Some two thousand years ago a guy by the name of Archimedes stepped into a bath and noticed that the water level rose, whereupon he understood that the volume of water displaced must be equal to the volume of the part of his body he had submerged in the bath.
It was then that he shouted, “Eureka!” which means, “I have found it.”
We must think that “Eureka” moments are just like that. The ideas that hit you when you’re taking a shower. Or the ones you have just before falling asleep.
I beg to differ.
The truth is, “Eureka” moments are not the ones that find you, but the ones you find… through an arduous process of trial and error.
I have long been aware of the no-code revolution. Tools that allow us to create websites, blogs, apps, and pretty much anything we can imagine without having to write code.
At the same time, however, even these tools, which I understood would one day become an important building block of human society, felt impossible to understand.
It was frustrating. I tried to design a blog in Webflow, but failed even though I was following the exact steps that had been presented to me in a tutorial.
It felt like I was forever destined to try other endeavors, and for a while, did not think much of it.
But the Universe’s got a strange sense of humor.
By accident, a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a different platform. Adalo. Somehow, I decided to go through the tutorials and see what I’d be able to make.
As I read the tutorials, one statement stood out. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. And once I internalized it, it made me (kind of) shout, “Eureka.”
It was all about conditional logic.
It was that simple. Everything that I could design visually with such a tool, I could do so by visualizing the logic behind it. The database, the interactions, all the other elements.
And I’ve always loved logic.
It made sense. It truly did.
That’s how I’ve created blogsy, a platform for bloggers to promote their blogs.
And then, slowly, I began to understand the other tools as well. I grew more confident in my ability to understand the logic behind all the tools that I had become frustrated with a while ago.
It was all about logic.
If and then are two of the most powerful words. And it is these two words that made me understand how to visually design my ideas into existence.
And that’s what I am going to do for the rest of the year, as I work on launching a new project every month.