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I know it's not that big of a deal, but I broke 1000 followers over the weekend! I'm mostly very surprised that 1000 people thought that they might like to read what I have to write. But, I'm also feeling pretty good because I've managed to put out 63 posts on Dev.to since I joined in March of last year, which is an average of almost four per month. My initial goal when I started out blogging was to do one every two weeks, and I'm proud that I was able to hold that goal (on average) for over a year.
I think that the Dev.to community is a huge part of why I was able to meet my blogging goals so far. Every time I post something, I get enough people liking or commenting on it in a meaningful way to give me a boost of endorphins to get to work on the next one. Even on posts that didn't do that great, like this one:
In the whole of last year, I don't think that I've any real negative interactions -- or at least, none that stuck with me strongly enough to remember.
No negative interactions on a social media site (on the internet!) in over a year is a big deal. The Dev.to folks are doing a very good job and should feel proud.
In case you missed it, my most popular post was probably this one:
I give full credit to my dog Willy for that.
I also have to mention my highest-rated comment, which I find really speaks to my intelligent and well-thought-out interactions here:
That's right, I want to keep pushing forward and meeting my goal. So, I want to know:
- Were there any of my posts that you really, really liked? What about it made you like it so much?
- Were there any posts that were just the worst?
- Are there any topics you'd like to see me tackle or that give you difficulties? Bonus points if these topics are right in my wheelhouse of Python/Ruby/Scripting/Math/Physics/Data.
Thank you all for your support and kind words over this last year. Hopefully, I can come up with some more posts that are useful and fun to read. Thanks to the @thepracticaldev team for making such a great platform.