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Jan 28, 2019 13:33:04

Why I haven't launched Blogcast yet

by @m1guelpf PATRON | 212 words | 80💌

Miguel Piedrafita

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Here's a bit of context: I built Blogcast (a platform to turn articles into audio) in six days, documenting my progress publicly. I was supposed to launch it on the seventh day, but a week has passed since then and it's still not launched. Why?

While I had originally decided to not delay the launch one day, I've ended up deciding to delay it a bit more, and there are two reasons for this:

The first one is a quick chat I had with James from Squarecat on Sunday. He saw a lot of potential in Blogcast I was too focused on coding to see. His advice was to focus on ways to build the brand for a bit before launching. That is, encouraging people to share it on social networks, adding a little branding to embeds, etc.

The other is a technical reason. Right now, you can't embed the Blogcast player on Medium, a widely used writing platform. I've submitted an application, but they have up to a week to review it, and I'd rather launch with that.

Let's end with some app updates: I redesigned the Blogcast player to include some branding, speed controls and a beautiful dark theme (light coming soon) and got my first paid customer! 

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    @m1guelpiedrafita Congrats on your first customer Miguel!!! :D Amazing, keep it up!

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 28, 2019 23:06:02
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    @m1guelpiedrafita love that you're holding back intentionally to grow a bit more first, even though the MVP is up and running. Sounds like a good strategic move! ? Separately, I thought Blogcast will be pretty useful for making a lot of content sites more accessible for persons who are visually impaired or blind. Not sure if that's your target customer, but nonetheless, a potentially relevant one.

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jan 28, 2019 21:12:34
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