👋 Hey, my name is Sasha @kossnocorp. I'm a software engineer that turned into a rookie entrepreneur. In this channel, I'm documenting my journey to profitability. My goal is to become successful at converting my passion to creating products into money.
With the summer coming to an end, which I spent working solely on open-source, my brain returned to indie maker frequency. It was a great idea to let my mind not think about making a profit for a while.
I managed to ship a lot of stuff: date-fns v2 (date-fns.org), Typesaurus (typesaurus.com) and Nyan CSS (nyancss.com). I had slightly different plans back at the start but I really like the progress I made.
I feel recharged and ready to take on whatever comes next. Yet what is next is still a question.
Please, show your love!
Exactly two years ago was my last week at Toptal that marked the start of my career as an indie maker. While I still far from my goal of bootstrapping a sustainable business, that was years full of shipping and learning. I decided to dedicate this week to summarize the lessons I learned. Here is my first article in the series, "If you want to ship a side project, start with unlearning the best practices":
There's so much more to cover, stay tuned!
My next product will be Diary Email (diaryemail.com) it’s a private diary that you update using email. Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org, and it will be added to your journal that you can access online. You can also invite your friends to receive entries you send to email@example.com. I call it anti-social network, but you can see it as a mailing groups.
It's mostly finished, I only need to optimize it for mobile and I integrate Paddle. I decided to have paid plans since day 0 and also provide polished experience.
During the development, I had to parse emails’ HTML and then nicely render it. I had a similar problem with Telepost except that input was in Telegram format. I came up with a universal solution that powers Diary Email and soon will be merged with Telepost renderer and be used in future projects. I call it XJSONML. Fancy, right?
**My new indie year plan**
In May it will be two years since I left my lead position at Toptal core team and started my indie adventure. I made a lot of stuff since then (see koss.nocorp.me), but I didn’t achieve financial sustainability. I failed, and it hit me hard. I lost motivation to do anything whatsoever and had to find a new goal that will make me keep going. I have no plans to get back 9-to-5 grind, so I had to trick my mind somehow.
My new plan for the year is to focus on a particular niche and make a bunch of products for it. I will not consider financial metrics but rather how much value I deliver. Having that in a niche will be an excellent foundation for a successful business.
I decided to pick blogging because I’m interested in writing and publishing and also I see a trend on hating attention economy. People are done with suits controlling what they read and how often.