Our logo isn't bad, but I think we can do better. I want something that represents the soul and the personality and the core of what it means to be an indie hacker… but I'm not sure what that is, so I asked the community.
Now that meetups are are up and running, we thought it'd be great to get people involved in organizing meetups in a more official capacity, and do what we can to support them.
If you're interested in organizing meetups in your city, you can apply here: https://airtable.com/shrH3FggzE27LVgLL
It's become clear over the past 6 months or so that many hundreds of indie hackers have been meeting up in real life in cities across the world. I think this is great, and I've wanted to do something to help encourage more of these meetups, as well as promote them so more people will attend.
Today we launched a very simple MVP of our meetups feature. 🎉
I had elaborate plans for it at first, and all the myriad problems it could solve, but it would've taken months to build, so I pared it down to the most basic functionality possible: post a link to an event that you created elsewhere (Meetup.com, Facebook, Eventbrite, Google Calendar, etc.), and we'll show it in a list and send it out in our newsletter.
Excited to see where things go in the next few months, and hoping that the number of meetups really takes off. It'd be really great to see lots of small events in small cities, too, not just formal meetups in big cities.
I finally launched the product directory today! We were getting a ton of traffic from @mtlynch's post about why he quit Google, so I rushed through some final development tasks to deploy the directory to production so all of these new visitors could see it.
Right now we're focusing heavily on improving our conversion rates. About 2.5% of visitors to Indie Hackers sign up to become members, but I'd like to get that up above 8% by the end of the year. 😬 The product directory is our first test to see what happens to conversion rates if we build something valuable, then limit the full functionality to members only!
I've been doing some thinking about how I can make an Indie Hackers membership more valuable. One way would be to provide free and discounted products. This is something that probably won't pan out until later in year, though.
I've had product pages on Indie Hackers for a couple months now, but only recently began working on a directory to make these pages more discoverable. Today I asked the IH community for some feedback on it:
The Indie Hackers newsletter has been going strong for a while, recently passing 20,000 subscribers after just a year and a half. But churn is high, and the newsletter as a whole could be much better, so I asked for feedback to see if people would come up with ideas that I couldn't myself.
I've been working on improving the notification system for the forum, adding @-mentions, etc. This stuff makes the forum more useful and makes it easier for people to connect to each other.
One thing that a few people have requested is the ability to subscribe to entire threads. So I figured I'd ask to see if others would use that feature:
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