I’ve got a big idea for a series of articles I’d like to start writing. On its surface, the pitch is simple:
I’m going to show you, step by step, how to build a successful app as an independent app developer.
The reality, of course, is that I have absolutely no idea how to build a successful indie app. I’ve never done it, and actually, if I’m being honest, it seems pretty hard.
But, that’s kind of the point. I’ll write these articles in real-time, as I attempt to build and ship my own wildly successful independent app, in the hopes that I’ll end up with a fun and compelling chunk of writing regardless of how that app turns out. If I defy the odds and manage to actually build something that finds some version of even moderate success, then I’ll have documented many of the steps (and missteps) I took to get there, which will hopefully be interesting and helpful to anyone else aspiring to do something similar. If I jump ship halfway through development, or release an app into the void and never get so much as a dime out of it, then my hope for this series is that it becomes a funny and honest look at how hard it can be to find success as an independent app developer in 2020.
More than anything, it’ll be a fun outlet for me to write about the ups and downs of setting out on my own and trying to build something worthwhile.
Here are a few initial goals I’ve got in mind for this thing:
- I generally want to keep the articles pretty short and easy to read.
- I want to write something about once a week.
- I want a good mix of technical and non-technical stuff.
- I want to keep things light and self-deprecating. You can go ahead and imagine that every article has this image featured prominently:
…because, despite now having built apps professionally for something like 8 years, I still feel like a dog in a tie on a day-to-day basis. I think that’s normal, especially when embarking* on a new project like this, and I think that’s okay — it means I’m still pushing myself and improving at the things I do.
Come along for the ride! I’ll post updates on Twitter. You can find me here.
* Just wanted to call attention to this dog pun. I’m off to a good start.