State of the Blog 2021

This is the sixth year in a row where I return with a summer retrospective article. These are meant to be the summer counterpart to my end-of-year roundup series. As a result, some information will be duplicated across the two series of posts.

We have all been affected by the corona virus pandemic, and I have mostly been relegated to the home office over the past fifteen months. The practical upshot of that is that it has been significantly harder than previous years to find material for blogging. I haven’t missed a Monday yet, so I’ll settle for that, at least.

Comparing readership numbers makes exactly zero sense. the reason is that I changed the permalink setup of the blog, which in turn means that most of the incoming links are dead. I’m annoyed that I didn’t properly research this beforehand, but there you go; there’s nothing I can do about it now.

As I am writing this, I am newly vaccinated with the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. While walking out from the vaccination center, I checked the Helsenorge app, and sure enough, the vaccine was alread listed. I’m extra proud of this because this is one of the many things we do where I work. Finding meaning in the societal mission is pretty easy when this is what we do:

The year has so far consisted of a number of tips and tricks, opinion pieces including a number of reviews, as well as a few tech support/process oriented posts. I feel like this mix works well for me, and you can likely expect much of the same in the future.

I have decided to take the rest of July off from blogging, to rest, spend time with my family, and generally recharge. I’ll probably post my next update sometime mid-August. Until then, I wish you all a good summer.

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