Today marks the sixth anniversary of BirchTree 🎉. I'm frankly shocked this little hobby has lasted as long as it has, as the web is littered with old blogs I started and wrote 1-3 posts before giving up.
I started this site when I was 24 years old, was just out of college and recently married. Back then, a good day meant this site got 10 readers. Seriously, I had an email alert set up that I would get a message if my views hit double digits. But I kept with it and I'm glad that I did. Today, writing on BirchTree is just a part of my life. I literally feel uneasy when I go more than a day or two without posting anything. My two major addictions in life are coffee and writing for BirchTree.
For those cusious, I posted 336 pieces to the site in its sixth year. Not quite one post a day, but pretty darn close.
There have been 2 big things I've been rewarded with for sticking with this project and pushing incredibly hard for it to be a success.
First is the people I have met along the way. The Apple community is a largely wonderful place with tons of passionate people with strongly held beliefs. I love talking to random people online about this stuff, and I have made some good friends in the process. You know who you are, so thank you.
The second reward has been that writing this often has improved my writing skills dramatically. I won't go so far as to say I'm a great writer, but I'm definitely better than most. It sounds like a boast, and I hate bragging about myself, but considering most people almost never write for pleasure, it would be a little distressing if I wasn't at least above average. This is helpful in writing pieces for the site, but it also means my corporate communication is better, and my email game is pretty damn solid. I can take a message and put it to paper without much headache.
Thank you so much for reading and subscribing to BirchTree! 2016 was unquestionably the best year the site has ever had, and I have no intentions of slowing down. You can follow BirchTree by subscribing to it via RSS, following the @_BirchTree Twitter account, or just following me on Twitter @mattbirchler.
For a retrospective, I've included a list of some of my favorite piece I've written since this time last year.
My New Stuff
- Today Weather: Beautiful weather forecasts
- Quick Bin Lookup
- App Bottle Rocket (not a post, but coming today)
- watchOS 3
- Apple Watch Series 1
- Remember the Milk
- Apple TV 2015
- Day One 2
- Television Time
- Alfred 3
- Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard
- Those Red, Green, and Blue Rings are Brilliant
- The Best Health, Better Apps, and Outstanding Communication: My watchOS 3 Pitch
- A Love Letter to My Apple Watch
- What Even is the Apple Watch?
- How to Understand the Apple Watch
- Why Does Apple Not Have an Activity Website?
- Why I Believe in the Apple Watch
- Those Damn Game Consoles Just Refuse to Fail
- What are TLC, MLC, and SLC NAND Flash Anyway?
- Life with Linux: A Mac User Tries Ubuntu (and tries not to hate it)
- Can You Get a Genie Back in the Bottle?
- Video Games Are the Last Bastion of Premium Priced Consumer Software
- Greener Grass
- Tablets in the 90s
- The Opposite of “Trust Us, We Know What We’re Doing”
- The Perks of Being an iOS User
- Going from “It Just Works” to “I Just Work”
- Blogging Overnight Success Story (or not)
- Don’t You Dare Remove My Ethernet Port!
- Unintentionally Moving My Workflow to iOS
- Windows Ruined How People Use Smartphones Today
- The Awkward Teenage Years of Mobile Payments
- Why Target Was Down 20% in Apple Sales
- Killing Old Tech? Apple has a Record (and that’s a good thing)
- The iPhone 6 Design is Defined by Compromises
- Shipping Lightning Headphones with the iPhone Would Confirm Apple Skeptics’ Worst Assumptions
- T-Mobile’s Slow Descent to the Net Neutrality Nightmare
- The Last Mac I Will Ever Own
- Set Trajectories, Not Resolutions for New Year’s
- 2015: The Semi-Quantified Life
- My Favorite Photos of 2015
- I Have Exactly 20 Minutes to Complete This Post
- Doing Your Best Work Now
- My One and Only Productivity “Hack”
- Kobe Bryant and the Drive For Greatness
- Your Blog is What You Make of It
- Any Writing is Better Than No Writing
- Execution Matters a Hell of a Lot More Than an Original Idea
- When You Just Can’t Stop Working
- Why it’s Hard to Have Sympathy for Republicans Who Don’t Like Trump