Create A Blog ✍️ With Google Docs ⭐️

You Don’t Need WordPress by Pat Walls (@thepatwalls) from New York City!.

youdontneedwp.com

 

What’s your motivation for creating your product?

I think WordPress is a bit bloated and intimidating for new users. I’m a big fan of Google Docs, especially with its world-class collaboration features that are simple and easy to use – just like Microsoft Word – which everyone is familiar with!

 

What are your product features?

– Create your own blog page!

– Create as many blog posts as you want, draft and publish them as you see fit!

When did you launch?

September 25, 2018

 

Where did you launch?

Product Hunt

Y Combinator

 

How did your launch go?

– #1 on Product Hunt

– #1 on Show HN (Hacker News)

– 15k uniques

– 9,000 Twitch views

– 1,000 registered users

– 18 hours of continuous streaming

– 12 La Croix’s

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

Since I built this in 24 hours, I was limited in getting approval from Google to use their API with more than 100 users. If I could go back, I would have gotten approved earlier!

Pat even wrote a whole blog post about this launch! Check it out here.

One central hub for all your social media accounts 😍

Chestry by Magnus Singer (@magnus_singer) from Germany, Bavaria

https://chestry.com

 

What’s your motivation for creating your product?

Chestry is here to give you the opportunity to collect all your social media accounts and much more in one profile, called Entry. This Entry can be the starting point for showing others your online appearance.

Chestry is your personal place where you can connect all your social media accounts plus some additional info and exchange them with your friends. Stay up to date with all your friends’ social media accounts by connecting with him or her and get notified about changes in your feed.

 

Features

– Stay up to date about your friends’ social media by connecting with him or her and get notified about changes in your feed.

– If you know one social media address of a person, search for it and connect further with him or her.

– You are the boss: change your privacy settings for each input. You can set it to private, for registered users only or public.

– One link, all of your stuff: get one, personal link and place it for example into your Instagram Bio. If someone clicks on the link, he will get an overview of all of your stuff.

 

Privacy

When it comes to privacy, Chestry is your best friend: we do not access any of your social media accounts, we just provide a link to it. Chestry is hosted in Germany with modern technology. You can also add Two-Factor-Authentication to your account so it’s nearly impossible for a remote hacker to access your data on Chestry. You can also choose what information you provide. All social media accounts and things like age, living place, phone number and so on is optional.

 

When did you launch?

8th of August 2018 at eight o’clock.

 

Where did you launch?

Product Hunt

 

How did your launch go?

– 60 upvotes on PH
– 100 daily visitors
– 30 registered users

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

This sounds ordinary, but I think it’s quite important: when you upload a product on PH, you have a limited characters count available at the description section, so you may not be able to present all of your products features in this place. But when you write a comment, you have unlimited characters available, so you can present the features there. I’ve seen this method already by a lot of products, but I think this needs to be known by everyone who submits something on PH, since I didn’t know it on my launch.

This tip is for the PH app: when your product is a website, upload screenshots from a mobile perspective of the site, because it’s a way better experience for app hunters watching screenshots taken on a mobile phone, not a computer. On a computer, it’s also not bad, because people get a  quicker overview since they can see multiple screenshots at once.

Schedule 👩‍💻 and automatically recycle your social media posts 📱

OneUp by Davis Baer (@daviswbaer) from Pittsburgh, PA

https://www.oneupapp.io

 

What’s your motivation for creating your product?

OneUp was built to solve this problem:

🤓 You create evergreen content, whether it be a blog post, podcast, YouTube video, or something else

🤞 As soon as it’s live, you share it (only once) across your social media accounts

😢 It’s seen by only ~5% of your followers 👎 

With OneUp, you can easily schedule that same evergreen post to be recycled for a specific number of times, at set intervals = More engagement, more traffic, more business.

For example, if you want to share your latest blog post once a month for the next 3 months, you can do that in about 10 seconds.

 

When did you launch?

OneUp launched back in 2017 as a side project, but we have recently gone through a product overhaul and relaunched in September 2018 on Product Hunt

 

Where did you launch?

Product Hunt

Indie Hackers

 

How did your launch go?

Product Hunt: we finished 4th for the day with over 540 upvotes.

That success led to being featured in an interview on Indie Hackers.

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

For anyone launching on Product Hunt, I have put together a guide of best practices that I have learned from hunting almost 100 products: how to get featured on Product Hunt.

 

Get real feedback 🔥 and opinions 🎯 from expert users for your product, design or idea!

roastMe by J.P. Aulet (@jp_aulet) from Barcelona

https://roastme.xyz

 

What’s your motivation for creating your product?

I constantly need feedback for my ideas, MVPs & projects. I found a lot of other people looking for feedback in HackerNews, Twitter, IndieHackers, etc but not in one a specific platform.

I wanted to help makers, solo-entrepreneurs, designers, etc. to receive feedback & opinions and expert reviews in areas they don’t dominate like SEO, security, marketing or web development.

 

When did you launch?

This week (23th Oct).

 

 

How did your launch go?

180 upvotes on PH

+54 registered users

+6 experts submitted

+11 products submitted

+2 paying users (19.98$ profit)

800 unique users

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

I made some mistakes and tried to solve them in production while launching. Some users complained about the site not working (maybe due the traffic or my deployment).

Try to avoid this and check the server performance.

Also prepare some swag for launch day (images, logo, etc.), be receptive and don’t stress too much 😉

Working Hard & Smart

We all live in the same world with unlimited possibilities but how we perceive that world is wildly different from person to person.

There are millions of ways you can complete your own task list, whether it’s through tackling the most difficult tasks in the morning, hiring an assistant, focusing on batches of tasks in the evening power hour or completing all tasks that take less than 2 minutes immediately.

All of this takes time. We try to squeeze as much as we can into one day, reading as many productivity articles as we can looking for tips and shortcuts. While that’s not a bad strategy at all, we must remember that it’s not all about time. It’s all about energy and focus.

 

Work smarter, not harder.

Decide what’s important right now because in five, ten or fifteen years you will be more disappointed by what you have not done, rather than what you have done.

Sleep, eat well and exercise every single day of your life. Each night the quality of your sleep will affect your focus the following day, your eating habits will determine your energy and exercising on a regular basis will release a regular dose of endorphins in your brain and help you to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

The 2-minute rule. If any task that you have to do takes 2 minutes or less, complete it immediately. This will save you at least 4 minutes in the long run because you don’t have to make a note of the task and bare the mental strain.

The 5-minute rule. This rule dictates that for any task you do not want to work on right now but that has to get done, simply working on it for five minutes will get the ball rolling and will 9 times out of 10 lead to you working on the task for far longer than 5 minutes.

Work smarter, not harder. Focus on saving yourself time while completing tasks, instead of staying up all night. The more focused you are the smarter you will work.

Complete your most important tasks early in the morning. The more difficult and time-consuming the task is, the more mental strain it will have on you. As the day goes on we get tired, both physically and mentally, so naturally, you should complete your most important tasks when you are at your strongest.

Seinfeld’s Productivity Chain. If you want to be amazing at something you have to practice it every single day. That means you don’t take days off. Not even on Christmas.

Get as much as possible out of your head. Write down your tasks. Schedule the most repetitive tasks in your calendar. Reduce the mental strain of carrying numerous ‘mini-tasks’ in your head, simply take note and forget about them until you are ready to work on them.

Small useful habits such as 20 push-ups in the morning, picking up wholemeal bread and multiplying large numbers in your head regularly can be surprisingly empowering, extremely useful and lead to a more fulfilling lifestyle.

Use as few tools as possible in order to get your tasks done. There are thousands of online and app-based productivity tools for you to use. They all take time to get familiar with and can often waste more of your time than they are worth. Stick to simple tools such as Apple’s built-in cloud notes app that syncs across devices instead of several fancy apps than do bits and pieces.

The Pomodoro Technique advocates tackling tasks in 20-minute time frames, ignoring all other distractions such as phone calls, text messages and so on. After 3, take a break for 20 minutes. Rinse and repeat.

Routine, routine, routine. In order to reach a sustainable level of productivity, you need to incorporate your most important tasks into your daily routine. The more you work on those repetitive tasks, the faster you become at completing them.

Wear your headphones, even if you’re not listening to music. It will cancel out some of the surrounding noise for you which keeps you more focused. Otherwise, listen to some instrumental, non-lyrical music.

Constantly assess your situation. Reflect on what you are doing and whether or not it is bringing you closer to your ultimate goal.

Ship often. Simply put, that means getting your product or service out the door as often as possible. Don’t strive for the best version before you get feedback from consumers. It’s impossible. Ship often. Learn from feedback. Update and ship again.

Schedule emails to three times a day. Try your best to reach inbox zero, not leaving any emails behind to be read again later.

Schedule phone calls and text messages to three times a day. Don’t be distracted by the constant ringing of your phone, it breaks your momentum. Simply take that call later, at a time that suits your schedule.

Pressure can do wonders. You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.

Schedule procrastination. Some of your most thought-provoking ideas will pop into your head during procrastination. Don’t limit yourself to the belief that procrastination is a bad idea.

Delete. Say no. Ignore. Stop doing everything. Take your time replying and committing to things that may not be worth your time. Only commit to meetings, work or tasks that will be of the most benefit to you.

Fake incompetence. It’s a diplomatic way to apply the previous rule!

 

So what’s the most important rule in this list? It’s the only one that applies to all the other rules…

Work smarter, not harder. The results compound over time and will most certainly lead to your most exceptional work.

Reasons to be Happy

You have time to do things you enjoy. Whether you enjoy vigorous sports, binge watching Netflix, reading, cooking or getting coffee with friends, you have choice and thats powerful.

You’re alive in the Computer Age. There has been so many profound advancements made in tech during the last decade. And those improvements compound over time leading to a far more exciting future. It’s an invigorating time to be alive!

You know how to take care of yourself. Some people like massages. Others like going to see a match. Cooking your favourite food or sitting down to read a book. You know what you like, and you like that you can and should take care of yourself.

You have at least one or two best friends. You know those people that you can talk to about anything. Who won’t judge or ridicule you. Who make you laugh and cry (with laughter). Yes, those people you thought of while reading this paragraph!

You’ve achieved something worthwhile. It could be that you have a job that pays enough for you to live comfortably. Maybe you were in the Olympics. You have wonderful kids. A great family. You’re the best quiz master you know, or one of the best. You have a six pack. Started a successful business. The possibilities are endless, and the more you think, the more big/small things you realise that you’ve achieved.

You can afford expensive coffee, new shoes, cinema tickets and so on. You are privileged in one way or another and you don’t live in poverty. You can treat yourself every now and then, at least. The fact is, treating yourself does not have to involve money.

You have a space of your own. It could be your office at work, your bedroom, sitting room/kitchen, your car, the gym or the local park. In that space you are completely in charge and it feels good.

You sense when somethings wrong. When your teammate is off-form. When your spouse needs a hand. When your friend/family member is worried. You’re not oblivious to the people around you and you have some sense of body language and you know what you should do in a lot of situations within a few seconds of analysis.

You’ve loved and lost. Most people have loved or at least fancied someone and some point in their past where it didn’t work out. Thats normal and necessary. You appreciate that love is a fragile thing. That you shouldn’t play with it. You’ve gained experience and you will bring that wisdom into your next relationship.

You’re a different person than you were last year. You learned so much, noticed so much, done so much that has definitely been of benefit in one way or another. Only focus on whats useful in your past, otherwise acknowledge and move on.

You are free. Even if you have kids, are married, have a large mortgage, a time-consuming job/business or all of the above. You’re free to make your own decisions. While you make many decisions to ensure not only you will benefit, you are still the one making them. The fact that you take other peoples best interests into consideration just means you’re a great person!

You have learned so much throughout your life, so far. You’ve done good and bad things. You know whats right and whats wrong. You know what you can do and what you should do. You make constructive decisions based on wisdom & experience every day and you don’t even realise it.

You like to laugh a lot and sometime you still feel a little silly inside. For example, you laugh when someones spills their popcorn or when your friend is having a bad hair day and it bothers them (it’s not really a problem at all). You know that you don’t have to be 100% focused all the time. You know that you have the time to make or receive jokes. You’re not the terminator.

You have more clothes than you need! You have clothes that you feel comfortable in. You have clothes that you love wearing on special occasions. Your shoes don’t have holes in them. Understand that in this moment, you are far more fortunate than tens of millions of other people across the world. Let that sink in for a minute. Do something about it.

You’re working towards a goal. A raise. A new car. Braces for the kids, a ring, a holiday, knowledge, power whatever it may be. You may not want to work that hard to achieve your goal sometimes, but you still have at least one, and you are inevitably moving in the direction of reaching it.

You have the strength to be happy. You have a mind that bends to your will. You can be positive. and you can turn around difficult situations. You don’t have to let others tell you what you’re worth or ask for permission to be happy from anyone. You are in charge of your happiness.