Two months ago I started a club which sends random surprise candy directly from Japan to subscribers paying on a monthly basis. The club is called Candy Japan and on this blog I try to describe the business side of it as openly as possible.
Here are my subscriber numbers from the start to today.
This chart only includes people who are paying me via PayPal, which includes almost all. In the beginning the chart goes from 0 subscribers to 3 subscribers after I contacted some customers I knew from before. At that point the club did not even have a home page.
(1) I finally created a home page for the club and posted about it on Hacker News on July 9th in a post titled "Experiment: Japanese candy subscription service". That directly lead to 5 people subscribing, and a few more in the following days.
(3) My second post on Hacker News, "Getting my first subscribers". 4 people subscribe right away, more in the following days.
(4) A bunch of people including @superamit and @letmebegreat mention the club on Twitter, bringing the subscriber count to the current 52. I believe some of these tweets were because I emailed the subscribers to let them know their candy was in the mail, and in the end I included a short plea to mention the club on their blogs.
Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement.