Welcome to the Best of the Tableau Web for July 2019. As always, I’ve enjoyed the excellent mix of great visualization tips (such as Klaus Schulte’s ideas about encoding change over time), data preparation tips (such as Eric Parker’s post on removing duplicate records in Tableau Prep), and articles about changing the culture in your organization (Kris Curtis on Just Eat).

Klaus, Eric, Kris, and many others, have been blogging for some time. A lot of people looking to start a blog ask me how to get started because they’re unsure of what to write about. My advice is to follow your passion. If you care about the topic, your passion will be present in the writing—and people will respond to that. The Tableau platform is wide and deep enough to support blogs about any topics. You’re a coder? Write about extensions and Python integration. Are you a designer or are passionate about design? Tell us about parallels from other areas of design. Is data science your jam? Can you bring algorithms into Tableau? The list goes on.

I also hear concerns from new bloggers about the level of detail you want to go into when writing. That is your choice too. There is plenty of space and interest to share simple tips, describe advanced coding techniques, or write philosophical pieces. The single most important thing to do: write about what makes you excited. Don’t write to try and be someone you’re not. In this diverse data community, there is a place for you and your interests. As always, enjoy this month’s posts. Follow me on Twitter @acotgreave to keep up with posts as I read them!

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