Yep, I f****d up.
I've never been quite into forums and online discussions, but now that I'm building a product I started getting more into it, in an attempt to promote what I'm doing, to attract visitors and get some traction.
A couple of weeks ago I posted about my project on /r/learnprogramming, and it went well, 1.6k upvotes and almost 7k visitors in a single day.
I thought to myself: "cool, I found a place to share it and I'll double down on it".
I let the dust settle.
And the time for the second post came. Yesterday.
What I didn't know though, is that I was spamming.
Even though I had all the best intentions, and I simply included a link to my project in the middle of a post about "think less, ship more", I was again promoting my project.
I got banned from that subrredit and now I lost my best distribution channel, so far.
The problem? I haven't been participating in other discussions. I haven't been answering people on other threads. I'm so deep into building my thing that I barely allow myself to take the time to get into other people's discussion.
And that's wrong.
I shouldn't be building for myself. I should build for everyone. And for that to work, I need to listen. And I need to help.
So today I got up at 6am. It's 10:29am now. I haven't touched the code. Instead, I polished my lists on Twitter, answered a few folks, read about engaging on the internet and am now making this confession.
What yesterday felt bad, today feels good.
I'm onto fixing that problem. And I'm onto becoming a better indie hacker.