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Is there good tech debt? - Issue #8

Drew Bredvick
Drew Bredvick
When building new projects it’s tempting to avoid tech debt at all costs. But is that the right decision?

Yes, good tech debt exists.
If you’re building a new project (no product-market fit yet), use tech debt to your advantage. I recently wrote an in-depth blog post with my reasoning.
On good tech debt
The TLDR?
So go forth and write scrappy code in your new projects (you’ll be able to get rid of it later if your project is still around).
Notable links
Drew Bredvick’s Next.js Conf Ticket
Next.js Conf 2021 is here — sign up on the awesome experience that supports a fun realtime interaction with other guests of the conference. Last year’s conference (summary here) was great, very excited to see what happens this year.
Colleen Schnettler
Mondays. For many years, I worked the kind of job that made me hate Mondays. Every Sunday my weekend joy would slowly be replaced by dread as the hours ticked by. I knew this was no way to live - but this is what everyone did. Lived for the weekends!
Check out this thread from Colleen who’s currently building Simple File Upload. I highly recommend checking out her podcast, Software Social, that she does with Michele Hansen. It’s a great comparison of starting a new SaaS vs. growing an existing one. This show is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
What’s next
In the theme of “good tech debt”, I’m shipping a scrappy V1 FitVitals landing page. I took some of my learnings from 30x500, simplified the design and copy, and am finishing up some useful functionality for folks interested in their Core Web Vitals.
Here’s a snippet from the new copy:
Keep an eye out on Twitter, I’ll post it there when I’m done later this week.
See you on the other side,
Drew
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