When Apple showed us the Apple watch I decided I wanted to build an app for two reasons:
I want to make something for it and see how it fares in an environment not as overcrowded as the iPhone App Store.
I don’t think the Apple Watch will produce the same gold rush era like the one the iPhone produced. Or at least it won’t be as long. That’s why I want ot try to get an app in before it gets overcrowded.
I want one.
I’ve been considering getting a Fitbit for a while to track steps and see if I can get myself to walk and exercise more. But with the recall of the Fitbit force I put a hold on the purchase and waited to see what Apple did.
The app I’m building is not a new concept, especially not in the App Store: a shopping list app. But the idea I have on how to integrate it into the Apple Watch may be innovative and if I have it ready for launch day I’m sure it will be interesting.
Exactly the day I started working, Justin Jackson posted this tweet . It was very good timing!
The cold months are coming:
So that leaves three months. If you want to build your side-project, this is your window.
Here are a few steps you can take:
- It’s September 20th today, that means launch day would be December 20th. Envision what you’d like to launch on that day.
- Now open up your calendar. Work backwards from December 20th and schedule all the times you’ll work on your project. It’s best if you can make it regular weekly times: ie. Saturday mornings from 6am-10am, and Friday nights from 8pm-11pm.
- Create a landing page. Put only 4 things on it: a headline (that says who this is for, and what their pain is), a sub-headline (describing what you’re offering), an email sign-up box (for folks to get updates), and a launch date (December 20th!).
I’ve done the calendar part and and have split the work over the three months and I plan to publish a post a week describing some of the things I’m learning and doing. Which brings me to the next point…
I haven’t done the landing page yet and to be frank it intimidates me to do that. Maybe I will create it just for the sake of having a reference for people reading this posts documenting my progress.
For now, I’m sorry if the following is too vague.
Week 1 was all about two things:
- Setting up the data model for creating lists, registering products and then marking products as picked in the store. I used Marco Arment’s FCModel which made things super simple. A lot easier than Core Data.
- Analyzing that data to estimate which products you should be buying soon. I didn’t get too far into this. Partly because I got busy mid week1 and mostly because I’m still developing the idea of what data I want exactly.
There’s also a non product related goals I wanted to hit which was starting to write some of the code in Apple’s new Swift language.
I’d say I hit 80% of what I wanted to achieve.
I’m not sure if the app will be successful2 or not but I’m committed to getting it done.
I started to work out in the mornings before going in to my “J.O.B. job” which just made working in the evenings a harder choice to make. I’m also studying for my Canadian citizenship test so that’s taken some priority. ↩
For some people a million dollars a year business is a failure so that’s all relative. ↩