Is 2013 gone yet?

December 29, 2013 Written By Marco Monteiro

Not yet. We still have time to look back. Yeah, it’s that time of the year. Time to think back on what happened this last year. What went wrong and what went well.

January April

The year started out greatly. The company I was working for was going down so I found myself without a job. Not even a month gone by and I found myself a new workplace and I’m still living The CH Experience. This made me move to another city, however not a strange city to me. A city that I do love with all my heart. After all, most of my friends are here and my best memories were created here.

The team

The team

Sure I wanted to go as a freelancer for a while. But that didn’t work out so well so I’m glad that I am where I am now.

May June

Moved my blog from Tumblr to wardrobe hosted by a Internet friend of mine that goes by the name freshpixel. You might’ve seen him on IRC. I’ve been improving my blog ever since with minor tweaks, making the theme responsive and some other cool features. If you ever wanted a minimal blog application the way to go is definitely wardrobe. Thank you Eric Barnes for making such a beautiful platform.

July August

Stopped using Google Analytics for personal projects, instead I’m using piwik. If you want something simple and that you have control over, this is the way to go. Even last week we got a new update with more awesome stuff.

August September

Just a bit after that, I won a ticket to LaraconEU and of I went: next stop Amsterdam. Stuff was learn on that conference. But most of all, connections were made. Faces were put on nicknames and avatars. I hope I can keep this tradition of attending to (at least) one (abroad) conference every year. During 2013 laravel released its new version 4. Changing the game again. Using composer with all the things and once again pushing the PHP community forward.

Laracon EU

Laracon EU

October November

I was internet famous for a couple of days. My post about the Six months rule went crazy on reddit and I had 35k+ visits in just 48 hours. Thank you reddit.

November December

I won an award at work during our christmas party.

It was definitely fast. All I can say is that this was a really good year. If the next one is has good as 2013 I think I’ll be happy. I have a lot of different ideas for my blog for the upcoming months. Don’t know if I’ll be able to do them all. But I will definitely try.

Blog Review

Analytics in 2013

Analytics between Jan 1 and Dec 31 2013

Most visited articles:

Special thanks:

  • freshpixel for hosting my blog;
  • Reddit and his community;
  • The codeigniter channel for always helping me get new ideas for articles;
  • David Wosnitza for his guest post (more to come I hope);
  • All the people that donated money via paypal on my website;
  • All the people that clicked on the ads at the end of my posts;

Thank you for reading my blog, and I hope you all have an awesome 2014, mkay?


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