My Top Stories of 2019-2020

Cybertruck, Apple’s M1 chip and the Godot Game Engine where all topics that was popular with my readers these past two years.

Erik Engheim

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I though I’d do a little overview and discussion of the Medium stories I wrote this year and last year that turned out most popular:

  1. Why is Apple’s M1 Chip So Fast? This was the big one. By far my most popular story for me this year. I tried to unpack the microprocessor jargon for the average technology interested reader.
  2. Is Making Advanced GUI Applications with Godot the Future? In this article I explore the possibility of using an open source game engine for GUI application development. This sounds odd, but the Godot tools for GUI design are surprisingly strong.
  3. Why is the Cybertruck so Cheap? Many people where surprised by why the Tesla Cybertruck with all its features, size and power could be promised for such a low price. This story takes you into a car assembly plant and get into the details of what really costs money when making a car, and how the clever design of the Cybertruck avoid a lot of these major costs.
  4. What Does RISC and CISC Mean in 2020? Many say the difference between RISC and CISC has become irrelevant. This story explores whether that is still true and tries to get to the bottom of what is fundamentally different between the two chip designs in our age.

I have published over 600 stories on Medium over the years, but it is really just these last two years where I have seen an uptick in readership. After my M1 story broke all my previous records, I thought it was time to reflect a bit upon what lead me to finally have some success with my writing. Perhaps advice to others writing on Medium who wonder how you capture people’s interest.

I will not claim I have cracked that nut yet, but I have over the years start to see a pattern. What is it that people really like reading. What is common for all the stories that have gotten popular?

My biggest success have always seemed to be about popularizing complicated topics people are interested in. Whether people are interested in Cybertruck, SpaceX rockets, RISC and CISC processors or Apple’s M1 system on a chip, there is always a lot of information out there but often not very easily accessible.

What I write about is actually topics I want to learn myself. So for instance…

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Erik Engheim

Geek dad, living in Oslo, Norway with passion for UX, Julia programming, science, teaching, reading and writing.