Ben Barbersmith

runner · developer · entrepreneur


— Last updated on Jun 27, 2020

Living the lockdown life. Enjoying the tranquil rhythm of working from home, running along the river, hanging out with my daughter and wife, and relaxing every evening.

I work at Google on YouTube Music. Lockdown is serving me well, because I much prefer working from home in my study. Goodbye, 1.5 hour commutes to and from the office!

Between working from home full-time and trying to be a good father and husband, I’m finding it hard to consistently carve out time to work on my side business. My goal continues to be to grow recurring subscription revenue from my freemium app, Spell Tracker for Pathfinder 1e, from a hobby (£4k/yr) into a sustainable lifestyle (£24k/yr). More on this soon.

After devouring a ton of fiction, I’m dipping back into non-fiction (such as Atomic Habits and Deep Work). I’m also spending more time gaming. I’m currently playing a few hours per week of Torchlight 2 with a couple of friends, a weekly session of 50 Fathoms with my long-standing tabletop RPG crew, and some Diablo 3 on the Switch on my own.

I’m continuing to work on my Go skills, mostly through prototyping and code generation. But I’m also embracing the insane productivity I get from Dart.

(This page is inspired by Derek Sivers’s post The /now page movement.)