growth

The Seed

in what dark recesses of torture remain

exists a dreaded seed for us to obtain

to keep us sane and deliver us from evil

so goes the creed of an everlasting people

 

unending doubt resonates to be

impermanance rooted in an everlasting dream

scarcity of hope glimmering in dusk

prevention of fortune in a world of luck

 

forever told from stories past

eerily reminiscent of perpetual task

systems of new destroyed wisdom once known

for all apart of a world unsown

 

grimmace and malice plagued once more

in dire times that conjured vile scorn

but it was hope that was given once last chance

now grows a tree from the seed of our past

The Birth and Flight of a Phoenix

The storm has settled after a long summer.

The skies are clear, but the damage has been done.

I am charred, left abandoned in the ashes.

The humiliation during the wildfire led to my death.

The world I knew and loved disowned me.

 

But a baby bird had risen out of the ashes.

Despite its weak body, the newborn helped me onto my feet.

It led me away to start anew in a foreign world.

After all that had happened that led to this fire,

I know now that my old name is nothing but a memory

Left to be scorned by bloodthirsty eels.

 

Be free, young phoenix. Fly away and keep your voice close.

They'll be coming for you when they discover you're still alive.

It is better to let them think that you are dead

than attempt to kill yourself putting up a fruitless fight.

 

They can deceive the world all they like, but karma has its ways.

They will always be overshadowed by a much more unified flock.

But for now, I walk alone with no one but the baby bird perched on my shoulder.

I see a bit of my old life in it, but it possesses the need to change;

A quality that the world I left behind is too blind to see.

 

Be free, young phoenix. Fly away and keep your voice close.

They'll be coming for you when they discover you're still alive.

It is better to let them think that you are dead

than attempt to kill yourself putting up a fruitless fight.

 

By the time the bloodthirsty eels see me again, it will already be too late.

Their lack of intelligence is what I have to thank for getting me to where

I am needed most the whole time I have slaved away.

Too bad that they'll never know that I am not the poor unfortunate soul that I used to be.

 

The winter has arrived and the joys of Christmas Day have given the baby bird strength

To regain the fire that I have long-admired since I was no less than eight years of age.

The new year is around the corner and it is more than ready to spread its wings and fly

Like it did four years ago. It amazes me to see how kids grow up so fast.

 

Be free, young phoenix. Fly away and keep your voice close.

They'll be coming for you when they discover you're still alive.

It is better to let them think that you are dead

than attempt to kill yourself putting up a fruitless fight.

 

It is no longer our battle anyway for our destiny lies far away from this mom-and-pop.

Top 12 Growth Hacks for Mobile Apps

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Blog

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As an app developer, it is super annoying and frustrating if your newly launched app doesn’t work immediately and skyrocket as among the top installed apps. However, this doesn’t mean that you lower your developing expectations, as acquiring users to your new app is a seemingly bumpy ride. Similarly, retaining those who have already downloaded your app for the first few days as the hype fades might be difficult.


When faced with such, growth hacks do work wonders for your mobile app. The hack covers every aspect ranging from customer acquisition, retention and engagement. To retain and engage your customers, you ought to get them through the first step. For most developers, this is the most challenging part.


Note that the initial traction is by far much the basis of success for your mobile app. Getting early traction determines the market fit for the mobile app. It helps developers understand what your customers engage within your app and the updates required to bring more users onboard.


To achieve enormous downloads and app usage, consider the following tested and proven growth hacks.

1.    Create a superb landing page

Most users often read the about section of the app before making a download decision. Therefore, you need to make your app landing page convincing and compelling enough. The landing page should encompass a brief description of the app, how it works, and interesting feature highlights. Be specific when doing this and include some call to action pointers. Use tools such as Wisita, Impact, and Unbounce to do this.

2.    Invest in its design

The design of the app is what turns off many people. Users easily cancel the downloading a poorly designed app. Therefore, invest heavily on having high-end features, workflow, and a perfect user-interface. Tools like Apptimize may come in handy in this step.

3.    Collect Emails

In every step of your design, you meet people who either sign in from the landing page or meet them in person. Well, take advantage of this and collect their email addresses, update them with your leads and send them new features updates, tips, tricks and offers presented. Tools like Sumo and MailChimp can streamline this process to help you get to your target audience quickly.

4.    Work on reviews

Just before launching your mobile app formally, have it reviewed by various websites. The reviews will not only drive in massive exposure and a big follower base but will also highlight some aspects that correcting them will enhance the app. Websites such as AppAddict and AppApes can review iOS mobile apps while Android Central and Android App Labs can review your android apps.

5.    Blogging

Starting a blog provides another opportunity to explain your app further. From the blog, a potential customer will get the app insights, tips and tricks. You should also provide a 24/7 customer support from the blog for users to report the problems they encounter with the app. Blogs are priceless content outlets that get users onboard and converts them to loyal app users. It also enhances internal and external mobile app SEO.

6.    Create a homepage tutorial

It is overly important to have a simple video detailing your mobile app. There are several tools including Powtoon, Raw Shorts and WeVideo you can use to create this. When doing this, be as much personal as possible to tell a story about your app that users will easily relate to. In the tutorial, explain how users will benefit from the app, explaining its feature highlights and unique components.

7.    Use promo codes

Regardless of whether you are launching the app or have already launched it, promotional codes are ideal for both new and existing users. They not only entice new users but also encourage existing users to interact with the app more often, aiming to utilize their codes. For instance, display ads on various relevant websites, enticing users to try the app for free, or with a discounted code.

8.    Cross promote the app

App developers seldom have only one mobile app. If so, you definitely know somebody who develops mobile applications. Therefore, promote your new app through old apps. You can also bring complementing applications on board to promote your app. For example, photo and video editing apps can easily complement each other.

9.    Have a rewarding referral program

If you want to know exactly how this works, take an example of how Uber did it. Instead of giving incentives yourself, let the app users refer to their friends for a reward. For Uber’s case, it offered discounts to users who refer their friends. Uber gave a common promo code where users get a huge discount if they refer users and their referral promo code gets used.

10.  Leverage YouTube

There are several ways you can take advantage of YouTube as an app developer that doesn’t involve making a video or uploading series of videos on YouTube. For starters, YouTube has several established content creators who own channels with massive subscribers.

That said, this hack involves identifying, getting in touch and capitalizing on these people for mutual benefits. Talk to such YouTubers, requesting them to feature your mobile app in their content. That could be a recipe for massive traction. Analytics addon for YouTube might help you on that.

11.  Use directories

Directories such as Craigslist and Yelp can come in handy in boosting your recently launched mobile app. To leverage on it, created associated app advertisements, submit to such directories, and classified sections of some popular industry and mainstream publications.

This growth hack is industry specific. Therefore, find directories that are specific to your industry. For instance, Tripadvisor is a good choice for a travel industry related app. Such websites have high keyword rankings that potential users looking for such keywords can be directed to your app instantly.

12.  Launch on Android first

If you review the background of most currently popular apps, they began their journey by launching on Android devices first before moving to iOS. The main reason behind that is it reduces the cost per installation by approximately 60%. That implies that it is pretty easier and much cheaper to get your first Android user.


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Secondly, Google Play allows app developers to publish changes in their apps within hours compared to App Store that takes few days. From this, note that you can cheaply and easily acquire users, run tests, gather data and make changes to your app with Android. You can fix bugs, make changes and improve the app quickly compared to App Store.


Final Thoughts

Each of the hacks mentioned above can get your mobile app growth to explode instantly. However, what ultimately determines its usage are the specifics of the mobile app. When putting each of these growth hacks into use, ensure that you set goals, analyze and compare results using various metric analyzers. That helps to evaluate what’s working and what doesn’t. Additionally, here's a list of marketing tools for Twitter to get you started.

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We Dance

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Spirituality

They say. “you’ve got nothing to give, if you give yourself nothing”

That’s the point of it.

There’s really nothing.

We are neither here, nor there.

There’s really no one.

We’re all just electrical expressions of life

Moving in time space

Breathing in air

Buckets of water

Cataclysms of emotion

Which is why I still care

Why I still want to show you…

every peace of me

I still want to give myself to you…

effortlessly

I still want to know you

with every moment that I breathe

 

You are who I am to be

You are who I choose

You are the one, the only one

You, my divinity, are the truth in me

Author's Notes/Comments: 

Follow your intuition.

Oh, there you are.

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Paradigms

I've spent moments in the mirror...

Staring into my soul-windows

Remembering what matters most

It's time to continue on course

I am a holistic, interdependent, force

The Off Grid Life

the off-grid life.

untied from the shackles of strife,

2017, the modern existence,

getting on the property ladder, how does anyone have a chance?
20, 25 or 30, forced to work to pay every bill,

going to work all hours, struggling to find a way, a life against our will,

needing the money from any form of work, mostly unprogressive, unhappy 
life passing by, frustrating, anger, decreasing self-worth, causing individuals to be snappy

unfulfilled, potentials are not met, working a job all day, unable to progress,

money is the key factor, for bills to be met, let me digress.

often they still aren't causing pain and suffering, stress and depression,

homelessness is rife through the country, a feeling of regression,

a feeling of being stuck, how to retrain and improve your careers?
speak to friends or family and the same conversation, doubts, and fears
if only another option was available,

one that was accepted and not just for the vulnerable,

the homeless, the people with nothing,

but how is this existence different? it is truly crushing,

once you can see that your life is consumed with working for money,

the soul has passed, your energy too, it can get so hard it's not even funny,

but who understands? in the face of consumerism, higher purchase, loans, and debt,

who is living a life, truly satisfied, and their dreams are met?

Not all people living off-grid are rich in cash!
but they aim for other needs; security in food & energy, it's worth a bash,


 

a growing transition for many people too,

it's not just for the hippies, the spiritual, it's for people like me and you,

think about it for a moment or two...

who would you be without your car, house and your possessions?
is that person you portray the real you? or do you blend in so people don't ask questions?
are you honest with your family and friends?

or do you sit behind a desk wishing it would end?
there is a wealth of knowledge of old traditions,

from a time when they lived without these conditions,

the conditions of social media, advertising, marketing ads or vlogs

when screen time didn't consume every waking hour, and children were fascinated with tadpoles transforming into frogs.

hours spent outside, climbing trees, playing at the park,

not allowed home unless it was tea time or had gotten dark.

 

a shift is happening, ecotherapy, wild schooling, bushcraft, and hikes,

forest schooling, homeschooling, people walking and out on their bikes,

scientists are noticing the effects on children's behaviors, reduced health issues,

ADHD,  also a boost in self-awareness, positivity, confidence and mental health issues

is it easier to sit a child down to hours in front of the tv, or ipad?

than it is to spend a few hours playing down the park with dad?

or baking a cake with mum, the importance of these skills are being misplaced,

in this consumerism world, with employees a number, in a life so fast-paced.

 

Off-grid living, the communities hidden away,

all they want is a parcel of land to look after their needs, but hey,

that's not possible, 'cause where will the local council get their tax,

with the community, living off the land, growing food and chopping wood with an axe,

the need and usage of government-owned services would become minute,

living simply and within your skills of the land, renewables used, an abundance of fruit,

food preserved in many forms, jams and chutneys, frozen meat,

enough food to last year-round to survive through winter, or in the heat,

the food produced off the land, tending the garden, and grown for nutrition,

the most important for life and health also said to aid in remission.

off grid homesteaders, don't need to take the flack,

with health as the focus, working outdoors to provide, lowering the need for prozac,
comments from shallow minded people need not be said,

the power of community, working together, I want to spread,

to include children in the transition, of conserving nature and our wildlife,

 

the tranquil setting amongst the seasons, watching the stars, that's my type of nightlife.

Author's Notes/Comments: 

This is my first time sharing my poetry, (after a few friends encouraged me that I should) please be kind and send your thoughts.

Also all words are opinions of myself in the modern world that we live in. 

This is not meant to cause offense, harm, upset to anyone, and if it does please understand that is not my intention.

 

Many thanks,

One Day At A Time.

Loving you is like tying my stomach in knots just to connect a few dots

Loving you is like asking the robin that thinks it's a blue bird to remember it's a robin, and it's laid an egg.

You laid an egg!

Or, rather you helped procure one.


You're here now. Remember?

You're back on this plane(t) of rock hard existence

Where you know only shame


How's that working out for you, so far?


You see... Loving you is like picking up each piece of plaster in a disaster and [then] asking it to stop crumbling

Could you please just stop crumbling. FUCK.

I can't take it anymore with the decay.

Put your self back together.


Loving you is like losing a piece of time, in the grand scheme of all things,

and then setting expectations for when this will all come back into frame.

When will this all come back in to focus?

When will this all come back?

Will this all come back?


Loving you has been like the most gut wrenching ride, I've ever felt in my life.

It's like a constant influx of hellos, and a steady stream of goodbyes.

Loving you is like holding onto a stream, where you can see it flow through, passed you,

but there's nothing stealthy enough to hold you.

Besides, why would I?


What would be the point in building a damn to stop your flow?

I mean-- like-- GATDAMN can he flow! The world doesn't even know.

But, I do. I know what you can do, because I've been wrapped up in you,

and I've let every aspect of me cave into all the cavenous pits you've created wthin

...and here we are.


We're back in your pit of shame and despair, and I don't have time.

I can't fucking be here.

I have things to do...

A baby to take care of--

and you...

 

Loving you is doing everything I can to not be bitter.

Loving you is remembering that all I wanted was for you to live to be the man he needs you to be.

Loving you means knowing I still have to love me.

 

Not My King

He is a creation of my making. 

I carried him protected him within my person until the day of his birth. 

Once here all my childish wants and affairs stopped. 

I can't go out tonight my son comes first. 

Can't sleep all day my son comes first.

If all I had to do was watch him explore the world all day I would be at peace.

He knows how to push the limits, but he doesn't know any better yet so I guide him. 

I couldn't imagine anything being more important. 

Nothing comes before him.

Not a friend or family member no matter how close.

This is now my responsibility to cherish, teach, and defend. 

Anything that would draw away my attention, or ability to provide for him must be cut off. 

I could never write him a rain check. 

I would tear down any wall separating me from him.

Our distance causes me distress. 

Not to discredit anyone else but as for me he is priority number 1. 

It's ok to have a life and fun outside of being his parent but I realize that is only temporary. I could never part with him for any reason.  

Anyone who would have me try isn't worthy of his presence. 

I barter and compromise with no one on his safety or care. 

By this same token I will train my child up on the way that he should go. 

With patience, discipline, and love. 

A model citizen after my grandfather and father. 

Pouring into him the information on how to avoid the mistakes of my past, whilst knowing he must make his own future.

I can't hold his hand forever, and some days I may have to simply witness as he falls. 

It is my job to nurture and build his ability to love.

All the while making sure he has plenty examples of real love.

I am his mother, not his queen. 

He is my prince, not my king. 

One day he will have a woman and family who needs his full attention.

When I am sure he is secure in his decision to work is done. 

I will always love him and guide him when asked, but she will be his new number one.

She will care for him, inform him, and be his help mate for this new stage of life. 

And I will enjoy the fruits of their love from my new position in life. 

He will always be my baby boy, but he is destined for more than my watchful eye. 

My prayers will cover him when he is out of my sight, and likewise when he reunites with his rib. 

Nois Sesbo

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Voodoo

The cup was half empty
before we were born
The taste mirrored sour fruit
I collected drops of uncertainty to fill it up
And yet full it never did run
I found you in a sea of faceless books
Drops of laughter filled page after page
of self-loathing
The drug you chose was the remedy
I was deprived
Deep, deep down parts of me
unwound
My darkness, dank and distorted
reached for your elusive light
My madness is infectious
you never stood a chance
We tiptoed silently, searching
for a way around the Burden Tree

A path never travelled would have

been better suited

But now I watch and I wait

you moved on with grace

The staccato rhythm of my thoughts

echo across empty walls

I wish I could split in two

But I was a plague and you were a Pachelbel fugue

Together,

rhyme with no reason

the devil's interval

a space with no shape

...love in an augmented form

But,

the cup was full

the fruit was sweet

And as always...

My madness stained the blue to red

I only know how to create destruction in my Path

I thank the darkness for the distance

and only hope that you find happiness

 

 

Author's Notes/Comments: 

In the event it's not obvious- the title is a play on the word, "obsession."