Wednesday, September 28, 2011
It is interesting to me that this symbol doesn't really have a formal name other than app store icon. At first I thought is was called an app avatar but apparently that is not true. What do you think it should be called?
Anyhow, the EndoGoddess app icon or avatar widget will be available soon with a direct link to the App Store on this page.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Go to the Apple App Store and search EndoGoddess where you'll find the app.
Start collecting points when you enter your daily blood glucoses and you will be able to eventually cash those points in within the iTunes store for a song download (this transaction isn't quite finished in the programming but will be soon).
In a few days, there will also be a place for you to enter your comments and YOUR ideas for inspiring quotes which help YOU get through a hard day with diabetes.
New features will automatically be updated through the App Store but check back here for the latest.
Android version will be here soon... :)
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
However, upon return to the 'real world' here in Columbus Ohio, I feel that being surrounded by the challenge of implementation of these tools is actually an advantage and more likely to produce a product that works for most people. A post that I read recently summarizes it best:
- People Still Don’t Know What Craigslist Is – While people in the Valley are talking about how Yelp.com is already passe, keep in mind that most people still don’t even realize what Craigslist is. I ask people all the time how often they use Craigslist and 9 out of 10 respond “What’s Craigslist? Is it like Angie’s List?”
- People Don’t “Need” Venture Capital – Because the costs of operations are a fraction of the costs in the Valley and frankly because there is so little of it outside the Valley. What happens when capital is so scarce is that companies are forced to figure it out without capital – and they do. Companies are run for customers/patients/users and profits, not for VC’s.
- No One Throws Launch Parties - We’re all too busy in Columbus actually building companies to take the time to wallow in our own manufactured successes. We’re also likely spending our own money, which no one would waste away on launch parties.
- Most Users Live in Columbus, Ohio – Sure, people in the Valley think a new Web app is sweet. But getting a bunch of other nerds to use an app only buys a small initial audience. Critical mass comes when you get the everyman to use your app, and the everyman lives in Columbus, Ohio.
- Our Businesses Need to Earn a Profit – Maybe people in the Valley can afford to squander $20 million on a product that has no revenue model in hopes it’ll get bought. The rest of the world has to build real companies that make real money to sustain themselves.
I am in agreement with these points. Your thoughts?
Saturday, September 17, 2011
So excited to report that the EndoGoddess app has been approved!! It was temporarily available for download today but we took it down because of a few graphic problems. But, no worries because it will be ready for sure for download on Friday September 23rd. YAY!!! :)
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Waiting, waiting, waiting on the Apple App Store after submitting the EndoGoddess app on Saturday. Luckily, work on the android version will be finished this week, too. The wait for the android store is only 24hrs. Feels like watching paint dry for an impatient person like myself. But, 7-10 days and 24hrs will be here soon enough so I am learning to try to live in the 'now' moment. :)
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
I am excited to report that version 1 of the EndoGoddess app is ready for submission to the Apple app store! After submission, you should be able to download the app in 7-10 days so watch for it in late September.
The rewards points are alot like foursquare. However, cashing in points for iTunes download rewards is not yet available on this first version. The ability to submit feedback within the app is also not yet available. But, updates will be frequent and often with the feedback function being ready next week.
Feedback will be an important feature. Many future versions of the app will be in response to your feedback because listening is a priority with the EndoGoddess app.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The Diabetes Online Community (DOC) has a large presence on the internet - one of the largest chronic disease communities online. This community provides a place for people with diabetes to communicate with others that understand the mental, physical and emotional side of diabetes and how to embrace it and spread diabetes awareness.
I am honored to be part of the conversation this week on #dsma and #dsamlive discussing the meshing of the awesome diabetes online community (DOC) and mobile health with the EndoGoddess app. Tune in and be a part of the conversation too! You can link directly here: http://dsmalive.com/2011/09/
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The EndoGoddess app has a scientific evidence-based design derived from BJ Fogg's Health Behavior Model (http://www.behaviormodel.org/). The model confirms that three elements must converge at the same moment for a health behavior or outcome to occur: Motivation, Education, and Trigger. When a behavior does not occur, at least one of those three elements is missing.
The EndoGoddess app supplies all three elements for targeting the behavior of checking glucoses 4 times per day:
- Motivation comes from iTunes rewards on a weekly basis so that the user can download a song
- Education comes from the multimedia content within the app related to diabetes
- Triggers come from the app's daily inspiring messages taken from the diabetes online community as well as medication reminders or alarms that each user designates
We all know diabetes is hard work so it's about time that someone rewarded us for it!! The EndoGoddess app rewards, educates, and triggers or inspires people with diabetes to check their glucoses 4 times per day.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
I am starting a new blog. I have decided to chronicle the adventures that I am having upon the release of my new EndoGoddess app. Health app development feels a little bit like writing a book that 'does something'. So, I thought I'd actually write about what it feels like to share my app, aka my baby, with you and let it do what it was born to do...help motivate and celebrate the hard work it takes to live well with diabetes!