Okay, so we need feedback. Feedback is how we get better. But it’s kind of hard to come by as a solo-founder.
In our day jobs, these cycles are built-in for us. Quarterly check-ins, one-on-one’s, annual performance reviews — these all serve as formal feedback.
And then there’s informal feedback, the kind of feedback you get from your peers after shipping very good (or bad) work.
I’d argue that these peer incentives have the most impact on us.
So how do we recreate that while Indie hacking?
I’m not the expert here; I’m just starting to figure it out.
Twitter feels like a good candidate, but it has its flaws.
Seth Godin talks about generous critics, the people who want to help us ship better things by helping us see more clearly.
Remember to find the generous critics on Twitter (or IH).
Is this person’s advice generous?
before you take it too seriously.
When you get generous feedback, implement it ASAP.
And this is how we get to the update of what I’ve been working on this week.
I had been DMing back and forth with Christian Genco
about plzdm.me when he asked if I wanted some additional feedback.
I opted for hearing it, and he said:
Right now it looks like you’re putting a lot of focus on the design and layout of the page instead of the content, and I think you should be focused not at all on the design and entirely on the content to hone the value proposition of this product.
and he was totally right.
He recommended a course on landing pages, which I promptly bought.