Critique Connect
Feburary 2018 - September 2019

I created Critique Connect because I wanted to combine my passions of what I learned in the book publishing world and the tech world. As a former writer and beta writer, I identified a pain point in the writing community: finding other writers and beta readers. There are other various online communities to do this but no good way to search or filter this content that often got lost, was disorganized, and sometimes missed crucial pieces of information. Critique Connect tries to mitigate all of this through user profiles with reviews, Work in Progress (WIP) pages, forum with WYSIWYG post editing, and search with Algolia. Critique Connect launched for open beta in April 20, 2019 and as of October 2019 had over 200 users.

Critique Connect was made with React hosted on a Digital Ocean droplet and used Firebase for database and authentication. I addressed GDPR concerns via a cookie banner and handled bug reports through Google Forms and Zapier integration to my Trello board. Integrated Sentry for error alerting.


Pacing and Organizing Side Projects with Agile

Splash page WIP Search User profile
Adding a WIP Homepage Forum
User search User search