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Celebrating 10,000+ followers ๐ŸŽ‰ - Thank you DEV: #AMA ๐ŸŒผ

liyasthomas profile image Liyas Thomas Updated on ใƒป2 min read

Hey friends ๐Ÿ‘‹

Yes, this happened. Even though I've joined DEV on Aug 7, 2018, Iโ€™ve only been writing on DEV for a total of maybe 9.5 months. Iโ€™ve written a total of 12 posts (including this one). There are many more in my drafts page, waiting to be revisited and hoping to see the light one day. My Postwoman project is one of the reasons why I was able to accomplish this figure.

This post is dedicated to my first ever #AskMeAnything. You can ask me anything in comment box and I'll answer them.


"Pay your rent from open source ๐Ÿ’ธ" is my favorite article I wrote so far.


Here's some of the major takeaways I found while writing:

  • Keep it under 4 minutes long
  • Donโ€™t be too descriptive (people like to skim)
  • List form articles do best
  • Develop click-bait headings
  • Comment on interested and relevant articles
  • You have to engage and you have to do it more than others to grow faster
  • Respond to every comment you receive

Keep these points in mind and youโ€™ll be developing the perfect content for DEV.


If you want a heads up on my next projects, or just want to chat about the web, life and happiness make sure to follow me @liyasthomas on Twitter ๐Ÿ’™. If any of my projects helped you please consider making a donation to help me buy a laptop.

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What have you learned about open source since launching Postwoman?

 
liyasthomas profile image Liyas Thomas twitter logo github logo Ask Me Anything

Hi Ben,
Here's some of the things I realized lately regarding open source:

  • single/small team of developers will have hard time maintaining the project without proper monetization plan.
  • little things (readme, wiki, support, timely releases etc..) matter a lot.
  • donation based projects will struggle to find maintenance cost.
  • open source is a very idiotic business plan without a serious long term plan.
  • most non-passion projects wont get maintained in the long run.
  • long story short, don't write OSS for money. either have a full time job and do OSS on the side or make oss your full-time job.

Last week Postwoman crossed $500+ in purely donations ๐ŸŽ‰

There's lot more to convey, I'll prolly write a post on this in upcoming weeks.

 

Would love to read this article!

liyasthomas profile image Liyas Thomas twitter logo github logo Ask Me Anything

๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ’š

 

Congratulations !! how to become full-stack dev from a beginner ?

 
liyasthomas profile image Liyas Thomas twitter logo github logo Ask Me Anything

Start by making / copying and editing small projects. Follow tutorials and contribute to open source projects. Repos like github.com/danistefanovic/build-yo... helped me a lot.

One of the most misunderstood word in tech is "Full-stack". Be sure what you really want. This Dev post will be a start: dev.to/ajascha/becoming-a-full-sta...

 

thank you โ™ฅ

 

Congrats on the 10k! It's been super inspiring to see all the cool ideas and things you've created - crazy to see Postwoman approaching 20k stars already ๐ŸŽ‰

 
liyasthomas profile image Liyas Thomas twitter logo github logo Ask Me Anything

Thank you for all the support ๐Ÿ™Œโœจ

 

How to add this in markdown

 
liyasthomas profile image Liyas Thomas twitter logo github logo Ask Me Anything

Add what?

 

Check in message because i have image

 

What type of articles do you most like seeing on DEV? Which do you least like seeing?

 
liyasthomas profile image Liyas Thomas twitter logo github logo Ask Me Anything

I like new tutorials, pro-tips, articles on devs both professional and personal life, success and failure stories etc.

I don't like repeated and similar tutorials (I wish there's a "duplicate of" button like stackoverflow on DEV)

 

I'm a beginner. I find it hard to code my ideas. What can I do?
Thank You.

 
liyasthomas profile image Liyas Thomas twitter logo github logo Ask Me Anything

There are a 100+ ways to turn your idea into a product. If you find difficulties in coding you can go with no-code solutions. "No code" have gained quite a traction over the past few months and will be staying for a while. The current state of No code allows you to create a full-stack application within minutes with little or no technical knowledge.

I strongly recommend this.

 

I stan so much ๐Ÿ˜ญโœจ โœจ โœจ โœจ

 

You're the only writer I truely feel clicking the unicorn for.

 
liyasthomas profile image Liyas Thomas twitter logo github logo Ask Me Anything

Thank you โค๏ธ
I literally don't have any idea what that "๐Ÿฆ„" icon really mean ๐Ÿ˜„

 

10,000 is a great achievement.

I just want to congratulate you.

P.S. postwoman.io is an amazing thing you built.

 
liyasthomas profile image Liyas Thomas twitter logo github logo Ask Me Anything

I admire the open source community and especially my team + contributors from around the world ๐Ÿ’ฏโœŒ๏ธ

 

Wow, Congratulations for 10k followers! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ‘ Postwoman is really a big project that I have seen in dev in front of my eyes. It's really an achievement and you deserve it!

 
liyasthomas profile image Liyas Thomas twitter logo github logo Ask Me Anything

Thank you for the encouragement. I appreciate the whole PW team + contributors โค๏ธ