My year in review – 2014

It’s time to look back over 2014, see what worked, what didn’t work, and make plans for 2015.

 

Overview

Here on the website, 2014 saw a HUGE increase in visitors.

 

2013 number of visitors: 1,011

2014 number of visitors: 33,692 – a 1760% increase

2013 page views: 3,069

2014 page views: 79,112 – almost 2500% increase

 

Website Stats 2013 vs 2014
What I created in 2014

Learn C# by Building a Simple RPG

This was my big effort for the year. It’s a guide for absolute beginners who want to get started with programming C#, by building a very simple game. It’s 31 lessons, many with videos.

I released at in the beginning of July. The only publicity I did for it was a post for it on the /r/learnprogramming sub-reddit, a tweet, and links in my profiles on a couple other websites.

 

I also completed writing an Agile programming course that I plan to give in Paraguay, starting sometime in February or March (everything is pretty much shut down here during January).

 

Most popular pages in 2014

The most popular page here was surprising to me.

The C# RPG tutorial seemed to be extremely popular, so I expected one of its pages to be the most popular. However, the most-read page in 2014 was:

How to upload a file in an ASP.Net MVC 4 page

That page was viewed 21,717 times in 2014. I suspect that’s because it was linked to from a couple of popular, “high-value” programming forums. However, it looks like most of the visitors get the code they need, then leave.

The index page for my C# RPG tutorial was the second most popular page, with 10,155 views in 2014.

 

YouTube videos

Besides the videos for the C# RPG tutorial, I created a couple other videos and posted them on YouTube.

Altogether, those videos were viewed 18,136 times.

The most popular one was on how to install Visual Studio Express 2013. It had 14,302 views.

 

Products

I released a small Windows Store app in 2014. But it hasn’t sold well.

Other than that, I didn’t release anything for sale in 2014 – which is something I need to change for 2015.

 

Problems

Around March or April, I had lots of problems with this site being down.

I was using HostGator, and they were having frequent outages. So, I moved to DreamHost (non-affiliate link). The site has been much more stable, and, whenever I run tests, much faster.

 

Plan for 2015

I really enjoyed making the C# RPG Tutorial. However, it was a huge effort and took months to complete. Then, I was burnt-out for a while.

So, in 2015, I want to switch to doing smaller things, more frequently.

Here is what’s on my list:

  • Give a free introductory “Agile software development summary” course
  • Give [at least] one paid full-day Agile training course
  • WordPress plugin idea
  • Publish at least one programming video per month
  • Complete the open source RPG engine I started in 2014
  • Release a .Net card game library
  • Build a release-worthy AI for my MogriChess game

Plus, I’m going to work on my cheese business idea.

For several years, I’ve wanted to do something physical, to balance out all the virtual/mental work I do with computers. Programming is great, but it would be nice to have something “real” to show for my work efforts. So, I recently started making cheese.

One thing I miss about living in the US is the wide variety of cheeses I could buy there. And there are other people here who’d like to get something a little different.

I’m still testing recipes, and waiting for some equipment I ordered. But this could possibly turn into a business.

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