As I write this, I am heartbroken.
I have always considered myself to be a pretty smart person – good head on her shoulders, decent business woman, all that. So, when I find myself swindled, I feel like I’ve been kicked in the chest. To say that I’m embarrassed and taken aback is a major understatement.
A few months ago, I discovered that my app – 101 Juice-Fast Recipes – had been “hijacked”, for lack of a better word. The developer that I had trusted to build it had gone behind my back, changed access passwords and has been stealing the profits. I’ve been working to get the situation rectified quietly for the past two months, but I haven’t hear a peep from this guy despite my repeated attempts at communication. And THEN, last week, the app went down. He hadn’t been paying the fees to keep the app up (which is why y’all have been seeing ADS on my app…UGH!!!!), and the platform it was built on has a threshold for how many times a “free” app can be downloaded. Therefore, they have cut it off.
I am devastated. I actually don’t have the words to truly express how mortified I am – I pride myself on providing a good product, and this is not that. At first, the app was so well received – I poured my heart and soul into the creation of it and was very, VERY proud of it. But we have had problems since the beginning – the (insert appropriate expletive here) platform kept crapping out on us, which caused crashes and poor reviews from users, sales have declined BECAUSE of the poor reviews (even though the systems have been fixed and people who use it LOVE it), and then this cat pops up, locks me out of my very own product and steals my money.
All this happened during my post-pregnancy fog, so there’s a part of me that feels like it happened because I took my eye off the ball, you know? As a Type-A Virgo, there’s some perfectionist self-blame happening here, although I do recognize that some people are just (insert appropriate expletives here) that take advantage of small businesses. (By the way…the developer’s name is Lou Riley from Antioch, Tennessee. Do not do business with him, ever.)
I am writing this to let y’all know what’s happening, AND to let you know that I am not only fighting tooth and nail to rectify this situation, but I will create a new app to make up for the drastic inconvenience. I am so sorry to everyone who uses the app for the inconvenience; please know that I am fixing this and I will keep you updated as events unfold.
And thank you, as always, for your support. I truly appreciate it. :)