My 2018 in review

What a year, huh? I said this in my 2017 review post, and it feels even more fitting this year. Once again I changed jobs — this time of my own choice — only to find out a few months later that my employer was about to be acquired again. But these changes, and some changes I’ve made in my personal life, means I start 2019 in a much better place than I started 2018. Hopefully this means good things for the rest of the year. It’s always nice to start on an upward trajectory.

So what about 2018? I had set a goal of writing 100 articles across Blog Fiasco, Opensource.com, and other non-work sites. I ended up with 97, which is close enough, I guess. 100 articles seems like a reasonable goal, so I’ll keep that for 2019. Now that I’m writing for Lafayette Eats, that will help give me more and varied posts, which should make this sustainable.

Article publication pace for 2016, 2017, and 2018. 2018 was fairly steady on pace for 125 until August when it dropped to around 80.

Blog Fiasco

This blog still exists, so there’s that. 80 of my posts in 2018 were on this blog. Page views for Blog Fiasco went up by 26% over 2017, which puts 2018 slightly below 2016. The unique visitors went up by a similar amount, and the comment count was up 38%.

Top articles in 2018

These are the top Blog Fiasco articles in 2018, along with their 2017 rank.

  1. Solved: ports on ThinkPad Thunderbolt dock doesn’t work with Fedora (published in 2018)
  2. Date-based conditional formatting in Google Sheets (published in 2018)
  3. Using the ASUS ZenBook for Fedora (22)
  4. Solving the CUPS “hpcups failed” error (1)
  5. Installing Lubuntu on a Dell Mini 9 (published in 2018)
  6. Hints for using HTCondor’s credd and condor_store_cred (4)
  7. Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life (7)
  8. Book review: Forge Your Future with Open Source (published in 2018)
  9. I will (pending approval) have a new employer (again) (published in 2018)
  10. HP laptop keyboard won’t type on Linux (8)

After several years at the top of the heap, my “hpcups failed” post fell to number 4. Not bad for an article I published in 2010. But this year’s 7th-most-read article was published in 2008, which goes to show the value of using a quote as the post title. I don’t think it’s a particularly good post, but it gets a lot of search traffic. I’m encouraged to see that half of this list are 2018 articles, compared to only three in 2017.

Top articles published in 2018

These are the top Blog Fiasco articles that published in 2018.

  1. Solved: ports on ThinkPad Thunderbolt dock doesn’t work with Fedora
  2. Date-based conditional formatting in Google Sheets
  3. Installing Lubuntu on a Dell Mini 9
  4. Book review: Forge Your Future with Open Source
  5. I will (pending approval) have a new employer (again)
  6. Linus’s awakening
  7. It looks like you’re writing a resignation letter, would you like help with that?
  8. We can’t replace Facebook with personal websites
  9. “You’ve been hacked” corrects behavior
  10. It’s hattening!

2 thoughts on “My 2018 in review

  1. The x axis is the day of the year, the y axis is the annual pace based on the number of articles posted so far. I’ve thought about doing a rolling window for that to smooth out some of the volatility early in the year, but that’s more effort than I care to put into it.

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