One of the worst things you could ever say to an entrepreneur is this:
Hey, don’t take it personally. It’s just _______________ [insert justification here].
Nononononononononononono. Anyone who truly pursues their passions understands this – it’s always personal. Always. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it.
I have poured my life into this application and I’m just a few weeks away from it being a full calendar year. To even remotely suggest that I somehow disassociate myself from or create some artificial metaphysical boundary between myself and my work, my very creation, is tantamount as cutting off my arm.
It’s just not possible. And, in my particular case, pretty much everything is personal. I’m not saying it’s right or wrong – it just is.
I’m so internally motivated to create, to build, to transform that I get a lot of personal pleasure and satisfaction out of the work itself. In many ways I’m just as happy if 10 people are using it as 10,000. I reaped my reward miles back.
I can say this with a straight face because the small community that’s been created in our Alpha / Beta test group has more than proved the original concept and I feel incredibly happy with my work. The app simply does what I had intended it to do.
It’s like that feeling when you complete one of those gigantic 1,000-piece puzzles and you stand back and it’s just you, alone, looking at your work and you in that very moment feel great about the accomplishment. And now, even though I’m spending an incredible amount of time redesigning the app for acceptance, it’ll just be a killer bonus if tons of people sign up and use it (and I hope that they do).
One more scoop of cherry pie after you’ve had your fill? Why the hell not.
But an incredibly important win that has happened in the last week or so was not originally planned for and completely unexpected and it’s been the sweetest of victories; you see, my wife (who is a true self-proclaimed “microblogger”) has started blogging again after a lot of starts, stops, and everything in between.
It’s not that I’ve ever pressured her to write (although she’s incredibly gifted with has a english & literature background and has one of the best domain names, right?!) but it’s one of those things where you find yourself wanting to be able to share with someone significant the things that you love, that you obsess about, etc. Shared activities and shared interests-type of thing, you know?
I’ve been blogging since 2001 and as far as I can tell I’ll be writing daily as I have done for more than a decade until I die. It’s one of my truest passions.
But why did she start writing again? Because Pressgram made it superbly-easy to do. I set her up as a late Beta tester and we inserted her WordPress credentials and she quickly started capturing images and having them post to her blog. Voila. Nothing magical. Nothing groundbreaking. Just simple execution.
And a week or so later she wrote a long-form. The app essentially greased the wheels in a sense and got her back into digital publishing in a non-threatening and insanely-easy way. I’m cloud-9’ing it.
I believe that this small app will have incredible value for those that publish consistently already; but what I’m beginning to see is that there is an entire class and type of people who want to write, who desire to publish digitally but for whatever reason do not. Pressgram may be a solution that gives them back their voice and allows them to publish once more.
Just one more way that this app is fulfilling our mission: To publish pictures worth 1,000 words.