Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

Ray Wenderlich
Thank you!

Thank you!

In the United States, it’s Thanksgiving. On this day, we do two very important things:

  • Stuff ourselves with food :]
  • Give thanks for wonderful people in our lives!

I like to take this day to thank the awesome folks who make everything we do on the site possible, and reflect back on the previous year.

So take a look at how things have changed since last year!

The raywenderlich.com Team

This blog started out in 2010 as my personal blog:

raywenderlich.com Team - 2010

In 2011, we brought in an amazing initial crew (many of which are still around!):

rw_map_2011

In 2012 and 2013, we expanded the team even further, including our first employee:

rw_map_2012-2013

Finally, this year we continued to expand, including hiring two of our best editors:

2014_rwteam_map

As you can see, although this site bears my name, I am only a small part of what makes this happen.

All credit goes to this amazing team of authors, editors, forum subject matter experts, and updaters who work hard every day to make great tutorials for you!

I feel incredibly grateful to be able to work with such a talented and hard working crew. I hope to continue to work (and play!) with you for many years to come – thank you! :]

And you!

I’m also incredibly thankful to each and every one of you who read this site!

Even though I haven’t met all of you, I feel like I am directly connected to you through the words I write here. This site represents many moments of my life, and you’ve been with me along the way – and I’m incredibly grateful for that.

Here are our stats for this year:

  • Consistently released 2+ free tutorials per week (up from 1-2 last year).
  • Over 600 tutorials on the site (up from 300 last year).
  • About 2.7 million pageviews per month (up from 2 million last year).
  • Over 50K newsletter subscribers (up from 30K last year).
  • 10 popular books and starter kits for sale on our site (up from 8 last year).
  • New video tutorial section, and our upcoming tutorial conference!

These stats truly baffle my mind!

But the thing to remember is these aren’t just numbers – every reader or subscriber is a real person and you all have lives, families, friends, and dreams. Whether you started reading this blog four years ago, or just started reading today, thank you so much!

Remember that without you, this blog would just be me, writing an occasional post here and there. So again, huge thanks to each and every one of you – you have made all of this possible!

Where Will We Go From Here?

We’ve accomplished a great deal in a year, but there are many more adventures ahead!

Imagine this site as a 16-bit RPG adventurer – he may have cleared the first dungeon, but there’s much more leveling up ahead ;]

Again, a huge Happy Thanksgiving to the best developer community on the web – I love you guys *sniff*! :]

Ray Wenderlich

Ray is part of a great team - the raywenderlich.com team, a group of over 100 developers and editors from across the world. He and the rest of the team are passionate both about making apps and teaching others the techniques to make them.

When Ray’s not programming, he’s probably playing video games, role playing games, or board games.

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