The problem with me having cool app ideas is that there is no space left on the graveyard of dead side-projects…

Pet Project Progress

I’ve been very busy lately… mostly excruciatingly tired, but sometimes I found a couple of minutes to think about and work on my current pet projects. I won’t post that much about them on this blog in the future, except if there is something worth to know for a wider audience. Technical things regarding development topics will be posted over on my other blog at kokodev.de. I started a development diary for my two active projects there. I will post more in the coming days, but here’s my introductory post from today: Development Diaries.

My plan is to have the diaries as companions running next to the development to discuss some problems and approaches I find along the way. This could be technical things, but also how I tackle the creation of icons for the apps or thoughts about different solutions to offer in-app purchases. It could be anything really. I have a couple of posts more or less ready for the next couple of days, before I go back into development. I’m excited about this!

Again, for everyone interested, you can visit kokodev.de and follow my posts there.

kokodev.de Reboot

I always had some side projects that I worked on in my spare time. Most of them never made it to the daylight and into the app store or anywhere else really. It was a shame and I had this website that I used to post informational stuff about technical things. Since I consolidated all my online stuff a couple of years back now, I took everything down and with this purge I also deleted all my content from all my blogs.

I few weeks back I wrote about late pet projects and what happens when you let them sit around for too long. I thought about some things I could build and tried out some stuff, but in the meantime it became clear that I really want one specific tool. I went back, did some research, found a lot of old code, fiddled around with it and finally decided that I’d try to go for it. I will try to follow my progress and the process on my other website. It’s technical stuff about iOS development (for now) and I’d like to keep this blog more on the personal and non-technical side. It’s pretty empty so far… the journey just started a couple of days ago, but I hope to fill it with some more information soon.

For everyone interested, you can visit kokodev.de and follow my posts there.

Late Pet Projects

Well… sometimes putting something on hold for too long has consequences. My stalled pet projects have been sitting around for too long. Others had the same ideas in the meantime. Before starting new development on those apps, I checked the App Store whether there are any new competitors since I last checked. There always were a few that did similar things like I had in mind, but they were all terrible. The situation changed and for each of my ideas there is one app that does exactly what I wanted to build. Even more so, they do it in exactly the same way that I had in mind. So… if I would go on and build what I want, I would basically just create the same apps that already exist and make it look like I just copied them.

Now I need to think about what I should do. Will I create them and use them as my own private tools, or will I finally drop those ideas. I guess the nagging will stop, now that what I wanted is already there. I’m not quite sure yet but there are two sides to this. On one hand it’s frustrating, because those apps could have been my apps. On the other hand, I have free space in my brain for new projects now. I think that’s the way I want to see it. I already deleted all the old cruft of those projects. I can think of new things I would like to try to create and see how realistic they are.

I already have something in mind. It’s probably nothing the public will desperately need, but it will solve a real pain point for me. I think I’ll go for it and dig around for some information on how to do it…

Until someone else has the same idea and beats me again 😉

Stalled Pet Projects

They nag me. They lie around for several years, nagging me, telling me that I want and need them. These pet projects are seemingly important to me and I have two that I count as the good ones which could actually be used by others as well. They‘re not necessarily huge App Store successes, there’s a lot missing to become that. But maybe I could make a few dollars with them. And if not, the nagging would stop… at least for a while… maybe… hopefully.

But I know how much time it really takes to finish and polish an app. It always seems like it would only take a couple of hours, maybe one or two weeks. Tops! But then you start looking at the details. You see that this feature could be realized a little bit differently. And while you’re at it, why don’t you just quickly add this other thing! It sure won’t take that long! Or, does it?

Then there might be a break for a couple of weeks because life gets in the way or you just are not in the mood to code every single night because you code 10 hours a day at work… Fast forward a couple of years and there is the first thing I really wanted to build but still sits unfinished on my computer, nagging me from time to time. It’s old now. I learned so much in the meantime. Even if it wouldn’t be an outdated programming language I would want to completely rewrite it from scratch.

I found my first sketches of wireframes for the first app idea a few weeks ago. They were four years old. I threw them away. I threw the code away too, it was old anyway. But the nagging is still there.

Hey! Pssst! It‘s me! I know that you know that I‘m still here! And I know that you know that I will stay! So...? What do you say?!

I‘m going to get rid of it. I‘ll start over with one of my projects and see where it will lead to.