OK, so I’m a bit late; it was my intention to write this post at the start of January. However I’ve been a bit busy…which is a good thing!
At the start of 2016 I wrote a brief post that shared the most popular topics on our technical blog from the previous year, and here I am to repeat the exercise.
Firstly, the number of visitors to our site has continued to increase. Towards the end of 2015 we exceeded 100,000 visitors per month for the first time; throughout 2016 visits have continued to grow, pushing towards 120,000 per month.
Strength in numbers
Looking at some of the other metrics, in 2016 we published:
- 80 blog posts (+12 compared to 2015)
- By 32 different authors (+4 compared to 2015)
- Including 18 new authors.
While it's great to see an increase in the overall number of blog posts and visitors, I’m most pleased with the number of new authors we’ve attracted.
Looking back on 2016 the five most popular blog posts (with visit counts suitably corrected based on the date they were published) were:
- Building a Restful API with ASP.NET 5 - In this post, Nick Soper walks through the process of creating a REST API with ASP.NET 5 (now ASP.NET Core 1.0). This was a very successful post which continues to attract large volumes of traffic, showing that practical posts with clear and simple instructions are very valuable
- Hosting .NET Core on Linux with Docker - Another one from Nick Soper, this time building on the previous post to demonstrate deployment through Docker
- Creating a Simple Particle Simulation with Go - Here Will Ferguson shares his experience of learning a new language
- Applying Redux Reducers to Arrays - This is one of my posts, that explores the very popular Redux pattern
- Code Re-use in Microservice Architecture with Spring Boot - Last but not least, this post from Bartosz Jedrzejewski explores code re-use within microservices. Another of his posts, Java Microservices with Dropwizard, narrowly missed out on a top five slot.
It’s great to see such a diverse range of topics being covered on the blog, a trend I’m sure will continue throughout 2017. Happy New Year!
Regards, Colin E.