So, I made some of the projects(one of 'em is cool enough) with the help of a friend cum contributor, but, the question rises here is, how can I get a Community with at least 20-25 users, becuase feedback is what that is important when developing an open-source(or any) project, so, how can I get a good community of users? Because when I see other projects(like VSCode) they are way too popular, so what can be the solution for this?
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This is the biggest question in software development. I'm sure there isn't a for sure solution, because if anyone knew it they'd be a billionaire.
Ultimately, step one is exposing people that are your target audience that your project exists. For example, I built an audio application and I posted about it to a couple groups I'm in for audio people on Facebook. That got me about 10 good beta testers.
What you mean is advertising the project?
Yes, but I'm not saying paying for an advert. Most people ignore ads.
No, no, I was too not talking about paying, I was talking about telling them.
So what could be a convenient platform for telling the people about my project(cuz my friends and the people I know are not devs.)
Anything about this?
I mean, here's a good place. I've found a couple really interesting projects that I'm now following because someone posted about it.
Hmm... What about Twitter?
I'm not really a twitter person, but I know a ton of devs are. So it wouldn't hurt for sure. But it's easy to elide over them because of how short a tweet is imo.
Keep writing about real benefits of using your projects, be patient (don't bet on something that might not be ready to become a big hit yet), be transparent and have a low level of shame (don't be afraid to ask) as every failure is an opportunity to learn and improve things unless you quit. Not a lot of people do that. Similar to a job, true innovation includes tasks that are really boring but necessary.
Once you see someone doing the same, converting from a user to an advocate, then things will become easier and you'll start getting more feedback.
Last but not least, tell us what worked in your case and what didn't work. If everything was easy, everything would be boring, so such tasks are by definition hard :)
Thanks! For a great explanation.
I have had the same problem with my sites. Even if I told everyone I knew, only a few people would actually use the site. I would say you need to get the first few users to believe in the idea in the same way you do.