I built an open source CMS that at the time of this writing has 1 star on Github. Guess who that star is from? Yup, you guessed it... me! Hold the insults. I haven't "officially" launched SkimpyCMS yet. I put the site up but individual websites are just drops of water in a sea until you actually share them somewhere. I'm working on some tutorial videos before I officially share Skimpy. I also need to fix a windows pathing/routing bug. Who the f#$k uses windows anyway?? (I'm looking at you Joe)
This blog is built with SkimpyCMS by the way. You can view the source of this blog at github.com/jtallant/justintallant.com.
I built the web application that cci.live uses to stream cattle auctions and receive real time bids from users all over the United States. The owner of the company, Christy Collins was actually a student at a code school I was teaching at some years back here in Austin. She was hoping to save some money by learning to do some of the tech stuff herself but apparently I was a shitty teacher, because she came to the conclusion that coding was just too hard and asked me if I would build it for her.
At first I kind of ignored her because as a programmer, people ask you to build stuff all the time and like most people, programmers can hardly find the time or energy to build their own ideas after they get home from work. Plus what she wanted me to build for her revolved around auctioning cattle which all seemed really weird to me because I knew nothing about the cattle industry. But like any successfull entrepreneur, Christy was persistent and the application has been live for a few years now. Christy works hard and her business is growing so I still add features and fix things.
FiniteHelp is an old old project I built in college that makes a negligible amount of money but it does make money. I haven't updated the interface since I built it about 9 years ago but I mention it because back in those days I wasn't even a software developer yet. I was just a guy tinkering around with web stuff in his free time. A really smart guy I met in college, Stephen Leung was an excellent tutor for a particular math course, Finite Math (discrete math). He basically wanted to make a tutoring site for the course. At the time Kahn Academy was still really new and barely heard of it but I had played around with it. What Stephen was talking about I could see the potential in because I thought Khan Academy was really cool and with the amount of tinkering I had done, I figured I could probably build it so I did.
I had to learn video editing which was harder than I thought it would be. We also made the mistake of using an 8 dollar microphone (I blame Stephen for being cheap), so the audio was complete crap. I spent hours and hours trying to learn audio editing so I could improve it, only to come to the conclusion that most of good audio is the room and the source. There just isn't much you can do with audio recorded from an 8 dollar mic, certainly not in those days at least.
Anyway the site is FiniteHelp.com, it hasn't been touched in years but people still use it and new payings users sign up every month or two. Even though the site didn't make either of us rich, it's a really important part of my past. This site proved to me that I could put something on the internet and people would pay money for it. Now days that seems so obvious, and people were making money on the internet then too, but not as much and not as many people. I came from a town of 4000 people in Indiana, it took a lot for me to think I could do even the smallest things. And that's such an important part of tapping your full potential BELIEF.
How can you possibly achieve something without first believing you can? After belief you need action. At first for me belief was hard and action was easy but eventually action became hard. I almost completely forgot about action but the wanting never went away. Wanting without action is delusion. I finally woke up to that and it feels good. Anyway, thanks for reading my story, I can't believe you're still here!
Of course I have something new in the works! It isn't what you might think. I don't have some secret weapon SAAS app I'm about to reveal. It's something much different than that. A close friend of mine here in Austin and myself have been working on it. It's something anyone could do so if it pans I will definitely share with you our strategy and how it worked. We will have everything up and running in May 2020.