After our first app Avocation hit a million downloads a few months ago, I wanted to share a lot more about what we learned along the way to help and inspire other indie hackers.
For the last two months I have been working on a new app, called Moodmonk, and I decided to take this opportunity to try something new. Earlier this year I started to build-in-public on my Twitter which showed me the huge impact this can have! I had a lot of fun, but there was an idea in my mind for quite some time.
I really enjoy watching "Devlogs" from indie game developers like ThinMatrix for example. I loved the style of his videos and watched every video since then. Later I thought to myself that it might be also interesting to do something similar for my work as a full-time indie app developer.
So I decided to give it a try and start my own YouTube channel where I build a brand new app and share every step of the process with my videos.
After I decided to start a channel, I had to choose a new app idea. The idea that I picked was already in my head for some months so I got started right away.
The first video was a big struggle. I had no idea about video recording, editing, and YouTube itself - there was a lot I had to learn. But after many hours my first video was done and I forced myself to upload it, even though I didn't like it.
In this first video I shared how I start to write down my idea and figure out in which direction this app could go. I show how I organize my projects, how I do competitor research, and how I create first mockups.
A few weeks later my second video followed where I shared how I create app designs in Sketch. With a lot of information on how I organize my Sketch document and how I find inspiration.
Later I decided to learn something new with this project and create my first native app! My previous app Avocation was written with React Native, so I only had a little bit of experience with Swift.
In this video I shared how I learned how to use SwiftUI in the project and how I start setting up the code, git repository, and localization for the app.
And finally my latest video where I share how I found our first 50 beta testers and how the app looks like right now!
In these last few months, I learned a lot about how to create videos on YouTube and I had a lot of fun sharing my work online. All the positive feedback gave me a lot of motivation for the app itself and to continue the channel.
This month I want to release the first version of the app which will be super exciting and I will share a lot more about publishing, marketing, and developing my idea further.
➡️ More details about this app: https://moodmonk.app