six-candlesEach year, I get a little closer to not making this post before the year is over, much less on the actual anniversary of when I started posting (12/21). That’s mainly because it seems more like a “me” post instead of something that you might actually find interesting or useful and that’s not really what this site is supposed to be about. However, every time I mention skipping it, the feedback is in favor of making the post. So, here it is (and I’ll try to do better next year).


Site stats

When I loaded up Google Analytics to check my stats for the past year, I was half expecting the numbers to be lower than last year’s. I haven’t posted very much this year and haven’t bothered to link-bait my way onto the front page of Hacker News or reddit either.

As it turns out, the site did manage to eek out a small increase in traffic over last year anyway. There’s always inflation, I suppose:

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Since last year’s post, that’s about an 8% increase in page views, which isn’t terrible. It’s a good thing I managed to finish that Surface RT review, which accounted for the second spike on the chart.

It may seem weird to spend time worrying about things like page views and bounce rates on a non-commercial site like this one. These metrics are one of the few things I can measure consistently across the years though. It’s important (for me, at least) to have metrics that I can use to set goals against and then get relevant feedback to motivate myself.

So, I measure and watch these things, for better or worse.

2012: Better than the Mayans predicted

Aside from my poor posting frequency, 2012 turned out to be a good year. I started the year off by becoming a Microsoft Regional Director (though it’s neither regional, nor do I direct anyone) in January and then receiving an MVP of the Year award in February. Not a terrible way to get the year rolling.

Throughout the rest of the year, I continued to enjoy working with my excellent existing clients on interesting projects and began working with a few exciting new ones too. I truly do count myself fortunate to be able to earn a living learning and working with cutting edge technologies like Node.js, PhoneGap, C# 4.5, and ASP.NET MVC 4.

I also finally began recording new episodes with Rob at TekPub, starting with a new series called jQuery Garage. Though it’s getting a bit long in the tooth now, I was happy with how Mastering jQuery turned out. So, I’m very much looking forward to seeing what we’re able to accomplish in this new series.

2013: Let’s make it great

Since the Mayans were wrong (I know, I know), it looks like we get to take a shot at 2013 after all. Ignoring the political turmoil here in the US and the potential that poorly performing IPOs like Groupon, Zynga, and Facebook might threaten the software investment bubble we seem to be in, I’m still optimistic about 2013.

Between Node.js continuing to make inroads on the server-side, the ongoing proliferation of smartphones and the mobile web, and some early signs that Windows 8 is succeeding, there’s never been a better time to be an HTML, CSS, and JavaScript developer. I would have used the term “web” developer to reference that trifecta in past years, but that’s no longer the case.

If you’re reading this, you’re probably somehow involved with that mix of technologies. If so, you’re poised to be right at the forefront of some our field’s most exciting upcoming developments. I hope you’ll join me in taking advantage of that in 2013.

Thanks

Thanks for joining me here in 2012. I hope you’ll stick around for the upcoming year, because none of the work I put into the site would be worthwhile without you.

Most important of all: I hope you have a safe, happy, and prosperous 2013.