I love Makerlog. It's been one of the main inspirations for 200WaD with the free streak-based community model, and I use it daily to journal my deliveries in terms of content (200WaD posts) and software releases (updates and bug fixes). The community is an integral part of my work from both an operational (tasks performed) and a strategic (personal marketing, motivational support) point of view.
I already support Makerlog financially by donating $5 a month to his creator Sergio and I'm an active user featured in the leaderboard, but I wanted to help it grow further because it's a product I believe in and I want to give back.
This is how I ended up proposing my help to the Makerlog team a few days ago, which Sergio accepted. I'm joining Makerlog's staff as a content creator.
The situation so far:
Makerlog already has Shipcast, a live-stream account, and Makers Spotlight. Indie Hackers does in-depth podcasts and short Instagram portraits of indie entrepreneurs. Most maker interviews are usually shallow, the Q&A kind with a focus on the product and personal entrepreneurship tips. Makermag is the only publication not doing Q&A and I find it way more interesting, it just feels more genuine and gives the reader new perspectives. Most publications focus on the wildly successful makers.
According to those points, we are going to release a new long-form format in parallel of Maker Spotlight called Making a Maker, focusing on ambitious yet not-so-well-known makers with in-depth interviews. No Q&A format articles, I schedule a video call with personal questions about the journey to indie making, the maker's life philosophy, the struggles, the daily operations... how it all ties up together and come up with original long-form articles. I wil make in-depth background checks to really get the whole picture, at the crossroads between philosophy, psychology, and entrepreneurship.
Right now I'm working on releasing a minimalist blog using Gatsby.js (static websites) since I already finished researching my first interviewee.
I'm ready for my first video call interview and feel excited to help more makers develop a sustainable shipping habit!