Firstly, apologies that there have been no updates here for a while. The subject of this post is a big part of the reason why! Now I’m not actually going to talk about game shows today, so please bear with me. I promise I’ll only use howtowingameshows.com to talk about this today, and then I’ll return to our regular content.
Now, you know how people often say “I’ve got a great idea for an app”? Well, I was one of those people, and I followed it through, and now it’s a real thing.
It’s a 2-player, turn-based creative writing game, based on the old game where two people write a story together, one paragraph at a time, passing the story back and forth between them, and watching it grow.
With my mate from school – IT Dude Extraordinaire Tim Presland – I designed the app, created a plan, and interviewed over 20 app developers online, before eventually hiring a team in Ahmedabad, India to build it for us. Over the next few months, the app evolved, as various versions of it went back and forth between us and them, with our feedback, tweaks and comments being supplied by email and Skype meetings… until we arrived at the app as it is today.
It’s called ‘Step-By-Step-Story’, and it’s now available for iPhone and iPad on the iTunes store. It’s completely free in this introductory stage, and you can get it here:
After the free introductory period, when we do start charging for it, I’m really pleased to announce that we’ll be donating a percentage of all profits to The World Literacy Foundation.
I’m quite excited about this. They’re a not-for-profit, non-denominational organisation that was set up here in Melbourne, doing great work in teaching literacy for kids all over the world. They also keenly embrace digital technology as a powerful literacy teaching tool, which is something that I – and ‘Step-By-Step-Story’ itself – can certainly relate to!
On a personal level, one of the best things about the app so far is that I’m currently using it to write a story with my daughter Lily, who’s 7. She loves the app, and is also using it to write a story with her Grandma, who lives in Brisbane. I think (well, I hope) that this shows that ‘Step-By-Step-Story’ can be an engaging app for creative people of almost any age.
Anyway, that’s it – just wanted to let you know. This has been a real passion project, and if you have an iPhone or iPad, I’d love you to download the app, give it a try and let me know what you think. Tim and I have loads of ideas for Version 2.0, but it’s pointless spending the money to do any of them unless they’re features that users really want.
So feedback is really crucial.
Normal service will resume as soon as possible.