2021: Christmas greetings from nerdhut.de

Dear readers,

It’s almost Christmas again, so it’s time for the annual nerdhut.de Christmas letter and stats report. You may have noticed that I broke this tradition last year as I honestly didn’t want to look back at 2020. At that point, I and many others have hoped that the corona-virus pandemic would be over by 2021. Unfortunately, that was a bit too optimistic, as it turned out. Either way, let’s focus on the positive things and have a look back at the stats of 2020 and 2021!

As it’s almost Christmas, I also wanted to share this classic collection of some of my favorite Christmas songs that you may or may not want to check out while you read this!

2020 stats at a glance:

2021 stats at a glance:

  • The number of individual visitors increased by 25% compared to 2020.
  • The average page views per visitor further decreased to 1.56
  • I published 14 articles in 2021
  • The most popular article in 2021 was How to design your own CPU from scratch

Since 2016, the number of visitors and individual page views has steadily increased each year. Unfortunately, the page views per visitor also steadily decreased, and I think I can attribute that to the more diverse selection of topics and single-article tutorials. According to Google, many visitors look up a specific topic and view my website. So I’m good with seeing this number decrease every year.

Figure 1: Yearly visitors and page views since 2016.

2020 and 2021 were awful years for many people. These years were riddled with fear, anxiety, health issues, and so on. Many have lost friends and loved ones, and I can’t imagine how that must feel. I consider myself extremely lucky that I didn’t have to make that experience, and I’m thankful that I, my friends, and my loved ones all managed to stay healthy during this period. I hope you are also doing fine and you manage to make the best of this situation.

Since the Corona-virus outbreak, I made it my goal to learn something new every day and try and leave the world a little bit better than I found it when I woke up that morning. It’s typically small gestures, but I hope that they make someone’s day a bit better as well. I’ve learned a lot since 2020, and I’ve ventured into areas that I couldn’t even imagine would interest me, and I’m thankful for all the new experiences I’ve made throughout the last two years.

Either way, thank you for sticking around. Thanks for reading my articles — I sincerely hope they helped you in one way or another. Thanks for commenting! I hope you all have an enjoyable and peaceful holiday. I think we all deserve a timeout from all this mess after the last two years!

Stay safe out there!

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