It's not really the time issue. I estimate that I work maybe 8-9ish hours a day of actual productive time on Diffle, broken into 3 hours or so when I first wake up, another 2 hours or so before dinner, and then 3-4 hours at night. I certainly couldn't do that with a day job, but it's only a factor of two or so more than I could manage in my spare time, and my productivity is way more than a factor of two higher.
Rather, it's what it does to my attention span. Before, those 4 hours a day were broken into 45 minutes or so before work, 45 minutes before dinner, and maybe two hours after dinner when I'm all tired out. By the time I actually get into the work, the amount of usable time is really more like zero. So essentially all useful work was done on weekends.
Anyway, a quick list of things I've done since quitting:
- jQuery documentation & dependency tool
- YC News in polar coordinates - the cloudmaps stuff didn't really work right (despite spending a few days on it), so I replaced it with a simple polar plot during DevHouseBoston. Was generally a success; did most of it during the hackathon, cleaned it up and added a couple other features in the two days afterwards, and posted it on news.YC. Will include in our YC app as a cool hack.
Am about to start working on the YC app. Mike did a draft last week, now we have to condense things down, since it's too wordy.
Also should start a post with a list of all the mistakes we've made. There's a tendency to white-wash the past, so might as well get them all down while they're fresh and painful. Might be interesting, and hopefully we can avoid making them again.