Over the last two months, I've been working hard to catch up on the site, and I'm happy to say that I think I finally have.
Post Count and Pageviews
Post count on the site eclipsed the previous high mark by over 50, at 286 posts for the year. I don't know if I've ever stated this here before or not, but my goal has always been to average 1 post a day, or 365 a year. I'm happy to inch closer than ever to that target.
Although post count was up by about 39% year-to-year, pageviews declined by about 12%, from 343,615 to 300,877. This was the first year-to-year decrease in pageviews since I started the site in 2011. I think this was owing largely to my three months of relative inactivity, followed by two months of binge posting. Could there be some add-in fatigue setting in though? As a peer design technology manager recently quipped to me, "How many add-ons do you really need?"
I think there may also be a shift in popularity in the marketplace away from traditional Revit add-in applications to Dynamo definitions. A friend of mine, Rob Snyder, once said, "I foresee a day when add-ins will be delivered as generative definitions." That was in 2007. I do so admire folks who are smarter than me, especially those who see what's coming next.
Time will tell, and we'll see how things go in 2016. And hey, Dynamo is a Revit add-on too.
Attempting to duplicate the success of Revit Add-ons, I launched Civil 3D Add-ons in February and AutoCAD Add-ons in July. These sites have suffered even more since August though. I briefly thought about divesting myself of them, but have put that decision on hold. I'm currently eyeing a career opportunity that might motivate me to, and allow me opportunity to, refocus on these sites.
Ad revenue continued to rise in 2015.
Revit Add-ons is ad-supported, and I'm very thankful to our current advertisers ArchVision, RTV Tools, INVIEWlabs, Ideate Software, RevitWorks, CTC Express Tools, Vabi Software, 3DCONNEXION, and Xrev.
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Editor's Choice Award Winners
Read more about RTV Xporter PRO here »
Read my product review of ViewSync here »
Read more about Enscape here, and watch a very impressive video demo of the product here »
Read more about Spec Exchange here »
Read more about the free hsb3DPrinting add-in here »
Read more about TOOLS4BIM Dock here »
The relative pageviews of the posts are shown below in pie chart format.
"I think soon all architects will need to become programmers." -Marty Doscher of Synthesis and formerly of Morphosis, circa 2011
My post on Using Dynamo to Automate the “I” in BIM proved to be especially popular.
Renumbering in #Revit got you down? This tutorial by @williamwong will cheer you up #DynamoBIM http://t.co/F38yaydetL pic.twitter.com/vXlgENDgSz— CASE (@case_inc) March 12, 2015
I wonder if we'll see more of the same from other developers, i.e.: products announced in the summer at RTC NA and launched near the end of the year at AU?
new free features in Version 2!
Read more about the free Scope Box Reorder add-in here »
Read more about Stairs Builder here »
a post about an update to Color Splasher that receives a People's Choice Award.
Interestingly, this add-in is from the Institute of Information technology for Civil engineering (IIC), National Universiy of Civil Engineering, Vietnam.
Read more about Drag Rebars - ToRD here »
Read more about Rhythm here »
Read more about the free Excel Export/Import add-in here »
Read more about Welch's Beginners Guide to Python in Autodesk Revit here »
Congratulations to all the award winners!
Coming in 2016
I've got some new things planned for Revit Add-ons in the New Year. I'll be expanding the original content. For instance, in addition to the already established Product Reviews, I plan to launch a new series identifying The Essentials – that is, best-in-class add-ons that every Revit user could benefit from. Oftentimes this will mean comparative reviews. In example: for family/content management apps, there are well-established solutions like Unifi, Content Studio, and BIMList Server, comers such as Avail and Kinship, and others that seem to fly under the radar like SPECtrum. And are there any free alternatives to these for-purchase solutions, and, if so, how do they measure up? And what differentiates a content management solution from a relatively limited content browsing one?
With nearly 1,000 posts on the site, I want to make it easier for readers to focus in on apps that may best meet their needs, and identifying The Essentials will hopefully help to achieve this goal.
I also plan to start a series on my own explorations of Dynamo. I'll call these articles DynamoTIM, a simple play on the DynamoBIM product website. If time permits, I may also write a series of articles on my explorations of the Revit API. I've had some ideas along these lines for quite some time. It's high time I got on with them.
I'll also be doing some interviews and human interest stories with add-in developers. For instance, I'd really like to do a piece on the transition of CASE to We Work. Companies can always feel free to contact me about these kinds of free marketing opportunities.
I plan to add LinkedIn to the social networking platforms that I post Revit Add-ons updates to, in addition to those I'm already using, Twitter and Facebook.
April will be a big month here on Revit Add-ons. It will mark the 5th anniversary of the site, and I have some special things planned to mark the occasion. Stay tuned!
My posts and pageviews goals for 2016: 366 and 500,000 respectively! Oofta.
Though I already credit them when I develop their leads into posts or repost information they themselves originated, I want to thank here those I've sourced, and especially Luke Johnson of What Revit Wants and Jason Howden of RTV Tools for all the leads and inspiration. Your hard work on behalf of the Revit community is much appreciated.
Thank you readers for helping me feel that the site is valued. It's a rare occasion when more than a couple days pass without my being notified of new followers on Facebook or Twitter. And that's not to mention those that opt to receive updates through Blogger, email or RSS. I'm humbled by your attention, truly.
Thank you again to our outstanding group of current advertisers:
ArchVision, RTV Tools, INVIEWlabs, Ideate Software, RevitWorks, CTC Express Tools, Vabi Software, 3DCONNEXION, and Xrev.
And, most of all, thank you to all the developers who continue to push Revit in new and exciting ways, making our workaday lives a little more rewarding, and a little bit easier!
Wishing you a happy and productive 2016!
Seattle, WA, USA
December 29, 2015
"Not bad for a reformed Bentley guy."