Come join me at Novice No Longer


Pssst. I moved!

*deep breath* This is my last post on this blog. From now on, I’ll be spending my time on my new website:

*exhale* Phew! It’s so nice to finally tell you what I’ve been working on!

I didn’t just create a new website. I also wrote a book called 8 Things to Learn Before Making Your App (which I’m really exited about!). If you head over to Novice No Longer and join my newsletter, I’ll send you a copy for free.

8 Things to Learn Before Making an App Cover

I’ll  be writing the same type of content, but this is still a huge transition for me. I’ve been blogging at IAmDann for years, and it’s been my home base throughout my time at Laptop Magazine and The Verge. It’s where I first shared the story of my magnet implant, which has since made its way into corners of the internet that I never could have expected. This is also where I first told the story of building my first iPhone app, which inspired me to create The Non-Programmer’s Guide to Getting an App in the App Store workshop.

The new site is going to be bigger and more badass than IAmDann ever was. It’s going to be home to a TON of amazing resources for people interested in building products and being more productive.

There are some important things I’ve realized I’ve the years, which helped inspire Novice No Longer:

1. You can’t ask questions if you don’t know what to ask

Whenever you’re trying to learn a new subject, people will tell you to always ask questions. I find this advice to be insanely frustrating. When I’m learning something new, I don’t know what questions to ask, so I can’t ask questions! That doesn’t mean I’m not trying to learn, it means I’m fumbling around in search of the direction.

At Novice No Longer, I want to give you that direction. If you want to build an app, but don’t know where to start, I’ll help you find the right path and give you step-by-step instructions how on to get where you want to go.

2. The best ideas come from the most unlikely people

I helped students from all walks of life — from lawyers to accountants to nutritionists — in addition to the typical young tech-savvy startup enthusiast. I’ve found, somewhat surprisingly, that the best ideas usually come from people outside the tech community. Why is this? Because they have unique insights into professional fields that are largely untouched by technical advances.

People are generally inspired to make apps that address the needs they see in the world around them. The problems that are observed by members in the tech community are much different from the needs observed by people in unrelated fields. Therefore, it’s the non-tech people who are able to find ideas with the biggest potential.

At Novice No Longer, I aim to empower these people to build their ideas into products. Without a tech background, it can be difficult to break into the app world. I want to show everyone that it can be done.

3. There’s only so many people I can help locally

Up until this point, The Non-Programmer’s Guide to Getting an App in the App Store has only been taught locally in New York City. I get emails every week from people who want to attend but live in a different state or country. This is always so frustrating for me, because I really want to help these people learn to build apps, but I haven’t yet found a good way to bring this content online.

Until now.

In addition to the new blog, I’m working on turning my popular NYC class into a massive online course. It goes into way more detail than can fit in the two-hour workshop, and will be the ultimate guide to building and releasing an app with zero previous experience. It’s not quite ready yet, but as a way to help people now, I’m giving away a TON of content for free to my newsletter subscribers. They get my best content delivered directly in their inboxes, and they will be the first to know about the online course launch. My goal is to be able to help every single person who finds my website or sends me an email.

It’s been a blast writing at IAmDann, but I can’t tell you how excited I am for this new chapter. I really hope you come along with me for the ride.

See you there!


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