Progress Report 1: Documenting the journey
March 06, 2020
I appreciate when folks trying to find success on the internet document what they are up to, so I’ll try to do the same.
Here’s a breakdown of notable things I’ve done in the past couple weeks…
- Sent 20ish super targeted, personalized cold emails to various people with no real responses. Can see that only one person visited the link I provided to a dependency analysis of one of their projects.
- Chatted with a few folks in my network just generally about npm dependency management. Learned that security is main concern for most, which has plenty of solutions that I don’t want to compete with. I still have tons to learn and pin down I think before moving forward with any more product development. Just not seeing the clear solution to the problem, and the problem is still too vague.
- Leveraging sloppy code I wrote for the 7 projects article, I whipped together a little email service called Follow the Stars, where it sends a weekly email with the repos that the folks you follow on GitHub have starred. Goal here is 1) to keep building my personal brand and 2) get a list of people interested in keeping up with open source projects/dependencies. I’ll start marketing that more soon once I’m sure the automated emails work on Sunday.
- Get people signed up to Follow the Stars and reach out to them about DepChecker.
- Keep doing daily npm tweets
- Write a weekly article like the one that did really well to keep getting eyeballs on me and the things I’m working on.
- Reach out to the people that have been showing interest in my dependency-related projects for DepChecker research.