People are drawn to stories. I know this is true because I'm one of those people. I follow people like @levelsio and @thepatwalls because they share their stories of building online. I enjoy reading about how a fellow maker achieved a milestone, what tools he/she is using to build their product and how he/she is facing problems and how he/she overcomes them.
When I started Components UI I tweeted about it and shared it with as many people as I could. Then life got in the way and I stopped doing it regularly. I decided that I was not going to just send tweet updates — since I don't own the platform or the followers — but instead was going to focus on sharing all the stories on my own platform: The Components UI blog.
I've also been sharing updates about Components UI to my email subscribers but they included mostly product updates and not the struggles, challenges and lessons learned when building that product update. I want to be one of those people that share stories about their work. Stories that other fellow makers can enjoy and get inspired by. Stories to let them know that we are all struggling and making stuff as we go. We don't have all the answers but we are building anyway.
By the end of 2020 I decided I was going to start telling my own stories of building Components UI in public. Although I might not share every little detailed, I was going to be honest about everything shared. I want fellow makers and followers to be part of this journey. That's how this series was born.
The Journey is a series of blog posts that include the uncensored story and the process of building Components UI and its products. You’ll find stories about lessons learned, experiences and challenges, the process of building in public and much more.
The Journey is a separate section in the blog that you can easily find here: https://componentsui.com/tag/journey/
To kickstart this series I began to write about the beginning: How I started Components UI as a side project. Then stories started to come up and I wrote about all the lessons learned in the past year while building the project and how I plan for future. None of these stories are perfect. Nor is Components UI. But I have learned from these imperfections to make the product better. I hope they can inspire people the same way I got inspired from other makers.
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