So after a year+ using arduino building several projects I used only the ATmega328p-pu chip with 28p sockets on my circuits easy plug and unplug to program them with a arduino uno r3 but looks like all my circuits are big, time and space consuming to build.
I decided to upgrade to a smd chips my 1st thought was to buy as well the ATmega328 smd version but they are kinda expensive I would say (not much but a little), I'm as well inexperienced in smd soldering so I would like to try something cheaper and smaller (less pins) at the beginning to level up my experience with smd soldering.
Just for the record I will use a FTDI chip to program my smd chips.
So what would you suggest me to buy, what kind of smd chips/microcontrollers should I try(?), i would like some cheap ones to buy 10+ of them and build random projects.