I’ve gone blog crazy this week

This week, I have started two new Tumblr blogs, one proper blog and one Twitter account. Three of those are related for a blogging project that I’m trying to get off the ground and another is going to be recipes that I’ve been cooking.

The recipes are at whatmikecooks.tumblr.com. There’s not a lot there yet but we’ll see what happens. I’ve been working from home for a while now and have been cooking quite a bit lately. It’s a good opportunity to store away some of the recipes I use, although maybe Pinterest would be a better place for that.

I’m not so sure about the other blogging project. It’s an attempt to publish some technology news that I’m interested in although I’m not really sure how to build an audience for that. It is probably a useful skill to have but not one that I’ve currently got. I’m still working on it and will probably release more details here in the next few weeks.

With the iPhone app and the new technology blog, the aim is to make at least a worthwhile amount of money from one of the projects by the end of the year. That would be $1000 or more. I’m currently tracking at $0 so need to pick it up a little. I’ve got one more app in the works as well so I’m hopeful to reach that goal.


What is a GPS Logger?

This might seem like a silly question for me to ask but what is a GPS Logger? Any ideas? 

I’ve got an iPhone app called “Simple GPS Logger“, that displays location (longitude, latitude, altitude) and allows you to save locations. It will also show the distance from those saved locations.

The only reason it was called Simple GPS Logger is because AppStore names need to be unique and “Simple GPS” was already taken. Weirdly, my app is actually”logger” with a lowercase L and logger with a capital L was already taken, but I didn’t realise that until I was searching later.

I’m looking at adding some new features and am wondering what a “GPS Logger” should actually do. The obvious thing I am looking is something like Runkeeper that would create a trail, provide details of that trail during and after recording it (avg speed, total distance, etc), and probably allow that trail to be exported as a GPX or similar. 

Any comments or suggestions? 

This app is currently pretty basic and was my first real attempt at iPhone development. It has been about as successful as I might have expected considering it has had no marketing, with downloads in the hundreds in the past couple of months since I released it.

I’m happy doing some extra work on it to add some new features but don’t want to spend too much time since I’m giving it away for free and therefore it isn’t making me any money. I’m looking at adding a tip jar similar to what David Smith has done with Pedometer++ to try and a bring a little bit of money in but I don’t think I want to add advertising to the app and if I charge any money, I think that downloads will go to zero pretty quickly.