When people ask me how is the app going, I usually dodge the question and tell them how I am going.
I think that says something about my ridiculous commitment to this project.
But the truth is I don't know how it is going - I've never done this before. We are the most successful app of this kind that I heard of. So I suppose it is going well.
I am just ridiculously happy that people are using the app. And between my identity crises, I am so grateful to the people who have helped get it off the ground.
So, last count there were 500 odd downloads in the first 3.5 weeks of the app being out in the world. You are the innovators, the trendsetters, and by being the first followers of the app you are the leaders of tomorrow*. Usual descriptions of the release of new technologies say that this group of people is made of up the 'inner' circle, close friends and family. That's quite an inner circle :)
And in terms of a project-management perspective, I'm really happy with this number. It is wide enough that we get excellent feedback on what needs changing, but it's not too wide that our mistakes become our reputation.
Let me tell you: that last point keeps me awake at night.
The technology we are using right now allows you to log in to your home council region when you first download the app. This function will increase - quite soon, actually. Maybe even this week. But before this, every time I want to see something new in the app, I would re-download the app.
And because we've been doing our best to sort out issues and attend to your feedback, we've already made two or three new updates.
And in the process of all this, I've learnt something new: did you know that when you go to the Play store, and look up an app you've downloaded, if there is an update, you can click update and it installs it for you?
Yeah, pretty cool, hey?
*the people who made this video need to thank me, I've linked to them so many times. Seriously recommend you view this.