Looking forward to 2012
Last week I reviewed 2011. Now it is time to plan 2012. Below are my plans for improving in the coming year.
More Objective-C: Refining Existing iOS Applications
Last year I released three iPhone applications and I plan to continue the momentum. But instead of releasing a ton of new applications my goal is to refine and improve the apps I already have. I’m sure I’ll come up with new ideas for apps, but none are planned right now.
The first thing on the agenda is to allow multiple languages in OneVoice. I receive an email almost every week from someone requesting another language (Brazilian Portuguese is the most requested), so early this year I plan to meet that need.After language support is added the focus will move to marketing and sales. It is a fantastic product that needs a wider audience. I would like to produce a really good introduction video to explain the concepts that make OneVoice so great.
Currently Fluent is a simple flash cards and memorization system. I use it often, but it needs a few more features before it is truly a great experience. Hopefully Fluent will help me (and many other people) improve my language skills. The features I plan to add will make it a must-have memorization system. Just wait.
I’ll continue working on bug fixes, but don’t have plans for any major new features. Though plenty of ideas have been suggested, I prefer to keep it simple and not add too many features.
Writing each week on this blog has been a huge success. I plan to continue the weekly posts throughout this year. At first it was a challenge to meet just one post per week. Now I am overflowing with ideas and don’t have a shortage of posts to write.
So in addition to this blog I am working on finding some more avenues to showcase and improve my writing. This could be a book, online guides, or just guest posts. I’ll let you know when I figure it out.
Stabilize & Increase My Income
This time last year I didn’t have any passive income (money not directly connected to my time). Now I receive over $2000 every month from app sales. Though this is really good and a huge improvement, sales have still been up and down more than I would like. Especially since I now depend on this for the majority of my income.
September had fantastic sales ($5,000) while December was much lower (under $2,000). With more marketing and a larger collection of apps my hope is this will both increase and become more consistent.
Since last year didn’t have as much travel as I would have liked, I hope to make up for it this year. Though it all depends on how Oliver does on his first trip to Hawaii in a couple weeks. If that goes well then trips to Europe and other great destinations will soon follow. I just hope Oliver does well with flights.
I just tried to check Facebook out of habit, but couldn’t since I am writing this post on a flight to Las Vegas and don’t have Wi-Fi. My short attention span and lack of focus is probably my biggest obstacle to overcome. I haven’t yet decided how I will tackle this problem, but I must if I am going to achieve the levels of productivity required to meet this year’s goals.