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Jan 23, 2019 17:13:03

200 Words a Day is 2 months old! 🎉

by @basilesamel PATRON | 315 words | 433🔥 | 484💌

Basile Samel

Current day streak: 433🔥
Total posts: 484💌
Total words: 222763 (891 pages 📄)

Born on November the 22nd last year, 200 Words a Day turned 2 months old yesterday. I waited till today to write about it as I wanted to generate some stats. Here we go:

💎 Fellowship

  • We are now 1915 members (+1484 subscribers/+325%)
  • 99 members joined our Slack workspace
  • 394 members wrote at least one post (21%)
  • 250 wrote at least 2 posts (13%)
  • 195 wrote at least 3 posts (10%)
  • 162 wrote at least 4 posts (8.5%)
  • 142 wrote at least 5 posts (7.4%)
  • 124 wrote at least 6 posts (6.5%)
  • 113 wrote at least 7 posts (5.9%)

📚 Content

  • We wrote 2289 posts over the month (+240.6%) for a total of 2961 posts.

📈 Traffic (not enough data to make a comparison with the previous month)

  • 80,566 page views (21,312 views over 3 days of Product Hunt launch)
  • 10,234 unique visitors

💸 Finance

  • 200WaD started getting monetized this month (freemium model, yearly/monthly subscriptions)
  • 205$ in net revenues (Yearly + Monthly patrons)
  • 81$ MRR
  • 18.5$ MRC (cut the Github Pro plan)

🏆 New Personal Records

  • 76 members (4%) managed a One-Week Streak
  • 52 members (2.7%) managed a Two-Week Streak
  • 26 members (1.4%) managed a Three-Week Streak
  • 18 members (0.94%) managed a Four-Week Streak
  • 16 members (0.83%) managed a Five-Week Streak
  • 13 members (0.68%) managed a Six-Week Streak
  • 8 members (0.42%) managed a Seven-Week Streak
  • 3 members (0.16%) managed an Eight-Week Streak

Those metrics are still fascinating to me. It's been my most productive month by far as a maker, and it's crazy to imagine how things evolved in just two months time.

200WaD still has a lot of room for improvements, but this is encouraging. One of the biggest challenges over the next month is to figure out how I can help people who subscribed but never wrote, or wrote a few times. Are they here just to read? Is something fundamentally wrong with 200WaD? Those questions need an answer as soon as possible.

I want to thank everyone who contributed to the growth of 200WaD this month. This wouldn't be possible without your help. I am more determined than ever to grow this community and create new value.

Thank you for writing/reading here, and as always, take care ❤️

From Basile Samel's collection:

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    @basilesamel great summary! how do we join the slack group? :)

    David nge avatar David nge | Jan 24, 2019 01:58:27
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      @davidnge thanks! :) there is a Talk link in the top navigation bar.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 24, 2019 11:33:04
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    @basilesamel Congratulations!

    Am Ki avatar Am Ki | Jan 23, 2019 19:47:14
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      @jmaga Thank you! :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 24, 2019 11:33:11
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    @basilesamel - WOW. These stats are amazing. And you are keeping track of all these things in addition to all the work. Congrats on a job well done.

    I have managed a 22 day streak - thank you for fixing the bug. I have sent my writings to many people who are all curious about the site. It is interesting to me how everyone wants to write - many are actually good too but so far very few take the action to do it. It could be a matter of time before you see a spike of users on this site. You may need to prepare the site for that happening soon :) .
    Congratulations again. And THANK YOU.

    Keni avatar Keni | Jan 23, 2019 10:42:08
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      @keni Incredible!!! :D Thanks so much for spreading the word! I'm trying to automate those stats so that they can be available in real-time to everyone soon! Hope you will like it

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 23, 2019 23:57:52
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    @basilesamel Congratulations! As far as nudging subscribers that haven't written, I wouldn't be too concerned. With promotions through platforms like PH, you will get a lot of people just curious to find out what it's all about without any intention of using it. I know, I do it often.

    One positive feature is you, as the creator are present, personable and transparent, not to mention passionate about this product. It would be one of the main reasons I would tend to stick around and the community of actual participants is solid and quite eclectic.

    Tracy Farnsworth avatar Tracy Farnsworth | Jan 23, 2019 10:22:50
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      @taowist Thank you!!! ? This is such a nice comment!! I'm so glad you like the community. Hope you will like how it evolves as well. Will do my best!

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 24, 2019 00:06:37
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    @basilesamel Great summary! I think it's safe to say the community has wings and is off the ground. Now let's see how high it will fly!

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jan 23, 2019 16:20:52
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      @brandonwilson Thanks sir! Will do my best every day ??

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 24, 2019 00:07:24
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    @basilesamel hmm 21% participation seems like a low number, but if we go by the 1% internet rule (where content creators vs contributors vs lurkers are 1:9:90, maybe it's doesn't seem so bad after all? ? Agree that will be interesting to find out why they didn't write anything after subscribing, but if they are indeed lurkers, it might be quite hard to shift them over. Perhaps might be more effective for 200wad growth if the focus was more on helping contributors shift a little more to creator group (because smaller shift compared to lurkers)? Maybe helping those who wrote their first post keep going for one-week, so that they build up enough momentum to self-sustain? Just 2cents of my thoughts and questions, no answers...

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jan 23, 2019 22:37:04
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      @jasonleow Thanks so much Jason!! Yes I'm thinking of setting up an onboarding process to ease the habit-forming one! Might ask for your advice on Slack soon :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 24, 2019 00:09:04
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      @basilesamel not if if i can advise you on anything tbh since I never had experience of building a community product that took off so well, but happy to share personal observations and crazy ideas! ?

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jan 24, 2019 12:47:06
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      @jasonleow bouncing off ideas on people helps a lot as well :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 24, 2019 15:44:37
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    @basilesamel Congrats! You keep makin' and we'll keep bakin'.

    Mark Armstrong avatar Mark Armstrong | Jan 23, 2019 14:00:50
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      @RealNegotiator Thanks! Never gonna stop making!!! :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 23, 2019 21:30:06
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      @basilesamel I'll keep the oven burning, then!

      Mark Armstrong avatar Mark Armstrong | Jan 23, 2019 14:37:47
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    @basilesamel First, congrats! Also, it's good to be here :)

    Funny, today I was thinking about data as well today, maybe it's a Wednesday thing.

    I'm wondering if maybe you just don't have enough of a dataset to answer all of your questions for now. The PH launch spike is an anomaly so subs during that period might not reflect the audience very accurately. Could be curiosity without any real interest.

    BUT, why don't you add a poll to the site? You could use a free hotjar or getsitecontrol plan to set it up, then just ask: "Why are you here?"

    GSC: https://getsitecontrol.com/pricing/

    Hotjar: https://www.hotjar.com/pricing

    Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jan 23, 2019 10:37:45
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      Data Wednesday :P

      I started sending 1 on 1 emails to try to get answers. 100% agree with the fact that the PH launch should be taken into account. I will add polls in a few weeks after I tried the "manual" way first! Thanks for the suggestion :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 23, 2019 17:54:16
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    @basilesamel what's your stack? RoR? ;)

    Tim Subiaco avatar Tim Subiaco | Jan 23, 2019 10:24:22
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      @timsubiaco Symfony 4 / Twig / JQuery / Bootstrap :P

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 23, 2019 17:32:45
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