I wanted to post a quick update regarding the existing and future app.
I commenced a developer to build a new app for Ackerly Green readers in February of this year, after discussing it for most of last year’s second half. It was supposed to be finished by June. It’s now September, and after numerous delays, stops and starts, and not seeing anything resembling a final product I had to cancel the agreement I had with the developer with nothing to show for my and your patience. I’ll be honest. I’m pretty devastated. I had agreed to pay in excess of 15k to get you all the perfect app, but I picked the wrong person for the job. I’m going to take some time and figure out next steps, but there won’t realistically be a new app until 2020 at the earliest. I’m sorry.
Secondly, the existing app is buggy, partially unusable, and not something I’m proud to have my company name on. Again, in all transparency, I personally pay $500 a month to have that clunky app managed. In the next week or so I’m going to have it removed from all app stores because the product no longer justifies the immense personal cost and it languishes in the app stores with bad reviews that reflect on me and the company.
In the future I would like to have an app that simply has the e-reader and a version of the forum with mobile notifications and then build from there. I just need a little break from dealing with the mental and financial stress of trying to build a new app or maintain the old one.
We’ve had a lot of great moments and successes this year, but this app has been a disappointment for me and all of you and I’m sorry. I will do better and make better decisions about it going forward.