Behold! A list of loosely related stuff I've created throughout my life!
The projects I'm showcasing are intentionally "all over the place". My goal with this page is to showcase a broad collection of skills that I've picked up throughout my years of making stuff. However, for the sake of consistency, I have chosen to display only the projects that have two things in common: One, they were successful, and two, they taught me something valuable (therefore making them even more successful). There are plenty of projects I created that are not listed below; mainly my failed ones. But, just to prove that I'm proud of my failures, here's a quick list of my favorite failed projects!
I've had so many failed projects that I've lost track; definitely more failed ones than successful ones. Eventually, I'll write a blog post about every failure that I learned a lesson from. Whether a project was a failure or a success, one thing is for sure: As I’ve aged, my projects have become increasingly ambitious, practical, and business-oriented.
And without further ado, here are my favorite (most meaningful/successful) projects!
May 31, 2019
30 Days of Writing
Throughout the month of June 2019, I challenged myself to write and publish a unique piece of content every day.
May 31, 2019
Governance is an open source Java plugin that I designed, developed, and released by myself over the course of a month (to challenge myself). The finished product helps Minecraft server owners efficiently manage their community by granting their player base complete and total autonomy. No admins needed! Throughout the course of this project, I've picked up many skills that are valuable in the real world.
June 14, 2018
Tacticorps LLC is an Airsoft e-commerce business I started back in mid-2017 with the goal of gaining knowledge and experience rather than currency. Instead of attending a university, I decided that I could learn much more about entrepreneurship, work ethic, and problem-solving by "getting out there" and doing it myself. I've learned to negotiate with foreign suppliers, import products through U.S. customs, market my products, partner with local businesses run advertisement campaigns, and so much more. Click here to learn more.
March 30, 2018
'Stock Tennis' Online Store
Although I really disliked dropshipping as a business model, I did learned a lot from Stock Tennis. A built the store from the ground up and was profiting after just a few days. I leveled up my marketing skills using Facebook Ads to drive sales, and had the chance to improve from customer service as well. After realizing that dropshipping wasn't for me, I sold the store and made a few hundred more bucks.
March 30, 2017
'RotMG World' Online Store
Another gaming related project! New game, new business model! Instead of hosting a server or an info site, I created my first e-commerce store! To drive traffic, I developed custom advertisement bots using a proxy game client and a complex AHK script. When a customer logged on, me team and I would sell in-game items through a live support chat.
March 30, 2016
Java Programming & Tutoring
In 2015, I held a Java classes at my local homeschool group, teaching other kids about the limitless potential programming. The class itself lasted for a half-semester and had over 10 students.
Later, in 2016, I worked as a freelancer, developing custom Spigot (A Minecraft server API) plugins for clients. After establishing myself, I started teaching online, 1-on-1, beginner Java lessons. At my peek, I was teaching 4 or 5 lessons per week to clients, all of who were paying.
August 8, 2016
'AcpFood' Java Plugin
'AcpFood' is the manifestation of my lifelong interest in programming and was my first open-source project. First created it 2014, it served as a vital piece of software for it's niche. Later, in 2016, I re-wrote the entire program with many additions and improvements. Throughout it's lifetime, AcpFood has received over 5,000 downloads and has made impressions on thousands of players.
March 2, 2014
'Desperate Doges' Cryptocurreny Faucet
When I first got into crypto / blockchain, I made a website that gave out a bit of free Dogecoin to visitors every 24 hours. The website did very well (roughly 100,000 page views in the short 5 months that it was open), but wasn't much of a 'money maker' since it was more of a charity than a business. This was the first website that I coded 100% from scratch, so I learned the basics of HTML, CSS, and PHP.
March 30, 2014
'Minecon Central' Community & Website
This was a big one for me. Not only was this my first taste at passive income, but it was (and still is) the largest and most successful community that I've ever created. With well over 100,000 unique visitors and almost half a MILLION page views, Minecon Central left a positive impact on the Minecraft community. This project taught me a lot of marketing, and even taught me things about myself.
March 30, 2013
Animated Banner Graphics Shop
Using software like Adobe PS, Adobe AE, Paint.NET, and GIMP, I designed and sold animated advertisement banners through online forums.
March 30, 2012
Profitable Minecraft Server(s)
A lot of people play video games, but not many people monetize them.
Throughout my younger teen years, I hosted / staffed multiple Minecraft servers. This gave me the opportunity to learn how to manage and build a community while making a bit of cash while I'm at it!
March 30, 2008
Club Penguin Websites
You may be thinking: Club Penguin? Are you serious?
Yup. I know that it's odd for me to admit this publicly, but Club Penguin was one of the origins of my ambition. At 8 years old, I was creating websites, building communities, and organizing events. Pretty cringe, right?