I started my blog here a little over a year ago because I was gearing up to learn Objective C and develop and release my 1st iOS app. I steamed ahead learning Objective C and Xcode. As I was learning all of this incredibly cool stuff I noticed a big gaping hole in the app store in one of the areas I was passionate about, so I decided to create my 1st iOS app in that category. I put a lot of thought into the design of my app and late last year I submitted my app to Apple for approval. I was surprised to get an email about a week later saying that my app had been rejected. Despite the fact that there was not a single app on the app store that had the functionality of my app, my app was in a category that Apple was no longer allowing developers to populate any further with apps. I spoke with Apple about this and they were very helpful about answering my questions and addressing my concerns about developing a different type of app that still had the functionality that I thought was sorely missing. I had a really great plan for taking a different direction with my app and re-releasing it to Apple for approval, but it was not to be...at least not right now.
iOS development for me is a hobby. I have a day job, a very challenging day job that I am incredibly passionate about and focused on. I also have a wife and 3 kids and responsibilities that go along with all of those things. What I have come to realize during the past year or so is that I just didn't have enough time to dedicate to iOS development to become the caliber of developer I wanted to become. So I've made the decision to put iOS development on the back burner for a while. I will still tinker with it now and then, and when the time is right I may jump back into the development fray. But in the mean time I need to stay focused on my family and my day job.
So what does all of this mean for my blog. It means I'll be posting even MORE content! I'm still as techy and nerdy as ever and I live and breathe this stuff both at work and at home. There are a ton of blogs out there that cover tech related topics, but I believe my philosophy about how I approach technology makes me stand out a little bit from the rest of the pack. I put technology to work FOR ME instead of working WITH technology. There is a big difference. Technology is a tool and just because you have a tool doesn't mean it always makes sense to use it. Choosing the right tool for the right job and even choosing no tool at all when none is needed is critical if all you want to do it get the job done and move on with the rest of your life. So I am aiming to publish some really good examples of how technology can be put to work for you so you don't get caught in the trap of spending an hour figuring out how to use a tool that will only save you 5-minutes.