When I went full-time on CloseBrace on November 14th, one of the first things I did was to sit down and plan out milestones that would take me from a loose collection of ideas to an actual site I could launch. These were fairly high level items, stuff like "blog up and running," "marketing plan established," and "Decide on CMS."

I won't go into a long discussion on the importance of setting milestones—and realistic dates to go with them—because anyone who's ever worked on a decent-sized project, much less building a company from scratch, knows how important they are. So far I've hit all of my milestones slightly ahead of target, so it seems my estimation of my own abilities was pretty good.

We've come now to an exciting Milestone, and one that has the most time allotted to it so far: "MVP site skeleton up and running." This means that between now and the December 16th due date, I'm going to be spending the majority of my time on design and development.

What does a "site skeleton" incorporate? Well, it depends on who you ask, but for me it means I'll have an instance of KeystoneJS up and running, a new design in place, and the ability to post basic types of content like articles and tutorials. The site won't be fleshed out, yet—those pieces of content still need to be written!—and it'll probably be lacking things like an "about" page, terms of service, privacy policy, that kind of stuff. Still, it should allow me to at least provide some screenshots pretty soon, and I may also be looking for testers, so keep an eye out if that interests you.

We'll have more on Friday. In the meantime, thanks for reading!

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