I've been ingesting advice, tutorials, and playbooks for over five years, and I still feel incapable of following the most basic indie hacker best practices.
I'm not building an audience. I'm not validating my ideas. I'm not talking to users or potential customers. My ideas are probably too big to build on my own and I'm not scoping them down to their smallest useful piece. I'm working on six different projects at once.
Why? For the same reason that makes me identify as an Indie Hacker. Because as soon as I start following this advice, I feel like I'm working for someone else. It takes all the joy out of indie hacking, because I'm no longer doing things my way.
So I'm on this path where I'm either going to be successful doing things my way or crash and burn, with tons of ways to look back and point out all the places I knowingly, stubbornly did the wrong thing. I have a lot of anxiety about it. Can anyone else identify with this?
I know it sounds arrogant, but it's not an ego thing. It's a sustainability thing. If I feel like I'm working for someone else I might as well go get a salary job somewhere. The way I rationalize it is that I do follow two pieces of advice that align with my passion and love for building:
You haven't failed until you give up. By doing things my way and enjoying the work, I feel like I could keep going forever because it's a way of life. If I was constrained by all these other techniques, I think I would burn out.
Scratch your own itch. I'm building products that I wish existed, and that I can dog-food myself. If someone comes along and builds it first or better, I'm happy to use that and abandon my own thing.
Anyway, it's pretty lonely out here and I'm still looking for my people. I thought there might be some of you out there like myself who know all the right things to do, but can't bring yourself to do a lot of them. If that's you, I feel your pain!