I’m trying to increase my luck surface area at the moment by putting a few side projects out there and seeing what sticks. The thing that motivates me is usage, progress, and improvement. Most of the projects I consider these days rely on natural search traffic from Google and it has become very hard to predict which sites and content you will be able to get traction with. There is nothing more miserable than working on a site for a long period of time with nothing you try moving things forward and getting more visitors.
3 Good Books is one of these side projects. I’ve started a number of projects around books before – but they were more home run type projects – all or nothing. As this is a side project – it can move along over a long period of time. It also scratches my own itch – getting good book recommendations from peers. I am fed up of getting crappy book recommendations from Amazon – and this is an example of machine learning being annoying. Just because I bought a single book on juicing – and then gave up on juicing after 2 attempts to use and clean the juicing machine – doesn’t mean I want to be recommended juicing books forever more.
I have already got a few good book recommendations through that I have purchased that Amazon hasn’t recommended me before – so for that the side project is a win already.