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Why am I building an #openmakers list?

Personally, I get huge amounts of inspiration from reading makers stories on Twitter & on Indie Hackers. It’s awesome to read & hear their stories in an authentic way. I & other makers can empathise with their struggles and are happy when they are successful.

Like all of my side projects, I started this to scratch my own itch. I’m tired of scrolling through my Twitter feed searching for random posts — what I want to be able to do is visit a centralised place where I can just see a list of makers who are open in their approach. They don’t have to have to be making eye-watering amounts of money, instead I want to see how they are getting on (hopefully they are progressing 📈).

It is something that I believe others will also be interested in.

What do I hope to achieve?

Well I have a couple of aspirations:

  • Become the de-facto source of truth for listing open makers.
  • Build upon my own brand by growing my following on twitter for @willpower_iam and @12startups
  • Making connections with other makers and growing my network
  • Providing inspiration for other makers who need that extra push

Why Digiquire.com?

I won’t lie — it’s a domain that I previously purchased and wasn’t being used. We have all been there — 2 am in the night and purchasing a random domain because it might someday be useful.

Stop buying domain names and then never using them. I must have 30-to-40 alone on namecheap that I do not use and probably never will

And following my own resolutions for 2018 and not purchasing additional domains unless absolutely necessary, I decided to use www.digisquire.com because, if this side project is going to succeed then I don’t think the domain name will matter that much 🤷‍♂

Update: I don’t like the domain so decided to purchase and use openmakers.club instead.

What’s the tech stack?

I could spend more time on this and try to build an application using Firebase or Laravel — stacks that I am interested in learning more about — but for this particular project I didn’t feel it was necessary. Instead I chose a super simple stack.

I use www.carrd.co for the website, and www.airtable.com for the data-source.

If it’s gets more traction I’ll re-assess my options. Until then oh-well 🤷‍♂

How are you measuring success?

Of course I have Google Analytics installed, however I will not be using analytics as a primary success measure (possibly not even using it at all).

Instead I’m going to break down my aspirations & have success measures for each. I could make this objectives (grow X% by Y month) but I don’t want to take it that seriously.

Success measures: > Become the de-facto source of truth for listing open makers.

  • Growing number of #openmakers submissions by the makers themselves > Build upon my own brand by growing my following on twitter for @willpower_iam and @12startups

  • More followers

  • More interactions on Twitter

  • Press coverage

Making connections with other makers and growing my network

  • There are some specific makers, who I admire, that I really want to connect with
  • Makers willing to be part of #AMAopenmaker & #openmakersclub

Providing inspiration for other makers who need that extra push

  • The most difficult to quantify — I think the best approach here will be based on my social interactions with other makers. Even if I only help inspiring one maker — I will be worth it 🍹

How can I, as a reader, help?

  • You can add yourself, or other open makers to the list
  • You can share this article
  • You can send me good vibes

Please 👏 and share to social networks to get this in front of people who might like the challenge


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Over & Out 💪 💪 💪 💪 💪 👊 👊 👊 👊 👊