Entrepreneurship Journal, 8/16/2018

A lot has happened since my last update on July 2nd. It’s hard to believe it’s only been about a month and a half since then.

I said in my last post that I would launch my Intro to Ruby Testing course on July 23rd. I did in fact do that.

My launch window was 5 days. On the first day I made exactly one sale. Later that day (IIRC) the guy came back and said that he actually didn’t learn anything in the course. I believed him. He was way too advanced for the course. I gave him a refund.

Then the next day or day after, somebody else bought the course. This guy actually seemed to get something out of it. But no more sales after that.

So after all this I made a grand total of $49 in sales. It was pretty disappointing.

But not everything is going badly. Here’s my “new subscriber” report:

I took a break from writing blog posts and stuff for a while, apparently from like April to June. But then in late June I started again and you can see the positive impact on subscribers. I haven’t kept up the blogging for certain reasons but I plan to pick it back up soon.

My total number of subscribers right now is 289. As of my last post on July 2nd it looks like I had 250. I’m pretty happy with that growth rate. It will be nice to get to 300. I think I can do better though.

I’ve been continuing to record The Ruby Testing Podcast. I’ve been able to get some pretty big names on the show. I’m really happy with the way the podcast is going so far.

I have 868 total downloads for the podcast so far. It will be cool to get to 1000.

I’m giving my first-ever conference talk in about a month. The conference is DevOps Midwest in St. Louis, Missouri. You can see my name on the speakers list. That should be pretty cool. I also gave a talk last week at the Chicago Ruby meetup.

Today I canceled my Teachable subscription, which was the platform my Intro to Ruby Testing course was on, and refunded my one sale that hadn’t already been refunded. I’m not sure exactly what I’ll do next. Putting together a course honestly felt pretty unnatural to me. Maybe I’ll do another book this time instead.

Things have been pretty crazy at the “day job”. I don’t really feel like talking about it that much right now but I’ve been learning a lot and expanding professionally.

I believe my focus with CodeWithJason.com for the next few months will to be to grow my subscriber list and build a more cohesive body of work. Maybe once I reach around 500 subscribers I’ll try launching another product.

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