Hey, I'm finally shipping something!
I'm working on two bigger projects at the moment, but have been frustrated for a bit because progress has been a bit slow. So, I thought I'd take a break and build something small and fun.
I found the domain name was available whilst I was working on one of my other projects (a domain name recommendation engine that generates new & available domains), thought it was cute and grabbed it immediately. A bit later, this website was born!
Here's some more details for the curious:
Frontend: my weakpoint. Currently using Bootstrap 5 and some simple CSS. Have I mentioned I hate CSS? At least now it looks good decent on mobile too)
Email provider: Fastmail (love them)
Deployment: Heroku (easy to setup, use, scale and maintain)
Domain provider: Namecheap (much better than GoDaddy)
Open-Sourcing: I want to clean up the code a bit and then open-source the project. There's no revenue model and maintenance costs are low (7$/mo), so there's no downside. Besides, I use so much FOSS that it's the least I can do.
Nothing much more besides that. If you have any good ideas I'll be glad to hear them, but the idea was to have a simple service that I'd leave running forever (a la Unix Philosophy)
Don't really plan on promoting this much - it's just for fun. I had planned to share it with the few maker communities I'm part of, announce it on my Twitter, and maybe do a Show HN once I've published the source code.
Building this was fun. I enjoyed building a small-scale project that nevertheless is useful. Finishing something and shipping it also has given me some extra motivation to continue working on my other (larger) projects. Can't wait to ship!
Lastly, if you want to connect with me, I'm quite active on Twitter these days. Happy to follow back!
I've also got a website I update occasionally: www.hugomontenegro.com
Cheers and thanks for reading this!