Celebrating 500 Articles on The Renegade Coder

Celebrating 500 Articles on the Renegade Coder Featured Image: An Explosion of Pink and Purple Confetti

Earlier this week I celebrated my 5th year with this site. Now, just two days later, I’m sharing my 500th article. How cool is that?

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Content Breakdown

I started writing back in 2017, and I haven’t looked back. In just 5 short years, I’ve written 500 articles (or at least the majority of those 500 articles). As a result, I thought it would be fun to breakdown exactly where all that work went.


To start, let’s take a look at the category breakdown. On my site, I have four categories: code, teach, meta, and blog. Obviously, I try to prioritize the code and teach categories, but I spend a ton of time writing about myself or projects I’m working on. At any rate, here’s the breakdown by category:

CategoryArticle Count

To be honest, I’m surprised by just how much I’ve written about code in the last 5 years. I suppose I can honestly call myself The Renegade Coder.


One thing that’s fun to look at is just how much I’ve written over the years. Here’s a breakdown since 2017 (and late 2016 from a different site):

YearArticle Count

I think it’s pretty cool to have amassed 500 articles within just 5 years of starting the site (anniversary 4/20).


As you know, I love a good series. That’s why I’ve made so many of them. Here’s the current breakdown of every series and its article count (sorted by age of series):

SeriesArticle Count
Java Basics10
Data Structures in Java6
A String of Unfavorable Roles15
How to Python41
Sample Programs in Every Language44
Journey to a PhD44
Renegade Travel Tips4
The Legacy Newsletter56
Subscriber Spotlight2
Coding Tangents21
Behind the Scenes1
Python Errors3
The Autodidact’s Guide to Python11
Image Titler News9
Sample Programs Repo News17
Roll Your Own Python3
Happy Birthday to Me6
Year in Review4
Jack of All Trades4
Teaching Computers to Open Jars2
Down the Rabbit Hole1
Learn Python by Building Discord Bots4
Recommended Reading2
Teaching Reflections6
SnakeMD News2

As you can see, I like to start series and never finish them. Luckily, my work is pretty low stakes, so I don’t have to worry about it.


One last thing I wanted to share before we go are my current statistics. Recently, Plausible added a feature which lets you import your Google Analytics stats, so I have every view accounted for hereOpens in a new tab.. That said, here’s the summary as of 500 articles:

  • Overall Visitor Count: 648K
  • Overall View Count: 783K

Those are some pretty cool lifetime numbers. It won’t be too long before we hit 1,000,000! Until then, I’m going to keep putting in the work.

Plans for the Future

At the moment, I’m pretty burned out. That said, I’m happy to stick to my weekly articles. Maybe this summer, I’ll build up a proper backlog. Until then, this is a pretty cool achievement!

In the meantime, if you’re interested in supporting the site, feel free to check out my list of ways to grow the site. There, you’ll find links to things like my monthly newsletter. Otherwise, check out some of these related posts:

If not, no worries! I hope you’ll stick around for another 500. Take care!

Jeremy Grifski

Jeremy grew up in a small town where he enjoyed playing soccer and video games, practicing taekwondo, and trading Pokémon cards. Once out of the nest, he pursued a Bachelors in Computer Engineering with a minor in Game Design. After college, he spent about two years writing software for a major engineering company. Then, he earned a master's in Computer Science and Engineering. Today, he pursues a PhD in Engineering Education in order to ultimately land a teaching gig. In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys spending time with his wife, playing Overwatch and Phantasy Star Online 2, practicing trombone, watching Penguins hockey, and traveling the world.

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