Let's see how fast I can make $2117.91 USD. The goal is by end of day, Sunday March 18th.

I made it! 🎉

Income to earn: $0.00!
In the bank: $47.00.
Contracted but not yet invoiced: $2100.91.

I am live-blogging my entire process and thought patterns over the three day challenge here. Follow along!

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Twitter: @richlitt
Email: richard@burntfen.com


- Mon at 00:47 - How did it go?
- Sun at 19:14 - The crash
- Sun at 17:12 - Art
- Sun at 13:02 - Jekyll Scheduler builds on command
- Sun at 10:35 - Goal achieved
- Sun at 02:10 - Express, Heroku, and OAuth conquered
- Sat at 19:23 - At the bleeding edge
- Sat at 16:56 - Getting Probot working
- Sat at 15:54 - Providence at the cafe
- Sat at 15:14 - Business models for Jekyll Scheduling
- Sat at 14:48 - Negative feedback
- Sat at 14:35 - Scheduled Jekyll Posts
- Sat at 09:56 - Morning reflections
- Sat at 00:59 - First day post mortem
- Sat at 00:21 - Better navigation
- Sat at 00:03 - Working blog
- Fri at 22:56 - Setting up a blog
- Fri at 18:06 - Adventure branding
- Fri at 16:03 - Patreon Post
- Fri at 15:36 - Afternoon goals
- Fri at 13:28 - Hunger
- Fri at 13:06 - Marketing this project
- Fri at 12:40 - Machine Learning?
- Fri at 11:54 - Probot
- Fri at 11:42 - First Client!
- Fri at 11:13 - Small notes and Buffer
- Fri at 10:33 - Reputation
- Fri at 10:32 - First Contact
- Fri at 10:19 - The First Tweet
- Fri at 10:12 - Introduction

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Express, Heroku, and OAuth conquered

At some point, one must admit that there are rapidly diminishing returns for effort. I’ve been sitting here for the better part of thirty minutes simply trying to have a button in a form do… what, exactly? I’m not mad, I’m just incredibly tired.

Makes sense. I’ve had a very productive evening. Shortly before 10:00 I headed out to a chess cafe nearby that is open until midnight, and I coded there with a friend of mine (and also, curiously, a client. Thanks Dean.). I was working on my application. I gave up on using GitHub apps as an authentication protocol for working with GitHub Pages - it doesn’t work as they have that weird block on integrated bots calling the Jekyll build. However, I can call the build with an OAuth token. So, I installed a boilerplate I found that used Node, MongoDB, Pug.js, Express, and Passport. I spent an hour and a half getting OAuth working - likely my fastest time, ever. I threw up a Heroku website. And I was able to sufficiently build an app that allowed me to login, click a button, and ask GitHub to rebuilt my GitHub Pages app. I am proud of that.

That’s something that is actually pretty useful, for other people. Anyone who wanted to have Jekyll builds without pushing commits - you can do that now, on my site. But I am going to tweak it a bit and make it better.

Tomorrow morning:

This should all be doable relatively easily, although there are probably some dragons in there. But I’m excited. I’ve designed, iterated, and built most of a pretty useful webservice that I’ll be able to sell. That’s good! I also need to find another, final contract tomorrow, if this doesn’t make enough. I haven’t gotten to a few other business ideas I had; namely, the adventure site, and the art site, and the machine learning project… that’s just how it is going to go, this weekend, I think. I can only do so much.

For now, it’s 2:00am. I’m calling it.

Beam me home, Scotty!