Hello and welcome to the final Best of the Tableau Web of 2019. What a year, and what a bumper post I have for you this time—two months for the price of one! You might have noticed I missed last month’s post: Tableau Conference swallowed me whole. I loved connecting with everyone and I did get to host Iron Viz though, so the time spent preparing, and losing my voice, was worthwhile. All three contestants did incredible jobs, creating impressive visualizations that told unique stories. I recommend you read Josh’s and Lindsay’s follow-up blogs, where they share their thoughts on the event, diving deeper into how they built their vizzes and the reasoning behind their design choices.

At TC19, Adam Selipsky kicked off the opening keynote by talking about the Tableau Community—and rightly so. Every month, as I read your blogs, I realize how lucky we at Tableau are to have so many thoughtful, passionate people helping others learn. At this time of year, there are many reflective posts as people look at the impact of conference and review their year. I especially appreciated Adam Mico’s two exceptional blogs. In the first one, he reflects on his TC19 experience and in the second, he’s found 71 people to explain the impact Tableau has had on them! Thank you, Adam.

As always, if this inspires you, you can get involved too. If you’re thinking of diving in, perhaps contribute to tableaudatafam.com, a new community-driven blog set up by Chris McClellan. Or start your own blog; all you need is an account on Wordpress or Blogspot, as Jim Dehner has shown. Welcome to all the new bloggers! We look forward to hearing from you.

Finally, October also saw the passing of Kelly Martin. Kelly was one of the original Tableau bloggers and changed the way many of us thought about dashboard design. Before her, things were stodgy and dull. After Kelly, we all learned that design thinking could and should be a prime consideration. Her influence can be seen—and felt—everywhere. To say that she will be missed is an understatement. Check out her final blog post and the eulogy written by her friend, Tableau Zen Master Bridget Cogley. It was our pleasure to posthumously add Kelly to the Tableau Zen Masters Hall of Fame.

Enjoy the list this month. I'll be back with another round-up next year. If you are blogging regularly, make sure your blog is in this list. I try to keep up with Twitter, but sometimes miss them. You can add your blog to my list here.