Over the past year, I’ve been trying to create more stuff, some of which I’d hope to turn out awesome. Largely this is an ongoing sort of thing. I try things, I learn a little, I keep at it. Some things I try work, others don’t. I try to make a habit out of the things that have worked out well. I make a note of things that seem to help me get out of a funk when I’m not making as much as I’d like or having trouble putting in the hours I think are necessary to make cool stuff.
I first distilled these ideas into a talk I did at RubyConf 2009 on having more fun while coding. But I didn’t realize it at the time; I was just sharing some ideas about how to have fun. For me, one of the ways to have more fun is to make more time to have fun. But that’s just the beginning of making more awesome. I found I had to make more time, and develop a bunch of other habits.
For Big Design 2010, I honed the ideas, habits, and tricks I’ve found useful to me into a presentation on how to get off the couch, start making more things, and make some of those things awesome. I hope you’ll find it useful and perhaps start making lots of awesome stuff.