When I love an app and regularly use it, I then, artificially, feel connected to the developers behind it. It’s like when you listen to a podcast and you feel as if you have a personal relationship with the speakers. In an effort to differentiate themselves from traditional broadcasting, podcasters are intimate with their audiences. They talk about their life, their fears, their ideas, they simply act like themselves.
App developers are much in the same strain. They have broken away from stereotypes and have blossomed into incredibly well versed creative people that form a community around their products. They blog, they tweet, they encourage the excitement stirring around their apps. In my opinion the best apps come from the people that carry you along for the ride. It enables us to learn from them while we form a commitment to their app. It is the best ecosystem for a indie developer to have. It makes me want to immerse myself in their culture.
This has lead me to start a new series on Nickedit247. I’m going to review all the apps that I currently use and have been using for a period of time. In doing so, I have really lived with the apps. And I mean “lived” like in the sense of living with another person.
When I say lived, I mean an event of importance. Like moving in with your girlfriend. Yeah it might be great living with her initially but then you start observing certain nuances that differ from what you previously knew. Things that you once thought were cute now annoy you. Other things remind you why you love her and spark newly found interest. As you group these nuances together you form an opinion. You don’t necessarily evaluate your girlfriend, you just observe then process that info. Oddly, that is how a good review should be done too. So that’s exactly what I have done, I observed then I processed.
My review posts will be the review of an app and a review of the developers’s conglomerated outreach as a whole. That means I will read their blog, follow them on twitter, and consume whatever else they offer. I am excited about this and also see it as a great way to make connections with the actual developers. So here is to a new start. Let’s see what happens.