Thursday 27 December 2012

Your "2012" Top Ten

It's traditional at this time of year to look back over the year and pull out some highlights. I thought I'd take the easy route here and publish a list of the ten most viewed articles published this year. However, I realised that this would be skewed in favour of older articles. So, in an effort to bring balance, I decided to look at the posts I'd published in the last 18 months and highlight the ten most viewed. And when I come to do that in a years time, the last half of 2012 will get its fair crack of the whip. Does that make sense?

Anyway, here they are (with the most popular at the top of the list)...
  1. NOTE: SAS Global Forum (SGF) 2012 Call For Papers, 18-Oct-2011
  2. NOTE: Keyboard Shortcuts in the SAS Enhanced Editotor, 23-Aug-2011
  3. NOTE: Booked for SAS Global Forum 2012, 03-Jan-2012
  4. NOTE: DS2. Data Step Evolved?, 02-May-2012
  5. NOTE: Upgrading to SAS 9.3, 30-Aug-2011
  6. NOTE: SAS Global Forum 2012 - Update, 24-Apr-2012
  7. NOTE: SAS Global Forum 2012 - Workflow Management, 24-Apr-2012
  8. NOTE: SAS Global Forum 2012 - Futures, 25-Apr-2012
  9. NOTE: Enterprise Guide 5.1 - Now Shipping!, 27-Feb-2012
  10. Testing - Peer Reviews, 13-Dec-2011
The fact that nine out of ten of the posts have a "NOTE:" prefix immediately shows that the posts about SAS syntax and functionality got many more hits than those about software development best practice (I don't use the "NOTE:" prefix for posts that are not specific to SAS software). That disappoints me a little because my aim for the blog is to spread that best practice. However, I enjoy researching and writing the articles, and I can see from the stats that the "best practice" articles do have a decent amount of readership. I could guess that they don't match Google search strings so readily as those with SAS syntax within them.

I hope you had a good Christmas. Here's to a healthy and happy New Year.