Derek Sivers

Programmer, writer, avid student of life. I make useful things, and share what I learn.

nownownow.com

A month ago I announced the /now page movement, where many personal websites are adding a “/now” page to answer the question, “What are you focused on now?”

At the time, only ten websites had a /now page. Now there are over 280.

It’s incredible. People are saying it helps them prioritize and focus.

Greg Albritton emailed to say he made a list of everyone with a /now page. So I turned that into its own website: nownownow.com.

It’s been a fun programming project. I’ve been doing it full-time for the past month. See the code, if interested. It’s all open source. (Thanks to Sascha Krause in Berlin for contributing a better design.)

Then Greg wanted to do feature profiles, so he came up with six questions that I asked everyone. Now if you click the (+) by any link on nownownow.com, it will bring you to a page where you can get to know the person behind the site.

It’s addicting and inspiring to browse these profiles, and visit their sites. There’s a Twitter account — @NowNowNow — that tweets out a link to a new profile every hour.

People have told me they are getting a good amount of traffic to their site from people browsing nownownow.com, so…

How to add yours?

If you already have a website, just add a new page. If you’re using WordPress, look for “Pages” on the left, and choose “Add New”. Give it a “permalink” of /now. (Sorry I can’t help with tech support.)

Write something about what you’re doing now, and publish. Once it’s online, email me the link at [email protected], and I’ll add it to nownownow.com. After it’s up, I’ll ask you the questions for a profile page.

If you don’t have a website, but have been meaning to get one, create a free one at wordpress.com. Before you announce it, I highly recommend getting your own domain name at hover.com. Point your domain to your WordPress blog, and use that. (Again, sorry I can’t help with tech support, but this is very common stuff, so anyone else can.)

What now?

Someone asked me what my vision is for the /now page movement. But I’ve never had one. I just enjoy being of service. People tell me what they want, and if it’s something I can do, I do.

So if you have a good idea for what this could use or could be, please leave a comment here, or email me at [email protected].