What follows is a list of topics that I'd like to see written about on Indie Hackers, as well as some ideas meant to help get your creative juices flowing. Suggestions are welcome!
Thoughts on getting started.
Most Indie Hackers readers are aspiring entrepreneurs who haven't built or launched anything yet. They often find massive success stories completely unrelatable. I think they'd really enjoy hearing from people who are only one or two steps ahead, dealing with early-stage challenges like deciding on an idea, finding the time and motivation to start, building a product, etc.
Monthly status reports.
Working on an online business or a revenue-generating side project? Take some time at the end of every month or three to reflect on what you've accomplished, why and how you did it, and your goals going forward. Even better if you share some of your key metrics transparently.
Review of past projects and companies.
If you've worked on numerous projects and businesses in the past, it would be interesting to have a quick look through them all and see what you took away from each one.
"How I Monetized My Side Project"
Share the story behind transforming a free application that you were working on as a hobby or project into a profitable endeavor. What goes into making that transition? What went wrong, what went right, and why?
- The economics of launching or running XYZ.
Break down the monetary costs of running your business. Where does all the money go? What can others with similar businesses expect? Include an interesting chart or two.
Analysis of Indie Hackers interviews.
There are hundreds of interviews on Indie Hackers at this point. If you take the time to analyze them, I'd bet you can find all sorts of fascinating commonalities and insights.
Discussion about the ethics of running a startup.
Is it ever okay to send people cold emails? If so, what's the right way to do it? What about putting up fake landing pages to gauge interest for products that haven't been built yet? Should we be asking for permission instead of forgiveness? Tons of interesting article ideas here.
Learning to handle task XYZ as a developer.
Building a successful online business requires one to wear many hats that the typical developer isn't used to wearing. Write about how a developer founder can succeed at non-development tasks such as design, marketing, blogging, etc. What unique challenges do developers face? What advantages do they have?
Making transparency work.
Why should any business be open about its revenue, strategies, or practices? What are some effective ways to start doing it?
- Explain XYZ like I'm five.
There are some complex ideas in business that a lot of people shy away from learning about in-depth. Can you pick something, break it down, and explain it in an approachable way?
If you've launched on Hacker News, Product Hunt, or elsewhere, share with us how things went. Where'd your traffic come from, how much did you get, and how long did it last? What did you learn? Would you do differently if you could?
"Why/How I Quit My Startup"
We hear a lot about starting, but not much about quitting. What goes into making that decision? How does it feel? What logistics are involved in winding down? You could tell a great story here that others will appreciate.
Why you made a difficult decision.
Sometimes you make a decision that you never would've predicted, that was gut-wrenchingly hard, or that was simply unconventional. Tell us about it! How did you get into that situation, what did you decide, and how did it feel? Any regrets?
Survivorship bias in startups.
There are probably many ways that survivorship bias affects what we think and do as entrepreneurs. Each of them could make for a very interesting article.
Choosing a location for your business.
It seems like most bootstrappers tend to stay away from tech hubs like San Francisco. Why is that? What goes into deciding where to run your business? Where are you working and what's it like? Lots of article ideas here.
"Riding the Emotional Startup Roller Coaster"
The ups and downs of running a business are constant and relentless, yet rarely discussed. Reflect on it through the lens of your own experiences.
Solving problem XYZ.
Entrepreneurs commonly encounter problems like finding their first customers, choosing a name, learning to code, validating their ideas, staying motivated, handling cofounder disputes, etc. I could go on forever. Identify a problem you have special experience with and talk about it.
Defining or discussing common terms.
What does MVP really mean? Or bootstrapping? Or MRR? You can teach other people, or you can talk about how a word influenced your own story or history, or you can analyze industry-wide trends. Lots of possibilities here.
Comment on relevant discussions and news.
I come across intersting conversations and announcements on Twitter and other networks on a regular basis. It would be great to see more people dissecting and/or reacting to these via long form articles instead of just 140 characters.
Argue a controversial point.
There's widespread disagreement about a great many things. Airing your opinion is a great way to spark meaningful discussion.
Announcing new enterpreneur-focused initiatives.
If you're creating something that would be particularly useful for Indie Hackers readers, consider writing an article to discuss or announce it.
- "How to Launch a Business on a Shoestring Budget"
Most people don't have a lot of time or money to start a business. If you've been successful while working a full-time job, supporting a family, etc., share your tips!
Last updated on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017.