I've set HackerNews on fire 🔥 How I did it?
I never thought I ever do such a thing. It was an outstanding feeling! 😀
- In top 5 for 20+ hours.
- 334 points, 112 comments.
- ~60k visitors on the landing page.
- +800 Github stars - and still counting.
- +300 Twitter followers - and still counting.
What did I do to achieve this? Nothing.
Thanks for reading, have a nice day. 😁
If you are still here, you can read the full story below. Enjoy - I guess; you will understand why I'm saying this.
Sunny morning ☀
The day started as a normal day. Woke up, take care of kids, one in home-school, the other one in home-kindergarten, my wife home-working as well as me - you know, just a normal day during lockdown and this COVID thing what everybody talks about.
Working normally with a laptop on my lap, trying to code, talking with colleagues with one hand, and building a toy train with my other hand. 💻 📱🚄
Everything was OK until someone called me on the phone in the afternoon.
Cloudy afternoon ⛈
It was my mom. One of my relatives was between life and death due to COVID. I was shocked. I know she got symptoms a week before, but not that she is in this terrible state. I was shattered.
Why is this related to the fire 🔥?
While I was in this state, I decided to start doing something because I could not help her, so I would like to think of something else.
Started coding -> It was painful - I could not concentrate.
Started reading things online -> Kinda distracts me and my brain from the situation.
I ended up on HackerNews, reading through submissions.
And the like a lightning strike from nowhere. ⚡
What if I post Coolify?
So yeah, that's how it happened. I decided to post Coolify because why not? Without any prior research/marketing/followers/blabla/anything, like when to post it to get more attention (timezones), how to write a catchy title (it already has one btw), etc.
Just posted it.
What happened next?
It literally blew up! 💥
Why? No idea. After an hour or two, It was still going up, like a train.
It was in the top 5 for 20+hours
I wasn't ready for this. Especially not mentally. Answering comments - and especially negative ones - were not what I would like to do in this state. But I somehow managed it.
It boosted my feeling pretty much.
What I learned by publishing Coolify to the world and posting on HackerNews could be summarized in one tiny e-book... I wonder how long it does take to write it down. 🤔
Oh, wait. I already did it! And it's FREE! 😁
What happened on the next days?
Not just my online presence has grown a bit, but these happened as well, which are insane!
Thanks, Adnan! 🙏
Appeared in a newsletter by Simon Plenderleith:
Thanks, Simon! 🙏
In a Twitter thread by Sebastien Lorber:
Thanks, Sebastien! 🙏
And you won't believe this.
I even got an email from an American venture capital to tell me about my vision of Coolify and talk about a partnership. 🤯
This meme summarizes everything.
Thanks to Tom Hanks for the communicative memes.
If you would like to follow my journey or get updates regarding my side-projects, you can find me on Twitter! I'm open to any questions, suggestions, roasts, negative comments!
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My relative is a bit better, but still in that state. 😢