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shutting down nextnovelproject

April 17th, 2021

Shutting it down

I've been MIA from this blog for a bit, so apologies on the recent lack of posting. Have been focusing a lot on work and personal life, so I've neglected this quite a bit.

Anyways, I'm just here to say that I'm shutting down my little book-data website nextnovelproject. It was only up and running for about 7 or 8 months, but definitely learned a few things through the process:

  • The site was definitely educational to build. Had to set up a few databases and data pipelines on AWS to make everything work.

  • Interesting to see the challenges of marketing a small product / website. Even making a site that I thought was interesting wasn't enough to actually make people use it.

  • I doubt I'll ever make another project that depends on a third-party API ever again. Goodreads' deprication of a barely-supported API was just the final nail in the coffin of the project. Not to mention, got a few questions on why the data on my website was suspect - blaming a data provider doesn't do anything to improve your project though.