This post continues the tradition of publishing an annual report detailing the year’s work and learnings from Poesie, my daily poetry app. This report will include some basic stats on the finances and growth of the app, along with a brief discussion around the paid app model. I want it to be a useful resource for anyone building their own apps, so there are lots of charts and data points. Feel free to ask any questions!

Introduction: App(s) Overview

Poesie is a daily poetry app that I built and launched a bit over three years ago at the start of 2018. After spending…

Every week on Poesie, we feature a curated poetry collection showcasing top picks from a theme or era in history. I thought it would be nice to share some lists publicly for anyone searching for poetry. Each selection includes some info about the author, a link to read or purchase the poem, and a reading if the poem is in the public domain. Enjoy!

Quick List of Featured Poems:

  1. Spring on the Plains, by Dorothea Mackellar
  2. Spring, by Gerard Manley Hopkins
  3. Song, by William Carlos Williams
  4. The Call of Spring, by Sarojini Naidu
  5. Primaveral, by Ruben Dario
  6. Waking from Drunkenness…

This post summarizes some basic information about taxes for a C-Corporation in the United States. For those of you who are just starting up a corporation and getting into this, it may be a helpful read. Even if you outsource the work, it may still be useful to hear an overview of what is happening behind the scenes. I’ll outline some basic concepts, the general gist of the process, and a few links to important forms and services.

The usual disclaimer when I write-up info like this: I’m not a tax lawyer, this shouldn’t be your official guide to doing…

Today, I want to provide an overview of Bach’s incredible collection of Violin Sonatas and Partitas for anyone who is exploring these for the first time. In this article, I’ll give a bit of historical context, a description of each of the works, and some suggestions for recordings. If you want to dive into some of the individual works and movements, I have a few blog posts with write-ups!


The Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin are a collection of 6 long-form works (each ranging 15–30min long) written in about 1720 by J. S. Bach. Today, these are known as…

This is a collection of observations from my first time ever reading through the entire Bible (Old and New Testament). It is not organized with any specific thesis, just some thoughts and notes focused mainly on historical content and not as much on religious commentary. I do hope I can encourage more first timers who are curious for whatever reason to try reading it. Even if you are not religious, the Bible is interesting and important for anyone who has an interest in the history and moral origins of modern Western culture.

Old Testament Overview

Everyone is probably familiar with the opening books…

This document continues the annual tradition of publishing a yearly overview of progress, mission, and roadmap for the app Poesie. Our main progress over the past year included setting up partnerships with contemporary poets around the world and beginning to earn revenue via a subscription model. Our work ahead includes building more community-focused features and continuing to explore opportunities for growth. You can view last year’s document here: Poesie Roadmap (2019).

Are you a poet, app developer, or just want to connect? We’d love to hear from you! You can reach us at …

In this post I will share an introduction and description of the Standard Model of Modern Physics. It will be geared towards people with a basic understanding of physics… you should know that there is such a thing as an “atom”, but you may not need to know that there is such a thing as a “quark.” That would bring you roughly to the end of the 1800s in terms of humanity’s understanding of the universe :)

My short foray into Quantum Mechanics at university left a major impression on me. Something about the intricacy and chaos at the heart…

In August 2019 I incorporated a business to manage the payments for my poetry app, Poesie. This blog post outlines the steps I took during incorporation. Even if you have someone doing this for you, it may still be helpful to get a basic overview.

A major disclaimer: I am not a lawyer. PLEASE don’t take this as the single source of truth for your incorporation process! At best, please consider it a reference or list of some sources I used while creating my business. …

There are three sections in this blog post: (1) The science of pitch, and how a musical vocabulary is created. (2) The technical basics of classical music, how pitches are combined to create and release tension. (3) A retrospective of classical music in terms of this approach to tension and release. If you just want a listening guide, skip to Section 3! If you want to learn the theory, read Sections 1 and 2 as well.

Table of contents:

I. Introduction

Section 1: Building a musical vocabulary
II. The science of pitch
III. Creating pitches
IV. Scales

Section 2: Melody…


This is a quick blog post detailing the changes in app usage patterns after an app redesign and the subsequent introduction of in-app badging. If there is one main takeaway from the blog post it should be this:

Learning how to use a multi-tabbed app is hard, but great content and badging can help. If usage of multiple tabs is critical to your app experience, you probably want to find ways to help users get comfortable navigating your app.

Fresh content and badging

Here is how we approached the problem for Poesie:

1. Why did we introduce a multi-tabbed design?

Poesie is a poetry…

Ben Bregman

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