Top 5 articles of 2021

Newsletter published on 21 Jan 2022

Hey folks! I'm busy working on a new contract which is exciting, but it's left less time for making new content sadly. In the meantime, here are my top 5 posts of 2021 based on analytics. Enjoy!

Coming in at #5, we have an intro to understanding how to use and design data in Eleventy, Architecting data in Eleventy. It walks through setting and using data in the static site generator Eleventy so that you can better understand the possibilities for architecting your web app.

Rolling in at #4 is another post albeit newer about Eleventy, Itsiest, Bitsiest Eleventy Tutorial. You might have heard a lot of buzz about Eleventy but maybe are a bit intimidated by some of the resources. Want just a small taste of it? Here's my quick, scaled-down tutorial.

Now we're getting into the heavy-hitters. Rounding out #3 in the top 5 is my long-form post on render-blocking resources. I wrote this because existing articles at the time seemed confusing for most folks, and it's often a big contributor to slow sites: How to Eliminate Render-Blocking Resources: a Deep Dive.

Coming in at #2 is an explainer for Lighthouse Treemap - my favorite new performance tool in 2021: Explore JavaScript Dependencies With Lighthouse Treemap.

And now, the moment you've all been waiting for...


My top post for the year is on a multi-year winning streak. I regularly keep it updated because of this: Making Google Fonts Faster.

P.S. If you'd like this list in Tweet form, here it is.

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