email course and documented my progress through this series of blog posts.
Living outside a major metropolitan area has made it hard to surround myself with other entrepreneurs. Fortunately, the internet has made the world a smaller place. Last week I joined JFDI.bz, a community for solo-founders launching their own thing.
My goal for joining this community was to have access to other motivated entrepreneurs that I could use as a sounding-board. I also figured it’d be great opportunity to peek in to other solo founders launch process and motivation for a particular product.
Week of Hustle
Week of Hustle is an 8-day sprint to launch something. Anything really…could be an existing product that you need to put the finishing touches on, or a brand new idea. It was one of the things that attracted most to JFDI.
Launching any kind of product is time consuming. And with a family and other full-time responsibilities, life can get in the way. I feel like I’m pretty good at managing my time efficiently, but when accountability is involved, it’s much harder to put it off.
This week I will be launching a free 5-day email course focused on Building a Ruby Gem. My goal for the course is to build my newsletter audience and work through the steps of building a smaller info product to determine if there’s enough interest in the subject to warrant writing an ebook.
As part of 8-day process, I will be posting blog entries daily about my progress and the challenges I’m facing at each step.
Why an email course on Building a Ruby Gem?
One of the first blog posts I wrote was about how to get started contributing to Open Source. I wrote it because I remember being somewhat unsure about the topic early in my Ruby career. Additionally, it garnered far more attention than any of my other posts, which tells me there’s clearly a need for this kind of discussion.
The Ruby gem ecosystem is really powerful, but equally confusing, in my opinion. There are strong recommendations about how to structure the internals of a gem, which can make writing your first gem pretty frustrating.
My plan this week
So getting down to business…here’s my tentative plan this week:
Day 1 – Overall topic and organize what content goes on which days, setup GH project and ready tags, write WOH day blog, why gem discussion (ref. open source blog – pics of GA)
Day 2 – Write content and WOH blog (notify subscribers)
Day 3 – Write content and WOH blog (notify subscribers)
Day 4 – Write content and WOH blog (notify subscribers)
Day 5 – Write content and WOH blog (notify subscribers)
Day 6 – Write content and WOH blog (notify subscribers)
Day 7 – Setup auto responder and way to capture for the course, write emails for each day of sequence
Day 8 – Launch with new landing page and notify subscribers
I do have a full-time job and will be working all week. Because I try to spend as much time as possible with my daughter, my goal is to accomplish the steps above early in the AM. This morning I set my alarm for 6am, but got up 4:30am because I was excited to start the week. Today was a relatively easy day in terms of time-consuming tasks, so I’m guessing I’ll shoot for 5am the remainder of the week. We’ll see!
- I created a Github project to house the code I’ll write
- I wrote this post
- I setup a mail chimp entry form for subscription to my WOH updates
- I created the structure for the email course content
- I searched through Reddit and found a few posts that express a need to learn about about writing Ruby gems. Those interested in these posts would be a great target audience.