Monthly Archives: June 2013

Fusion Ads

I’m introducing a light experiment with FusionAds on the top right of my sidebar, which is a simple and clean way of doing advertising.

I was accepted into their network and I spent 3 minutes lightly adjusting the CSS and style. I’ll give a report after a month or so goes by and let you know how it has worked.

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Cloudability

cloudability-home

One of the neat services that I’m using to estimate (and guestimate at this point in time) costs for usage is Cloudability. The service is pretty self-explanatory so I won’t spend any time doing that here.

Remember, I did have an initial starting point for AWS / EC2 costs. Data is the #1 reason that I’m looking to raise venture capital because having Pressgram serve all the users data and needs is not free (at least for me).

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AngelList

AngelList

As I had mentioned previously, I’m starting my discovery process of raising some Angel/Venture Capital for Pressgram. I believe there’s an incredible opportunity for this app to grow into the movement we all believe that it can be and I’m going to need more funds to keep this puppy going.

You might be thinking, Why do you need more money – didn’t fund it via Kickstarter?! and the answer is pretty straight-forward: Yes, Kickstarter has helped me get this off the ground but it won’t keep the app going unless I’m able to find more money for the increased needs that I list below.

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Why I No Longer Use Categories for My Blog Posts

One of the most significant changes that occurred in my recent transition to this URL as my blog instead of my landing page happened in the backend and wasn’t obviously visual.

What was it? It’s the fact that I no longer use categories for my posts. None.

Technically-speaking, that’s not 100% true since I’m forced to choose at least one category when publishing so I am using one category but I don’t actually choose it manually in the publishing process since I’ve set it as my “default” category.

It’s one less button to click and it’s honestly quite nice to have one less decision to make (oh, and don’t forget, I don’t use tags either).

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Our Mission

Photo Credit: drakegoodman

Photo Credit: drakegoodman

Instagram has a new mission statement which is:

To capture and share the world’s moments.

I was thinking about this the other day and I began to find so much that I didn’t like about it. In fact, I began to hate it. Besides the fact that it sounds like something a bunch of suits came up with in a corporate brainstorming session it’s the last word that gets me the most: Moments.

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Stop the Madness: Auto-Updates for iOS 7 Suck

I’ve already shared a few thoughts on iOS 7 and since then I’ve reverted back to iOS 6 for my iPhone 5 since it’s most definitely a beta application and shouldn’t be used on any primary device that you use. Some time later this year I’ll move back as I get ready for the official release of it in the Fall and also to get Pressgram ready for it as well.

Which, by the way, if you haven’t kept tabs on it you really need to – I’m in the final stages of my core development and I’m spending most of July refining it for public release in August. I’m sharing this journey here and is a candid look at building a product from scratch and (perhaps) a business (who knows…?).

But one feature that that iOS 7 is bringing to the table is auto-updates for users for their apps – at first glance this seems like a really good idea but I think it’s the exact opposite. I think it’s a terrible idea.

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