The folks at OnePlus were kind enough to give me three invites for the 64GB version of the OnePlus One. If you read my review, you know this is an excellent phone and peerless in terms of value for money. Please comment below on this post with your email address and I will randomly select three people on Monday morning to give it out to.
It’s been 100 days since we started the Cornerplay. Wow! Time flies. This blog started out as a hobby, a creative outlet away from work, and I hope to keep it that way.
It was hard sometimes to maintain the discipline to post everyday. On average, each post takes two hours to write and so my nights have been consumed by this blog. I don’t watch TV any more, but that’s probably a good thing.
The Cornerplay has reached over 10,000 readers, which doesn’t sound like a lot until you consider it’s the 10,000 best looking people on the planet. Every single one of them reading this awesome blog. And somewhere along the way you helped us pick a logo.
Today, The Cornerplay is syndicated via two weekly columns: every Thursday at TechSpot, a leading tech publication with 4 million readers; and every Monday on e27, Asia’s leading technopreneur website. I’m honored to be affiliated with these two fine publications.
We’re pleased to announce our new logo, thank you for voting!
Getting feedback from you was really interesting, whether through the 99designs poll or through conversation. The results were very, very close and shows how diverse opinion can be. A logo, it turns out, is a very subjective thing. I’ll delve into feedback for each logo in today’s post.
While there were other logos more people liked, the winning logo was the one that most loved. In our industry, it’s better to be loved by few than liked by many. More importantly, it was the logo I had a gut feel for and your overall feedback reinforced that. Though I must admit, there were doubts.
Let’s go through each of the four finalists.
We’re going to break tradition by posting twice today. There’s a big one about Google I/O that’s coming in a couple of hours, but in the meantime please rate the four finalist logos from our 99designs contest. Do it at the following link:
Your opinion matters!
The Cornerplay started as a hobby, a fun creative outlet. You’d think a tech start-up is enough of that, but in reality I do more editing than building. It’s amazing to take a step back and see how much this blog has grown over the last 1.5 months.
Now that I know this thing will run for a while, it might be time for us to get a real logo. And so we turned to 99designs, a leader of crowd-sourced design. In case you’re not familiar with the service, you submit a project (e.g. need a new logo) and the website’s community of designers vie with each other to provide the winning creative.
Running a contest on 99designs is fascinating. It truly is a game; experienced contestants understand the game’s rules and use those rules to maximize their chances of winning. Their incentives may not always align with yours. So if you’re thinking about holding a contest there, here are a few things you should do.
Like most entrepreneurs, I started off reading about the tech industry with TechCrunch, and shortly after discovered other big blogs like Engadget and small ones like Fred Wilson’s AVC. Soon I needed Google Reader to manage all these websites, and my favorite reader was Flipboard. Google retiring Google Reader was probably the first time I felt genuinely disappointed by tech — it’s not often change feels like a step backwards in this industry.
Its replacement, feedly, has reliability problems and doesn’t have as nice of an interface. So I continued to use Flipboard but depended on its Technology section to get the bulk of my industry news; and then would go to individual websites Web 1.0 style to fill out the rest. I was reading less — especially the smaller blogs — but this might have been OK as I had less time for reading.
Then I discovered Techmeme, a website that aggregates what it thinks are the best news and analyses for the tech industry that day into one page.
Moving from Medium to WordPress was a big job! All of our posts should be on WordPress now. We’re here and hopefully will be here for a while.
There might be lingering issues, e.g. broken links, or links that still lead back to Medium. If you find those, please bear with us and do let me know.
http://cornerplay.com is already pointing to this blog, so the three of you who have this place bookmarked won’t have to change anything. ;)
Back to our regularly scheduled program tomorrow, one new post per day.
Note: This was our last post while on Medium.
I can’t add a new story on Medium with Internet Explorer or any mobile browser. That’s a problem, especially as I currently travel with a Surface 2, iPhone 5S and a Moto G.
Not being able to submit a story while travelling is exceedingly difficult when the objective is to post once a day. So, that’s almost a deal breaker.
But the actual catalyst for leaving is Medium’s philosophy for organizing content. Specifically, how Medium recommends what story to read next.
Note: At the time of writing, the cornerplay was still on Medium.
My goal is to post once per day and that discipline was shattered this weekend as I only had access to a Surface 2, iPhone 5S and Moto G. None of which can be used to post anything on Medium.
There may not be much more that needs to be said than the chart below.
I have been thinking about starting a tech blog for a long time now. I neglected to do so in the past because I did not want to go through the pain of building an audience; now I realize I’m happy just writing for myself.