Week 29 Retrospective

Growing Pleasures and Growing Pains

Last week was dominated by PyCon ZA—the largest (I believe) Python conference in Africa, which was happening right here in Cape Town.

I gave a talk called “Growing Pains” about my experience scaling the Dimagi tech stack / team. If you’re so inclined, you can watch it here or check out the slides here (better in presentation mode).

Overall PyCon was awesome—was great to meet more people in the Cape Town / South African developer community, and it was one of the friendliest conferences I’ve been to.

Place Card Stats

It was a major bounce-back week for place card me setting records in sales (12) and revenue ($12). Last week’s sales accounted for 36% of all revenue ever generated by the site. On-site sales made up 2/3 of that while Etsy sales were 1/3, keeping them still about evenly split.

Place Card Dashboard

This week I’m planning on doubling prices and seeing what happens to sales and revenue.

Goal Report Card

Pycon sucked up a lot more of my attention / energy than I expected, which meant bad grades on everything else.

# Project / Area Goal Grade
1 Place cards More etsy listings and better etsy workflow A-
2 Writing Come up with a new topic and draft it F
3 Django Pycon / Pycon talk A
4 Generate Revenue Continue pushing / working on freelancing engagements C


  1. Added three more listings to my etsy shop and improved the purchasing workflow to be a bit less confusing.
  2. No time for writing last week.
  3. Already talked about Pycon at the top.
  4. Didn’t spend as much time on consulting / freelancing as I’d hoped.


Back home and back above 40 hours.

Week 29 time breakdown

Week 29 time breakdown

Biggest chunk of time was for PyCon (filed under “networking”), with the rest dominated by consulting plus the standard four hours on place cards.


Back to everyday life.

Here’s some pictures of me attempting (poorly) to balance on a pole at a friend’s birthday.

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