This last month had its ups and downs. I deployed lots of improvements to Indie but lost my cadence with shipping something every day.
It felt good to have a break. I stepped away from the computer for a while and re-found my passion for a project I’d stopped working on last year.
But now I’m feeling recharged and ready to push forward.
What Shipped 🚀
✅ Autosave — seemed like a no-brainer.
✅ Onboarding — users will be given a draft post showcasing the editor’s features.
✅ Authorization — making sure the right people access the right things.
✅ Emoji picker — probably my favourite feature so far! 😍
✅ Logout — previously, I’d been clearing my cookies to log out. 😅
✅ Mostly mobile responsive UI — the account pages now look respectable on mobile.
✅ Profile photo — had been hard coded to always be my face. 😳
✅ Delete sites & accounts — another no-brainer.
✅ Revisions for published posts — essentially drafts for an existing post.
✅ Flash messages — with a nice animation.
What went well
I shipped lots of stuff for Indie! 🚀
I went paragliding for the first time in almost a year!! 🥳 It felt great to be back in the air.
My girlfriend and I escaped the city to cat sit in the mountains. 🐈⬛
I resurrected an old project and I’m super excited about working on it again! 😁 Maybe this should appear in the “What can be improved” section as a distraction…
Started listening to The Bootstrapped Founder podcast 🎧
Enrolled in Startup School 🎓
What can be improved
I need to setup the Indie.io inbox on my phone. I missed an email from a potential alpha user for 2+ weeks 😱 because my desktop client quit and didn’t reopen.
Marketing 📣 I didn’t manage any marketing this month. I hope it’ll get easier when I have something that people can actually use.
Setting a deadline to launch. I’m getting very, very close! 📆
I’ll need to cut some features from the MVP, like custom domains and other things that could be in the paid plan. ✂️
I didn’t live up to my weekly updates so I’ll move to monthly updates.
Not much to report, but here are this month’s stats:
📈 217 unique visitors in the last 30 days
📬 24 emails on the waitlist (↑7)
⚡️ 1 live blog
💰 $0 ARR
🐦 207 followers (↑15)
I’m yet to decide on pricing.
Do I go with the freemium model + paid plan, or charge for everything?
The advantage I see to having freemium is that lots of free accounts publishing content on indie.io subdomains will work as a powerful marketing channel.
My concern is the support & hosting costs, but my gut says to just do it.
So that’s it for June 2022. Thanks for reading this far!
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