Building Rungs: The Concept
I owned the domain name rungs.me for a few years. I bought it to serve as the home of a goal setting app. A place where you can list out things that you wanted to work on for about 15 minutes a day and then get twice-daily reminders about those things. You could track your progress (how many days you successfully did them vs missed days, etc.) and write short blog posts about your journey.
The first version I “built” was a hacked and redesigned version of an old PHP project called ackertodo, which was put online by a guy named Rob Hensley in 2005. It was fun to put together, but ultimately I never did much with it. I also played around with TaskFreak!, but didn’t get very far with that (mostly because recurring tasks was an issue for me).
My biggest issue, I would say, is that I want(ed) a system that has a proper auth system as well as a RESTful API so that they could serve well with long-term goals. I wanted a system I could reverse engineer and understand so that I would have an easier time building out additional features.
More recently I started playing with apigility.org (a project by Zend Framework) so I could finally build a generic RESTful API with CRUD and whatnots. I’m still in the process of working on that, but in the meantime I’ve gotten so busy that I even let the domain name rungs.me expire(!).
More recently I had the opportunity to reassess Rungs and form a new idea. I recently became part of a Facebook Group for young, married men. Through the discussions in the group, it’s come to my attention that addiction (of all sorts) is a very prevalent issue, more so than I previously thought. I figured that Rungs might be a helpful tool; a way for people to track their goals and keep their lives on track. Even more recently I came up with a very simplified version of the idea, now focused more on addition (in a way).
Rungs is going to start off by being a “Just For Today” app. The idea is that addiction is very difficult to kick or control. Short-term goals are often easier to envision and therefor become more realistic. The idea of fighting an addiction “just for today”, which I believe is a core part of the 12 Step Program, is something more attainable than fighting an addition forever.
The MVP version of what is planned to ultimately become more of a goal setting/habit forming app is a “Just For Today” web app, one that shows you how much time is left in the day and offers encouragement.
My first step will be to figure out a name for the app (which will probably be “Rungs”, but we’ll see what happens), which I’ll blog about moving forward.