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Enable Sysadmin: A year by the numbers

Thanks to our entire community who have made our first year such a success!
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Do you know that feeling when it seems like something has been in your life as long as you can remember, but at the same time when you look back at the individual milestones, they seem like they were just yesterday? For me, that's been our first year here on Enable Sysadmin.

What had been an idea for quite some time began to turn into a reality in early 2019, before going live to the world a few months later, just about this time last year.

When Enable Sysadmin launched, we were almost positive it would catch on fast, but we needed some way to measure our success. We look at metrics regularly to understand what's working and where we can do better. Here's a peek inside some of the cumulative numbers from the past year.

Over 380 articles published

In 1996, Bill Gates wrote an essay where he made the now oft-repeated claim that "Content is King." Almost a quarter of a century later, we still find that software alone is not enough. In the world of technology, having the right software is critical, but without the knowledge of how to use it effectively and apply it to your situation, you're not going to get very far.

We are grateful to be able to provide hundreds of tips, tricks, guides, how-tos, and more packed into actionable articles designed to help you be a better sysadmin, and hopefully to have a little more fun along the way.

Over 75 authors

There is no way our small staff could write all of this excellent content alone. Enable Sysadmin is a community publication, and we're a better place for it. We are so incredibly thankful for all of the contributions our community authors have made to the site. The diversity of perspectives you bring has helped build a wider variety of content than we could have ever hoped to do on our own.

Thank you, authors.

Over two million page views from a million unique visitors

If we build it, will you come? I'm happy to be able to report that the answer is an emphatic yes.

Our readers are a diverse bunch. Our analytics tools show us visitors from all over the world, on almost any device you can imagine, coming from search and social media and other websites and newsletters and all sorts of other places.

And the numbers continue to grow all the time. The past two months have been our strongest two months ever. We now receive over 500% more traffic every month than we were seeing in our first full month, June 2019, and every traffic-related metric we track is trending up.

Thank you, dear reader, for being one in a million.

Quality over quantity

All of these numbers would be meaningless if we're not fulfilling our mission of providing quality content by and for Linux sysadmins. So thank you for all of your feedback along the way, both the praise and the helping us to find ways in which we can improve. We appreciate it, our authors appreciate it, and our community is a better place for it. Iteration and improvement is a critical part of the open source way.

So if you've got something you'd like to share, or are ready to take the next step and join our community of authoring sysadmins, drop us a note at enable-sysadmin@redhat.com, won't you?

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Jason Baker

Red Hat Certified Engineer. Linux desktop enthusiast. Map/geospatial nerd. Raspberry Pi tinkerer. Data analysis and visualization geek. Occasional Pythonista. More about me

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