From these top 10 lists, the following are my takeaways:
Posts about DITA received the most comments, but DITA-focused posts weren't the most read. This tells me the DITA community is small and opinionated. DITA is also a controversial topic. (Alternatively, I'm an idiot when it comes to DITA, and lots of people stepped in to correct me during the year.)
The most popular posts of all time include how-to information. Instructional material is perhaps the most searched for information on the web. (What a great time to be a technical writer!)
There's a strong interest in technical writing careers, courses, and programs. A lot of people looking for information about technical writing are trying to transition into this field and are searching the web for information.
API documentation is a hot topic for podcasts, but podcasts on a variety of topics still remain popular as a form of information for my audience.
Based on these metrics, here are my plans for 2015:
Create more podcasts, especially on API documentation.
Write more instructional how-to posts.
Invite guest bloggers from academia to cover the tech comm program/certificate angle. (Interested?)
Stop posting so much about DITA. I really focused a lot on DITA during 2014. This year I want to focus more attention on API doc.
Am I missing anything from my interpretation of these metrics?
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