annual review

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Last year, in 2019, my main goals for FlowingData and work were to stay focused and make charts. I was satisfied with my progress, and for 2020, I had hoped to step that up with more depth and more play. But you know what happened. The year was challenging for many reasons, and it was hard to concentrate or to think of much else other than the day’s current events....

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My main goal for FD this year was to make charts. I hoped to make one chart per week, along with the newsletter and tutorials, which would force me to focus and spend less time dwelling on a dataset. I didn’t quite get to one per week, but I made about twice as many graphics as I did last year. I’ll take it. Instead of long-ish, in-depth analyses, I usually...

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While looking through this year’s projects, picking out my favorites, I couldn’t help but reminisce about the times when the internet used to feel so care-free. It was more relaxed. These days, there’s too much going on in the world for the internet to relax. Or rather, more of the world happens online now. This year, I felt like if I was going to spend time working on a project...

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That was fast. Just when you get used to dating with 2016, 2017 comes along. A big thank you to all of you who make this site possible. I thank my lucky stars that this is what I get to do every day, and I hope I get to do it for years to come. This year I made a conscious effort to learn to visualize data with d3.js. I...

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My first post on FlowingData was in June 2007, and since September of that year, a post has gone up every weekday, save holidays and special occasions. I think that makes me a grandpa in internet time. 2015 was the second full year of FlowingData as my actual job. I spent a lot of time learning new things by working with as much data that time allowed, and then tried...

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