Things have been at a slowdown over here at ChowlbPlays and Chowlb.com. Family first. I’ve written about this before, but it should be reiterated. Everything I do outside of gaming and the internet, I do for my family (sounds like a bad Bryan Adams cover song). Every once in a while I have a little bit of “me” time. I used to stream my gaming to Twitch on a regular basis, but things have changed and that’s not really an option at this point in my life, not saying you’ll never see me online randomly. For awhile I was just playing my games alone, in my office. A couple of week ago I had an idea to start a new YouTube series. Instead of long winded “let’s play” videos, and trying to play a game start to finish all on video, why not just share the time I do have. I understand no one probably cares, but hey I enjoy it.
Early in the mornings I usually have a varied amount of time to jump into a game. This ranges from 15 to sometimes 45 minutes of an uninterrupted video game extravaganza. I present to you: ChowlbPlays 10 Minute Mornings! You’re right, it’s not just 10 minutes, but it sounded cool in my head, and it’s my project..my head my rules my project your loss…
Today I created my first episode of 10 Minute Mornings. If you happen to care, let me know what you think in the comments on YouTube. If you don’t care, then don’t share (man I’m on a roll).
I hope you all enjoy watching as much as I enjoy creating. Love you all.
Is that a bad word? I don’t care. It fully embodies the way that I’ve felt when it comes to a certain music supply store (I’m too nice to name names). About a year ago, a decision was made to better myself and learn iOS programming. I went in 120%. In about 3 months I had created over 10 apps, although I only published 4 of them. One of my more proficient apps was for said music supply store. There was no app on the market for their used inventory collection (and I think now I know why). I had the golden ticket. An idea. An App that didn’t exist. An app that thousands of musicians would use daily. Here was the idea:
The app would pull from an RSS feed of available used inventory from the site
this RSS feed is (was) PUBLICLY available for anyone to consume
The app presented a categorized list of used items from the feed
Users could search the inventory on any word or partial word
example: searching ‘g’ would return ‘Gretsch’ and ‘Gibson’ (and others)
Tapping an item on the list would show the pictures and description of the item
To buy anything, the app would take you to the store’s website and let you purchase
There was no kickback from the store for buying through the app
Users bought directly from the store itself (just like buying online)
There were ads on the app, and a paid ($0.99) ad free version
In my mind, I was doing them a service. I was making their inventory available worldwide and driving more people to their website to buy their inventory. I guess this was a mistake on my part. Perhaps I should have done some more research. Their RSS feed was available for me to use, and very published on their own page. I didn’t hack into the servers to find an RSS feed to rip off. It was literally on the front page of their website. Maybe this was wrong of me, but there are only certain reasons to publish an RSS feed. One of those is to be consumed by an RSS reader, which is practically what my app was.
A few months after going live, the app had a good handful of downloads. The downloads were growing exponentially. I even made a couple of bucks off of the ads. Enough to buy a coffee… maybe half a coffee. I was ecstatic. I had some feedback, I made some upgrades and some changes at user requests and things were going swimmingly.
One day I received an email from an attorney from said music supply store. A cease and desist. My stomach bottomed out. There were no financial repercussions, unless I didn’t cease.. nor desist. I kindly responded, explained my application, explained how I was using their published RSS feed, and how I was driving traffic to their site. No go. I had to remove all traces of my application.
Call it childish, but I was angry. I’ve moved on, after ranting how I would never shop there again and swearing to contact someone to share my piece of mind. I never contacted anyone, but I haven’t shopped there since. Not saying I never will, it’s just still fresh on my mind. The worst part comes from not being able to send notifications from the App Store to my users. The only thing I could do was abandon everything. That’s terrible PR for a single developer. Honestly, I haven’t really done much iOS programming since then. I know giving up isn’t the answer, but sometimes relationships need space. I guess this was my forced break, but not break up. If I can say one good thing that has come from this experience, it’s that the company has since removed the public RSS feeds from existence. The URL no longer works and they are no where to be found on the public facing website. Good on you big chain music supply store. Good on you.
Wow, it’s been a hot minute. Truth is, I’ve never actually stopped thinking about writing again. So much has happened since I’ve had a “blog.” Do they even use the word “blog” anymore? I like to fancy myself a creator, if you will. I love creating. Drawing, painting, music, writing, podcasting, making videos, etc… Most of the time there is very little time for that kind of thing. Since we last spoke I’ve moved back to my home town, started a new job, and even had a baby. My wife and I were blessed with a little baby boy, Hutch, who has shockingly (insert sarcasm) taken up all of our time.
We really wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s amazing to see the world through the eyes of a baby. The innocence and the wonder when they discover something new is astounding. It really is a beautiful sight.
With the new addition to the family, little time is left for creating. That’s ok. My responsibilities have shifted dramatically, for the better. I still create things when I have a spare minute. I’ve been playing around with creating short movies on my iPhone (an amazing piece of technology to say the least), I’ve been streaming some game play to Twitch, and even recording a little bit of YouTube videos. Things are going ok. I’m never going to be a millionaire making game videos or time lapses, but it’s fun for me. I’m not here to make big bucks. I’m here as an outlet for a creative mind. I thought maybe starting up this blogging business might spark some other creative adventures.
Will this be daily? No way. Will this be funny? Not all the time. Will this be interesting? I can only hope. Buckle up.