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How I Came Across Steph Smith
Before I get into all the inspiration I've gotten from Steph Smith, I'd like to say a few words about how I came across her in the first place.
Stumbled across the Sunnyside app
Not too long ago an ad came up in one of my feeds (probably Instagram or Facebook) pushing an app called Sunnyside. This app promised to help you curb your drinking.
I liked the business model for the app. It was basically a simple habit tracker that worked via SMS messages.
Started looking for how to build an SMS habit tracker
I thought maybe I could apply this model to some ideas I've been kicking around, so I began Googling for info about making a simple habit tracker.
That's when I came across an interview on Reddit with Kyleigh Smith conducted by Katt Risen from No-Code Exits.
Found Kyleigh Smith's story about creating her habit tracker
She said she was inspired to write this app by an article written by a young woman named Steph Smith:
I really liked this article.
And then I took a look at the author's website and found more inspiration.
What I like about Steph Smith
At the time I came across her, I was considering making a website, or a blog, or something (I wasn’t sure).
She showcases herself well
I initially discovered her through her blog at blog.stephsmith.io.
However, her primary website is equally engaging, packing in a lot of information.
She highlights the various projects she's involved in, making them easily accessible to anyone interested.
Activities and initiatives
- She's made several successful courses
- She's a solid writer, and has written a lot of good articles, particularly the one mentioned above and Writing Is Thinking: Learning to Write with Confidence
- She created scholarships, and gave away 12 of them in 12 months
- She taught herself to code (starting with this $20 course)
- She's done 76 episodes of a podcast called Sh*t You Don't Learn in School
- Her website also has books she's read and liked, photos, favorite travel places, and more
- Some of the sections haven't been updated lately, but there was a time when she openly posted her goals, and then would revisit them over time
Internet Pipes: Her course of strategies and tricks for doing internet research
Right now, she's working on a course called Internet Pipes.
It's not coming out until January 24, 2024, and she's already sold over $120,000 in presales.
I think pretty much her only promotion of it was an appearance on a podcast here:
Here's her tweet from seven days ago:
It's been interesting to see her course have such success, and to see the process as it evolves.
As you can see in the December 13th screenshot, the course was originally slated to launch on January 7th, but has been kicked back to January 24th.
You can also see quite a lot of revisions in the sales copy over time.
When the course first went up for presale, the price was $50.
It's gone up $20 for roughly every 20 people who have bought it, and it's now up to $350.
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