I’ve been blogging for just over three years now. Writing my first blogs in January 2017 in a small café in London out of pastime, I had never imagined that I would actually attract a readership. And while my blog grew in visitors and followers, it always remained just a hobby for me to summarize and post stuff I was reading or working on at the time.
Still, I want to make sure that you — my readership — get the most out of the time I invest in my blogs. Some blogs are more interesting than others, I am aware. However, I notice that it’s not only the content, but also the time and momentum of posting that draws in you readers.
Hence, I propose the following: Rather than erratically posting everything at the time of writing, I’m going to provide you with some regularity. As of today…
I will post a new blog every Tuesday, at 15:00 GMT+1
“Why that specific time?” I hear you asking. Well, it’s the perfect time as all my followers are still awake on the same day!
My Asian followers can read the blog just before or in bed,
My African and European readers can look forward to their commute home, and
My North- and South-American fans can enjoy it with their morning coffee!
Over the course of last year, I posted nearly 100 blogs. If you do some quick maths, you will conclude that 1 post every Tuesday is a lot less.
And this is where you come in:
Please let me know at what time you would prefer to have me post a second blog every (other) week. You can do so in the comments, by sending me a direct message, or by reaching out to me on twitter or LinkedIn.
With only one day remaining in 2019, let’s review the year. 2019 was my third year of blogging and it went by even quicker than the previous two!
Personally, it has been a busy year for me: I started a new job, increased my speaking and teaching activities, bought and moved to my new house, and got married op top of that!
Fortunately, I also started working parttime. This way, I could still reserve some time for learning and sharing my learnings. And sharing I did:
I posted 95 blogs in 2019! That means one new post every 4 days!
paulvanderlaken.com improved its online footprint as well. We received over 100k visitors in 2019! And many of you subscribed and sticked around. Our little community now includes 55 more members than it did last year! And that is not even including the followers to my new twitter bot Artificial Stupidity!
There is clearly a power distribution in the quantity with which you read my blogs.
Some blogs consistently attract dozens of visitors each day. Others have only handful of visitors over the course of a year.
These are the 19 articles which were most read in 2019. Hyperlinks are included below the bar chart. It’s a nice combination of R programming, machine learning, HR-related materials, and some entertainment (games & gambling) in between.
Some of these newer blogs haven’t had the time to mature and redeem their place yet though. Regardless, I have high hopes!
Particularly for Neural Synesthesia, which was easily one of my greatest WOW-moments for ML applications in 2019. It’s truly mesmerizing to see a GAN traverse its latent space.
Reading & posting patterns
I have been posting quite regularly throughout the year. Apart from a holiday to Thailand during the start of January, and the start of my new job in February.
While I write and post most of my blogs in the weekend, I guess I should consider postponing publishing. As you guys are mostly active during Tuesdays and Wedsnesdays!
Statistical summary of 2019
What better way to end 2019 than with a statistical summary?
I have posted more and shorter blogs, and you’ve rewarded me with visits and more likes (also per post). However, we need more discussion!
Words / post
As of 29/12/2019
It took some time to get started, but halfway 2017 my blog started attracting an audience. People stayed on during 2018, and visitor number continued to increase through 2019.
With an ongoing expansion from R into Python, and an increased focus on sharing resources, applications, and novelties related to data visualization and machine learning, I have a lot more in store for 2020!
I hope you stick around for the ride!
Please like, subscribe, share, and comment, and we’ll make sure 2020 will be at least as interesting and full of (machine) learning as 2019 has been!