I’m a Dane who enjoys to program and code. I have a degree in Computer Science, along with a smaller Web Development lower education. Alas I have never used either of them, except to prove to an employer that I can actually code.
I have been working on gitbird over the past seven months. It lowers the pressure for makers to tweet, as all they have to do is, as they do anyway, to commit their changes to any of the larger git-providers, such as gitlab, github or bitbucket, and let gitbird handle the rest.
I started as a solo developer, but when I first launched on Product Hunt, I received a warm comment from fellow maker Justin Mitchell, who loved the concept so much that his company did a complete redesign of the product! We then re-launched it, with Justin as the hunter.
Why I make
I made gitbird to prove to myself that I could. To be an indie maker is for me a way to express oneself. Show the world that you do have some talent, and maybe start a small business. I also suffer from schizophrenia and anxiety, so I have that to fight as well. I would love to encourage other people to become makers as well, even though they have some handicap to any degree – I believe they can overcome it!
The build process of gitbird has been a bit strange. In my initial design, I used plain react.js. Then I got the redesign, and decided – stupidly – to go with Hugo, as it seemed pretty cool. Although Hugo is a blogging platform, which means it’s not designed for SaaS products. I did manage to make it work, but I decided later on to give it a complete write-up from scratch, this time in Next.js. And I really loved it. I see gitbird as somewhat a passion project, and to educate myself. This is why I rewrote it three times.
In the pipeline is a way to toggle review-mode for tweets, thus letting larger companies choose what to tweet, if they have several developers each committing. This way, the product owner will be able to check the tweets before they go live – and make sure nothing embarrassing gets out.
It has been a tough fight. The users won’t come easy. I get that, though I really do feel that gitbird has potential. I’m actually so happy with the product that I decided to make it free of charge for everyone, running it solely on donations on Buy Me a Coffee and Coinbase. I’m not planning to monetize. I think the world needs more free tools.
I’m trying to reach users through social channels. I actually bought my first ad on Facebook for gitbird, which will go live in two days. Other than that, I’m doubling down on SEO. I just made a FAQ for instance. I also share updates regularly on Indie Hackers, and post on the Maker’s Kitchen Slack channel.
In the next six months, my goal as a solo developer is for my product to be known by at least a hundred people, and for a third of those to use it on a daily basis.