This year has seen an explosion of blogs about Tableau. It's hugely enjoyable to read your posts each month. Whether its beginner tips, jedi hacks or constructive commentary, we're always cheered by the time people spend sharing their ideas. Each month we curate the best content in our Best Of... series. I teamed up with Lari and Sophie from the Tableau Product Marketing team to look back at the year and choose a favourite from each post.
January: <a href="http://vizwiz.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/tableau-tip-make-great-looking-band.html">Tableau Tip: Make great looking band lines with area charts by VizWiz</a>
February-April: <a href="http://drawingwithnumbers.artisart.org/rise-of-tableau-by-noah-salvaterra/">Rise of Tableau – by Noah Salvaterra</a>
May: <a href="http://3danim8.wordpress.com/2014/05/13/insights-on-reshaping-data-for-use-in-tableau/">Insights in Reshaping Data for Use in #Tableau by 3danim8 (Ken Black)</a>
June: <a href="http://redheadedstepdata.io/master-tableau-concepts/">Master Tableau Concepts by Keith Helfrich</a>
Lari says, "This post by Keith describes the concepts in one of Joe Mako's presentations. Joe Mako is such an important member of the community it's inevitable he appears on a list like this. What Keith does in this post is capture the way Joe describes Tableau in ways that are useful for novices and experts."
July: <a href="http://vizcandy.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/are-you-tabaholic.html">Are you a Tabaholic? by VizCandy</a>
August: <a href="http://www.theinformationlab.co.uk/2014/08/11/help-blending-isnt-working-orange-new-grey/">Help – my blending isn’t working!</a>
September: <a href="http://www.interworks.com/blogs/tmccullough/2014/09/29/5-tableau-table-calculation-functions-you-need-know">Five Tableau Table Calculation functions that you need to know</a> by Tom McCullough
October: <a href="http://vizpainter.com/dynamic-annotations-part-3/">Dynamic Annotations (part 3)</a> by Joshua Milligan
Andy says, "I always enjoy seeing a How-To about something pretty advanced. I enjoy seeing our community come up with new ways around issues. I'd guess that only a small amount of people would use Joshua's idea but that to me isn't the point. What's great is that he had an idea, and shared it. It's now there, Google-able, for anyone else who might need that info in the future."
November: <a href="http://www.datarevelations.com/tableau-software-the-greatest-support-community-ever-part-one.html">Tableau Software - The Greatest Support Community Ever?</a> by Steve Wexler
Andy says, "This is my favourite post of the year. It is entertaining. It is well written. It is about a topic I really care about: community. The depth of Tableau's community is the inspiration behind the Best Of.... posts. Posts like this, and the others in this list, drum home to me that decisions made by the founders of Tableau have helped encourage and foster such a strong community."
To everyone who's featured in any of the Best of... posts this year: well done and thank you for your contribution. We'll be back in early January with a Best of... for December. In the meantime, keep up with the latest Tableau blog posts by following me (@acotgreave). If you want to see more user-based posts, check out the top guest posts that were on the Tableau Public blog this year.