Ken Wheeler (Director of open source at Formidable) shared some pretty helpful words to get you excited about open source and also how to launch your first project.
Nothing makes your repo look more legit than badges. Too many badges looks memey as fuck, but if you include useful ones, its a stamp of legitimacy. It shows you care. Things like npm version, test status, coverage numbers. It’s nice flair.
Also, Markdown supports raw HTML, so you can make your repo header look nice. Center things, add a quote, jazz it up a bit.
Ken even shared his thoughts on the best time to launch.
My recommendation is very specific. Release at 12pm EST on a Monday. It’s the end of Europes day, New York’s lunch break and San Franciscos hour in the morning before anything gets done.