Startup Logs 18 - The evolution of my user feedback journey

May 15, 2021

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Day 1 - Lost and confused. Want to go back to writing code and building features that are going to work this time! Ready to quit the project entirely.

Day 1 - Lost and confused. Want to go back to writing code and building features that are going to work this time! Ready to quit the project entirely.

Day 2 - Realizing I have no target audience/market. Bought a new domain name because I was going to redesign my app and relaunch it under a better more clever domain name.

Bad plan obviously. My idea was to "show" how my app works rather than trying to explain it. By upgrading the design, I would better communicate the value my app provides.

The problem here is once again, I'm not getting real feedback from real users.

Day 3 - Remembered my original plan was to build a product hyper niched to freelance writers.

Along the way, I added different templates and those templates served influencers/graphic designers better and so I built features for those templates. I have no idea about the influencers/graphic designer niche.

This was when I began realigning towards the market I know well: freelance writers.

Day 4 - Created a blog post about 5 lessons from 10 users milestone to drive traffic and increase my brand. Posted it a few different places with a decent reception.

Realized that I still need to talk to customers and focus my messaging and brand. Content should come later.

Send more cold dms, tried out a new template which got me like 3/10 replies so from my cold DMs I get great reception but need to figure out how to extract more value from them because they fall off after 1 message.

My plan was to create a survey about website generators.

Couldn't think of any good questions after over an hour so I stopped.

Also felt that I had learned enough, that I'm ready to go back to coding and design mode.

Day 5 - Today I was supposed to coding and designing new features but as I began researching portfolio websites, I thought of good survey questions to ask.

I'm going to ask questions that are like "what features do you want" or "what do you want your website to show" as well as a few good questions I thought of yesterday, and send them to the warm leads I got, and offer them some gift card money if they help me because I need feedback bad!

I also had a realization yesterday that I was only on my 17th log, and that puts my lack of customers into perspective. I'm really early into this journey and should rejudge my progress after the 50th or 100th log!