This is very cool and flattering. Hacker Monthly features top posts and comments from Hacker News, gracefully compiled, edited, and formatted with excellent design. I'm in Issue 6 which is quite an honor - that's some pretty good company.
I realized the editor, Cheng Soon, was in Malaysia and I'm passing through Malaysia right now, so we were able to get a coffee and lunch together earlier today. Very cool guy, massively hard working, fascinating interests. We had a good chat on a range of interesting topics, and it was a blast.
If you want to get a grip on Hacker Monthly, the first three issues are free to download here - http://hackermonthly.com/issues.html - very high production quality, good insights, good selection, elegant design and placement... really just a beautiful product. An honor to be featured there, and a nice coincidence that he chose one of my pieces right as I was arriving in Malaysia. Go check out those first three free issues if you want some really pleasurable and stimulating reading on entrepreneurship and technology. Consider subscribing if you really dig it, I think it's a bargain as it's current price point.
Don't feel bad- a procrastinator will procrastinate. If he has access to the internet, he will find something to spend time on. It's on a more fundamental level that he has to work on. Your website has nothing to do with it, not really, since it's just a possibility of many. One more appreciated than othes, but there are others.
Well, a very cool trend is happening at Hacker News - people are posting "Offer HN" threads offering advice and help. The first one seems to be "Will Work for Karma" by todayiamme, which kicked the whole thing off. My favorite is "Tax Help for Startup Entrepreneurs" because there's a lot of insight and analysis just in the thread itself. I like learning about law, but it's damn expensive to learn about either in time or money. That said, learning law can save you a lot of money when you write a contract correctly or when you have a company buyback shares instead of purchasing them yourself when buying a partner in a two person partnership out.
After a bunch of "Offer HN" threads started kicking up, there were two discussion topics, both by guys I respect. "Please stop offering your services" and "Please keep offering your services" by Swombat and Jacques. There seems to be a few themes going on:
1. Some people think this is really cool and nice of people. 2. Some people are skeptical of the intentions of people doing this. 3. Some people don't want to see HN get bogged down/clogged up by this.
Let's cover those in reverse order.
First, if it gets out of control and you want to see news without offers, Paul Graham implemented http://news.ycombinator.com/offerless - no offers there. So that solves that problem.
Last Friday night, after two years of really hard work on SETT, we sent invite codes out to the four hundred people on the SETT waiting list, offering fifty spots. Whoever managed to snag a spot could either take a free basic account or buy a premium account and get 50% off for life.
The main point of releasing these spots is to start testing SETT on a wider scale, to get more feedback, and to begin work on some really cool blog to blog features. So if no one actually paid for an account, and everyone just took free ones to mess around with, I would have been satisfied. I figured maybe one or two people might pay, and maybe things would go really well and five people would pay.
As it turns out, thirteen people bought accounts, covering all three price points that we set. More than the actual money, which I've already used to upgrade the servers, I'm personally touched that people are excited enough about SETT to pay for it. I've worked so hard on this and continue to narrowly focus on making it the best blogging platform, that it's moving to have people who share the vision.
I'm also grateful for the people who set up free accounts and have already started using them. Many of the paid and unpaid SETT customers are members of this site who are active in the community section and comments, so I have high expectations for all of their blogs. As they get settled in, import their old blogs, and write new posts, I'll be linking to some of them here. Next Monday I will link to every new SETT blog that has at least one post on it.