Before we dive headlong into 2017, we took a step back to breathe and assess the last year. 2016 was an iffy year for the world, but it turns out that it wasn’t so bad for our blog. Our blog got a whole new look, we launched new sections of the blog catered to our different audiences, and we even surpassed 100,000 annual readers! (Well, it was actually 116,000 readers, but who’s counting? :))
Note: We know, we know, total readers is a bit of a vanity metric. We actually focus about more meaningful metrics like engagement with our content, but the raw number of readers is fun to look at every so often.
Here are some of the top articles across all of the sections on our blog. Take a look, get in your mid-week reading, and let us know if we missed any of your personal favorites!
Many of our top articles this year were from Academy. Clearly, all our readers (you guys!) are big fans of articles that help them learn something new! Check out the links below for articles power packed with tips on how to collect and use data better.
- 6 Sampling Techniques: How to Choose a Representative Subset of the Population
- A Guide to Quantifying Qualitative Data
- How to Create an Effective Monitoring and Evaluation Framework
- 4 Data Collection Techniques: Which One’s Right for You?
- How to Conduct a Successful Focus Group Discussion
This year’s top data stories were an examination of myths about working with the Indian government and India’s imminent population boom, plus a couple of case studies about how data intelligence works in the real world. Missed the stories the first time around or need a refresher? Dive back in with the links below.
- 7 Common Myths About Working With the Indian Government
- Community Mapping and Micro-Planning Project for 264 Villages Across Vijayawada
- Using Open Data to Invest $8 Million in Indian Agriculture
- The World’s Aging Population Crisis — Visualizing Demographic Transition
- Why Mobile-Based Data Collection Is Here to Stay: An Interview With Kailash Karthik, IAS
Our engineers were prolific blog writers this year, and several of their articles topped our charts and were even reblogged and featured on popular communities like KDNuggets. The first article — using the Titanic data set for learning the basics of machine learning — was actually the most-read article on our entire blog!
- Would You Survive the Titanic? A Guide to Machine Learning in Python
- The Internet of Coffee: Our Experience Building a Wifi Coffee Maker
- Engineering Systems to Solve Hard Problems: Building a Full-Stack Data Startup for the Developing World
- D3.js vs. Google Charts: A Data Scientist’s Review
- How We Built Our IoT Devices to Track Air Pollution in Delhi
Our remaining articles cover what it’s like to work in our team, with perspectives from our Data Team, Policy and Governance Team (which didn’t exist in 2015!), and even one of our advisors. In addition, one of our top articles answered many people’s burning question about SocialCops — what do we actually do?
- SocialCops: What We Actually Do
- A Week in the Life of a Policy & Governance Manager at SocialCops
- 24 or 42 — It Really Doesn’t Matter
- An Insider’s Peek into Life in the SocialCops Data Team
- Why My SocialCops Interview Was One of a Kind
We’d also like to take this time to thank you for being a constant supporter and avid reader of our blog — your continued feedback and enthusiasm keeps us going. Wishing you a wonderful, successful, and data-filled 2017!