GoCertify Looks Back: Our 10 Most Popular Articles of 2023

In ancient times, the Roman general and statesman Marcus Agrippa built a temple to honor all the gods of Rome. The modern word that came down to us from that momentous undertaking is "pantheon," which we generally now use to describe any place where the heroes or idols of a culture, group, or movement are honored.

With 2024 just around the corner, it's time to construct our own little pantheon that honors 2023. (What will you remember most about 2023? Probably the outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas. Possibly the monthslong labor strikes in the entertainment industry. Perhaps the historic response to concert tours staged by Taylor Swift and Beyoncé.)

Over the next couple of weeks, we'll look back at the year that was and celebrate all of the awesome content to pass beneath the portals of GoCertify. We thank all of our regular visitors (and all of the newcomers) for making this possible, and we hope that you'll join us in our little trip down Memory Lane.

First up, we have our most popular articles of 2023. GoCertify typically publishes two new articles per week, which means that over the course of a year, we bring you about 100 new articles addressing various IT and certification topics. Articles tend to run between 700 and 1,200 words in length, so that's somewhere in the ballpark of 105,000 words of new content.

For the sake of comparison, the 19th-century novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is 63,604 words long. So if you've been a faithful GoCertify reader and have taken in every article to appear on the site in 2023, then congratulations: You've accomplished the equivalent of reading The Scarlet Letter from cover to cover.

(Not only that, but you could even throw in roughly 36,000 words of scholarly essays dissecting the symbolism inherent in the names "Chillingsworth" and "Dimmesdale." You know that nobody who reads The Scarlet Letter in 2023 dodges that bullet.)

To clarify, all of these are articles that first appeared on the site this year. That is to say that we've considered 2023 articles only. There's a vast library of older articles available, and many of those are still regularly read, but they get enough attention already.

Without further ado, the 10 most popular IT certification articles to appear on the site this year are as follows:

1) Six Hot Oracle Certifications for 2023 "The OCI 2022 Certified Architect Associate certification is one of Oracle’s most popular certifications. It is suitable for professionals who have experiential knowledge of the fundamentals of architecting cloud infrastructure(.)" (by Reena Ghosh)

2) Six Hot Microsoft Certifications for 2023 "In Microsoft’s version of Rome, all roads lead to Azure. The company’s cloud computing service has evolved considerably since it was announced in 2008." (by Aaron Axline)

3) Entry-Level Certified in Cybersecurity (CC) Credential Is Catching on Fast "Estimates for the number of open cybersecurity jobs in the United States and globally are, respectively, 750,000 and 3.5 million in 2023, according to Cybercrime Magazine." (by Ed Tittel)

4) Six Hot Computer Networking Certifications for 2023 "It’s impossible to discuss computer networking in 2023 without talking about Amazon Web Services (AWS)." (by Aaron Axline)

5) Six Hot Linux Certifications for 2023 "The Linux operating system turned 31 in 2022. Over the years, the world's most famous open-source software has evolved to become one of the most stable, dependable, and versatile computing platforms." (by Reena Ghosh)

6) The ChatGPT Gold Rush Is On: Training and Certificate Options Abound "Given that LLM technology is already pretty widespread and looks to bulk up tremendously from its current state, venturing into this area is probably less risky, career-wise, than other IT phenoms in the past have been." (by Ed Tittel)

7) Gigging for a Living: Work for Yourself in the New IT Economy "Objectives vary among tech workers who participate in the gig economy. For some, a gig is a way to supplement income from a full-time job; for others, independent IT work is their main source of income." (by Reena Ghosh)

8) 7 Key Attributes of a Highly Workable Home Office "While we’re on the hardware topic, I recommend keeping a backup laptop or PC around all the time, so that if your primary production device gets hinky (or goes down), you can switch over to the backup and keep working." (by Ed Tittel)

9) Who Invented the Computer? Norman Abramson and ALOHAnet "The process of digital data transmission hadn't changed since the electrical telegraph machines of the 1840s: Data travelled on a line from one point to another." (by Calvin Harper)

10) What Do We Mean When We Say: Digital Immune System "While it’s simple to write down a basic description of what a digital immune system might look like and how it would function, the concept is definitely not easy to implement." (by Nathan Kimpel)

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