Hosk Year 2014 in numbers

Whilst reflecting on another year, which has passed, I thought I would review my years in numbers, I appreciate numbers don’t tell you about quality but are merely a metric

Quality is difficult to define so they’re not any metrics on the quality of my CRM, content I have been creating, so I thought I would look at the facts, numbers, views and badges

Looking at the numbers below it seems I have had quite a busy year and I have learnt a lot about Microsoft Dynamics CRM and I have read and written lots of interesting blog posts.

Thanks for everyone who visited the blog, read my tweets or watched a youtube video.  a big thanks to anyone who left a comment, I love comments.#

Hosk Dynamic CRM Blog

I created 213 blog posts this year, which is roughly 4 per week.  In 2011 I published 455 blog posts!

I did a blog on the most view blog post

Hosk Blog Most Popular CRM Posts of the Year

Here is the list of top blog posts with the views on the right

1.  MB2-703 – CRM 2013 Customization and Configuration Certification – 7610 views
2.  CRM 2013 – Setting up Visual Studio with the Developer Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics CRM – 7478 views
3.  CRM 2013 – Step by Step Update Plugin Tutorial using the CRM 2013 Development Toolkit – 7021  views
4.  CRM 2013 – Understanding Solutions and how they work – 4751 views
5.  CRM 2013 – MB2-703 – CRM 2013 Customization and Configuration Study information – 4362 views
6.  CRM 2013 – quick way to get the guid on a form – 4123 views
7.  CRM 2013 – MB2-703 – Customization and Configuration Certification Solution Test Questions – 3857 views
8.  CRM 2013 – Plugins – Simple update plugin – Redeploying, improving and updating – 3656 views
9.  CRM 2013 – Javascript to get id of current record – 2613 views
10.  CRM 2011/2013 – Javascript to get the object type code of an entity – 2532 views
11.  CRM 2013 – How to set up Field Level Security – 2555 views
12.  CRM 2013 – Workflow to set the current date and time – 2532 views


Total Blog Views

It was my best year yet and I almost made it to the half a million views.  It’s to be expected my views should have gone up because each year I will have published more blog posts (total 892 at the moment).

In 2013 I took a year off and only published 34

2014 numbers


2014 numbers 1



The top referring sites in 2014 were:

  1. twitter.com
  2. linkedin.com
  3. community.dynamics.com
  4. social.microsoft.com
  5. stackoverflow.com


Microsoft Certificates

I only passed on Microsoft CRM certification this year

MB2-703 – CRM 2013 Customization and Configuration

The main reason I only passed one because I spent ages creating material to help people study for the certification, which you can find clicking the link below

MB2-703 – CRM 2013 Customization and Configuration Certification

Microsoft Community Badges

At some point Microsoft created lots of different badges and then created levels.  I found I was level 7 and the gamer in me wanted to reach level 8, so I did.  Answering questions is a tricky process and anyone who has answered lots of them has my respect.

I made it onto some Leaderboards and yes, before you say it, I know they don’t really mean anything but I view it like being on an arcade machines top 10 list (before someone unplugs it and they reset all the points)

Suggested answers all time Leader Board


Verified Answers All Time Leader Board


I got my level 8 badge (you need 16000 points), the only real way to get this badge is to answer lots of CRM Forum questions

I answered a bunch of CRM Forum questions which was a great way to learn CRM 2013 and find the most common problems people were experiencing.

985 suggested answers

392 verified answers

This may be enough to get an MCC badge for Jul – Dec to go with the MCC badge I got from Jan 2014 to June 2014 but I’m not sure yet because I haven’t received an email and Microsoft haven’t updated anything.

19452 points (no one really knows how the points work but you get a bunch for having a verified answer)

Hosk Twitter

The number of followers has gone up but I’m not sure what it was last year the only stats I have were taken in March 2014

In March my twitter stats were

  • 3,863 TWEETS


  • 5569 Tweets

So I have tweeted probably about 2000 tweets and gained 400 followers in 2014

Hosk LinkedIn Blog

This was my first year with a LinkedIn Blog

I published 31 LinkedIn blog posts



My top 3 viewed blog posts

What is the Microsoft CEO actually saying? 10486 views 95 likes

Annoying practices of bad recruitment consultants – 4640 views – 68 likes

Are people starting to like Microsoft again? 1922 views – 157 likes

Hosk YouTube Channel

I started a youtube channel I think in March.  It has some videos to help you get started with Plugin development and some videos to help pass the CRM 2013 Customization and Configuration exam

Hosk CRM Dev 

49 YouTube videos

40406 video views

271604 estimate minutes watched


6 dislikes


771 subscribers


CRM 2013 – Create a simple plugin in CRM 2013 using the CRM Development Toolkit 7,622 (19%) 74,812 (28%)
CRM 2013 – Setting up Developer Toolkit for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4,981 (12%) 26,168 (9.6%)
CRM 2013 – Understanding Solutions and how they work in CRM 2013 3,323 (8.2%) 39,571 (15%)
CRM 2013 — MB2 703 — Customization and Configuration Certification Solution Test Questions 2,566 (6.3%) 13,081 (4.8%)
CRM 2013 – MB2 703 – Business Units and Security Roles 1,734 (4.3%) 19,700 (7.3%)
MB2-703 – CRM 2013 Customization and Configuration Study information 1,358 (3.4%) 4,923 (1.8%)
CRM 2013 – JavaScript tutorial using CRM 2013 Developer Toolkit 1,317 (3.3%) 9,539 (3.5%)
CRM 2011/2013 Dialog’s and Custom Workflow example 1,250 (3.1%) 5,646 (2.1%)
Get Certified in MB2-703 – CRM 2013 Customization and Configuration 1,247 (3.1%) 3,570 (1.3%)
CRM 2013 Plugin – Step by Step guide for a Post Account Create Plugin using the Developer Toolkit 1,143 (2.8%) 6,937 (2.6%)







5 thoughts on “Hosk Year 2014 in numbers

  1. Dale V. Ross January 4, 2015 / 3:53 am

    Thanks Ben. I passed MB2-703 on 12/30/2014 after using your blog, youtube and recommendations you made as the foundation for my studying. All the best for 2015,sire.


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