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CSS Grid is an insanely powerful new technology for the web. It's not really new, but a lot of people don't really understand fully how to use it.

I wrote The Grid Gospel as part of the #2WeekProduct challenge on Twitter. A handful of other people were inspired by this tweet:

Basically it was a push to create some sort of informational product that you can sell, only give yourself 2 weeks to finish it, and sell it for $10. Seemed like a pretty decent challenge to partake in.

Given the limited time span I had to pick something I was already pretty knowledgeable about, so I knew it was going to be based around CSS. I'd had the idea of doing a book about CSS Grid for a while and then I got invited to do the #2WeekProduct challenge I figured that was a pretty great time to do it.

It started life as the "Untitled CSS Grid Ebook" before I settled on "The Grid Gospel". I didn't want to get too hung up on the name and the branding before I'd even wrote the thing, but I still wanted to tweet about it to build hype.

Here's the Twitter thread I kept of my progress over the 2 weeks.

Missed The Deadline

I had originally planned to launch on Friday, the 14th day of the challenge. However it was Wednesday and I knew the book wasn't going to be ready. I pushed my launch back to Monday in order to give myself the weekend to really get everything in a place where I felt comfortable taking people's money.

I was disappointed with myself, but a few days late is better than not launching at all.

Things I Would Do Different

Just thinking back on everything, here are a few things I would change about the experience.

  1. There were several days where life happened, and I made 0 progress on the book. I tried not to beat myself up about it, but if I had done at least 1 or 2 things on those days anyway, I probably would've launched on time.
  2. Build more hype around the product, but as my audience grows that will get easier.
  3. Have a better plan of what needs done with specific micro (daily) deadlines. Keep the train moving.

Overall, I'm Happy.

At the end of the day, I didn't really expect anyone to buy it, and now that people have, I'm blown away! It was nice to finally finish something and I feel like having that self imposed deadline was really helpful in pushing the project forward. Most of my work these days have been pretty free-form so it was nice having some structure.

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