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).
In this post I will share an introduction and description of the Standard Model of Modern Physics. This post 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.” This would bring you roughly to the end of the 1800s in terms of humanity’s understanding of the universe :)
What is the purpose of this post? My short studies around Quantum Mechanics and the Standard Model left a major impression on me. Something about the intricacy and chaos at the heart of all things, the search for fundamental truths that pervade the universe, and the humble awareness that our existence is layered on top of these core layers of truth. Though I am not a scientist, I come back to these concepts every once in a while during a Wikipedia binge and always leave feeling inspired, even comforted. …
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 roughly three sections to 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:
Section 1: Building a musical vocabulary
II. The science of pitch
III. Creating pitches
Section 2: Melody and harmony in classical music
V. The foundations of tension/release
VI. Constructing a melody
VII. Introducing chords and…
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.
Here is how we approached the problem for Poesie:
1. Why did we introduce a multi-tabbed design?
Poesie is a poetry app that helps people read, discuss, and even share their own poetry. One of the main requests from users has been “Help us discover more poetry!” To achieve this, we needed to offer more discovery opportunities and entry points. A redesign in August spread our product across 4 tabs, including daily curated content, searchable libraries, and an activity feed. This has lots of upside in terms of exposing more features, but makes navigation and development of usage patterns a bit more complicated. …
This document lays out the upcoming year’s roadmap for Poesie, an app dedicated to the arts that was launched last year. Our main goal is to build a broader vision of our current app and validate product market fit and engagement. If you are interested in collaborating as we build and evolve the product, we’d love to hear from you! You can reach us at email@example.com.
Poesie is available for download on the iTunes app store: https://apps.apple.com/app/id1332841582.
Poesie is a company dedicated to delivering interactive and social online arts experiences.
In 2018, Poesie launched as a simple poem-a-day app, curating “best of” selections from classic poetry for arts lovers around the world. As we’ve grown organically, we’ve been sending out surveys asking our engaged users what they want us to build next. Answers have come in three buckets: show us more great content, help us learn about that content, and give us opportunities to share our own creative work. With a target audience in mind and guidance around what they are looking for, we are ready to build and scale a full-featured, self-sustaining ecosystem. …
I have spent the last year building and growing Poesie, an iPhone app that delivers curated arts content in a social and interactive context. In this post, I’ll describe how I use user analytics and surveys to help inform my vision and product roadmap.
A good analytics and research infrastructure is critical to any start-up both for high-level strategy and for on-the-ground product development. When used correctly, the input from this setup will help you plan and dream long-term while prioritizing effectively in the short-term.
The three tools at the core of my workflow are:
(1) App analytics: I use app analytics to understand whether I am delivering a truly valuable product and to help inform my short/medium-term roadmaps. …
Hi, I’m Ben. I’m building an app called Poesie to share my love of the arts around the world. I hope that sharing some of my experiences will help and inspire other entrepreneurs. And if this project sounds interesting to you… well I’m looking for a cofounder!! You can get in touch by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week, Poesie experienced its first memory-size-related app crash. Since introducing lots more content into the app, including gorgeous visual art, we’ve needed to be much more careful about data management. After a few occasions in which Poesie creeped its way near the Top 10 apps in my “iPhone Storage” hit-list (prime candidates for app deletion!), I carved out this week for Poesie’s first eng quality sprint. The main goals were to address that memory crash and to see if we could keep Poesie below 100MB in the iPhone storage list over the course of a deep usage session. Along the way, we also earned a few UI perf wins. …
Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas, the monument of solo violin music, opens with the fantasty-like Adagio in G minor. In this post, I’ll explore one of the aspects that makes this piece so heartbreakingly beautiful. As we go, I’ll reference labeled points from a screenshot of the manuscript and corresponding timestamps from one of the most famous recordings.
Before reading, spend 5 minutes listening to this piece. It is less formally structured than much of Bach’s work, so let yourself drift with the mood of the piece. In this analysis / listening guide, I’ll encourage you to follow Bach from his stable opening, into a dream-like state, and then finally back home to that starting point. …
Over the past year, I’ve been spending more time than ever before learning about who I want to be and how I want to interact with people around me. The more I develop personal values, the more I desire to speak and act in accordance with those personal values. I find it helpful to reflect and articulate in order to grow through my mistakes and continue developing my vision of who I want to be.
I’ve written this note to help understand how I feel and react during uncomfortable situations. I feel awful when my reactions have made an uncomfortable situation worse, and feel proud when I am able to turn an uncomfortable situation into a positive experience. …