First week of UIT was great. Got motivated to look back on some previous projects I’d been working on with a new perspective. There were some things I can see now that I’d dismissed far too early, and now I feel like I’m able to refresh the ideas and make them into some interesting things! One of the things I think I could improve on with those old projects would be to try to add some useful yet less common features. Far too often I’ve doubted some of my more interesting ideas, and instead of keeping them creative and different, I’ve held back on the more interesting features and they ended up being another reinvention of the wheel.
And don’t get me wrong, even if it’s not a new invention, it’s always a great learning experience when the project is done and you can understand exactly how the original product works. In fact, it’s probably better to try to recreate a few websites or programs that you admire, just because of how much you will learn with each recreation you make, and what you’ll be able to do when you create your next project. It’s just that it’s hard to get people using what you’ve created, especially if they are already used to the original product that you modelled yours after. For example, if I were to create a brand new social network, unless there was something extremely unique about it that made it shine, I couldn’t see people dropping Facebook for it.
As for the business side of things, there are some things I learned already that will definitely help in the long run. It can be overwhelming when you’re trying to get your product noticed and you’re constantly comparing it to similar products which are already established and successful. That’s something that’s made me feel overwhelmed with producing some of my ideas before, as it just feels like such a daunting task, to try to go head to head with some of these more established products. You have to try not to think about that, and instead just focus on your own product’s beginnings.