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Announcing My New Mobile App - MadLibs Word Generator
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Announcing My New Mobile App – MadLibs Word Generator

I’ve hinted about this idea in several different places here on the blog as well as in my interview with Mike From Maine but now it’s time to officially announce the release of my second mobile app – MadLibs Word Generator.

After being pretty disappointed with the results of my first app, SharePrayer, I’m excited to add an additional app to my portfolio and to feel the excitement of “starting fresh” again!  That’s not to say that I will be forgetting about SharePrayer or not continuing to try and turn that failure into a success…as I still think there is a chance to do that!

What is MadLibs Word Generator?

MadLibs Word Generator is a simple app to help you think of new and creative words when playing the classic word game, MadLibs.  If you’ve played MadLibs before, you know that sometimes it’s hard to think of words off the top of your head to use.  This app solves that problem.  You simply choose what type of word you want (noun, adjective, verb, adverb, or exclamation) and it randomly generates a word of that type for you to use!

Very simple, but it does the job!  Here are two screenshots of the app:

         

A New Way to Develop Apps

As I’ve mentioned before, it cost me $800 to have SharePrayer developed.  Want to know how much it cost me to develop MadLibs Word Generator from idea to final product?  You sure?  Fine.  It cost me $0.00 to develop this app!

I’m going to go into more detail about how I did this in future blog posts, but essentially it involves working with local developers as partners and splitting the profits of the app.  So while I didn’t pay any up-front costs for this app, I will only be making half the total profit from the advertisements in the app.

Development Timeline

May 2012 – Thought of Idea

June 11, 2012 – Posted Listing Looking for Developers

June 11, 2012 – First Email Exchanged with Developer.

June 22, 2012 – Basic Functionality of App Completed

September 26, 2012 – First Version Completed

November 3, 2012 – Graphics Completed

November 15, 2012 – Final Version Completed

November 20, 2012 – Google Play Description Written

November 21, 2012 – Launch of App in Google Play

Why Launch Today?

It just so happened that the final version of the app was completed just a few days ago.  Yesterday I overheard on the news that today would be the busiest travel day of the year due to people traveling for Thanksgiving tomorrow.  I don’t know this for sure, but I would assume that many people download apps today so they have entertainment during long travel times.  Additionally I know that more people traveling = more kids playing MadLibs in the back seat!  And more people playing MadLibs = more downloads!

So at around 11:00pm last night I quickly wrote up a description for the app, the developer fixed the last minute errors, and we published it to Google Play which luckily only takes a few hours to review and accept apps!

My Expectations

I won’t know for sure how many downloads we’ll get for a couple days but here’s what I’m expecting.  I think that this app is going to do around as well as SharePrayer is doing…and that’s not very well.  However, I thought SharePrayer was originally going to do pretty well and I was wrong.  So who knows what will happen?  But here is what I’m basing my prediction on:

  • This app is only available on Android devices because that’s the platform the developer was comfortable with.  However, if the sales are good though we will make an iPhone version.
  • In all honestly, this is not my best idea.  It was one of my most simple ideas that I wanted to develop first to get started on the right foot with the developer I’m working with.
  • Younger kids play MadLibs a lot more than adults.  So I’m relying on adults that still play MadLibs or who download the app for their kids to use.  Who knows though?  Maybe a bunch of 10 year olds have Android phones 😉

With all that being said, I still think that there is a shot that this app could do fairly well…not a big one…but a shot nonetheless.  The major lesson I learned from SharePrayer is – you never know for sure how an app is going to do until it’s released!

I Need YOUR Help!

Right now MadLibs Word Generator has a grand total of 1 review…and it’s from me!  If you have a few free minutes and you own an Android device, please leave a review here on Google Play!  I really appreciate you helping me out here!  Leave a comment below letting me know if you reviewed it so I can thank you personally!  Also, in the comments section let me know what you think of the idea – how well do YOU think it will do?  Good or bad, tell me the truth – I won’t be insulted!  Let me know what you think!

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  1. Thomas,

    Congrats on the new app (and thanks for the mention). I tried to write you a review on Google Play, but it won’t let me since I don’t have an Android device.

    Best of luck!

    Mike

    • Thanks Mike! Yeah, just realized that the reason I could leave a review I don’t have an Android device is that my uncle registered his tablet with my account info so it was installed on that when I wrote my review.

  2. I’m really happy for you for finally hatching your long awaited plan.

  3. Just gave it a 5* Review, keep up the good work! Love your drive and passion to build a lifestyle out of app development. It is definitely the perfect time to dive into it!

  4. My kids love MadLibs and an app in the car would be great, however we stayed home this holiday season. :)

    Keep it up Thomas. Can’t wait to hear how your launch went. Keep us posted, man!

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