I am proud to announce that Routie is (finally!) here, and you can download it from the App Store. Initially, I thought that it will take just a couple of months to finish it, but in the end, it actually spread over 2 years. I had some huge distractions along the way (school, high-school graduation, being broken hearted and not being able to get over it for far too long, first year at the university..), but I am glad that I managed to finish the version 1.0, with all the quality and high level of polish as I wanted to.
Now it would be probably good to mention that it whole was way over my capability, and that’s why I struggled with it so terribly much. But it’s huge experience, I learned tons of new things and had a lot of fun and those ‘feeling high’ moments along the way. It was like riding this crazy roller coaster, and I would more than welcome if I could stay somewhere ‘in-the-middle’ for at least some time now. So I’ll do my best to figure out how to make the most of it, and to sort of wrap my head around it. Hopefully, the app will find at least some audience for me to be able to continue making it better, but one thing I know for sure: I want to spend much less time with it. The last few months were exhausting. As I chased the finish line, I didn’t do almost anything else apart from coding, designing and doing everything what was needed to push it out. And I don’t want to live like that in the long term. It needs to be balanced with the other joys of life. What I am trying to say is that it’s good to chase your dreams and make amends, but it’s not so good to become total slave of it and to limit everything else to the bare minimum. I am probably being too skeptical, but I needed to let this out, to clear my mind from it at least a little bit. If you hoped that you’ll find more information about Routie itself here, then I am sorry, but this post is just about releasing Routie and my current mood than anything else. You can, though, find out more on Routie’s website here: routieapp.com. I definitely plan to make a post where I’ll actually try to explain what were the ideas behind Routie, how I tried to fulfil them and articulate them to public, and whether I succeeded or not (or, to which extent). One of the things I hoped for was to post here more often, and even though I failed to do so several times, I am not giving up yet, and hopefully will catch some inspiration or something to actually stick to this ‘blogging plan’. (And yeah, I know that I need to improve my English a lot in order for the post to be readable by native English speakers. That’s another thing which is close to the top of items on my to-do list.)
Cheers, and expect more honest (and hopefully also informational) posts in the near future.