Swings and misses

  • Snapfont Pro is finally in open beta and out now
  • Built UnderlineMe in 2 week's time with a big PH opening
  • Still no update for PullTheRope. I'll need to the cut the cord on this one now. Doesn't mean it was unsuccessful, I just need to find more time for it.

About UnderlineMe - if you've been following so far, I built something which didn't gain much traction and I abandoned it before it went live. Few weeks later I though I could salvage the tech and build a product out of it. UnderlineMe is that product.

The case study of building UnderlineMe is on reddit/r/entrepreneurridealong for future reference.

The best bit? - I've achieved product-market fit with this.


Now onto the bad stuff:

  • While local lockdowns were lessened in early July, they went up after about a week
  • To make matters worse, masks were made compulsory in mid July
  • Just when things couldn't get any worse, the lockdown was extended on August 1st and it because even stricter, with more drastic measures being enforced.

If there's any silver lining to this, if I get successful I can always say I started my biz during the Great Melbourne Lockdowns of 2020.

"All in, or nothing"

 

Swings and misses:

  • Snapfont has a big update(the Pro version) cooking in the background. No new updates otherwise.
  • Pulltherope still hasn't got any updates yet, although I'm very keen on releasing one soon.
  • Also, I'm officially a fatass now.

There was a expectation that the end of June will ease the restrictions in Melbourne. However that's not the case.

Things are still iffy here. Libraries are not fully open yet. Gyms kick you out after 50 minutes. A few pubs are open but you need to make reservations. Life sucks right now.

This also means I wasn't as productive as I wanted to be at this time. Here's to hoping everything opens up by July end.


In the middle of these updates you may be wondering why am I posting these things online? In the middle of '19 when I was done with my PR application and finally left behind a lot of cruft from my past work, I realized I had wasted a lot of time and started focusing on my business. Problem was, my online business(wpplugincheck) never really worked out, so I had to start from scratch. So I started writing this journal as a means of accountability.

The goal of this journal has always been to get me on my feet running. To force myself to push as hard as possible in as short time period as possible, I've constrained myself to 2 years of maintaining this journal. I'm nearing the end of my first year and it will be good to know what has worked and what hasn't in the next update.

What has been accomplished since the last 12 months?

Finding a good idea to work on. Right now its been Snapfont but who know if I need to change tracks in a few months time.

What's the goal for the next 1 year?

Stability. Get Snapfont(or something else) up and running and create a sustainable business around it.

What after that?

I don't know. The goal is to build a sustainable business. The rest I'll figure out on the way.

Swings and misses:

  • I was working on a completely different project but deviated at the last moment due to lack of a clear business plan.
  • Pulltherope is pretty static at the moment. However, I'll be releasing a new update in the near future. This still won't support Macs unfortunately but I got some sweet UI ideas I want to implement first.
  • Snapfont is still chugging along, quite wonderfully at the moment. People are still playing with it and I released it on Firefox(finally!) as well as fixed some long standing bugs. Also, bonus points for pushing 3 updates in a single month.

I've got some good ideas about the overall strategy of the next 5 months:

  • Work on pulltherope and getsnapfont only. Don't start anything else.
  • Create 1 longform content piece every 2 months.
  • Create a series of content explaining everything about a particular niche. Then wrap up that whole package under 2 months time as a pdf or something similar.

That's all to it.


This month was my lowest point during these corona times. Confidence is great but every now and then I run out of fuel and feel like a complete donkey. And then the next week kicks in and things are back in full swing again. This time it was pretty bad for a few days.

But hey, legends never die! If there's one thing '18 taught me, it is to keep pushing during these times. One day I hope to look back at this point in my life and feel a sense of pride having come so far.

Let's goooo baby!

Winners and losers

  • Pull the rope had a pretty bad launch. I also realized how fickle PH can be. It really matters who hunts your product. Gonna keep working on it as it is quite useful for me.
  • Snapfont is still chugging along. Good news - Chrome webstore finally pushed the update to the store. And with a few tweaks to the permission settings, it gets reviewed consistently within a few hours from now on.

Apart from that, I'll need to get a job soon. Some kind of a temporary job which should be enough to pay my rent.


This time last year I went on the most amazing roadtrip ever. The first 24 hours of that trip, and the circumstances leading up to it was magical. I was hoping to go to Sydney again this time but the damn virus shut down everything.

If there's one thing I learnt from that trip, its this:

"Hey Shash, memories aren't made. You gotta go out and make memories"

Thanks T and V.


About the two goals I set a few months earlier - one of them has been met, and other has been put on a hold. Here's the next goal target:

  • Get $1000 in income from my projects by September this year.

I'm not scrapping the fitness goal, its just put on a hold until the gyms open up.

I also need to rethink what I'm doing with shash7.com as well as the instagram page I've setup. With the recent successes I'm seeing there's a very real possibility I'll be starting a real business in the next 6 months.

Let's gooo!

Wow, what a month! I'm gonna keep it short

  • Snapfont had a much better launch then expected. Too bad Chrome webstore effectively killed it by not getting it out of review hell soon enough.
  • Working on Pulltherope. Its coming along great and I'm gonna launch it on Windows soon.
  • The world has gone to toast. My bodybuilding plans have been basically vaporized since the pandemic started. Also, the whole freelance/contract industry evaporated overnight.
  • Funny to see how everything happened so quickly. Definitely something to tell the kids about.

Apart from that:

  • I had to get my trusty Camry scrapped off. It died a noble death. RIP camry.
  • I finally moved into my new Southbank apartment. Has a pretty great view ngl.
  • Dopplerping is still moving ahead, abit quite slowly.

Anyways, what does the covid situation mean for me now? For me this is THE time to push as hard as possible on my projects. I'm not gonna let this pandemic ruin my plans.

Alright enough talk. Let's go!


This month was extremely slow due to my lease transfer. So my lease expired on 28th Feb and I'm shifting to the new place on 15th March. The two weeks leading up to the vacate date were hectic. Plus I can't wait to move into my new place. Till then I'm crashing at my sister's place - which is in the middle of nowhere.

Anyways, onto this month's progress.

  • Softlaunched Snapfont. Still need to do heaps on the marketing front.
  • Dopplerping is making good progress. At this rate, I can launch it in April
  • Got back in shape after India trip. I'm still far away from my goal but I'm making good progress. That's delayed too - I'm aiming for the photoshoot in April.

Apart from that, life's looking great.

I'm lowkey disappointed by how few views this song has got. If you're looking for a new gym anthem, here's your song.


2020 is upon us. A couple of things:

  • I actually regressed diet-wise. India spoilt me badly. I came back to Melbourne with an additional 5kgs.
  • My body shape isn't too bad though. I reckon I'll need an extra month to reach my ideal body fat percentage. I should be there by April.
  • Snapfont is live but I still need to market it. Gonna start on it right away
  • Dopplerping is the next idea I'm working on.
  • eCommerce really isn't my cup of team. I've spent a lot of time, money and energy but I can't stick with it. In the end, it's also about taking risks and realizing what's not working for you.
  • I may kickstart eCommerce again. My main pain points were the whole logistics and shipping stuff. Basically the irl stuff.

This is on for the next few months:

  • Get in shape for the photoshoot. There are only 2 months left to do this.
  • Get my financials in order. If there isn't much work around in contracting I'll need to get a part-time job.
  • Push fully on the Snapfont and Dopplerping project.

And some pain points too:

  • My car is in bad shape. It can break down anytime. I'll need to get a new one soon.
  • We may need to vacate our apartment where I've been living for the last 5 years. This is because my flatmate is moving out with his wife and we can't find a third tenant.
  • The apartment one is big because it will be extremely hard to get a new one because I don't have a full-time job.

Oh but hold on. I'm saving the best for last.

I finally got my PR!

This means a lot to me. I can finally make long term plans from now on. This officially marks the start of my 2 year journey into entrepreneurship.

The next 2 years are gonna be awesome!


Last leg of 2019, lets go!

So I finally soft launched Snapfont. Pretty proud of how smooth the plugin turned out to be. That was the only work-related news I've got. Apart from that, I've been cutting aggressively diet-wise. Need to get into shape fast.

I can't wait to be reunited with my homies for the new year!