Project Meal Tracker - Dev Log 0: Init

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It's the 15th of December 2023, 18:11.

I want to delve more into writing, and I figured the easiest way would be to write about something I love. Since I love building software, I am going to write about that. I plan to start building apps that I personally would use and document the process. Having even one person who learns something from it, or perhaps just enjoys reading what I am writing, is way beyond my expectations.

I've had this idea in the back of my mind for a while, but until now, I was procrastinating for no good reason. I want to make writing a habit (this is the main reason why I started this blog in the first place) and get better and faster at it. Currently, writing is a painful and long process for me. I am never happy with the outcome because I feel like I am not able to convey my thoughts well enough, or because it feels like too much or too little. Therefore, writing a blog article is a frustrating and long process for me. And I've figured, I need more practice.

I am going to start a dev log or maybe multiple dev logs

I have a few ideas I've always wanted to build but never did because I felt like it's a waste of time, as these ideas have close to zero chance of making any money. By now, I have realized that I simply enjoy building software, and it's not just my profession but also a hobby of mine. So, while at work I have to focus on making the products I am responsible for a commercial success, I don't have to worry about that while working on these hobby projects. Although for me personally, this is the ultimate justification that what I build is good, it takes a stress factor away from the process, making it more enjoyable.

So, I am planning to build some projects to the point where I enjoy the process, perhaps abandon them completely at some point or at least for some time, and will document the process. I am planning to write a short article every time I get to work on them. I'll timebox the writing time to 30 minutes, but will try to finish the articles in 20.

My first project: Meal Tracker

At home, I am the one responsible for the groceries and cooking. Having this responsibility for a while now has also exposed me to a bunch of small, but frustrating enough, problems for myself.

The top 3 are the following:

  1. Figuring out the menu.
  2. Maintaining the grocery list.
  3. Keeping track of what meals we eat when, and how much they are liked by the family.

In the next few weeks, I am going to create a mobile app that hopefully will help make these problems less painful for me and maybe for others as well.

It's the 15th of December 2023, 18:40.

This is how far I got in Project Meal Tracker - Dev Log 0. I will be back very soon.