Digitization

The Internet has not waited for me (Part 7): A Review of the Year 2017

This is my first blog review in English. A few parts have already been created – in German. I started in January 2017 with no idea how to setup a Web Page, no idea where to go (Windows only? PowerShell only? Network Tech only?). Yeah, you read right, I had no idea. So I decided to choose one of the best: WordPress and I started writing … Everything else has come by itself – as is often the case.

Openness

First of all I would like to mention that I am a very open person with no secrets. I am convinced that only open people can be successful. Now it’s time to give my readers an insight into my blog – without any secrets and with some interesting stats …

German (Jan – June)

The first 200 of my blog posts are exclusively in German. I concentrated most on Windows and Cisco. The idea was to put many of my teaching materials – which I don’t need at the moment – online. I had to rework it a little bit, but it worked quite well. I started with a handful of visitors…. It was a tough time …

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The number of visitors stagnated until the summer…

Then I thought about what it would be like to write something in English. The whole internet community communicates mainly in English. It’s been a while since I graduated from high school. I am good at technical English, but my small talk English is a disaster – but no pain no gain and …

remember rule no. 3 of Schwarzenegger’s 6 Rules of Success:

Don’t be afraid to fail

Switch to English (June)

It was tough. Most of the problems I had with the introduction. Really. As already mentioned, I am better in technical English. With the technical part I feel much better.

Many thanks to Patrick (a friend of the PowerShell User Group Austria, MVP colleague) who recommended deepl. com to me. Great translation software.

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LinkedIn Group (September)

In September I decided to create a LinkedIn Group called “PowerShell Engineers”. The group has now over 150 members.

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However, I do not intend to post all my blog posts in this group. Much more I wanted an exchange with other members, but I also post a PowerShell One-Liner of the Week once a week.

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Link: LinkedIn: PowerShell Engineers.

Survey (October)

In October I started a survey. I wanted to know which topics are the most important for my readers and followers. Here’s the result. I think I’m on the right track. (PowerShell)

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Microsoft MVP Award (November)

In November I was awarded with the Microsoft MVP award for the category PowerShell. It was amazing. It’s a great pleasure for me to be part of this great community and outstanding experts. I’m still convinced that I didn’t deserve this, but it’s probably the case with many MVPs. They are humble and helpful people. Most MVPs do not believe that they are special and show above-average commitment. And that counts.

This MVP award did something to me. I find myself concentrating much more on PowerShell than before. But I have always believed that PowerShell will be the future and that the graphical user interface will become less important for administrators.

Visit me on my MVP Site: https://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/PublicProfile/5002882?fullName=Patrick++Gruenauer

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Statistics since summer (June – December)

It’s obvious that my statistics have changed after switching to English. Here are my December stats:

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The years review shows that most of my visitors came from search engines.

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Top Posts

Last, but not least a list of my top posts. They are all English posts.

1st Place – The modern version of ping: Test-Connection

https://sid-500.com/2017/06/30/the-modern-version-of-ping-test-connection/

2nd Place – Active Directory: Installing and Configuring Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS)

https://sid-500.com/2017/08/25/active-directory-installing-and-configuring-local-administrator-password-solution-laps/

3rd Place – PowerShell: Notify me when someone is added to the Administrator Group

https://sid-500.com/2017/11/28/powershell-notify-me-when-someone-is-added-to-the-administrator-group/

Conclusion

That’s it for today and 2017. My plan for 2018 is to expand my blog even further. The focus is clearly on Windows, PowerShell and Security. But I also don’t let PowerShell newcomers down. My series “PowerShell for Beginners” has already started and will be expanded.

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  1. Schöne Erfolgsgeschichte. Ich habe den Blog gerade erst neu entdeckt und werde zukünftig fleißig mitlesen. Deepl.com ist ja wohl der Tipp des Monats, kannte ich gar nicht – funktioniert ja wirklich (erschreckend) gut. Ich würde eigentlich auch gerne einen Blog starten, bin aber irgendwie noch zu geizig. Was kostet dich eigentlich der Spaß pro Monat – für WordPress zahlst du doch sicherlich, oder? Anyhow, thanks for sharing!

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