I developed my first app back in 2013. It was a simple Android app. When I made it, I never thought this would turn into a real business. Actually, I didn’t think of monetizing it at all. It was all about the fact that I enjoyed building a product and putting it out there for people to use.
As the years passed, I thought I’d give it a shot and try monetizing my apps. I integrated ads and released a paid app. And hence they started generating revenue. It is safe to say that I didn’t focus on one project. I kept developing more and more apps. Some of these apps performed very well. Others got few downloads only.
But now, as I’m getting more serious about my app business, I needed to focus. I don’t have the time nor the energy to maintain all these apps. In fact, from a business perspective, it’s not worth it. Many of these apps have few downloads with almost no revenue. And I don’t see a potential for them to grow. Not to mention that having all these apps published under my name is stressful too. So I decided to let go of the apps I didn’t maintain for a long time.
I’m actually proud of my younger self for making these apps. It was my way to experiment, practice, and learn app development. Working on different concepts allowed me to work with various libraries and technologies. Each app I developed is unique in some way. That helped me learn and develop my skills. Without them, I would be a different person.
I was thinking of this decision for a while now. But you know: procrastination. I dare say, I finally did it and took action. I unpublished eight apps from the App Store and five apps from Google Play, resulting in six published apps on App Store and three on Google Play.
If you know me, you’d know that I’m focusing on Apple’s platforms. So even the rest of the Android apps may not stay there for long. Or I may publish them under another name if I decide to maintain them.
I can really say that I feel relieved. I’m confident about my published apps. And I want to put all my energy into the best-performing apps: aiming to provide the highest quality, rolling out some enriching updates. I do have plans for some new apps but everything in its own time!