quick reflection on the past 3 years

I've been debating whether to write and publish some sort of "best of 2013" post. While reflecting back over the past year, it occurred to me that I originally launched this blog in December. Which means it is currently anniversary month. I could have sworn I've been doing this for two years, but as I look back at the date stamps, I see that the very first post (5 easy tips) that launched www.storytellingwithdata.com was 12/9/10.

Which means it's actually been 3 years.

My, how time has flown by.

On the personal side, this time has been marked by death and birth, divorce and marriage, new cities and known cities, and probably a number of other dichotomies. On the work front, I've been very lucky to be able to grow storytelling with data from a side project into my focus, through this blog and an increasing number of public and custom workshops throughout the world. It's been an amazing adventure and I'm excited for what the future will bring.

I'll keep this reflection relatively short. It seems unfitting to write a post like this without some links back to historical posts, so I'll list for you the top 10 most-viewed posts to date:

  1. how to do it in excel
  2. no more excuses for bad simple charts: here's a template
  3. the waterfall chart
  4. my penchant for horizontal bar graphs
  5. strategies for avoiding the spaghetti graph
  6. chart chooser
  7. logic in order
  8. and the winner is...
  9. slopegraph template
  10. the power of simple text

Very big thanks to everyone who is reading this. I wish you and your loved ones a fantastic holiday season. I look forward to continuing to learn and share with you in 2014.

On that note, if there are any specific topics you'd like me to focus on here in the near year, please leave a comment with your idea(s).

Happy holidays!