Tag Archives: meta

BirchTree Just Turned 6!

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.

When Your Side Project Gets a Side Project

When I launched Today Weather back in August, I did so with the intention of using the web app as a proof of concept and understand 2 things:

1. Could I create a product people liked?
2. Was there interest out there for *another* weather app?

The answer to both of these (thankfully) was yes. Today Weather has not taken over the market, but it’s doing well enough and the reactions I’ve gotten have been incredibly kind overall.

How Does Today Weather Stack Up to the Competition?

I released my first major non-blog website on August 1 this year. It’s called Today Weather and it’s had a fairly good first 60 days. It got linked to by a few big tech sites and had a truly insane first couple of days. Usage has leveled off at a healthy, if not mind-blowing level. If you’re using Today Weather, thank you, you’re the best!

As I said in my initial blog post, one of Today Weather’s big differentiators were it’s speed and overall efficiency. Today I wanted to take a look at how it stacks up against some of the biggest weather sites out there, as well as the brand new DarkSky.net that I actually really like. This comparison is not meant to say definitively that Today Weather is the best weather site out there, but that it remains the most efficient, easiest to use web app for checking the weather.

Grading My Apple Watch 2 Predictions

People always make predictions for what they think will be coming at these Apple events, and they rarely go back and give grades on how they did. I made some predictions last week, and I took a look at the results form yesterday’s announcements.

A Note on Financing My Tech Addiction

The new iPhone will be announced tomorrow, which means many millions of us will be going online in the coming days to pre-order a new phone. Many of us bought a phone last year, just as we did the year before that and the year before that.