Ilango Rajagopal

  • @ilango
  • Developer | Writer | Indiehacker
I'm a Fullstack Engineer from Bangalore, India. I build things for the internet. I write about web te...  
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My Work

2021

Oct 17, 2021
Oct 17, 2021
Build in public
Weekly Update #4

Hello everyone! I hope you're having a fantastic weekend. This was a pretty good week. I finished all the tasks I set out to do and did some more work. Here's my weekly progress update for https://useherald.com:

πŸ₯… Goals for the past week:

  • Add ability to create custom changelog templates
  • Add pictures of widget and public page to home page
  • Figure out how to get signups
  • Deploy app in the monorepo
βœ… Finished:

  • Add ability to create custom changelog templates
  • Add pictures of widget and public page to home page
  • Figure out how to get signups
  • Deploy app in the monorepo
  • Add banners feature in the app dashboard
  • Add a simple blog to write about Herald
🎯 Actionable goal for the this week:

  • Put marketing plan in to action
  • Add banners feature in the widget
  • Show an example of banner on the website
  • Ship waitlist feature (last one before I launch)
πŸ™ƒ Struggles

I've made this mistake before and I'm on the verge of doing it again. As a developer, I like to build but I haven't spent nearly enough time on marketing. That changed this week. I've been studying how to go about marketing my product. This week I'm slowing down the building a lot (whatever coding task I set are pretty trivial) and work on some of the marketing stuff I've planned. Honestly I feel like I'm way out of my depth πŸ˜…, and feel anxious but I gotta do it. That's the only way to reach my goals.

Oct 13, 2021
Oct 13, 2021
Built a feature
Deployed a Web App
Phew 😌 Long day but I shipped a few things for Herald. 

βœ… Deployed the web app Β 
βœ… Fixed the issue I had with showing the widget on the site! Now I'm dogfooding my product. Hit that bell icon to see it in action.Β 
βœ… Custom changelog templates
Oct 13, 2021
Oct 13, 2021
Published a blog post
Rust Ownership Model is a unique concept for managing memory but it's a hard concept to grok. In this article I attempt to explain the rules of ownership and how memory is managed in Rust programs.

https://ilango.xyz/rusts-ownership-model-a-primer/
Oct 11, 2021
Oct 11, 2021
Build in public
Hello everyone! I hope you're having a productive Monday. Here's my weekly progress update for https://useherald.com:

πŸ₯… Goals for the past week:

  • Update the home page with better copy
  • Add signup form
  • Fix Netlify build issue when using the widget
  • Work on the public changelog page
  • Add ability to create custom changelog templates
βœ… Finished:

  • Update the home page with better copy
  • Add signup form
  • Work on the public changelog page
  • Fix Netlify build issue when using the widget
🎯 Actionable goal for the this week:

  • Add ability to create custom changelog templates
  • Add pictures of widget and public page to home page
  • Figure out how to get signups
  • Deploy app in the monorepo
πŸ™ƒ Struggles

No struggles as such. Figuring out the Netlify build error took up more time than expected. I didn't end up finishing the custom changelog templates.
Oct 08, 2021
Oct 08, 2021
Published a newsletter
The biggest thing to happen on the internet last week the Facebook outage. So I wrote about the technical details of outage along with a few other articles and tweets I liked:

https://fullstackfriday.xyz/what-caused-the-facebook-outage/
Oct 07, 2021
Oct 07, 2021
Build in public
Built a feature
Here's my weekly update for the past week:

πŸ₯… Goal for the week:

  • Update the home page with better copy
  • Add signup form
  • Work on the public changelog page
  • Add ability to create custom changelog templates
βœ… Finished:

I didn't finish much this past week. Mainly some bug fixes and some changes to the public changelog page. I started on updating the landing page copy and putting up a sign up form but didn't finish it so I'm gonna carry them over to the coming week.

🎯 Actionable goal for the coming week:

  • Update the home page and make it live
  • Add signup form
  • Make subdomains work for public changelog page
  • Add ability to create custom changelog templates
πŸ™ƒ Struggles

I honestly though I could finish all of it. I spent most of my free time with family since they were visiting so no regrets about the pending tasks. The struggle now is to get back on track and continue shipping.
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