My Projects

All of the smaller and bigger side projects I've come up with over the last years.

Everyone should have a side project. It is the perfect avenue for learning new things, having a creative outlet, and in some cases even an additional income stream.

Over the years I have amassed quite a few projects. I mostly focus on little apps for Apple platforms (mostly Swift stuff for iOS) and Ruby on the web (mostly Rails and Jekyll).

They are either still in active maintenance... or have gone to the side project's farm upstate, living their best life.

FeatureCat

Collect more feedback, plan the right features,
build better products

FeatureCat is a SaaS tool for collecting user feedback, organizing features and building the products your customers want.

FeatureCat was born out of a personal need (as well as all of the other projects): I was drowning in feedback requests for my apps and found it hard to keep these organized, yet struggled to find a coherent answer to what features would actually benefit the most users.

The answer to me was a tool that channeled all of those requests into one easy place, tie them to the users who requested them, and provide an easy way for users to vote on the features which were most important to them.

FeatureCat is my first foray into SaaS, fueled by the indiehackers community and enabled by Michael Hartl's excellent Rails tutorial. I've sharing my progress publicly right here in the FeatureCat Diaries.

If you're running a product and are dealing with any kind of feedback, give FeatureCat a try!

Leap Habits

Track habits, achieve goals, and build your streak.

Everyone's building habit trackers, but this one is mine.

The most reliable way for creating change is just doing a little thing every day. Over time, compounding interest does its magic, and even small things done consistently can have big results.

One little thing every day is binary. Doing something every day is more important than doing a lot every once in a while. Jerry Seinfeld's approach to that is "not breaking the chain" - it's building a streak. Leap Habits helps you do that.

Launched in the summer of 2020, Leap Habits has been featured in the App Store in more than 20 countries, and has found a small and avid user base. Check out the announcement post on here, or download it from the App Store.

Widgetize

iOS Widget Generator

Back in the fall of 2020, iOS 14 set the world ablaze with a widget craze - with David Smith's Widgetsmith at the forefront. I thought about my own take on the "beautify your home screen" movement and found an interesting challenge in building a 100% SwiftUI app.

In roughly three weeks I built Widgetize, a small little app that lets you add cool widgets to your home screen and customize them to your liking. Countdown timers, year progress bars and the emoji widget proved to be some of the most popular widgets.

It's gotten a decent chuck of downloads (50k+) and has for a long time been in the App Store's "customize your home screen" editorial rotation.

I still keep the Year Progress widget on my home screen as a constant reminder of my impending doom. If you'd also like to be confronted with your mortality on a daily basis, download it from the App Store.

MonkeyMind

The menu bar todo list to tame the monkey mind.

You know that feeling when you're working, and something entirely unrelated pops up in your mind? And because your brain tries to sabotage you all the time, it thinks following up on that unrelated thought is the most important think right now?

That is what MonkeyMind for Mac is. With a simple global hotkey, bring up MonkeyMind, and get rid of that thought. It won't be gone; just waiting for you in the menu bar.

Again, scratching my own itch. I built MonkeyMind in a week, launched it to the world - and it kind of went wild on HackerNews.

I haven't written about it in any detail, but might do that whenever I find the time. Until then, check it out!

Timist

Focus Time Tracker

Timist is the one app that started it all. I love time tracking, practice it regularly, and wanted an app that would let me do just that.

Unsurprisingly, the App Store is full of them. The majority however is focused on tracking billable hours for clients or employers, or tracking work in a team.

I track my own time, and don't bill to anyone. I wanted my time tracker to be private, personable, and coming with Pomodoro support.

So I built Timist. Check out the announcement post on here, which contains everything else I've written about it. Or download it from the App Store.

Side project's farm upstate

Because graveyard is a bit too harsh.

Coming soon.