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!


top articles of 2016

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.


top articles of 2016

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.


top articles of 2016

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!


top articles of 2016

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?

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!