Date posted: 20 Dec 2023, 2 minutes to read

Best viewed blogposts of 2023

It’s that time of the year again! Time to look back at the most viewed blogposts of the year. I’m always amazed at the number of views some of these posts get. I’m also amazed at the number of people that find my blogposts useful. I’m glad I can help out!

Here is the overview:

# Title Published Description Views
1. 2022 GitHub workflows not starting 🙀The most viewed for a reason! When your GitHub workflows are not starting up, there can be quite a few things causing this. Read this post to find out more! 17.2k
2. 2022 GitHub access tokens explained Personal Access Tokens can be a quick an easy way to test things out, but should not be used in production scenarios for a number of reasons 👺. In this post I explain why and what alternatives there are 6.7k
3. 2020 .NET core: nesting appSettings.json in the IDE A three year old post that I jotted down for future reference. Seems like other people still have that same need! 🎉 4.5k
4. 2020 GitHub Actions with private runner: deploy to IIS 🔍 Using a private runner for GitHub actions unlocks tons of scenario’s to deploy into your private production environment as well. Some folks thing it’s hard to do so on Windows and a classical setup with IIS. In this post I explain the moving parts in making this happen! IIRC I used the same setup to stop, install, and start Windows Services as well. 🦖🌴 4.2k
5. 2020 Authenticate to Azure DevOps with a Personal access token Authenticating to Azure DevOps using a personal access token takes a while to figure it out. For future reference I jotted it down. Still helping other folks after 3️⃣ years! 3.5k

Looking at these things is always interesting for me. For the last three years I have been blogging mostly on GitHub, Advanced Security, and some Azure DevOps (mostly on Advanced Security on Azure DevOps). The top post is about a typical scenario that I see a lot of folks struggle with, so I am very happy this post gets found a lot to.

Three of the top five posts are from 2020! That means a lot of folks still have the same need to know this as I did when I wrote the post. This is also the reason why I keep on blogging about these things. It means I can find these things myself, and apparently other folks find them useful as well 🤗.

My top post from 2023 isn’t even in the top 10 of best viewed posts! It’s the post on GitHub Advanced Security on Azure DevOps, where I explain the new features on Azure DevOps that where announced in the beginning of the year. These security features are available for anyone to use since November 2023 (if you need help with it, let me know!).

Blogposts from this year 📝

Looking back at blogging in 2023, I wrote 12 blogposts and shared my lessons learned or how I implemented things for customers. So even though I average a post a month or so, people still are able to find them and use them for their own benefit.

For me the ones I looked at this year that stand out are:

Website stats 📈

For visitor numbers I use and those numbers are publicly available here.
A few of the numbers can be found below: