Yesterday I was "lucky" enough to experience how it feels to be on HN first page. And TBH I had no idea what to expect since I'm not active there and I don't know what kind of community is it.
So what happened? I'm working on my book and as part of my strategy to do it in public, I share part of it as blog posts. I created one yesterday and decided to check my chances with HN. Since I posted a couple of times there before with no success, I didn't expect much this time. But after just one hour I checked HN again and was surprised 🤯 to see my post on the first page at #13.
The excitement didn't last long as the first comments start coming in. "Jeez, what did I get myself into!". I never had this experience online where people just hurl their opinions and judgment at me like that. Comments like
This seems to me the idea(s) of a young person who's working (no pun intended) on the small picture, but missing the big one. In short, somebody who doesn't know yet what to do in life
(By pizza234, very interesting name)
The worst part is I can't tell who is this person judging me and my post, it could be a venture capitalist or a random internet troll living in his parents' basement.
But since I posted there to get feedback in the first place, I took it as is. Even if it's not the type I expected, it is still feedback.
The funny thing is that at some point people just decided to switch and discuss digital nomads lifestyle (which I mentioned in my post) and totally forgot about the main subject 🤦🏻♂️
My post was on the first page for around 7h. In this time my blog got 3.1k unique visitors, 18 people subscribed to my newsletter (%50 increase), and 4 people pre-ordered my book!
This is a huge deal for me because I just started my newsletter and blog 2 weeks ago. So I happy with the outcomes and will take it as a win 😁
Finally, if you're bored and would like to read what ppl commended on HN you can check out it here. Link to my blog post here. And please feel free to share your honest thoughts with me, It can't be worse than HN 😜. If you'd like to connect on twitter I'm @jamalx31