Hello family and friends,
I want to update you on the progress of my journey as a solo founder.
I started this journey with Artisfy back in 2015. I designed each page with care and built out support for hiring artists, managing illustration projects, and a custom freelance contract that was more fair for artists. I even wrote a book (https://www.drawingthemin.com/) to help with marketing, but never released it.
I shut Artisfy down a few months ago.
Over the past 3 years I've released many projects I'm proud of. The Freelance Rate Calculator (thanks Zach for your hard work on this!) is the first result in Google when you search for "Freelance Rate Calculator". I made a portfolio builder for illustrators that got ~100 signups. And I made a personal website where I share some of the fiction I write.
But the achievement I'm most proud of is Remake.
Over the past 12 years, I've worked at 6 startups (https://www.indiehackers.com/post/i-ve-worked-at-6-startups-over-the-past-12-years-burned-out-frequently-and-learned-that-launching-early-is-key-ama-86f82027f8). During my tenure, I've seen one persistent problem: a refusal to launch the actual product to the public. I made Remake to solve this problem by making it really easy for developers like me to build something that works — and just hit Publish.
The people who've used it have loved it. But not many people have used it.
Now, a path I started walking down nearly 7 years ago, is entering a new chapter. I've finally realized that, while build a product is hard and launching them is harder, the hardest part is continually putting yourself out there for people to see.
I realized that putting myself out there was scary, but necessary 3 years ago and I started doing it by publishing videos online. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_oKnbn0o-s). I continued by launching a new projects every few months, culminating with me launching a full todo list app in 15 hours last month (https://twitter.com/panphora/status/1463198248894619650).
But, as much as I've tried to get used to the feeling of vulnerability of publishing things online, I still haven't gotten over my fear. The 40+ projects in my "Working on" folder can attest to that.
So, in the spirit of vulnerability and putting myself out there, I'm going to be publishing something new every day of the week next month. Every. Single. Day. Even if it's a little embarrassing or a little under-developed. I'm just going to do it — hit that publish button.
If you want to follow along on my daily adventure over next month (and get an early preview of what I'll be publishing), you can sign up here.
Happy wishes and lots of luck to you in the coming New Year!
P.S. Jenny and Leland are doing wonderful and Leland is growing up so fast. I won't forget them in my mad dash to get all these projects out next month. No work on the weekends or evenings! 🥳
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