Do Not Take Side Projects Seriously Just Yet
Finally, it's time for a new blog post after a long update of my blog and much personal stuff. Yes, now my blog has the navigation, and it's much easier to find posts by interest. More is coming in winter.
I believe that building your own platforms has benefits such as:
- You can do it in your own way.
- Things that you build will work for your purposes without any interruptions or rules.
- It gives you a rich experience, anyway.
Since I'm a designer, I like to make things. And I think that each designer should create end products or at least try to create one.
You'll be focusing on many things at a time. Firstly, it's a good exercise. Secondly, at the end of this process, you'll have not only design layouts as final deliverables but a real product that works for you and maybe useful people.
You can acquire some new knowledge and skills outside of the design area. Usually, it changes your vision about design and things that you did before.
I've noticed that after this experience, I realized that I actually could do everything.
It all depends on your vision and burning desire to create something from scratch to a completely working product.
The only thing that is really important here. Please don't make it a routine, don't plan too much. I know it sounds crazy. But take a look at how many companies are trying to stay in this start-up mode for many years. They want to save this atmosphere on purpose.
I believe that side projects should be for fun. Please do not take them too seriously. Otherwise, you'll waste time on research, planning, looking for talents, etc. But you'll never start to do that creative work that actually matters.
You can see that sometimes side projects become successful and popular.
In September, I was at a tech conference, and guys there told me about their side project that they brainstormed on a Friday evening. And the next Friday, they quickly built it.
After some time, they've got an enormous amount of traffic. They were serious about it and started making efforts to make this product better. But the funny thing here is that first of all, they've created a site for leaving reviews on different items. Long story short and approximately 100K visitors weren't their target audience at all. Visitors have used their product as a dating website. As a result, they've helped people with their product, but not how they were planning at the beginning.
Funny things happen sometimes. And that's what makes our creative life interesting.