Changelog

A place for me to document notable updates or changes to my business life, projects, and products.

The changelog began around late 2022 so earlier years may be lacking in data.

Changelog Template

Month

  • Updates

February

  • Updated the changelog to have an accordion format so as to reduce the amount of scrolling a reader would have to perform
  • Tinkered with Pixelmator Pro to one day replace Canva
  • Redesigned Dreams To Journeys to create a better balance for providing value and monetizing the site
  • Updated newsletter welcome series and subscription landing page
  • Educated myself on digital business practices performed by successful entrepreneurs

January

  • Redesigned the homepage so that it uses tabs to prioritize quick links
  • Updated pages to prioritize screen real estate
  • Created a gear page and testimonials page
  • Fixed contact button hover color issues
  • Fixed ReCaptcha badge showing with some CSS
  • Setup WordPress site, theme, and plugins
  • Tinkered with ways to allow users to copy the thread emoji
  • Figured out CSS to create a custom copy emoji button
  • Setup WordPress site, theme, and plugins
  • Figured out CSS to create a custom copy emoji button
  • Due to Gumroad raising their prices, I conducted further research on other e-commerce solutions
  • Got a few sales from THE FREE LOFI MUSIC LIBRARY BULK DOWNLOAD

2022 was difficult as funds were getting low. There were a lot of personal trials I had to go through that impacted my mental health and motivation. As the year ended I refocused on applying disciple over motivation. I discovered that as a creator I have to make ensure my many ideas for products/services aren’t stopping me from executing. Having too many projects can hamper progress so establishing systems and schedules is vital.

December

  • Redesigned website with a cleaner design
  • Created additional landing pages for common free music terms
  • Created THE FREE LOFI MUSIC LIBRARY BULK DOWNLOAD so that visitors may donate while benefitting from the convenience of a simpler music downloading experience
  • Created the FREEPD bundle to sell a public domain music bundle at a discount
  • Created a Twitter page for FREE LOFI and did some marketing
  • Received a few sales within the week
  • Purchased threademoji.com
  • Purchased thumbsemoji.com

November

  • Purchased copywritingcopy.com

August

  • Purchased delanotjarrett.com
  • Parked akadtj.com and forwarded to the new delanotjarrett.com domain
  • Converted the majority of my social media handles from akadtj to delanotjarrett

June

  • Marketed my brand on several social media services
  • Tested out the usefulness of certain services like Polywork and Quora
  • Realized that while I should have my name on every platform, some were better than others for engagement

April

  • Created several digital products
  • Tested out the pros and cons of using WooCommerce vs Gumroad vs Lemon Squeezy
  • I ended up choosing Gumroad

2021 was about making new discoveries and testing new skills. I learned a lot about websites, social media, writing, marketing, and photography. As I entered 2022 I ended my eBay selling and poured my focus into digital projects. Every now and then I would sell objects on Facebook marketplace.

December

  • Finished 2021 with ~$500 in sales

May

  • Tested out the service and spent a few months learning about newsletters

March

  • Purchased freelofi.com
  • Purchased music albums from Fiverr

February

  • Continued moving dreamstojourneys.com from Carrd to WordPress
  • I began to educate myself on hosting services, and the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
  • I also began to educate myself on WordPress themes, web design, and user experience

2020 was about entertaining digital side hustles but mainly focused on physical side hustles. With my restaurant and customer service background, I was used to the idea of purchasing and selling products and dealing with customers. I had knowledge in purchasing inventory, finding affordable deals and selling high. I had left my 9-5 employment due to their handling of the pandemic and worked on eBay while learning about the digital economy.

December

  • Began moving dreamstojourneys.com from Carrd to WordPress
  • Finished 2020 with +$1300 in sales

October

  • Purchased dreamstojourneys.com
  • Purchased akadtj.com

September

  • Purchased Carrd account

May

  • Opened an Etsy store and tried to sell digital greeting cards
  • The store was a failure but a good learning experience for Adobe software

April

  • Published Also Known as Life
  • The book was a failure but a good learning experience for Amazon KDP

2019 was the beginning of adopting a new mindset. I realized that if I was to remain in Canada I needed to be looking at additional forms of supplemental income.

December

  • Finished 2019 with +$400 in sales

May

  • Started selling merchandise on eBay and Facebook marketplace
  • Signed up with Canada Post to get free packaging supplies
  • Learned about retail arbitrage: bought items on sale and sold at a profit
  • Sold a lot of unneeded items in my home like old devices and trading cards