In 2019 I started to really thing about why I code. What do I want to do with the knowledge I have obtained? It was clear to me that I wanted to use my abilities for good. On top of that, I wasn't feeling satisfied with my job.
I had recently finished building the Social Media Death Clock and had a strong desire to keep building. I went back to the drawing board.
I found inspiration 750words.com and The Artist's Way. There were similar solutions but none that quite fit my needs. Plus, I was itching to build.
The idea is that writing every day is beneficial to our mental health. If we are able to dump a stream of consciousness to the page, we will learn more about ourselves and feel better overall. I tried the practice with pen and paper and found it beneficial.
Just writing daily wasn't enough of a difference from existing solutions. I wanted Wrabit to be more than an exercise. My partner and I sat down one night and tried to think about ways to make it unique. In the end, I decided that I would charge for the product and donate portions of the user's monthly fees to mental health research.
When a user writers seven days in a row, $1 from their monthly fee is donated to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. Overall we have donated ~$500 to the foundation since launch!