February 4, 2021

I Missed a Sunny Weekend In Barcelona

Antoine Milkoff
2 min reading

Soooโ€ฆ I built a new product this weekend ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

To be honest, this was not the original plan. The last few days have been super sunny here in Barcelona and I had planned to spend the weekend at the beach ๐ŸŒด

But Friday night, as I was scrolling on Dribble, I came across this awesome design from @dwinawan_ ย and I instantly became obsessed with it ๐Ÿ˜

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Dwinawan made this exploration concept on Figma and I thought it might be a good challenge for me to try to replicate it on @webflowโ€

I quickly went through my mental list of product ideas and I remembered this concept I had written down somewhere: making a selection of the best twitter threads for indie makers.

This idea came to me quite quickly and I didn't think about it too long as at this stage I wasn't planning to make a public website out of it. I was just doing it to test my design skills on Webflow.

So I started working on it for a few hours and went to bed.

The thing is, I'm not a big sleeper, especially when I have a new project in mind. Since I couldn't sleep, I got up to keep on building the website.

That's pretty much what I did all weekend: replicating the layouts, curating great threads, coming up with a branding,..

Of course, I missed a great sunny weekend at the beach. But can you really complain when you see this from your desk?

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2 days later, indieideas.io was up and running ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Why did I make this website public? ๐Ÿค”

After spending the weekend working on this website, I still didn't know if I wanted to make it public or not. I wasn't sure that it really brings value to people.

So I just sent it to a few friends to get their feedback and - you see it coming? - they LOVED it!

When I think about it, it makes sense: I spend a fair amount of time on twitter and Iโ€™m often really impressed by the quality of the threads I come across. But the reading experience on twitter is absolutely awful ๐Ÿ™…โ™‚๏ธ

Of course there are tools like @threadreaderapp to unroll threads, making them easier to read, but they don't allow you to discover new threads from people you don't know.

Whatโ€™s the next steps for Indie Ideas? ๐Ÿš€

To start with, Indie Ideas needs more content. I've already added about thirty threads but I'd like this project to be collaborative so feel free to share your favorite threads here.

For the rest, I think the key is consistency. I see this product more as a media than as a platform. So I will have to publish new threats regularly - at least one a day - so that users discover new ideas every time they visit the website.

Do I plan to monetize this project? ๐Ÿ’ธ

No, not at the moment. I want this content to be accessible to all indie makers, without restriction.

If the site attracts a lot of traffic, I might consider a sponsoring model but for the moment I don't plan to make money out of it.

Adam advised me to set up a BuyMeACoffee so that people could tip me for my efforts on curating the site. I never tried donations on any of my websites, so this could be a good experiment.