Category Archives: Pressgram

I am on the inside of a new iOS app called Pressgram. It allows iPhone users to publish filtered photos to their WordPress blogs. This has been a fascinating experience and I think it will add a lot of value for people worried about privacy and ownership issues with their pictures.

Year in Review: 2014

As I look through my blog from this year I see two themes. First, I recorded more of my family life than ever before. I imagine my Twitter feed would be even better. Second, I pushed a lot of other people’s stuff. Let me explain.

We all know the importance of family. I am so happy that I have pics published of my kids’ first day of kindergarten and 4K. I’m so glad I have pics of Hans Christian in his Elmo suit at Halloween climbing those big steps, trying his hardest to keep up with the big kids (he’ll run circles around them all in six years). Katie and I at Wine Harvest festival immediately brings me back to the streets of downtown Cedarburg. I captured a bunch but I still want to capture more. I want to be more consistent and I want to keep telling a better story.

What I’ve realized is that blogging about our family stuff keeps me better involved. I think ahead. I try to make it a little more fun. I try to be creative. I do it for me and I do it for others. I’m no better than any other dads, but I’ve certainly been inspired by some great ones. I think if dads can lead their families by creating and documenting great memories, our families will be very healthy.

I also spent a good portion of 2014 promoting other people’s stuff. What I mean by this is that I aligned myself with organizations, causes, even app developers and joined their stories. It feels really good to vouch for other people’s work – especially when it’s great work. That’s the theme. But upon further reflection, the lesson learned is this: great results require work, pruning, and reworking.

For example, I worked on the beta for Pressgram, a small iOS app that allowed a user to publish a picture right to his WordPress blog. I thought it was a fantastic app, so did many other people. But John Saddington, the developer, had to discontinue it to work on something greater. Personally, I think he either pulled the plug too early or was a few yeas ahead of his time, maybe both. Now that it’s gone, I really miss the simplicity of getting a photo to my blog. But I digress. Saddington pulled the plug because he needed all his resources to be focused on his full time job plus a project 10 years in the making: Desk.

When I take this lesson and apply it to my life, I see that certain projects, even certain jobs have lead me to where I am here at the end of 2014. I worked on a big website project last year that came to a sudden end. I worked at YMCA and learned some important lessons before was hired at Pinnacle. I figured out to transition from tree care to the health and fitness industry. Jobs, projects and responsibilities grew, developed, some died, others thrived, and the result is very satisfying to me. But only through my reflection process in the last seven days have I realized this, which highlights the importance of blogging, journaling, writing of some kind. The point of this blog post isn’t to review everything that happened, but instead realize that I grew things, cut things, added things, and can see my next pursuits in life. I also see that promoting other people’s successes, other people’s projects has inspired me to pursue my own great work. I have all the tools. I have the expertise. I’m doing a good job, but I can expand and do a great job. I can be at the top of my field. I realize this after watching and walking with other great workers in my life. I’m a sports guy. 2014 was the year I studied film and put together the game plan; 2015 will be game day.


Life is a series of adjustments. And if we can take the necessary time to capture moments, reflect on them, and make the necessary adjustments, we have the opportunity to set ourselves up for greatness. I believe that. Do you?

Art Everyday in November 2014

Today I read the following tweet from Jim Woods.

The blog post he was referring to talked about Nanowrimo, which is a campaign to write a novel in the month of November by writing every day. Anyway, Brad’s take on it is that he wants to create art every day. Well as I wrote a a few weeks ago, I want to pursue my art, I want to develop my writing style and voice. I want to tell my story.

So my take on this November challenge is to use my two favorite publishing apps, Pressgram and Desk, to publish my story. Through pictures and various amounts of words, I’ll take every day in November and tell my story. The theme is very defined: fitness. It’s my new job, it’s my passion, and I want to tell the story well.

From Desk: Hello World

I’m excited to post for the first time from Desk, the writing app by the one and only John Saddington. I have been beta testing for a few months and I thank John for the opportunity to be a (small) part of that team. I have to say, it’s an interesting experience to be on the inside even though I didn’t test as hard as others, admittedly don’t know as much as other testers. But here it is.

This is how writing should be. No friction. Sit at the Desk, write, take notes, continue writing and craft a story. Or part of a story. Or share an image. Of course editing is critical if you want it to be good. But tonight I write raw, I write fast, I just need to get these thoughts out there. It’s day one of Desk. I couldn’t be happier for John.

John has changed the way I think about publishing. His first app, Pressgram, was for iOS. I was on the beta for that also. It will never leave my iPhone. Did you get a copy? Pressgram allowed me to take a pic, add a title and caption, and publish immediately to my blog. Now I own it. Then I could share a link to Facebook and Twitter so the image remained mine. I know it’s not a huge deal, but it matters. And John did it brilliantly. He took away the friction and reminded me that it’s important to keep my digital stuff mine. I’ll use Pressgram until it breaks. And now we have Desk. Again, it’s completely taken away the friction of publishing. I can write online or offline. And when I’m done, I can publish right to my WordPress blog – I’ve already entered my credentials. It’s that easy. Software doesn’t get between me and publishing. The only thing between me and publishing is me. I love that. desk-app-sticker-macbook-air

And remember, not all writing goes public. I can save files locally or on iCloud. Desk gives me the ability to write for the sake of writing. If you’re a writer, please check out Desk on the App Store.

Blogging from @Pressgram

I absolutely love being able to take a pic, adding text, and publishing to my WordPress blog via Pressgram. This morning I’m drinking this wonderful Americano (“easy water” for those keeping score at home), writing a couple thoughts in my journal, and then diving into a very productive Thursday. I process life through pictures and words. Who doesn’t, right? Actually I honk more people need to. I think reflection is one of the must underrated disciplines in our busy culture.

What say you?