This website

  • is not sponsored by anyone (except myself).
  • is supposed to help me focus my efforts.
  • contains no advertisements.

Ultimately, this site is about personal and professional development. Starting goals were to have more accountability, more structure, and more mental clarity in my work (and life). An important part of that is to be good at writing, which I’m trying to get better at[1]. I started this project years ago, struggled with it because I would always find something to improve/finish first before putting it online. Then, one day, I came across this quote in this somewhat related HN thread:

“If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.”

Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn)

Which led me to this essay, also by Hoffman. Quotes that really stood out to me:

“If you’re willing to be embarrassed, you gain speed and flexibility.”


“Fail fast.”

Essentially, Hoffman argues that people should not be worried about first impressions because in today’s world it’s easy to make a great second, third, or even tenth impression. Rather, try to launch quickly, thereby receiving feedback early. This will help you learn sooner and improve more quickly.

Paul Graham has something similar to say in “What Startups Are Really Like“:

Don’t worry what people will say. If your first version is so impressive that trolls don’t make fun of it, you waited too long to launch.

Feedback is welcome at root@sileret.com.


[1] In English, which is not my first language.