April 2, 2023
Around 15 years ago, when I started my engineering degree in ComputerScience.
There’s some special excitement about building some idea of your own, fully by yourself, when you are in control of everything and can make any decisions. Also, I like having to learn many things - choosing which specific feature to build and how to design it and making technical choices. Only recently I dared to share more publicly what I’m building and paying more attention to the marketing side, which can be as impactful or more as the product itself.
I thought it would be nice to have a world visualization of indie makers to help discover similarly-minded people and make new interesting contacts. There are a bunch of different communities out there but I wanted to focus on 1)having a map 2) making it visually pleasant 3) keeping it simple.
It’s a world map of indie makers - a simple visualization using Mapbox, where users can discover any listed indie makers on the map. Anyone can sign in with their Twitter account to get listed and make themselves discoverable to others.
I used Next.js, Chakra UI, and Supabase, deployed on Vercel. I think I used some 2 weeks since I started prototyping it until I shared it somewhere on Twitter and Indie Hackers. The post in Indie Hackers created some traffic to my Twitter profile and I connected with about 100 fellow Twitter contacts in a few days.
I’m not working on it really consistently. In the last weeks I didn’t spend as much time hacking on side projects, so I put a bunch of hours here and there every weekend or so.
Not really with this one. I built it partly as a design/UI exercise and trying to make something simple and fun.
I have a few ideas in mind that I have to execute! Currently, my side-project time has been split between doing some design practice and prototyping some new ideas. I have to become better at timeboxing MVPs more aggressively and launching earlier and faster!
I don’t think I could call it a strategy 😅 Definitely something to force myself more on doing. For now, I’ve tried to be somewhat active on Twitter, sharing stuff every now and then and having some meaningful interactions with the people I find interesting. This always helps bring viewers to whatever you share, if they find it interesting. My pending marketing tasks are writing and sharing more with communities like Indie Hackers, Reddit, etc.
Figma, since I discovered it a couple of years back, it was the first time using some tool for creating design clicked for me. So intuitive and easy to learn, coming to it with as a developer / beginner designer.
Build something cool, learn, talk about it publicly.
A book: Factfulness
A person to follow: Rauno Freiberg→ inspiring design