Marc KΓΆhlbrugge is building WIP

WIP

A community of makers shipping together

πŸ“… Monthly Report – April 2018
Now that we have Product Updates on WIP, I figured I'd share a monthly report. Here it goes…

Metrics


Numbers are a little down compared to March. This was to be expected as we launched last month leading to a lot of new members and increased activity. Overall though, the numbers look really good. MRR is steadily increasing.Β 

  • βœ… 7,861 completed todo's
  • πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» 73 new members
  • πŸ€” 136 new questions
  • πŸ’¬ 602 new answers
  • πŸ›  214 new products
  • πŸ€‘ $4,830 total revenue
  • πŸ’° $4,163 MRR

New features


  • πŸ—Ί Makers Map – See where everyone is.
  • πŸ’Œ Product Updates (beta) – Announce new features, monthly reports, etc.
  • πŸ”” Follow Products – Stay up to date on your favorite products.

Minor Improvements


  • Better editing of todo's and answers
  • Attach images to question answers
  • Test coverage for Stripe payments
  • Product Hunt links for product pages
  • Ruby code example for API
  • Using CSS variables
  • Media gallery to product pages
  • Improved introduction blocks to primary pages
  • Dedicated products page for maker profiles
  • Behind-the-scenes code refactoring
  • Bunch of other small stuff

What's next?


The coming month I'll focus on improving existing functionality and making WIP more welcoming to new members. Specifically:

  • Make the group chat less intimidating to new members
  • Officially launch Makers Map
  • Fix long-standing bugs and UX problems
  • Refactor wipbot code

πŸ”” You can now follow products
With over 1,000 products on WIP it can be hard to stay up-to-date on your favorite ones. So starting today you can follow products.

By following a product you will get notified of their Product Updates. You also get a handy list of all the products you follow.Β 

πŸ’Œ Introducing Product Updates, easily share your product progress
Today I'm introducing the beta of Product Updates, a better way to share your most important product changes, milestones, and other changes.

Todos are a great way to share incremental updates on your product. Whether it's a bug fix or small feature. However, some changes deserve more attention than just a checkmark and a one-liner. That's where Product Updates come in.

Product Updates are like mini blog posts that describe something new you want to share with the WIP community. This post you're reading right now is a great example. Besides allowing for longer content, Product Updates also can be applauded and discussed within the community.

How does it work?


  1. Go to your product page
  2. Click the "Write a product update" button on the left
  3. Write your update and publish it

This feature is still very much in beta. I think it solves a real issue, but I'm not 100% certain yet so I figured I'd just ship this prototype and see how people use it. If there's no interest I'll just remove it again. (and let you export any posts you've written already).

Here are some of the features that are still missing:

  • Adding images to product updates (need to figure out how to integrate uploads with the Trix editor we're using.)
  • Drafts (so you don't have to immediately publish a post)
  • Better distribution so that your product updates are seen by more people. For example show them on the WIP homepage, etc.

Please give them a try and let me know what you think!