Haskell Weekly in 2017

by Taylor Fausak on

Last year Haskell Weekly looked back on 2016 in issue 35 by reviewing the most popular links of the year. Earlier this year I reflected on One year of Haskell Weekly. Now I want to combine those things. Here’s a look back at Haskell Weekly in 2017, including subscriber statistics, popular links, and the first annual state of Haskell survey. (I compiled the information and graphs in this post with this Haskell script.)

In 2017 Haskell Weekly grew from a few hundred subscribers to over a couple thousand! The first issue of 2017 reached 649 subscribers. The second to last issue of 2017 went out to 1,990 subscribers. Today’s issue, which is the last one of 2017, is set to reach 2,017 subscribers. What a happy coincidence!

Graph of total subscribers

Going from 649 to 2,017 subscribers means that 1,368 people subscribed over the course of the year. That’s almost 4 new subscribers per day! A big spike happened in the middle of May, but I don’t remember if I caused that or it was simply luck. It’s interesting to note that the survey, which went out in early November, did not cause that many new subscriptions.

Graph of new subscribers

As expected, the open rate continues to slowly trend down. It started the year at almost 70% and ended a little about 50%.

Graph of open rate

The click rate varies much more than the open rate, but it also continues to slowly trend down. It started the year around 35% and ended near 20%.

Graph of click rate

These are the most popular links from Haskell Weekly in 2017:

  1. Advice for Haskell beginners by Gabriel Gonzalez
  2. Category theory for programmers by Bartosz Milewski and the PDF version by Igal Tabachnik
  3. Faster command line tools with Haskell by Cody Goodman
  4. Free monad cheat sheet by Jeremy Mikkola
  5. Ten example uses of monads by Philipp Schuster
  6. A tour of Go in Haskell by Osanai Kazuyoshi
  7. Anatomy of a Haskell-based application revisited by Zhouyu Qian
  8. 10 things Idris improved over Haskell by Quentin Duval
  9. Functional programming with graphs by Stefano Dacchille
  10. I Haskell a Git by Vaibhav Sagar

Haskell Weekly published the first annual state of Haskell survey in 2017. More than 1,300 people filled it out! I won’t re-summarize the results here, so if you’re interested please read the 2017 state of Haskell survey results.

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