I improved and extended the analytics dashboard, so I can see better what is working and not working on SkillMe, what I need to fix urgently and how I can further improve SkillMe for all of you.
I added scripts to automatically test all critical parts of the user interface - from the signup to the search, up to interacting with results. To notice & fix problems with the frontend before you notice them.
🐞 Fix bugs to make sure you have a seamless experience on SkillMe
🔍 Improve the quality of suggestions even further
🔍 Add more sources for even better learning recommendations
🎉 Yeahh more than 100 signed up users!!! A big thanks to everyone who started using SkillMe. I know there is still a lot to do, to make SkillMe the learning hub you love to use on a regular base. But we are getting there :) So, I adapted the next goals - and included also the num of online days for signed-up users - to see how much SkillMe is improving when it comes to actual everyday usage by all of you. Also, it seems there has been a huge increase in monthly active users. However, while I gave my best to filter out all the bots from the analytics, I am still surprised by that number and therefore take it with a grain of salt and focus more on the number of signed up users and how often they are online.
100 daily active users (Currently: 78, 📈+30% from last month)
10.000 monthly active users (Currently: 5821, 📈+1253% (?) from last month)
500 signed up users (Currently: 112, 📈+29% from last month)
5/30 days online (Currently: 1/30 days)
💻 I have no interest in building "the next Facebook, Twitter or Uber" In the last years I met a lot of people who founded startups or work at startups & famous Silicon Valley tech companies. And since I came to the Bay Area in 2016, I got less and less excited about those companies over time. I learned a lot from the experiences friends had with VCs (who often push unethical or stupid decisions in startups or try to kick you out if they don't like your decisions - or where in the best case you sell your startup at some point to one of the big tech companies or deal with gamblers on the Wall Street) and especially recently noticed how friends of mine in the tech industry are often overstressed, sometimes working themself into burnout. And yeah, I see those things connected - and came to the conclusion that I have 0 interest in joining this workaholic/burnout marathon and wasting my energy dealing with unethical VCs (and yes, I know now this doesn't apply to every VC, but enough to make me lose interest in that way of financing a startup). But how should I finance SkillMe instead? This is where your support becomes critical: Become a Patreon of SkillMe and help me to continue working most of my time on SkillMe.
👥 The importance of communities I used to have a more complicated relationship to Noisebridge for a while (a hackerspace/community in San Francisco, which used to be in 2016 and 2017 one of the main reasons why I kept coming back to the Bay Area). But over the last weeks, I realized there are still quite a few people who care about the community and care about making Noisebridge a welcoming community space for everyone. So I also started getting more actively involved again and support the space and help to make the community alive and welcoming as it used to be in 2016 and 2017. For example by organizing weekly "Let's improve Noisebridge" co-working sessions and building a new website for Noisebridge, which will be part of a free & open source "Hackerspace Resources Package", for community spaces around the world. To say it with the words of a good friend, who recently gave a talk about communities - "In the current world we live in, we need communities more than ever.".