Prepping For Freelance #2 Newsletters

I’ve signed up to a bunch of newsletters as part of my preparation for going freelance in iOS Development. The newsletters are a varied mix of freelance advice and building an online business. Not all advice is relevant but it only needs a couple of nuggets to make an impact.

Rachel Andrew produces quality content and lots of it. As a product person and speaker in the web industry she has loads of great advice to share.

Brian Casel’s email course Productize Your Service which is a preview of Productize course. The email course covers documenting your processes in order to be able to outsource them elsewhere.

Amy Hoy has a bootstrapping email course with “kick your arse into gear” attitude.


Of course, there are other benefits to signing up for these newsletters. These guys are the experts. You get to learn how they do newsletters so professionally. You get to see how they connect to customers. Rachel Andrews uses Drip to capture emails. A big part of the signup process was an emotional want to complete the Drip popup.

You can maybe use this as an opportunity to connect these people and bring yourself to their (and their communities) attention.

You can also find out who they are influenced by. Rachel lists Brian Casel, Ian Landsman and Sasha Greif as interviewees in her book. That’s how I signed up to Brian’s course and found that I should already be thinking about life after freelancing. That’s how I became a regular listener to Ian’s podcast Bootstrapped and signed up to his newsletter. That’s how I came to notice this AMA by Sasha Greif.

BONUS – Newsletter tip: In Gmail, apply a label to all your newsletter sender addresses. Otherwise, you’ll miss them. Then, when you’ve got time, you can catchup on your list as if you were using an old skool RSS reader.


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Prepping For Freelance #1 Listening

In preparation for taking the leap into the world of Freelance iOS Development, I have been subscribing to bunch of new and inspiring podcasts.

These are all proving useful in suggesting tools, products and services that will be ideal for me. The last few podcasts also focus on creating products for yourself rather than for clients, which is an option that I’d like to explore with TinyShinyApps.

My regular podcast listening is also complimented by these iOS Development focused shows:



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Great British Beer Festival in Twitter Charts

Great British Beer Festival (#gbbf) as represented in Twitter Charts – updated in realtime


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Second Wednesday in Twitter Charts

Second Wednesday as represented in Twitter Charts – updated in realtime
This post has been updated with additional Twitter data.

The following files contain Twitter data on tweeters and followers of @SecWed and #SecWed.

BONUS 1 – SecWed Tweeters

BONUS 2 – SecWed Followers

Please let me know if you find this information useful.

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Making Things Fast

I came across a great talk today by Leila Johnson on Making Things Fast.


The main points of the talk for me were:

Stop Caring

Stop caring about past projects
Stop caring about possible future aims
Stop caring about it being perfect, it never will be

If you love it let it go
Be generous with your ideas
Collect them constantly. Don’t be left with one thing to hold onto.
Make it. Then forget it. “The past is over.”

Spread your motivation over a short amount of time. Find people who inspire you. Keep making.


Stop Having Any Ambition

Ambition means you’re not happy yet
Ambition means you’re looking at everyone else
Let go of your dreams
Forget the “and then”. Don’t even think about whats next.


Stop making claims

To yourself
To your employer (on CV’s)
Let others make up their mind, claiming slows you down.
Make “things” not “statements of intent”
All supplementary writing=distance.
Something that exists is always better than something that doesn’t (except unicorns)


Barriers to fast making

Worrying about what may happen
Thinking you’ll never have a good idea again
Thinking it has to be successful
Describing instead of doing (CV’s, About Me)


Play pointlessly
Detach from all goals
Make partial things
Make regularly, make fast. The faster you are the more you can make.


For more details check: (video) (slides)





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With investments in two beer related companies I can call myself a beerpreneur. The investments are:

Brewdog via the third Equity For Punks scheme. I’d always missed the deadline previously so was pleased to get in early this time.

Beerbods raised funding via CrowdCube reaching a £150,00 investment in record time.

Both are small  investments as a way to keep informed of the inside story of these companies at an interesting time for the British beer industry.


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Share via Twitter Workflow

Created to solve the common task of sharing on Twitter. I wanted to be able to:

  1. Highlight text on web page
  2. Right click, select Share
  3. Create Tweet with highlighted text and URL

Download Share via Twitter workflow. For Mac, using Safari and Twitter app.


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Flappy Apps

but even worse

They really are taking over the App Store

so much so that

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Azure Silver Linings

In the space of a couple of hours using Windows Azure:

Created a mobile service
Ran the iOS app in the iOS simulator
Ran the web app locally
Ran the web app deployed on Azure

Added Facebook authentication to both iOS app and web app
Deployed a nodejs site
Installed nodejs command line tools for nodejs

That’s a whole lot of stack.

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NSHipster Quote

As developers, it is our responsibility to understand the goals and needs of our applications, and to resist the urge to over-engineer and prematurely optimize our solutions.

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