A Look Back at Blogsite Studio’s Top Posts of 2018

2018 may well be remembered as the year to forget given all the climate change-induced disasters, US political chaos, and the death of the queen of soul, but there were also lots of calamities online that deserve a hearty good riddance.

On the social media front, Facebook had a particularly bad year, starting with their admission that they allowed Cambridge Analytica to snatch user data and use it for political propaganda, a blunder which forced founder Mark Zukerberg to explain himself in Congressional hearings. That was fun to watch, but it was only the beginning. Facebook later announced that a bug released the data of 29,000,000 Facebook users, and later another bug allowed app developers access to up 6.8 million users and 1,500 apps. And yet, people like me still use Facebook, go figure.

Google announced they found a bug in their social media platform that revealed data on at least a half million users, prompting them to shutter Google + , which is ok since no one really uses Google + anymore, including moi. I wonder if their 5 billion dollar fine from the EU for anti-trust violations had something to do with their decision.

And, goodbye Stumbleupon, we hardly used ya.

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect and the run up to the deadline brought back memories of Y2K. Users and developers went into overdrive to add statements of privacy policies and data protection mechanisms to their sites and magically not so many have heard a peep from the EU about violations. Clearly, it's a matter of time.

On the upside, in WordPressland, users were kept on the edge waiting for the launch of the super-hyped version 5.0 update – Gutenberg or Bebo Valdés – which finally happened on December 6th. And the Internet sky did not fall! Two security updates later, and with options to opt-out of the new editor, users are using the famous "blocks" and finding their sites are not crashing, as was predicted and feared. Bullet dodged!

Blogsite Studio's Top Posts of 2018

Looking back on our top-viewed stories of 2018, it's clear that Gutenberg (or Valdés) loomed large in users minds as did the GDPR. If you missed what we published, here's a list of our top 10 posts of 2018. 

#10

November 28, 2018

If you love the planet and fear climate change – stop travel blogging!
The greatest irony about travel blogging is that transportation-induced climate change is now threatening the destinations people want to visit.

#9

September11, 2018

L’Shana Tova Guide to Cleaning Up Your WordPress Website
With summer officially over and a new year (according to the Judaic calendar) upon us, I think this is an excellent time to be cleaning up your WordPress website. It shouldn’t take too long and your site will be lighter and faster than before.

#8

September26, 2018

WordCamp Vancouver on Track for October 13, 2018
WordCamp Vancouver is happening at a good time, coming as it does in advance of the release of WordPress Version 5 – Gutenberg – the biggest innovation to WordPress since the development of nested menus.

#7

April 18, 2018

Starbucks Coffee Shop Trespassers and the Gig Economy
This Starbucks incident was clearly an example of racial discrimination, but just because the shop was wrong doesn't mean the inactions of those guys was correct. In this gig economy, should anyone seriously expect to occupy the physical space of the real economy without dropping a few bucks?

#6

January 30, 2018

What To Do After Launching a New Blog to Make It Fly
You could not have picked a worse time to start blogging because the Internet is literally drowning in content, all of it vying for reader's eyeballs. Here are eight things you can do when launching a new blog on the Internet.

#5

January 17, 2018

Start 2018 By Learning How To Post in WordPress
If you are a writer or communications worker, it's only a matter of time before you are required to use WordPress. After all, WordPress powers roughly 25% of current websites, and its functions and features are mimicked by most other blogging platforms. Isn't it about time you learned how to post in WordPress?

#4

June 6, 2018

How to Create Cinemagraphs for WordPress Websites
Cinemagraphs are still images with spots of movement and the effect is quite stimulating. You’re seeing a photo until you notice an intriguing bit of motion that makes you look twice. The basics of creating a cinemagraph are pretty simple and involve these steps.

#3

October 23, 2018

Got Blocks? 18 Gutenberg Plugins to Expand Your WordPress Layouts
Gutenberg has not even shipped with the WordPress 5.0 core, yet developers are already creating Gutenberg plugins to help you work better with blocks.

#2

April 9, 2018

How to Use Gutenberg on the Eve of WordPress 5.0
Last week WordPress updated to version 4.9.5 and I don’t know how many minor versions they will release before hitting the big 5.0, but it’s obviously right around the corner. At this precipitous moment in WordPress history, I decided to take another tour of this famously dreaded update known as Gutenberg.

#1

July 3, 2018

Free GDPR Compliance Plugins to Satisfy European Privacy Regulations
The global shift in privacy policy has spawned a cottage industry of tools for WordPress websites. Here are some Free GDPR Compliance Plugins to help you comply.

Happy New Year!

What was your favorite story of 2018 and why? Please tell us in the comments below. 

Otherwise, good job on making it to 2019!  May we all reduce our fossil-fuel emissions this year.

Cheers,
-Mari