2019 Blog Summary
In 2019 I published 41 posts which is about average for me with over 100,000 views for the year – not too bad for a personal Microsoft Project blog that I manage in my own time. The most popular post on my blog for 2019 was this one: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/want-to-query-cross-project-site-sharepoint-lists-in-projectonline-projectserver-powerbi-powerquery-bi-office365-excel-ppm/ – this was created in 2016 but is still a popular post. The most popular post that was published in 2019 was this one on the Project Roadmap Power BI report pack I created at the start of the year: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2019/01/30/project-roadmap-powerbi-report-pack-ppm-projectmanagement-msproject-projectonline-office365-powerplatform-dynamics365/ I’d like to do more work on my blog in the future to increase the visibility and content. I will focus on my blog in 2020 starting with a long overdue update that is now live with a new theme and site title. Along with this I have also created two more social channels for my blog – an Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/blog.pwmather and a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/blog.pwmather/ – give them a follow for more updates in the future. I also started my PPM YouTube channel halfway through 2019: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_b_pa1ADKlUqIpLK9AmR1g?sub_confirmation=1 that currently only has 5 videos but more will be coming in 2020, subscribe for updates. I do like creating videos but I do find them more time consuming to create and edit than writing a quick blog post – I need more practice! If anyone has any suggestions for Microsoft Project / Power Platform related videos, add a comment here or contact me directly. I’m looking forward to publish more content in 2020.
I get asked a lot of the time why blog, why answer questions, what do it get out of it, how do I find the time etc. These are questions from non-bloggers, those of you like minded technology bloggers out there will probably have the same answers. For me it’s all about helping out where I can, I really enjoy helping the community where possible including the charity work. Whether it’s responding to questions on the Project TechNet forums: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/projectserver/en-US/home?category=project or Project Tech Community: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Project/ct-p/Project or creating a blog post / video that will hopefully help at least one person out. When someone marks your response as an answer or likes / comments on your post or video, it’s good to know that hopefully I’ve helped that person today. It’s also satisfying going to customers and seeing my free solution starters in use – either they have found them directly or another Microsoft Partner / consultant has implemented them. When it comes to blogging it started out, probably like many of you I guess, as a personal “how to guide”. Once I learned how to do something or found something out, I post about it so I could find it again and others looking for the same information can also gain from it. I spend many hours after work in then evenings once the children are in bed and weekends creating content I can share with the community – I enjoy this much more than the DIY around the house (luckily my partner doesn’t read my posts ). In 2019 I also did some charity work in evenings and weekends which was a great way to give back to the community. My partner works for a local charity and she mentioned to me that they wanted to to display some data on screens in their new office. So I built them some Power BI reports using their data from Dynamics 365. I’ve also started building them prototype Power Apps, both Model driven and Canvas, to replace a paper based form – hoping to finish that in 2020 along with more apps, SharePoint and Microsoft Teams work for them. In 2020 I’m looking forward to spending quality time with my family and friends as well as ensuring I continue to learn and gain knowledge.
My family during a walk in the woods yesterday with our dog.
2019 was a busy year with work, working with many great customers helping them make the most of their Microsoft Office 365 (SharePoint, Project, Teams and Power Platform) investments as part of my PPM consultant role at https://www.cps.co.uk/ – I look forward to working with many more CPS customers in 2020. I also had a busy year in my edison365 role working as the head of product at https://edison365.com/ working with an awesome team. It makes me proud to work with such talented individuals to deliver a great product – we have many great features planned for 2020!
2019 has been a great year, I’m looking forward to the next decade with my family and friends, bring on 2020. Happy New Year everyone!