Sorry it has been 3 days since I’ve written. My only excuse is that I’m not very good with numbers & they’ve been everywhere lately.
Personally, the biggest number came yesterday when I received my 1,000th follower for iOS Affairs! One-thousand followers!!! That’s 1,000 people who will get an email when I push “Publish” on this post (well, 1,001 now). One-thousand people who read my opinions on apps & other odd ramblings.
All I can say is, Thank You!!! Each & Every One of You!
Part of my delay in writing this post was that I knew that the 1,000 number was going to happen very soon & part of it was because this post is my 400th post! Another big number.
When I started writing, I planned on writing once or twice a week & I was even going to make this a private blog just for friends & family.
I was really stunned when I had so many people reading my little blog by May. It inspired me to write more & now, just a little more than a year after I began, I’ve reached my 400th post.
A really big number is coming up for iOS Affairs due to all of you being such loyal readers: 100,000 page views or “hits,” as the kids are calling it these days!
Now, that is a number I am just awed by! So much so that I created a little bit of Layover app art (above) in anticipation of that big number. (When I don’t know what else to do, I combine apps to try to create something arty.)
More on that when it gets here …
However, the biggest number recently happened yesterday. 1 lucky iOS user downloaded the App Store’s 50 billionth app (the app was Say the Same Thing & the lucky downloader was Brandon Ashmore of Ohio).
The App Store opened just 5 short years ago on July 10, 2008, & the 25 billionth app was downloaded only 14 months ago (last March). That means the App Store got as many downloads in the past 14 months as it did in the 1st 4 years!
My favorite odd numbers fact in reading news about the event came courtesy of Wired. Concerning the total number of downloads over the whole time the App Store has been open, they said:
hitting today’s milestone means iOS users downloaded 28,248,587 apps every day. That’s like every person in Taiwan (Pop. 23,315,822) downloaded an app a day for more than four years.”
I’m notoriously bad at math & really usually despise numbers (they give me a headache), but that’s a lot of people & the doubling of landmark numbers in such a short time seems like a good indicator that Apple isn’t losing steam or going downhill (despite what stock analysts & eternal naysayers would have you believe).
Well, all of these numbers have given me a headache, but when I look at the photo above (borrowed from Cyber Bytes), I remember why I started writing this blog in the 1st place & I relax a little.
I wanted to help people when they weren’t sure whether or not an app was worth downloading & give them a hand figuring out what each app did. That hasn’t changed.
I’m not an expert. I have no degree that says that my thoughts on an app are any better than another person’s (the philosophy degree strikes out again). I’m just a girl who’s good at figuring out what apps do very quickly & I have some talent for explaining what I’ve discovered to others with my writing.
I don’t generally review apps I feel negatively about, because I guess I figure you will see that news in a lot of places. I don’t want to spend my time insulting people who (for the most part, I believe) are trying to do their best at making an app, based solely on my opinion.
Anyway, there are just too many apps I absolutely adore to waste time adding to the negative in this world by talking about the 1′s I happen to not like.
See what happens when I relax? I start ramble-writing
Okay, back to the path.
I’ll be back later today with 1 of my last 2 guest posts. iOS Affairs (well, me, particularly) just isn’t ready to handle guest post submissions full time. So, catch the last 2 fabulous guest posts before the feature disappears (like the guidelines page did last week).
That’s it for me today. Until later, …