Month / September, 2016

App of the Month 8: Journal 3

Today was a pretty productive day for this month because I accomplished a couple things critical to success. As a recap, this month I’m aiming to get a basic email version of the dining discovery service up and running. A few months ago I got a really simple MVP backend completed but there was no user facing aspect. That is slowly changing.

The first step in getting users was to first put up a email sign up website. However, I did that really quickly and it was hosted on my personal website which was less than ideal. So today, I addressed that by finding a couple domains which have okay names. These domains now host the same email sign up form but are not hosted at a domain with my name in the URL. I’ll include those a little later in this post, promise.

The next step was to actually get an email sent. I’m about a third of the way there. Today my goal was to get a simple template put together that would have the basic format and description of necessary information. It is really simple and will not win any awards right now, but that isn’t the point currently. My objective was to get one made and I did that, so success!

So without further ado, you can now sign up at and for information and to join the beta program!

My next step will be to setup a proper outbound email system so that I can easily deliver these emails. That is gonna be even more trickery with learning to be a sysadmin …

App of the Month 8: Journal 2

Last week I mentioned that I was going to work on producing an email product for this month to test my theory about the restaurant discovery service. I am still aiming to do that. To that end I’ve put together a simple sign up form that lets people opt-in to receiving information about the service as it nears testing and to become an early tester. You can find that form at

Yes, I am currently considering the name RestauranTour. Unfortunately that .com is not available so this likely won’t stick. There are a couple other options I’m tossing around but none are as clever as this.

If you sign up I promise there will be no spam and you will not be inundated with emails. While the end goal of this service would be presenting users with new dining destinations every day that isn’t really feasible as a one man shop just getting started. Not to mention I will be limiting the recommendation to something I know. Finally, part of this will be working on the automated aspect of generating these emails. I know nothing about this so it will be interesting working through these issues; probably lots of trial and error. Yay!

App of the Month 8: Journal 1

After a successful project last month + 5 days, I figured I would keep the ball rolling this month. However, this time I’m going to not do an iOS app. This month will again be tied to my restaurant discovery project from a couple months ago. At that time I said the project would span just two months which seemed reasonable. Things change though, so let me quickly recap the objective and revise my outlook for the work involved.

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App of the Month 7: Journal 1?

I did a much worse job last month with journaling my progress on the app of the month. Turns out that I’m just out of the habit of writing which I need to fix. But this isn’t that blog. This is the blog where I talk about what I did and lead into what I’m going to work on.

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