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Apple Making A Big Podcast Change

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The other big news out of today’s session is for podcasters (and presumably for podcast advertisers): Apple is opening up in-episode analytics of podcasts. For the most part, podcasters only really know when an episode’s MP3 file is downloaded. Beyond that, we can’t really tell if anyone listens to an episode, or how long they listen—only the apps know for sure.

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Apple said today that it will be using (anonymized) data from the app to show podcasters how many people are listening and where in the app people are stopping or skipping. This has the potential to dramatically change our perception of how many people really listen to a show, and how many people skip ads, as well as how long a podcast can run before people just give up.

This is really great news, as a podcaster, I always want to know more info on the listeners who are listening to the podcast.

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How To Blog Successfully

How to become a successful blogger is an easy and hard question to answer. I have always wanted to write a post about this topic, not because I feel like I have an answer to the question, but because I can share some thoughts about being a successful blogger. So let’s begin on how to become a successful blogger in the year 2017.

1. Pay For Domain and Host Service

The first step is important because owning a domain puts down that you’re serious about blogging. If you are using a free service to host your blog, your probably going to get nowhere. Also, you want your blog to look professional and not be showing this “host your blog free here” or this “blog.hostservice.com”. So that means you will have to invest a bit of money I recommend you check out WordPress which most bloggers use or Squarespace. They are not paying me for telling you to check out those services.

2. Find Your Topic

You gotta find your thing you want to write about on your blog. So take my blog danielify.com where I write mostly about Apple, and Apple Products/Software. But also I write about technology news that I find interesting and maybe you find it too. Sometimes I write about how to stuff, like this post on how to blog successfully in the year 2017. If you’re going to write about travel only, then only write about travel don’t write about sports.

3.Constant

It’s 2017, a lot of people have their blogs, it’s easy to get started and pay for a service as well. But the hard part is updating your blog. You have to keep writing every day because others are doing as well. There are times when I don’t want write at all, but I still write because I know if I don’t my blog will never reach that level I wanted to reach.

4. Have Fun

Don’t stress out about your blog, you won’t see any results on the first day. Only if your lucky and your post goes viral.

 

 

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Early Thoughts On WatchOS 4

It has been a few days since Apple showed off WatchOS 4 for the Apple Watch. And now I want to give my early thoughts on the new OS update.

So the big thing that I am still thinking about is the Siri proactive watch face. And it’s possible the most exciting thing to come out from all the other WatchOS 4 announcements.

It makes perfect sense that Apple to create a Siri watch face to show you your planned day from your wrist, every time you look at the watch. Siri is getting smarter and smarter, but still behind Google AI.  Being able to see your day is perfect, but also showing you what time you should leave and how long to get to point B is also important to see from the watch face, without having to open your phone.

I think WatchOS 4 might be getting the Apple Watch for a day when it will now longer need to be with the iPhone and be able to be its own product.

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The Watch Bands Collection

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So I wanted to share some of my favorite bands for the Apple Watch, from Apple and third party ones as well. Apple has a few nice watch bands to choose if you’re looking to change your style around. So let’s start from left to right. The red sport band I enjoy wearing when I am sweating or I’m wearing red and want to match with my outfit.

The pollen nylon band is from their spring collection, it’s nice to wear right now in the summer because all the colors are vibrant.

The Nike blue/black sport band was released this week after Apple finished giving their WWDC 17 conference on Monday. It’s really cool and have been wearing it every day since I bought it right now it just feels a bit different than the red sport band I own. Thanks to the design of holes let the air pass.

The black nylon band was the one I got when I bought the Apple Watch. I enjoy wearing it from time to time.

There are a ton of third-party watch bands you can choose from by tried Incase’s watch band and it’s nice to wear on formal days. The only downside to it is the long strap, I wish it was a bit shorter like Apple’s nylon bands but the quality is there and highly recommend it.

Those are my watch band collection, let’s hope Apple keeps the design of straps for a while.

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Building The Home Office

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Slowly but surely I am building my perfect home office/studio. It’s been a dream of mine to be able to have a dope setup in the house. Right now I’m starting off with the wall first so first off I am using Ikea shelves and Ikea fake plants for some nice background when recording a video.

I have not gotten to far with yet, but it’s a start. Maybe by the end of the summer, I will have the office finished and will probably make a video and blog post showing you the finished product.