Today marks the first anniversary of iOS Etc and I must admit, things look and feel a lot different from the very first day I created this website. What first started out as an idea to help iOS users become more informed about their apps and settings for their devices has transformed into a place where we share iOS news, app reviews, tips and tricks, product reviews, rumors, and a few ringtones. I would’ve never thought at the end of year one we’d fill up 21 pages with 210 articles. Wow, what a year!!
Even though every article on iOS Etc holds a special place in my heart, I’d like to share with you a few of my favorites and surprises, as well as those you’ve visited the most.
The very first post and first review here on iOS Etc was about the photo editing app called Mextures. As I’ve said in previous articles, I really enjoy importing my photos into numerous photo editing apps to create something unique. Mextures gives you the ability to add unique modifications to your photos. With so many different options to choose from, a lot of times it’s hard to choose between all the different layer options they have available for you to use. Mextures is still one of my favorite photo editing apps.
One of my favorite multi-day posts was about storage space on your iOS device. With apps and photos taking up more and more space on our devices, it’s important to realize great ways to reclaim some of that precious space. In “Storage Wars,” I gave readers some ideas on how to free up some space in iOS 7. I know the Star Wars reference is a little cheesy, but sometimes it does feel like you’re fighting a never ending battle against storage space, so it seemed appropriate.
As the year progressed, I was surprised to see the most viewed post on iOS Etc was the ringtones I created for the Netflix original series “House of Cards.” Originally I simply wanted to find a way to get Frank Underwoods ringtone on my iPhone. After finally completing the project, I figured others would want to have access to it as well. I ended up making a ringtone from the theme song too and put these files on the website for viewers to preview and download. Within a few days after putting the ringtones on iOS Etc it easily became the most viewed article on the site. After seeing such a spike in traffic, I figured I would make a few more ringtones for viewers to download and enjoy on their iPhones and you can find all of them here.
One post I shared with you talked about adding subject lines in text messages. I figured not a lot of people knew about this feature or would use it even after hearing about it. Surprisingly though, this iOS 7 tips is currently the fifth highest rated article on iOS Etc. With so many other great tips and tricks I’ve shared over the past year, I thought for sure the most popular would be something other than subject lines in text messages. It’s seeing stats like this that remind me not to focus only on those things I believe you’re searching for, but simply discover and share anything I come across since I can never truly know what you’re looking for.
By far my most favorite post on here has to be the iMovie I created with my iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5 while on vacation in Walt Disney World on our daughters very first trip. When I started brainstorming ideas on everything I wanted to capture on this trip, it seemed like it was going to be a pretty cool video. I had no idea it would turn out so great. I surprised myself while I was making this iMovie during the trip. The ability your iPhone has to capture your most memorable moments and then easily lets you create something right on your device is nothing short of remarkable! We had an amazing time on this trip with our daughter and this iMovie is something we will always look back on as one of our greatest experiences we got to share together as a young family.
This year wouldn’t have been as successful as it was if it hadn’t been for Aaron Whitfield over at pocketfullofapps.com. Thanks Aaron for all the help you’ve provided, I’ll never be able to thank you enough for all you’re hard work! A special thanks also goes out to Krisoy Desouza from iphoneglance.com and Kevin Stuckey over at devicegeekblog.com. It’s been great teaming up with all of you to share some great information to iOS users worldwide. I look forward to working more with you all in the future when time allows it.
After just one year, iOS Etc has grown quite a bit. I would’ve never guessed we would’ve gathered so much attention in such a short period of time. In our first year of existence, we’ve seen traffic go from less than 500 views in our first month to over 5,000 views a month. In the last six months alone we’ve seen traffic increase drastically. Thank you for your support and please let us know if there’s anything you’d like to see on here. If you’d like to join in on the fun, get in contact with us and start writing for iOS Etc today.