This will be my last post for 2019, and marks the end of my first two years at Win10.Guru. I’d like to look back at some of my most and least successful articles, and reflect on where I think Kari and I should take the site in 2020 and beyond. Our published item count currently stands at 432, of which 167 are mine, 2 are from 3rd parties, and the remaining 263 come from Kari. Our statistical frequency of publication is just over 4 items per week (4.19 to be more precise, or 432 items divided by 103 weeks, with one week left to go in 2019).
What’s Hot for Me at Win10.Guru
Of all the items at Win10.Guru, I’m a bit stunned to observe that my highest-ranking piece — with over 69,000 hits — is the Putting Realtek Audio Console to Work article. Apparently, I’m not the only person who had to work through a bit of trial-and-error to put that UWP app to work on newer PCs that can make use of its capabilities. As a series, my Admin Toolkit series has also been pretty successful. Of the 27 items it currently includes, 3 elements have over 10K hits, and 6 more items have over 2K hits. Another notable success has been the DISM series, which includes 4 items, of which 3 have close to 4K hits or more (3,934 for CAB Package Install, 4,743 for AnalyzeComponentStore and StartComponentCleanup, and 9,231 for comparing CheckHealth and ScanHealth).
What’s Not Hot for Me at Win10.Guru
The War Stories series gets modest traction, but not as much as Kari and I had hoped for. Perhaps some readers can provide feedback on the kind of issues they’d like to see profiled and fixed in future such efforts. News and musings fall lowest on the readership scale, though. That tells me that readers don’t necessarily rely on Win10.Guru for news and information first and foremost. We still feel some obligation to report certain things here, though, and wonder if you readers might also like to give us some input on what’s important to you about what we do cover in terms of Windows 10 news, developments, and new features and functions. More input from you means better stuff from us for you to read, so I hope we can get some over the downtime that the holidays often offer.
What’s Next from Ed at Win10.Guru?
I hear loud and clear that I need to carry on with the Admin Toolkit. I’m also pleased and surprised that I should ramp up and amp up my DISM coverage (I’ve got lots of ideas for new DISM topics to write about in 2020). Between those two areas, I’ll try to write 1 of each monthly in 2020 and see what happens at the end of next year as a result. Because of the great success of his how-to’s here, particularly those on SysPrep, Hyper-V, and custom Win10 image work, I’m hoping to see more from Kari on all those topics in 2020, too. But thanks, dear readers for helping us to grow our website and make it a trusted source for good Windows 10 information. We do appreciate your readership and your support.
In 6 or 7 days (depending on whether you want that count to start today or tomorrow) the big chronmeter will tick over from 2019 to 2020. It’s usually a time for looking forward, and looking back, and celebrating the transition from the old into the new. I wish each of you a joyous and interesting New Year, with prospects for success, happiness, safety and prosperity in 2020. My very best wishes also to your friend, colleagues, and families as we follow time’s arrow into another revolution around the sun.
Where Ed’s Off to, Next…
I’m away from home for the next 8 days or so, off to attend my Dad’s funeral. He’s to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery on January 2, with full military honors (caisson, honor guard, marching band, and 21-gun salute). If you’re interested, you can visit the gravesite finder where you’ll see that my Mom, Cecilia K Tittel, already occupies Plot 3926, in Section 59, where my Dad will join her for his eternal rest next Thursday. It’s a sad day, as we’ll send the Old Man off properly, but also the close of the long arduous process of closing up and cleaning up after a long life, well-lived. RIP, LTC Alfred F Tittel USAR (ret)!
Author: Ed Tittel
Ed Tittel is a 30-plus-year computer industry veteran. He’s a Princeton and multiple University of Texas graduate who’s worked in IT since 1981 when he started his first programming job. Over the past three decades he’s also worked as a manager, technical evangelist, consultant, trainer, and an expert witness. See his professional bio for all the details.