Ship therapy challenge - Final Week : Lessons learned & 1KProjects stats
2 years ago

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This is week 5 of the #ShipTherapy challenge, which I'm doing to get over maker paralysis and cultivate a habit of shipping stuff. Check out Week 0 & Week 1 if you need more context.

I am excited to write the final update for this challenge for so many reasons. First, because it's been an amazing few weeks, exceeding all my initial expectations. But also because I am tired and looking forward to have some time with no upcoming deadlines to reflect and decide where to go next.

I should mention that I have not been able to ship anything this week, I had a huge list of features ( see last week's post ) and while I did implement about half of it, I caught a bad cold and couldn't do much since then. I haven't deployed any of the new features as I would like to deploy a full v2. I'd hate to half ass it, so I'm taking an extra week to finish everything.

Thanks to your feedback last week, I've realized how some of the new features didn't make sense and I'm now working on some of what you suggested.

In this post, I'll update you about 1KProjects, share the lessons I learned during this challenge, and where I'd like to go next.

1KProjects stats

I shared some of the stats right after launch, but here's a more detailed update :

  • 📈 1800+ subscribers.

  • 🐦 100 Twitter Followers.

  • 👨💻 240+ Sellers.

  • 🚀 150+ projects.

  • 👥 500+ offers sent.

  • 💸 18 Projects sold.

  • 💰 50 Sales - About $1000 in revenue.

Google Analytics for 1KProjects

You can see the peak from the PH launch ( 6240 ), since then it's been an average of 300 - 400 visits per day. Considering I only send a newsletter email once or twice a week, that's pretty good. 38% of visitors are based in the U.S, the rest are from the UK, Canada, India, Germany, Australia and France.

Lessons learned

I initially started this challenge to basically get over some fears that I knew were self imposed ( see week 0 ). I was not looking for revenue, or thousands of subscribers. It was an experiment. But it turned out to be a profound experience that changed my perception of what is possible.

I feel like I've learned so much stuff over the past few weeks, but I'm going to focus on the abstract insights, which I think can be valuable for other people and applied to different situations.

Before finishing, you have no idea how things are going to go, and that's a good thing

This may seem obvious to some, but it definitely wasn't for me. Before this challenge, I had this weird conviction that I could know if a specific idea is going to get traction or not before writing a single line of code. It's like I was compulsively looking for reasons why it's not going to work out. Eventually all ideas started to sound like bad ideas, and that's paralysing.

You and your problems are not unique, and that's a good thing

I spent at least a few months thinking that my inability to ship was the result of some complex and unique combination of my environment, my history, my personality, and my skills. Turns out, a ton of people from all over the world are going through the same thing. I've counted 12 people who reached out to me directly via e-mail to talk about the exact same thing I've been struggling with.

When you feel like you have a unique problem, you take away all possibilities of someone having a solution. Instead, if you recognize the fact that you're probably not alone in this, you can start figuring out who had similar problems and how have they overcame them.

Fear is amazing

It's like a very accurate GPS for what you should do asap! I've been doing this for a few months in other areas of my life, and this challenge is yet another confirmation that following what you fear is the most effective way to grow.

If you're not a writer and not trying to become one, write but don't edit

Before this challenge, I wrote 5 long posts about bootstrapping with what I consider valuable insights. Except that I ended up deleting 4 of them, because no matter how much I spent editing them, it never sounded as good as the top posts on Medium at the time.

For this challenge, I didn't edit any of my posts. And it worked out great! I've received messages of people saying they liked my writing, others saying they've been inspired by it, and 100+ subscribed to the newsletter of this blog.

Although I've always wanted to be a writer, I never got to it. And right now I just need to share stuff with other people through writing.

My current process is : I write on Sublime Text without editing. When I'm done, I paste it on to quickly fix any typos and that's it. If my grade is a 7 or higher, I just publish it right away.

What's next

I have a few personal things to take care of this week, so every bit of time I get is going to be assigned to finish v2 of 1KProjects.

The new version will have domains on sale, projects higher than 1k, and a bunch of other features for both buyers and sellers. Hopefully, I'll launch it next Sunday on PH again.

Feel free to reach out if you want to chat!

Thank you for reading.

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