100 Newsletter Subscribers after HN post

Turns out submitting articles to Hacker News does matter. After listening to the IH podcast with Anne-Laure Le Cunff (who has a wonderful newsletter that every Indie Hacker who wants to stay sane should read) and hearing her talk about how she markets her content, I decided to post the articles from my blog on Hacker News myself.

Crickets for the first two. Zero engagement.

Then the third got some traction. At 89 upvotes, it sent two thousand views to my blog (which before had a hundred views a day and is less than a week old) and netted me a whopping 70 subscribers to the newsletter.

So at 6 days of age, my newsletter now has a three-digit subscriber number. I am very excited to send out my next newsletter on Friday.

This week's article (and newsletter) will be more mental-health-centered, as I am working through my experiences with FeedbackPanda and am noticing a lot of fears and anxieties and how I dealt with them.

As always, the newsletter can be found at https://thebootstrappedfounder.com/newsletter/ - I will be able to add social proof ("Join X bootstrappers reading this newsletter") very soon.

What do you is a good number for that? 100? 250? 1000?

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    We've been chatting on this type of thing on indiemailer.com. I think 100 is fine, honestly. People just want to see that they're joining other people and feel like they might be missing out :)

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    Nice work with the fast growth.

    I’d wait to include a number on the social proof. 100 doesn’t seem much in the grand scheme of things. Especially in the bootstrapped / entrepreneurship world. If I didn’t know anything about you or the newsletter I’d probably not sign up. At 500 or even better, 1000, it starts to sound compelling.

    IMHO better to have a quote from someone as a short testimonial.

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    Get work mate! 100 subs in under a week is amazing

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