"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition"--Steve Jobs
Amen to that. And to this...
I think many of you will agree--it is time to exhale and say buh bye to 2017. It was a busy year for travel, data visualization and analytics, a big report for a large health system in NYC, and reminding myself to not get distracted by rabbits. Here is a brief summary of the year with a little data thrown in to keep it interesting.
I typically only look at metrics at the end of the year. It is an interesting way to see what is going on in the world of a visitor or subscriber. I am rebuilding the site this year but for now the archive is an easy way for the data curious to see what the fuss was all about in the spikey areas.
I was humbled by adding almost 33,000 new visitors to the roster for data & donuts. I look forward to the ongoing narrative ad dialogue. Sadly I had to deactivate comments as it adds too much spam to the site and I want to keep costs down. Having to hire someone to try and defeat the 'bots doesn't seem to be a good use of the donations made by generous patrons. You can donate by clicking link in side-bar. Thank you!
Alzheimer's disease: The Brand continues to be my labor of love. I was humbled by connecting with Dean and Ayesha Sherzai, MD, the authors of a powerful book The Alzheimer's Solution. My goal for 2018 is to start releasing chapters of Alzheimer's disease: The Brand for subscribers of the blog. I envision an interactive online book of data visualizations and content.
The newsletter is being reimagined as well. Although a good problem to have--but now that we exceed the free Mailchimp threshold I want to make sure to deliver something that helps your objectives and bottom line. Free data tutorials, healthcare summaries, let me know over on twitter or LinkedIn.
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